I think a centerpiece provides the heart and soul of an eye-pleasing table setting. Naturally it's only one element of an overall design, but decorating the center of the table can require as much energy, imagination, and creativity as the rest of the table combined.
Flowers and candles are traditional favorites, but centerpieces can be as simple as a bowl of fruit, a plant, or a piece of three-dimensional artwork.
Below you'll see examples of tables I've set for you during the past year. Some were used for 'real life' dinner parties. Others represent pure fantasy. Here's a hint: if the flower arrangements are at eye level and the 'glow' of candlelight borders on bonfire intensity, it's probably not a place where guests enjoyed an evening meal!
If any of the tables below pique your interest, you can click the titles and see the original posts. I hope you enjoy Celebrating Centerpieces 2!
Ornamental Kale for Thanksgiving
It's Christmas (two tables set for holiday guests)
Tablescape with Velvet and Lace The "velvet" was widewale corduroy fabric. The table for four was set the same evening for an impromptu dinner party.
Unvalentine's Table with Roses & Hydrangeas
Rumpled Chic for Valentines
Lenox and Magnolias
Simply Vintage Table Setting
Listen My Children
Mikasa for Me
Unparalleled Versatility of Whiteness One large set of white thrifted dishes = two very different tables.
Thrift Meets Limoges with Bunnies
Mikasa Daylight Freshness of Spring
Glads Make Me Happy Table
Tropical Table and a Tribute
If Dinnerware Could Dance
In Respectful Memoriam
I'd welcome your feedback. If you were coming to dinner, and the tables above were set -- all of them at once (impossible of course), which would you choose? If you have a least favorite, I'd be interested to know that as well (be gentle!).
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