Centerpiece Design and Decor

Many of our Venue Rental packages include a discount on Soirée “house” centerpieces; 3 different centerpieces that allow you to have a complete look at a very low cost.  Of course, we also love the opportunity to flex our creative muscles and work with you to design something that fits your individual needs and budget.  

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When it comes to event design, having a centerpiece concept for the table-scape creates a common thread that pulls all of the details together.  Have you ever wondered where the tradition of centerpieces came from?  As it turns out it’s not from event designers or florists! Here is a little history:

In Roman Times, decorative leaves and branches and foliage were added to their tables along with vases, other ceramics and dishes of rock crystal.

During the Middle Ages, aristocratic tables were often too crowded with food to leave much room for centerpieces. However, during special holiday celebrations, centerpieces  often included pastry and marzipan shaped to look like people, animals and other decorative objects or scenes.

In the 18th Century, the entertainment trend was “service à la russe” (servants handed food dishes to the hostess one by one) thus created room on the table for decorations. Mirrors were used to reflect porcelain figures as designs that were vertical in shape using food arranged on tiered dishes known as epergnes.

In the 19th Century candelabras became popular. The custom of adding flowers to the table was revived, often reflecting the season or theme of the event. In the 20th Century, decorative objects began to replace flowers and foliage on the table. These objects were often tied to the theme of the event. Later in the century, food came back into style for table centerpieces. During the 1960s and 1970s, flowers and grasses returned to the table and never really left again.

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I get a lot of questions about how to create specific elements of a party like table-scapes and what is “allowed.”  My answer...this is your event and we can create anything you want!  And there are things to consider when beginning to brainstorm.  

Size – The first thing to consider is the size and shape of the table you’re working with; your centerpiece should be proportional to the size of the table. Think about “space” when designing the table. If the table is round use larger items that make a statement and take up more space. For banquet tables use smaller items that can be clustered together for several “mini centerpieces”. 

Height – Ultimately, we are trying to avoid “flat” tables with almost no vertical oomph. Certainly, centerpieces should be low enough for easy conversation but having very low elements for a centerpiece leaves it looking flat and forgotten. Even if you simply mason jars filled with wild flowers you’ll have the height that will make the table interesting. 

In the Round – Remember guests will be sitting all the way around the table so make sure your centerpiece is dynamic from all angles. You can always play with symmetrical designs or be more eclectic using a variety of textures and shapes. 

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