9 Centerpiece Ideas for Every Occasion

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A centerpiece can be part of your permanent decor, a seasonal refresher or something special for a dinner or holiday party. Here’s how to make it beautiful without spending a ton of time or money.
  1. Ball Jars

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    Instead of buying a new vase to make a centerpiece, simply save jars and repurpose as vases for your next dinner party. Blogger Jenny Steffens used white hydrangea to make this chic centerpiece.
  2. Fruit and Flowers

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    Snip some fresh flowers from your garden and group them with fruits in matching or complementary hues for a simple, organic display. Here, green and blue hydrangeas are cut short and used with green apples.
  3. Bud Vases

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    Sculptural bud vases, like these metallic beauties, make affordable centerpieces -- all you need is one flower stem per vase! Here are a few other flower-arranging rules you should know.
  4. Votives

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    Candles make great year-round centerpieces. Choose an interesting design that matches your dining room’s decor. We love these sparkly votives from Z Gallerie displayed in a simple row across the table.
  5. Martini Glasses

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    Floating flowers add a pop of color and romance to a table but are low-lying, so guests can talk to each other across the table while dining. These daisies occupy chic, stemless martini glasses.
  6. Wheatgrass

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    A green grass centerpiece has an organic style that’s perfect for a spring or summer brunch.
  7. Candlesticks

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    No time to run to the flower market? No problem. Group a collection of candlesticks in varying heights for an architectural centerpiece. Here, various colors up the wow factor.

    Hint: All it takes is a few cans of spray paint.

  8. Gourds

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    Jenny Steffens placed a single pumpkin in the center of your table for a quick and easy centerpiece idea for fall.
  9. Peeps

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    Peeps, that famous Easter candy obsession, can also be used to hide ugly stems in a clear glass vase and make for a playful, kid-friendly centerpiece.