Centerpiece Ideas for an Asian Reception

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Centerpiece Ideas for an Asian Reception
Lucky bamboo tied with a red ribbon excites a room's "chi." (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Asia is a region of beautiful flowers and rich arts steeped in symbolism which, when combined, will provide an abundance of centrepiece ideas for a reception. Make use of non-traditional centrepieces like fans, chopsticks and lanterns as well as flowers and candles. Japan, China, Thailand and India all have unique items that can be utilised in creating unique centrepieces. Many times in Asian art, less is more and the utilisation of space is just as important as the decorations themselves.

Japanese Themed Centerpieces

Use fans and small umbrellas in your theme colours to make centrepieces for your event. Use a tea tray and a small tea set as your centrepieces by placing flowers inside the tea pots and cups. Create a large paper centrepiece by utilising the art of origami. Use bonsai trees or sprigs of cherry blossoms as centrepieces. Use a traditional Japanese New Year's Kadomatsu display of bamboo, plum trees and pine springs. Kadomatsu are used in pairs and symbolise good luck, health and prosperity.

Centerpiece Ideas for an Asian Reception
Choose cheery branches that have spacing between the buds. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Chinese Themes Centerpieces

Choose printed place mats with Chinese symbols for words that relate to your function. For example, use the symbol for good luck for graduations or showers or the symbol for happiness for weddings or birthdays. Fill clear vases with tree branches. Hang small Chinese lanterns or other traditional hanging ornaments on the branches. Surround the centrepiece with fortune cookies for the guests to munch on during the function.

Centerpiece Ideas for an Asian Reception
Use these traditional decorations to hang as decorations. (Henry Gan/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Thai Themed Centerpieces

Fill a shallow bowl with water. Add some floating candles to the bowl. Select flowers that match your decorations. Place whole flowers in the water alongside the candles. Keep the flowers intact or tear off the petals and sprinkle in the water. Carry the bowl to the place it will be on display. Light the candles just before the arrival of your guests. Use bowls of various heights to add dimension to your centrepieces.

Centerpiece Ideas for an Asian Reception
Use flowers of one colour or several colours. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Indian Themed Centerpieces

Place votive candles and tea lights strategically around a medium-sized silver tray. Use marigold petals to sprinkle around the tray. Alternate the gold colour of marigolds with white or deep red rose petals or white orchids. Arrange flowers like orchids or ginger blossoms or small tree branches inside of a tall, clear vase. Fill the entire vase with water to the top. Place in the middle of the table and surround with votives and tea lights.

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