How to Make a Centerpiece for a Long Table

lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner shares a step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make a centerpiece for a long table for any occasion

I always adore big, beautiful centerpieces that take center stage, but when I’m hosting guests, I like them to take center stage. A significant piece in the middle of the table blocks your view of each another and conversation becomes and awkward game of peek-a-boo. You may have noticed that I tend to lean toward low lying centerpieces.

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Low lying centerpieces are not only great for conversation, but can also be very budget friendly. Smaller groupings of arrangements are often less expensive to make than one large centerpiece.

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However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little height. I love using taper candles at varying heights to draw the eye up and fill the space.

lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner shares a step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make a centerpiece for a long table for any occasion

For this simple fall centerpiece designed for our long breakfast room table I used two different sizes of my mom’s crystal goblets. Using the same container in varying sizes adds a little interest while keeping it cohesive. I kept the type of flowers consistent in each one.

learn how to make a beautiful centerpiece for any occasion from entertaining blogger Julie Blanner

Ingredients:

tape candles and holders

5 vases/glasses in various sizes

filler {eucalyptus and thistle are among my favorites}

flowers

fruit

How to make a centerpiece for a long table:

  1. Stagger candle holders down the center of the table. Free online tutorial to learn how to arrange flowers for beginners
  2. Using the largest “vase”, create an arrangement for the center of the table. A good rule of thumb is to use an odd number of buds, measuring each against the vase and trimming so the bloom hits just above it and removing any greenery that would hit below the vase. Add your filler behind the blooms. Free online tutorial to learn how to arrange flowers for beginners
  3. Repeat step 2 with your smaller vase, which will require fewer blooms. Place at one of the ends of the table, nestled between candles. learn how to make a beautiful centerpiece for any occasion from entertaining blogger Julie Blanner
  4. Repeat, placing smaller vases at the end and larger working toward the center.
  5. To fill the table and make it memorable, add fruit or foraged finds.

learn how to make a beautiful centerpiece for any occasion from entertaining blogger Julie Blanner

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learn how to make a beautiful centerpiece for any occasion from entertaining blogger Julie Blanner

I would love to see photos if you attempt one of my simple centerpieces. Tag me on Instagram!

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