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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Dining Table Centerpieces

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Copyright © 2010-2013 Steve Dorboon

Ever hosted a party at your home and didn't have a clue about how to 'dress up' your dining table? Not to worry - you're not alone. I recently hosted a barbecue, and while I made sure everything was completed before the guests arrived, there was one thing missing: a gorgeous centerpiece on my dining room table. I once believed the knack for decorating dining tables was a gift given to only a few people, until I conducted a Google search. Adorning your table with beautiful decorations is not only simple, but inexpensive also.

The primary element of making a stunning centerpiece for your dining table is to get creative. For instance, follow a theme or make it seasonal. Are you having family over for Thanksgiving? Then decorate your table with fall-like colors, pumpkins and leaves. Do you host a barbecue every summer? Consider a Hawaiian theme and adorn your dining room table with grass skirts, leis and figurines—whatever you think is suitable to complement your theme. Dining tables don't always have to be formal; guests like some panache at your party.

Use Accessories!

Flowers. Tablecloths. Candles. Placemats. Fabrics. Fruits. Veggies. Making a dining table centerpiece is easy, as there are so many decorations to choose from. Nevertheless, if you're not a very creative person, keep in mind that enhancing your table doesn't have to be a laborious task—just a few embellishments will suffice. Will your guests actually sit at the table for dinner, or are you using it as a spot to place food? If the former, you'll need to make sure the centerpiece isn't too tall; otherwise, your guests will be stretching their necks just to make eye contact with one another. Remember that less is more. Dining tables that are too busy with over-the-top decorations look tacky.

Ask for Professional Help

If you still don't trust your creative side, ask for help. While the Web offers great ideas for dining table centerpieces, you can always ask an associate at an arts and crafts store. Dining tables look great when they're enhanced with decorations, but don't get stressed about the project. Include various design elements, such as balance and proportion, light, texture, color, and form.

Simple Tips for a Creative Centerpiece

  • Use Food as a Decorative Item - Simple and fun, food always provides some color and creativity to your centerpiece. From lemons, to apples, to pomegranates and beyond, use food that you'll actually eat, too.

  • Use Everyday Aromas - All too often, homeowners try out a new scent for the home and place it on their dining table, but it's either not enough or too much. In addition, they are usually artificial, which is bad for your health and the environment. Instead, use natural, inexpensive scents, such as dried lavender or dried rosemary, and place in a decorative pot.

  • Keep Away from Matching Decorations - Contrary to what you might believe, matching items for your overall dining table centerpiece is too cutesy. Live on the edge - get super creative and use all sorts of accessories that already exist in your home. This not only provides a little added flair, but also helps you save money.

  • Use Fresh Flowers - If you enjoy getting flowers from your significant other, then you'll love having fresh flowers on your dining table. Pick them from your garden or buy some at the local florist; get artistic with your own floral arrangement.

  • Enjoy Your Dining Table

    Once your dining room table decorations are finished, it's time to have some fun and throw a party. Be confident that your table is creative and fun. More than just a decoration, making a centerpiece can even be a therapeutic experience!

    About the Author:
    Steve Dorboon writes about all kinds of furniture, including everything from dining table information to love seat information at

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