On a Budget? See Table Centerpiece Ideas and Inspiration

What’s your idea of a table centerpiece? Most likely flowers, right?

You could be right, but only to some extent.

Table centerpieces are quite dynamic and versatile.

Though it’s regrettable that for the most part they’re considered a filler that can be done away with if the budget’s tight.

Does it mean that event’s with tight budgets can’t have stunning centerpieces? Absolutely, NOT.

That’s why we’re here. This article explores easy to find decor materials that can be turned into DAZZLING table centerpieces.

5 Stunning and simple BUT unique table centerpiece ideas

#1. Coloured gypso

photo worthy table centrepiece by Lucidity Africa Events
Spray painted gypsophilia

Gypsophilia, baby’s -breath or babe’s breath is always a winner if you’re decorating on the cheap.

It’s popularly used as a filler but is quite versatile as a decor accessory in its own right.

It’s also great that it comes in white so you can literally include it in your colour scheme.

Whatever your preferred colour palette is, this versatile flower will play ball. How do you transform it?

By simply colouring it! You can do this with spray paint or food colour.

It’s also superb because it can stay out of water for some time.

And has a long shelf life too (in water) of about 5 -10 days.

#2. Grazing platter

A grazing platter by Your Platter Matters

A grazing platter is a tray that is loaded with assorted bites.

It’s a colourful buffet of fruits, meats, nuts and even chocolates!

An African grazing platter would ideally contain popular and readily available fruits like oranges, mango slices and bananas.

Some bacon slices, sausages, cashew nuts or peanuts, grapes and some cheese.

However, this edible table centerpiece would only work for a group of 15 -50 guests.

It would be superb for an afternoon event that’s then complemented by a barbecue as you go into the evening.

#3. Leafy elegance

leaf table centrepiece by Lucidity Africa Events
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What type of soft vegetation or foliage is around you?

A little tweaking around should get you all sorts of leaves and even twigs that can be used to transform a table.

Plantain, monstera, eucalyptus and palm tree leaves are all spectacular greenery for decor.

They’re especially leafy, green and widely available this rainy season.

If you walk around or drive around, there are numerous opportunities to prune something.

#4. Painted stones

Painted stones table centrepiece by Lucidity Africa Events
By Lucidity

These painted stones and cracked coconut heads by Lucidity turned out really well.

The stones came from a river bed in Nanyuki and the coconuts from a local market in Parklands (after the event some people munched on the coconuts). So, yeah, nothing went to waste.

The stones were painted with blue water based paint.

Then were left to dry and eventually laid out on the table in a distinct style.

The painted stones placement was to alternate with the cracked coconuts and mini candles.

Some white pebbles were then sprinkled over them to deliver on the desired beach theme.

#5. Cow horn candle stands

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The mantra is ‘nothing goes to waste’.

These real cow horns are treated and finished into a quality handcrafted piece.

So don’t hesitate to ask for those horns after a sumptuous barbecue (he he he).

There are sculptors and craftspeople with the expertise to deliver an outstanding final product.

In fact the Ankole long horn would be the ultimate accessory.

These distinct horns can reach up to 8ft tall. They’re high quality and extremely durable.

Surprisingly no two horns are the same. Fashion jewelry designers like Adele Dejak have used cow horns numerous times in their work. There’s no reason not embrace this African resource at your next event.

Table centerpiece: Do’s and don’t s


  • To enhance the look and feel of your tables, match your centerpiece to the shape of the table. A round table setting is pretty different from that of a round or square table. A round table can look good with one centerpiece but a rectangle or square would need at least two or a huge central piece.
  • Create table centerpieces that have clear sight lines. Your guests should interact without any obstructions.

Don’t s

  • Always consider the width and a stability of a table. Don’t assume and always ensure that they can support the height and weight of your centerpiece especially when working with round tables.
  • As much as possible don’t be wasteful because table centerpieces are only useful for short periods. Use reusable materials and try to recycle as much as possible.

Frequently asked questions

1. What can be used for a table centerpiece?

You can use almost anything as long as you’re creative about it. Think of candles, giant leaves, cow horns, stones, wood planks, cups, bottles and even fruits.

The most important thing is that your table centerpiece stands out and enhances your decor.

2. How do I choose a table centerpiece?

The critical factors to consider in choosing a table centerpiece are; the event’s theme and what’s appropriate, table dimensions/capacity/quantity and budget.

Other considerations include the availability of the table centerpiece and logistics requirements.

All in all, choose a table centerpiece that’s relevant to the event.

Final word

A FAB table centerpiece is transformative.

It can even be a conversation starter and the perfect ice breaker.

It’s also significant that our environment is rich with materials. Look around you keenly and you’ll find lots to work with.

Remember: Painted gypso, a grazing platter, assorted leaves, painted stones and repurposed cow horns can deliver STUNNING photo worthy table decor to excite your guests.

So there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t have head-turning decor on a budget!

If you want BUT can’t create them, talk to us and we’ll do it for you. Our speciality is creating and delivering sustainable decor solutions for all types of events and celebrations.