Chic and Cheap: Your Guide to Table Decor and Centerpieces

I bet you think you have to be super-crafty to come up with ideas for inexpensive centerpieces, right? Well… you don’t! Super-craftiness is not a necessary requirement for creating a beautiful table. With a little time to shop, plan, and prepare, you can create gorgeous centerpieces for any holiday or event without a lot of time, ability, or cash. Great, right?

I think so! Which is why I’ve put together loads of pages on how to make your own inexpensive centerpiecesthat will fit easily within your budget, your ability, and the tone of your event. Because I don’t think you should have to fork over loads of money to your florist to get something totally gorgeous.

Table Decor and centerpiece Guide


Read on for some great ideas for inexpensive centerpieces that you can easily put together yourself, adapt to your event or theme, and assemble in advance (why not make your life easier while you’re at it?). These centerpieces are perfect for things like:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Dinner Parties
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Graduation
  • and… whatever!

The most important thing to keep in mind? Have fun with these ideas, and don’t take them at face value… because there are always plenty of ways to adapt them and make them your own!

When you’re done here, you might also want to check out my whole page on table decorating ideas, too!

Ideas for Making Inexpensive Centerpieces

Candle Centerpiece Ideas

Candle Centerpiece IdeasWhether decorating two dozen table for a wedding reception or just one for Christmas dinner, flowers are always your biggest centerpiece expense. This page will show you how to keep it gorgeous but skip the big budget.

How to Create Table Centerpieces

Create Table CenterpiecesThese are some great ideas for inexpensive centerpieces that are easy to put together yourself… but also look fresh, unique, and creative. Ranging from fancy and elegant centerpieces to super casual, there are lots of great ideas here.

A Dozen Cheap Centerpiece Ideas

Cheap Centerpiece IdeasThis is a great resource for anybody planning an event on a small budget. This page gives you twelve different ways to turn your DIY centerpieces into something special, without breaking the bank. Win, win, win.

10 Creative and Inexpensive Table Centerpieces

Inexpensive Table Centerpiece IdeasLots of fun and creative ideas for inexpensive centerpieces using elements you might not expect– things you’ll find around your home, or in your backyard, or at your local thrift shop. When it comes to centerpieces, think outside the vase!

Table Centerpiece Ideas

Table Centerpiece IdeasIdeas and photos for six creative table centerpieces that anybody can put together at home from inexpensive materials. A great resource for anybody looking to make your own centerpiece for a wedding or party.


Edible Centerpieces

Edible CenterpiecesIdeas for edible centerpieces you can make at home. Delicious, easy centerpiece ideas that look as good as they taste! Why spend a forture ordering one when you can make all of these yourself?



Candy Flower Arrangements

candy flower arrangementsPhotos and ideas for making flower arrangements and centerpieces with candy. Seven fun and creative ideas for do it yourself gifts and decorations that are gorgeous to look at and gorgeous to eat.


Fall Pumpkin Centerpieces

Pumpkin CenterpiecesIdeas for using pumpkins to make creative fall centerpieces. Great for autumn weddings, Thanksgivng centerpieces, or for Halloween decorations. Lots of cute, low-budget ideas that will impress your guests.


Holiday and Special Event Centerpieces

Bridal Shower Centerpiece Ideas

bridal shower centerpiece ideasIdeas for and photos of great bridal shower centerpieces. From simple to cheerful to sweet to romantic, you’ll find an idea to suit the bride-to-be right here!


Graduation Centerpieces

Graduation CenterpiecesIdeas for centerpieces and table decorations for a graduation party. Creative themed centerpiece ideas to celebrate your grad’s special day in style… no matter your budget.


Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

Christmas centerpiece ideasIdeas for inexpensive centerpieces to make for the Christmas holidays. Some great simple (and a couple not-so-simple) ideas for cheap centerpieces to make yourself that will look gorgeous on your holiday table


Fourth of July Centerpieces

Fourth of July CenterpiecesA bunch of great ideas for centerpieces you can make yourself for the 4th of July. From flowers to fireworks, these are super cute (and for the most part super easy) patriotic centerpieces.

