I thought I'd share some random centerpiece ideas I've created in my pre-blog era using large glass vases/hurricanes. Maybe they will inspire you for an upcoming occasion/event you have planned.
About 3 years ago, my daughter got her certification as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (X-ray Tech) and we hosted a buffet dinner for family/friends to help celebrate her graduation. This is how I decorated the buffet table.
I printed pics of x-rays found on the internet and cut them to fit inside large glass cylinder vases.
I added a "graduation cap" I made out of construction paper to the top of a wine glass and rolled paper dotted with gold stars and tied with ribbon to form a "diploma" was placed alongside.
I tried to have all the decorations/tablecloths, etc in black, white and gray (like x-ray colours). I placed white mini-lights under sheer fabric behind the glass vases. This looked great at night though I didn't take any pics!
This was when I was first getting 'into' tablescaping and I didn't have near the items I have now and mostly shopped the house for random black & white things that would work.
Below is a centerpiece I created for Mr. Delight's birthday dinner one year awhile back. Again, I used my large cylinder vases, placing white pillars and faux ice chips in the bottom. I wrapped up little Lego blocks (that my children used to play with MANY years ago) with wrapping paper and ribbon to represent little presents.
Pretty simple setting (being pre-Blog and real life) for just the Mr., our son and me!
This is the Pineapple Lush Cake I made for his birthday cake.
Here is a look at a beach-themed dinner party we hosted one summer when the weather wasn't cooperating and we had to have it indoors! The large hurricanes were filled with sand, shells and coloured glass beads. A lantern with shells and a white pillar sits in the middle.
A bamboo runner and shell plates add to the beach theme. The martini glass on the side is filled with sand and shells and acts as the placecard holders.
The candles at each place setting are floating in water with pebbles/sand/shells and glass beads.
I highly recommend getting any type of these glass cylinder vases/hurricanes as they come in very handy for creating centerpieces for any occasion.
I've picked mine up here and there over the years including Thrift stores, grocery stores, drug stores and gift boutiques. These large ones were by Partylite but unfortunately are no longer available through them.