GOOD ADVICE - Table Centrepieces

Sunday, January 22, 2012

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One of the most important aspects of a party are the centrepieces, and unfortunately they also seem to take up a big chunk of the budget. Here are a few tips that I find helpful when planning them:

1 - Multiply
Instead of having one large centrepiece (like one big flower arrangement) consider rather having a "collection" of items (lots of little arrangements in small vessels). This has the advantage of having to use less blooms and you are more likely not to need a professional to do the arranging.

2 - Think Outside the Box
It is very trendy at the moment to incorporate other elements into your arrangements, so not just the typical bowl of blooms. Think about incorporating potted flowers, crates, shells, feathers, candles, props that suit the theme, wooden/metal letters, framed pictures/table numbers and I love this idea of using biscuit tins!

3 - Make a Difference
I love this trend that is Amy's signature look, don't have all your arrangements the same. Decide on three different ideas but all with the same style and colours. The advantage of this is that you you are more likely to find enough of each of the varied elements instead of trying to get everything matchy match.

4 - Double Duty
One of the "saddest" things I see at weddings are all of those beautiful flower arrangements left to wilt at the end of the party. Make a point of leaving a little note card at each guest's place setting who you wish to take home the arrangement (this is a great way to thank guests who helped with your function). The advantage of having lots of little arrangements is that these can be your favours for all your guests.

5 - Edible Displays
Consider "beefing" up your centrepiece by adding little extras that are actually edible. Even the most traditional table setting could do with a little bowl of after dinner mints. If it is a casual event consider fresh fruit, vegetables or a jar of bread sticks. And for an afternoon tea fill tiered tea trays with the menu of sandwiches and cupcakes and place a few blooms in between.

Also check out all these centrepiece ideas here.


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