A centerpiece is defined as a decorative piece or display placed in the middle of a dining or serving table. That is leaves it pretty wide open as to what you can use for centerpieces; and of course, what the occasion is would help guide your centerpiece choices. The only rules I try to follow regarding centerpieces are to make sure the centerpiece does not block your view of people across the table, nor be to large as to crowd the table, and to not use flowers so fragrant that they compete with the food you are serving.
I have seen books used at many weddings, with a different author being represented at each table. I would like to see books used at a dinner party, with the titles carefully chosen; which could make them a great conversation starter.
Keep in mind what the occasion is that you need a centerpiece for, and try to tie the the event or theme to the centerpiece. Above is a dinner party with wine bottles used to hold candles. You would want to use this at a dinner when you are serving wine. Below you see eggs in a bird’s nest for Easter, but would work for any spring party or luncheon.
Happy entertaining! ~ Chloe Crabtree