Unique items to put in vases for centerpieces

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Unique items to put in vases for centerpieces
Vases aren't just for flowers. (flower in vase image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

The traditional vase of flowers is the dependable and foolproof centrepiece for your table, yet sometimes it can be a little boring and unimaginative. Add something of interest to the flowers, or toss the flower idea completely and fill the vase with something unexpected and in theme with your event.


Helium balloons go well with parties and celebrations, and when you arrange them properly they can replace a bouquet of flowers in a vase. Secure the ends of the balloon ribbons or strings to a weight so your centrepiece does not fly away.


A transparent vase can double as a votive to create a flickering centrepiece. Float the candle on water in the vase, or add sand to the bottom of the vase and use the sand as a candleholder.

Crafty Bouquet

Create individual one-of-a-kind centrepieces to fit in each vase. You might create a bouquet of flowers from buttons and felt, or a crafty stork for a baby shower centrepiece. You are only limited by your imagination and crafting skill.


For a sweet and edible centrepiece, fill the vase with decorative and tasty candy. It might be a bundle of red liquorice, a vase full of jelly beans, or lollipops arranged like flowers. Instead of candy, create an edible fruit arrangement or simply fill a transparent vase with small lemons and limes, which will come in handy near the bar.


Long feathers, such as colourful ostrich or peacock feathers make for an attractive replacement for a flower arrangement.


Turn a transparent vase into a fish bowl, by filling the bottom of the vase with water that has been treated with tap water conditioner to make it safe for fish and adding one small, hardy freshwater fish. Make a flower arrangement secured in foam, and fit it into the top of the vase.


While American flags are festive additions to a July 4th centrepiece, use flags to liven centrepieces for other occasions. For example, if it is a going-away party for a friend travelling to Spain, dress up the centrepiece with small Spanish flags.


Decorate the centrepieces with vividly coloured fall leaves.

Pine Cones

Fill a transparent vase with small pine cones. If it is the holiday season, add small red and green glass balls to the vase for a festive arrangement.


The shape of a playful pinwheel is similar to a flower, making it a suitable addition to a vase of flowers, or you can use a number of pinwheels instead of flowers.

Rocks and Such

Fill a transparent vase with interesting rocks, beads, imitation pearls or colourful small glass ornaments.


Create a beach feel for the party by incorporating seashells in the centrepiece. The arrangement of the shells will depend on the shape, size and transparency of the vase.

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