Fall Table Decorations for Thanksgiving

Table Decorations for THanksgivingWant to make a to-die-for Thanksgiving table? These are some great ideas for fall-themed table centerpieces and decorations you can put together yourself. And don’t limit yourself just to Thanksgiving… a lot of these ideas are great for any autumn event, such as an elegant Halloween celebration or to decorate a fall wedding reception.

Table Decorating Ideas:
Tips for Gorgeous Festive Tables

I like to think of myself as a creative person.  I like to create prettiness from a whole lotta nothing.  And you can’t really get more “a whole lotta nothing” than a table: a long, flat thing that you eat on.  How creative can you really be when decorating a table?

setting-gorgeous-tables-decoratingJust take a look around my blog and you’ll probably see how pretty tables can really be. Setting and decorating a table for a dinner party, a wedding, or a holiday celebration is an exercise in versatility… there are an insane number of ideas and options out there that you can get lost for days in internet limbo looking at it all. And there’s a ton to think about: your event’s theme, it’s tone (formal or informal?), your budget, time, creative talents…. It can all seem like a lot of work.

But it doesn’t have to be. With a little thought and some time on this page, creating a beautiful, special, impressive table can be easier than it look. Here, you’ll find tons of resources to help you work through every element of setting and decorating a beautiful table, including:

  • Ideas for Creative Table Centerpieces
  • Practical Table Setting Guidelines (Formal and Casual)
  • Dinner Themes and Unique Table Decorating Ideas
  • Ideas for Place Cards, Favors, and More!

I’ve also got lots of pics and resources for putting together a dinner table centerpiece right here.

Table Setting Guides and Help

Formal Dinner Table Setting

Formal Dinner Table Setting

Tips on how to put together a formal dinner table, including a formal table setting diagram, etiquette tips, and more.  This is for your fancy pants people out there who have to have each fork in exactly the right place.

Basic Table SettingBasic Table Setting

An overview of the basics of setting up a nice but informal dinner table. Plus some good simple ideas for putting together a pretty dinner setting. A good guide to start with, just to make sure you have more or less everything you need.

Buffet Table SettingBuffet Table Setting

Practical tips for setting up a buffet for a dinner party, holiday dinner, or a wedding. From how to arrange your buffet food to how to lend it visual appeal.  This is THE place to visit if you’re doing a buffet instead of table service, and want to make your buffet service areas as pretty and special as your dining table.

Table Decorating Ideas and Tips

Buffet Table Setting IdeaCreative Buffet Table Settings

Lots of photos and some really good ideas for decorating a buffet table creatively. You’ll find pics of some of the most original buffet tables ever– a great place to search for ideas.

Buffet Table Decorating IdeasBuffet Table Decorating Ideas

Ideas for decorating a buffet table for a holiday or celebration, including creative ways to set up your food so IT is the star– which takes some of the pressure off of you to make things pretty.  Yay.

Dinner Party ThemesDinner Party Themes

How you want to decorate your table depends hugely on whether or not you’ve got a theme in place for your dinner or party. Themes actually make your life easier, because they narrow down your choices, and guide your general aesthetic: which is why it’s easier to decorate, say, a gorgeous Christmas dinner table than it is to put together something that feels really special for a fancy dinner in the middle of March. Check here for some fun theme ideas to guide your planning.

Ideas for Dinner Table Centerpieces

Cheap Centerpiece IdeasCheap Centerpiece Ideas

I am all about doing things CHEAP and chic. But you never want your table settings to LOOK cheap. These are all really fun ideas for inexpensive centerpieces that you can mostly do at home. These look much more expensive than they are!

Inexpensive Table Centerpiece IdeasInexpensive Table Centerpiece Ideas

These ideas for dinner party centerpieces don’t break the budget, but look very posh indeed. Lots of great ideas for and photos of neat centerpieces– using things other than fancy-schmancy (and fancy-pricey) flowers to get a gorgeous tablescape.

Holiday Table Decorating

Table Decorations for THanksgivingTable Decorations for Thanksgiving

Creative ideas for table decorations for Thanksgiving dinner. Pretty autumn centerpieces and other Thanksgiving-themed table decoration ideas!