Lantern centerpieces are a creative way to bring a lot of style to a table. No matter the season, holiday, or special event, you can find (or craft) a lantern centerpiece to make a unique and charming statement. And best of all, you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to get pretty amazing effects. Here, you'll learn more on these unique table centerpieces, including some smart ideas on how to use them and the typical prices for lanterns that you'll see in stores.

Lantern Centerpieces: Beyond The Candle

20 HANGING CANDLE LANTERN WEDDING CENTERPIECES WITH STANDSPlain candle centerpieces are beautiful things, but sometimes you want a little more. Whether it's to create a bit of flair in your wedding decorations, to add a little extra oomph to your Christmas table centerpiece, or simply to add a some extra life to the overall effect of your room's decor. Here lantern centerpieces are a great next step.

Lanterns, no matter the type, have a charm that has lasted through the centuries. In fact, this charm is what makes them such great centerpieces. People react to lanterns. They are beautiful, structural, and interesting to look at. They create unique lighting patterns and colors through the materials by which they are made. And they've got depth. There's a lot you can do with lanterns in terms of adding unique height (and even width) to your centerpieces.

You'll find lantern centerpieces where the lantern is part of a much larger design (including flowers and seasonal decorations) and others where the lantern stands on its own. You can buy pre-made versions, or, if you have the crafting gene, you can create your own designs. Some of the best lanterns for this purpose are paper lanterns (using a lantern tree on the table) and vintage-looking Moroccan lanterns. Each adds color and beauty, and a style all their own.

Great Ways To Use Lantern Centerpieces

There are a ton of excellent ideas out there for these centerpieces, most notably for special events, but they also make great everyday centerpieces. Here is a sampling of just a few:

Use them as wedding reception table decorations

20 WHITE WEDDING LANTERN CENTERPIECES FAVORS NEWForget the simple candles on the table, go for the lantern look. As wedding decorations, lantern centerpieces make your special day seem...well, more special. And the best part about them is that you can match the lantern designs to your overall theme. Is your wedding a bit vintage? You can look to Moroccan lanterns. Is it an outdoors wedding with a peaceful vibe? Asian inspired lanterns will do very well surrounded by beautiful flowers. With some clear glass lanterns, you could even replace the candles with a beautiful photo of the bride and groom. Photo lantern centerpieces like this are very stylish, and they make excellent wedding favors. 

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Create holiday table centerpieces

Halloween Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Lantern - (1 Single Lantern - Assorted Faces)Next to weddings, there is no time of the year where centerpiece shine more than the holidays. Lantern centerpieces excel as Christmas table centerpieces. You can dress them up or down with the foliage of the season, and when you use a vintage lantern, the antique feel adds a certain nostalgic undertone (a very nice touch). As Halloween centerpieces, you can create spooky looks with old railroad lanterns and pumpkin lanterns. And don't forget Thanksgiving! A beautiful lantern centerpiece paired with the bounty of food is a photo-worthy moment in the making.

Use a lantern tree to add a uniquely modern style to your dining room

You can get very creative with your lantern centerpiece styles. Using a lantern tree to raise multiple lanterns above the heads of your guests can create a very ethereal feeling in your dining room. No, it's not for everyone, but it certainly does add a bit of modern playfulness to your style. 

Lantern Centerpiece Prices

Expect to pay between $5 to $10 per lantern for most varieties. Some, like paper lanterns are much less, while other more stylish varieties can be much more. There are lots of options for buying in bulk, so you can be sure your lanterns for weddings and other special events match perfectly. Plus, you'll get great deals when you are buying twenty or more lanterns at a time.

Lantern centerpieces can add a real sophistication to your next special event or holiday. They're also perfect for everyday use to make a table look great. If you're in need of that step up from candle centerpieces, they are an excellent choice.