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Event Decorations & Party Centrepieces


Before you begin to plan out your event style, decorations and theme, find two or three key words that capture the essence of your concept.  Do you want your party to be:

  • Elegant
  • Opulent
  • Colourful
  • Fun filled
  • Casual
  • Relaxed
  • Decadent
  • Light hearted
  • Ladylike
  • Masculine
  • Romantic
  • Magical
  • Whimsical

Capturing your key words will help you determine your theme.  If your key word is ‘feminine' then barbecues are out and florals and petit fours are in!

Then think about your own personal style.  What colours inspire you?  What does your décor in your home look like?  What fashions impress you?  What are your favourite hobbies or passions?  What movies or books do you love?  What historical periods attract you?  Permit yourself to become enchanted by the possibilities.  Free yourself to indulge your fantasies and trust your intuition.  Find a theme that delights you.  It is, after all your party! 

After you have decided what your theme and inspiration will be, you can get planning the perfect party centrepieces or table decorations.

Table centrepieces can be as expensive as you dare, with fresh flowers and great height and drama; but there are alternatives to the dramatic and extravagant! Take inspiration from some of the newest ideas in table centrepieces.

Eclectic party tables

Create a ‘one of a kind' feel for your event by dressing each table differently. Use different flowers, candles and elements from the one theme to create a real sense of personality. For example, this design works wonderfully with a vintage theme; combine mismatched crockery, jugs and candles with plenty of vintage-style blossoms to fill tables. Visit an antiques fair, your local flea market or (with permission!) your grandma's cupboards to pick up plenty of vases and trinkets to add personality to your tables.

Monochromatic party tables

The classic, crisp design of the monochromatic look is still the most modern tablepiece theme you can choose.  If the mod look appeals to you, choose a black and white backdrop and add splashes of colour for contrast, such as buttercup yellow or flashy pink.  Think about height, drama, the whitest of white blooms and plenty of black crockery on crisp white linen.  This look is never out of style.

Party centrepieces from your own backyard

As the world goes green, hostesses are taking inspiration from their own backyards. Go outside and look at your backyard from a fresh perspective. Do you have twigs, greens, flowers and bark that could be used in a creative centrepiece? Take some gorgeous gumnuts and wattle and lay them on the tables in a very natural display with a few ivory and chocolate candles.

Casting a glow

The warm glow of candlelight has always added romance to a room.  Floral artists take this a step further by incorporating candles into centrepiece decorations themselves.  Think tall, full arrangements of cherry blossom branches, hung with votives or glass candle holders on ribbon or wire-like hangers. Or imagine tall cylinders filled with coloured water to match the wedding palette, and small floating candles flickering in each. 

Christmas decorations all year round

Forgetting Santa, his reindeer, sleds and sleighbells, many gorgeous Christmas decorations are very appropriate out of season for weddings and other events. Christmas baubles, wreaths and sprays make fabulous table and room decorations.  And the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold needn't limit you.  Contemporary Christmas colours of teal, peacock, pearl and diamonds are instant winners out of the Christmas season. And you can pick them up cheaply at the after-Christmas sales!

Paper lanterns - budget with big impact

The simple rice paper lantern packs an enormous decorating punch.  Whether you're decorating a dinner table or a dance floor, the rice paper lantern will dazzle and delight your party guests. Rice paper lanterns come in so many sizes, colours and styles, and all are great value for money.  Big ball lanterns start from as low as $6 a piece, so they won't break the bank, even if you purchase them in bulk.  And the best part?  Paper lanterns can be packed down, stored and re-used for your next big shindig.

Eco-chic party tables

For the eco-chic couple, living centrepieces demonstrate their care for the environment.  If your theme is green, choose beautiful little wheatgrass pots (which can also be used as placecard holders) or spring-time bulbs to decorate your table.  Package up some seed packets as your party favour, and you'll give your guests a living and breathing reminder of your celebration.

Back to your childhood

The oh-so-divine lolly table is becoming a huge hit for parties and showers where guests fill up their own container with a selection of themed sweets, little gumball machines for each guest, or grandma's favourite recipe cookies.

Balloons - the new chic

The hippest party planners from around the world are taking the humble balloon and making it the chicest wedding decorating accessory of the moment.  Take giant bulbous balloons (at least 60cm) filled with helium and use them to decorate your marquee and each table.  Secure with your floral centrepiece or in a vase of lollies for a truly whimsical look.  Cheap, beautiful and fun!

Place Card Holders take centre stage

Little place cards holders can become the centrepiece of your table decorations.  Some of the latest designs are themed such as miniature bird cage lanterns for a garden themed wedding, little grand pianos which are gorgeous for a black tie or Opera themed event, and Eiffel Tower themed place card holders which are a stunning way to decorate your tables for a Parisian, French or travel themed event.

Personalised Vases

Take a standard vase with a simple floral arrangement and turn it into something completely unique!  The latest party table centrepiece phenomenon is the personalised centrepiece vase which can be printed with the event details, table number and more.  You choose the design and the colour to create a unique table centrepiece which not only looks sensational, but also will become a keepsake to use in your home forever more.

More Party Decorating Ideas

Take inspiration from wedding tables for your next event, even if you aren't celebrating your wedding day.  Wedding stylists know how to create really spectacular themes and tables for their brides, and you can find wonderful ideas in wedding magazines, blogs and more.  You can find a huge range of wedding table centrepiece and decoration ideas at Australia's number one online wedding shop, Pink Frosting. Also, keeping an eye on the wedding blogs such as Polkadot Bride, Australia Entertains and Style Me Pretty will give you plenty of gorgeous wedding decorating ideas.

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