Centerpiece ideas using a fish bowl

Written by jaimie zinski
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Centrepieces are an important part of many celebrations, from proms to weddings, birthday parties or anniversary celebrations. Fish bowls are popular and inexpensive anchors for many lovely centrepieces that can add style or fun to otherwise boring tables at your next celebratory function.

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Live Fish

Many wedding receptions feature fish in the fish bowls. Two fish represent the couple during this important day. You can decorate the fish bowl with rocks that are the same as the wedding's colours and tie a bow on the outside of the bowl in this colour as well. Make sure to have a tank to keep all of the fish in after the event. Many times guests choose to take the bowls home with them.


Turn the fish bowls into edible centrepieces by placing candy inside each. This is a great idea if the party is for Halloween, Christmas or Easter or even a more casual wedding. For Halloween, place individually wrapped candies that feature traditional Halloween colours such as orange and black. Christmas centrepieces can feature red and green candies or miniature candy canes. For Easter, place small chocolate rabbits or candies coated in pastel colours. For a wedding, the candy can double as favours for your guests. Choose wrapped candy in the same colour scheme as your wedding.

Floating Candles

Place a few floating candles inside a fish bowl filled with plain water. To make these more personalised for an event, dye the water a colour that matches the party's theme, or place coloured rocks in the bottom of the bowl. Floating candles also come in a variety of different shapes such as squares, roses or leaves. If the party has a romantic theme, place a mirrored charger plate underneath the bowl to make the water shine and the candles reflect light across the room.

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