Creating a tablescape starts with your centerpiece. The centerpiece is the focal part of your table and ties together the entire party aesthetic. Flowers are a tried and true option to occupy this crucial space but there are many fun ways to decorate. Here are some unique centerpiece ideas you can use as inspiration for your next party.

#1: Paper fans

Paper fans can make for a beautiful backdrop, but they can also be used to create an elegant and textured table runner. Simply arrange your fans in alternating sizes and colors along the center of your table until you’ve got the centerpiece you want. Get the look with these party fans.

Pale pink and gold paper fans table centerpeices. White, gold, pale pink paper plates and white napkins with gold details.

#2: Vases and Votives

Ok so it's hard to get totally away from flowers but a unique spin on the standard bouquet is to use delicate bud vases and single stem flowers to pepper your table. Vary the shape and height and mix in some votives. Check out our bud vases and votives here, or try using items around your house, like mason jars, pasta jars, or glass coke bottles.

Varying shapes and sized clear vases filled with pink and white flowers and small votive candles placed around the table.

Source: Snippet & Ink

#3: Eucalyptus

The great thing about using eucalyptus as a table centerpiece is it can be kept clean and simple or you can dress it up, depending on the theme.

For something simple and understated, pair candles with a garland of eucalyptus. If you’d like to go a bit more romantic (think bridal shower), mix in some fresh flowers to add a pop of color. Try out our eucalyptus garland, twinkle lights, and blossom lights to create the perfect green centerpiece.


Leafy garland draped across a wood table with white mixed flowers. Gold mercury votives dispersed around the table.

If you really want to take your centerpiece to the next level, try mixing in some fresh fruit and flowers (or even some string lights).

Citrus fruits and pink florals lying on top a leafy garland as tablescape. Grapefruit mimosas and a bottle of champagne.

Source: Domino


#4: Table runner

No matter what kind of party you’re planning, a classic table runner is always a great choice.

Even something as simple as butcher paper can really dress up your table.

Paper table runner with veggies and meats. White plates, flowers and candles with wine, blue floral napkins and greenery.

You could also use high-quality gift wrap and simply cut it to the length of your table. If you like this idea, check out our rainbow paper table runner, which is perfect for birthday parties.

Rainbow birthday set. Happy Birthday cake topper, cake with icing. Gold pinstripe cups, rainbow paper straws and napkins.

For a little more romance, use a lace table runner and dress it up with fresh flowers, vases, votives, or string lights. Hint: you can create this look for less using simple paper doilies :) 

White lace table running on top of a wood table. Clear glassware and plates with florals and greenery as centerpieces.


#5: Balloons

Balloons are a great way to bring in some fun color. In the simplest version, all you need are some multi-colored balloons tied together to create a balloon garland centerpiece.

Rainbow balloons placed as  centerpiece on a table with  varying color large plates.

Source: Birds Party

If you have helium, float your balloons above your table center 

Orange, red, pink balloons  with tassels hung above table.  Flowers draped across  the table with tall  glass candle holders.

Looking for more ideas on how to decorate with balloons without helium? Check out our article here.


#6: Let the season guide you

If you’re throwing a seasonal or holiday-themed party, we recommend using the elements of the season to build your perfect centerpiece.

For Fall look for pumpkins, gourds, or apples as additions to your table.
Fall themed table scape decorated  with pumpkins, warm-toned flowers  and orange-yellow glassware and  candle votives.
Source: Martha Stewart


Ornaments aren't just for a tree - they look great as a centerpiece as well and bring a beautiful sparkle to your table. 
Teal and purple ornaments with white and pink glassware and small white candle votives.

Source: Midwest Living

Nothing says spring like flowers. Lean more into the natural elements by creating baskets brimming with seasonal flowers and greenery.

Gray whicker basket filled with white tulips and greenery. Simple white place settings and silverware.

Source: Martha Stewart

For a summer party, celebrate the harvest with lemons and greenery in a large bowl or basket, similar to this example from

White basket filled with whole lemons and a eucalyptus garland.
Source: Cotton Stem

What are your tips for creating the perfect centerpiece?

We’ve shared our tips, now we’d love to hear yours! How do you decorate your table for different types of parties?