If you are trying to come up with ideas for inexpensive centerpieces then here are a few to get you going.  You can make them look awesome without spending a fortune.

You can decide whether you are going to have a theme, such as a holiday or special occasion, in which case you will want something that reflects that occasion, or you can get something that will work for any celebration.

Here are just a few ideas of ones that you can make yourself, or purchase that are under 20 dollars!  Your centerpiece is something that should dress up the table.  You don’t want it to totally take over, and you will need room for all the dishes, food etc., so do think of the area you have to work with before creating one for your table.  You still want room for the food and you don’t want it knocked over!

You also want to keep in mind that this decoration may be very close to food, so you don’t want it to be something that is so delicate that bits of it are falling off into your veggies and dip!  (This is especially true of the Poinsettia plant at Christmas, as this can be poisonous). So, putting a large plant on the table is probably not the best idea.

Christmas Table Ideas

If you are looking for inexpensive ways to dress up your table for Christmas but don’t want to spend too much, then you can simply head to the dollar store, and you will be amazed at what you can put together from there. Ideas for Inexpensive CenterpiecesCredit: morguefile.com

If you don’t have the time to start creating your own elaborate inexpensive centerpiece then you can simply get a few supplies and group things together.

You can get clear glass containers in most dollar stores now or even your local discount store for a few dollars that you can fill with glass Christmas tree ornaments, or pine cones (many discount stores will sell these in a bag if you can’t find any outside). 

You can get tall spaghetti glass containers or even clear plastic that you can simply fill with Christmas chocolates with pretty wrappings, or candy canes or other goodies that can be enjoyed later and top it off with a large bow, (or even fruit works well)!  Let the wrappers be the colour on your table.  This can be fast, easy and fun to do.  You can even layer different coloured candy wrappers for a fun look.  You can also use a vase you may already own for this look and it really is stunning.

For the cost of a bag of candies or chocolates added to a clean glass vase will be a great table decoration and really inexpensive.

Simply grouping a few things together can really make a nice centerpiece and nature is always appreciated.  I personally found the plain glass or coloured Christmas decoration balls worked well.  I had a lot without hooks so I collected them all and piled them in an open glass dish and it was simple yet colourful and effective as mine were red, green and silver.

This is also a great way to display any heirloom decorations that had broken hooks or you didn’t want to put on the tree.  Sitting some of them in an open clear glass container with a few pine cones looks awesome and festive.

Colourful candles can also set the mood for any festive table celebration including Christmas.

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Wedding Table Centerpiece Ideas

Candles always work well, and you can get some really cool candle centerpieces online for under the 20 dollar mark that look absolutely gorgeous on a table for a wedding. 

Or LED lighted candles grouped together on a simple plate in white works really well too, or in a vase.  I was at one outdoor wedding where the centerpieces were pine cones that had been sprayed white and were in a white dish with an LED candle in the center.  Plain but effective giving that rustic look they were going for and yet very inexpensive to make.

One simple bud vase can really set a table up too.  You don’t need to go complicated and larger, sometimes simple works the best.

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All Occasions Table Centerpieces


Using different styles of candles mixed with metal can really set off any table settings.  So, if you are on a budget but want to make your table look great then instead of going for a particular theme adding a taller candle piece will look great.

Many of these candle centerpieces look good anywhere in the house, so they can double as an art piece when not being used on the table, or you can change out the colour of the candles to change the look.

You could also take any candle display and simply add a themed bow to the base to change it up for a particular season.

Fall Centerpieces

You can get a simple large wooden bowl or a bread basket and fill it with colourful veggies of the season such as small pumpkins, gourdes and more.  Nature is always a welcome table decoration.

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Or you can simply hop online and find something a bit more unique, such as this pumpkin shaped candle holder that will not take up much room and is simple  and yet effective.

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Ideas for Inexpensive Centerpieces

Dressing up your table does not mean you have to run out and buy large displays of flowers, in most cases something very simply works best.

If you want it to be the focus of your table, for example a buffet style setup, then make sure the piece is tall so that it is the center of attention and it will be noticed.

Here is another simple idea, a lucky bamboo plant in a beautiful and yet unique vase for under 20 dollars.

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Tabletop Fountain as a Centerpiece

Another great idea that works for inexpensive centerpieces is a tabletop fountain.  You can get these quite small for desks or large enough for the floor, but these can be a great addition to a table as well.  These may cost you a little more than the 20 dollars, but you can still listen to the soothing water sounds long after the party is over!

If everyone is sitting around the table then you want something that looks good from all angles, and tall enough to be seen, but one that doesn’t take up so much space that it ends up having to be moved off the table due to space issues.

If it is a buffet table up against a wall, then you can setup your centerpiece display at the back of the table against the wall so that everyone can see it while getting their food.  It can add some festivity to the table no matter what the occasion.

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