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10 Unexpected Centerpieces For Entertaining

May 22 2014 - 6:01am

So you're planning your next party [1] and it's down to the details; the menu is set, your best friends have all RSVP'd, but you're stuck on how to set the table. While we know a classic flower arrangement [2]is always a beautiful thing, fortune favors the bold, so we say try something outside of the box! These 10 simple ideas will help you break away from the typical bouquet and set a table that will blow your guests away.

Photo by With Love and Embers [3] via Style Me Pretty [4]

While a bowl of lemons can add a bright pop to the table, why not go the unexpected route and litter the table with single lemons still on the branches. The leaves offer a light citrus scent and add depth and texture.

Photo by Style Me Pretty [5]

The quirky addition of tins filled with flowers is the perfect way to bring a little extra personality to any event. Whether you are hosting a tea party or something a little more relaxed, these colorful tins are funky and fun.

Photo by With Love and Embers [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

If you are looking to add a personal touch to a get-together, place vintage family photographs down the center of the table. Old photos offer a charm that comes from years of memories.

Photo by Kat Braman [8] via Green Wedding Shoes [9]

While your guest might expect a plate full of fresh vegetables, a tablescape of recently picked farm-to-table goodies is sure to surprise them. Mix textures and colors to keep it from looking limp.

Photo by Clayton Austin [10] via Style Me Pretty [11]

Though they are an unexpected choice, terrariums are like the holy grail of centerpieces. These small pieces are no-fuss, make for an adorable centerpiece, and also make great gifts for guests to take home.

Photo by Callaway Gable [12] via Green Wedding Shoes [13]

Though a pair of horns may seem a bit rustic (or maybe even dangerous), there is something elegant about them that can help ground a simple tablescape. Break out a pair at an outdoor event and they're sure to be a hit.

Photo by Rebecca Hollis Photography [14] via Style Me Pretty [15]

Bring a rustic and natural touch to your table with an elegantly laid piece of driftwood. Since the limb is burled and twisted, it will help keep your table from looking too put together.

Photo by Katie McGihon [16] via Style Me Pretty [17]

This holiday staple is small enough to bring a festive touch to any table without looking over the top. If you're wanting to add a little extra punch, spray paint [18] your pine cones gold or neon — they'll really stand out!

Photo by Brumley and Wells [19] via Style Me Pretty [20]

While you don't exactly want your guests to be tempted to start reading at the table, a selection of colorful books can make for a centerpiece worth talking about.

Photo by Caroline Tran Photography [21] via Style Me Pretty [22]

After enjoying a nice glass (or two) of Chardonnay, make use of what's leftover. Topped off with a simple white candle, a sleek green bottle not only looks elegant, it provides mood lighting with the candle's soft glow.

Photo by Lauren Michal [23] via Style Me Pretty [24]


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