The way that you decorate your dining table says a lot about how you want people to feel welcome for food, fellowship, and fun times with family and friends. A simple, understated centerpiece can be fine for occasions when no one will be in the room, but if you want to draw everyone in for a special occasion, you need something spectacular. Take a look at these ideas for three stunning centerpieces for the dining table, in no particular order:
1. A crystal bowl filled with fresh cut flowers, or artificial flowers as long as they do not look fake, looks beautiful and elegant.
You might spend more for real high-quality crystal than for something simpler, but it is worth it for the dramatic effect that it causes in the room. With the right lighting reflecting off the crystal, you produce a beautiful, elegant centerpiece that they will never forget. Fresh cut flowers are a perfect addition to the bowl, as they fill the room with scent and add color and beauty to the centerpiece.
If you do not want to add fresh flowers, you can choose great silk flowers, or other artificial flowers, as long as they do not look tacky or obviously fake. Lit tapered candles on either side of the bowl add romance to the environment, and they add a perfect finishing touch to a dinner for two.
2. A basic metal tray filled with pebbles is calming, and candles add a perfect touch for a very spiritual, minimalist approach to a centerpiece.
To capture a contemporary wow factor, consider a basket or tray that is more modern and colorful, but a basic, shiny metal tray is elegant and sophisticated. You can purchase pebbles, real, glass, or colored, at most art supply or craft stores, and they are very inexpensive. Candles in varying sizes set up amongst the pebbles are beautiful and unique, and you can choose from many different colors and shape options at retailers worldwide and online. This centerpiece is stunning and classic, but also offers a Zen-like appeal to those who eat in the dining room.
3. Mirrors and candles worked great when paired together to create something stunning and sheik.
Start with a plain mirror. One that comes already framed will save you time, but may cost a little more. The size should depend on the size of your table, and the longer the table, the longer the mirror should be. You want something that stretches across most of the length, without taking up all of the width, so it looks proportional without being overwhelming.
Set the candles directly onto the mirror, adding other decorative touches based on the season, holiday, personal taste, or dining room decor. When lit, the candles will reflect off the mirror, creating a beautiful and stunning centerpiece that is sure to captivate everyone’s attention. In lieu of a framed mirror, you could also use placemats that have a mirrored finish and just lay them end to end down the center of the table.
A final note: Whenever candles are added to a dining or buffet table, always use unscented varieties. Scented candles may clash with food aromas and create an unappetizing effect.
This article is written by Alyssa Davis, who writes for Metal Wall Art.