Shipping Policy Best Price Guaranteed

on all orders in the continental U.S.

Home > How-To Articles > How to Create the Perfect Centerpiece

flip through: articles, guides and F-A-Q!

Share This Article:


How to Create the Perfect Centerpiece


When creating a table spread for any dinner, holiday or event, a centerpiece is a central element that helps set the tone of the décor. A lackluster centerpiece can leave a table feeling oddly unfinished, but a well put-together arrangement can add a great wow factor.

The good news is that it’s actually relatively simple to create a beautiful and memorable centerpiece – you just need to know the basics and do a little planning.

Factors to Consider


The first and most important factor to consider is the setting for the centerpiece. Is it for a family dinner? A wedding? A holiday party? All of these occasions call for different looks, themes and levels of formality. Before you start putting together a centerpiece, think about these elements and decide what general look you’re trying to achieve.

If you’re stumped on what to highlight, try one of these themed centerpiece ideas:

  • • A specific color scheme
  • • A material like glass or wood
  • • A type of flower
  • • Holiday decorations
  • • Rustic or woodsy pieces
  • • Nautical elements


Table Size and Shape

The size and shape of your table will directly relate to the size and shape of centerpiece that will look right in your setting. You want to make sure the centerpiece you create is proportional to the size of the table, leaving plenty of space for place settings and any food dishes. For a longer table, you may even want multiple smaller centerpieces or one longer one that stretches down the table.

Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse Farmers Market Dining Set Carolina Cottage Provence Dining Set


When it comes to arranging your centerpiece, there are three basic shapes that will give you professional looking results:

Standalone - The standalone centerpiece arrangement is the simplest of the three, consisting only of a single standout piece that sits in the center of the table. This could be a large vase, a glass hurricane, a decorative bowl, or anything else that adds a bold decorative element to your spread.

Grouping - A grouped centerpiece arrangement consists of a cluster of a few coordinating items placed together at the center of the table. This can provide a visually interesting centerpiece that seems a bit fuller than a standalone piece. When creating this sort of arrangement, it looks best to group odd numbers of centerpiece elements, as this creates a balanced look that isn’t too uniform. Also be sure to consider that the centerpiece will be viewed from all sides, so try to keep it balanced and beautiful from every angle.

Line - The line arrangement works well for longer tables where a central arrangement would look too diminutive. For this style of centerpiece you can create multiple groupings that are staggered along the table, or simply arrange centerpiece elements in a row that stretches the length.

Zodax IN-4877 Reindeer Bowl Homelegance 2622 Weldon Dining Table with Butterfly Leaf Najarian Furniture DTIBIP Ibiza Double Pedestal Dining Table


As you plan the arrangement, it’s important to think about the vertical space your centerpiece will inhabit, as it is a crucial element in making the arrangement more dimensional. But, as you add vertical elements, always make sure your centerpiece stays low enough that people can see over it, or narrow enough that they can look around it so it doesn’t hinder guests’ socializing.

If you’re including a grouping of more than one element, it’s best to have all pieces sit at slightly different heights. Candle holders, pedestals and differently sized vases can help to vary heights of objects if needed. If your elements are in a line arrangement, create a more orderly look by lining up your components by height; for a more eclectic feel mix them up a bit.

Paula Deen Home Paula's Dining Table Global Views 8.81359 Aviary Vial Holder Vase, Small

Elements of a Centerpiece

Now that you have the basic requirements sorted out, it’s time to bring together the actual components of your centerpiece.


A distinctive foundation can help anchor a centerpiece and contribute to its overall theme. Here are a few great options that can add different accents to your centerpiece:

Table runner - A runner is a traditional accent that runs the length of the table, providing a perfect base for a centerpiece that is in a line arrangement.

Placemat - If you want to keep your base more compact than a full runner, a placemat can be a great alternative.

Mirror - A glitzy touch that adds a bit of sparkle and makes the centerpiece look bigger. A mirror base works particularly well with a centerpiece that incorporates candles

Tray - A tray works well with grouped centerpieces, giving them a more cohesive look by visually containing them.

Doily - Doilies offer an element of formality from a bygone era that can bring a touch of class to a modern table spread.

Slice of tree trunk - If you’re going for a rustic or natural look, a bit of actual nature for a foundation can be a great thematic touch. Just make sure the base isn’t too rough, as that could scratch your table.

None - Of course, sometimes simplicity is the way to go. An arrangement that sits directly on the table leaves more room for place settings and other essential elements.

Individual Pieces

When it comes to selecting the specific items to include in your arrangement, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to pin down what objects might go with your chosen theme. If you don’t already have a clear picture of your final product, try using some of these items:

  • • Flowers
  • • Candles
  • • Fruit
  • • Ornaments
  • • Pinecones
  • • Leaves
  • • Stones
  • • Branches
  • • Photos
  • • Figurines
  • • Pedestals
  • • Lanterns

Modern Day Accents 3562 Aluminum Apple Figurine Woodland Imports BRU-1135356 Intricate Lamp Post Design Wooden Lantern In Antique Brown 
Finish Nearly Natural 4794 Magnolia Candelabrum Silk Flower Arrangement Candle Holder Woodland Imports 27409 Aluminum Candle Holders Urban Trends 1480 Metallic Ceramic Bird Figurines






Your Recently Viewed Items
You have no recently viewed items. After viewing product detail pages or search results, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to products you are interested in.
Your Recommended Items See More

You currently have no recommended items. Browse a few more items to give us an idea of what you like.
©1999 - 2016  ATGStores.com.  All Rights Reserved v2.4.0.46 release/EV2.4
Copyright notice | Site Map | By using this site you agree to our Terms & Conditions of Use and Privacy Statement | Your California Privacy Rights | Interest-Based Advertising
Server: WWW130 Created On: 10/28/2016 8:56:11 AM