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Ditch tradition with unique centerpieces for your next event

January 25, 2018

Flowers are traditionally a centerpiece staple, but there’s no harm in stepping outside the box, opting to ditch the florals entirely in favor of something a bit less conventional. Ready for a refreshing twist on your centerpieces? These non-floral alternatives can be a source of inspiration (and a talking point) at your next event.

7 Unique centerpieces that don’t use traditional florals

Photos – Photos are a great way to share your company or program’s history, its people or even introduce new concepts. Consider displaying framed photos as a tablescape or hanging images from tall branches at the center of each table. The images are sure to spark conversation and can help even the shyest attendee feel at ease.

Books – Get creative! Rather than reaching for the obvious business books; consider stacking great literary works or books with titles indicative of your program’s topic or meeting theme. Have a series of past meeting programs? Display these down the middle of a table or stacked in the center surrounded by candles, a table lamp or small potted plants. The titles will often evoke memories and can be great conversation starters.

Fruits & Veggies – Nothing can break monotony of being in meetings all day than the freshness of nature. Add a splash of nature with hand picked lemon or orange branches complete with the fruit; tomato vines, olive branches or sprigs of fresh herbs.  The farm fresh scents will quickly put attendees at ease by creating an inviting, relaxed ambiance.

Candles – Usually teamed with florals, candles are a part of most any centerpiece, but the warm glow of candlelight can easily stand on its own. Combine various sizes, shapes and even colors to keep things interesting. Or spread that candlelight by setting candles on a mirrored tray or simply team several small votives with a larger center candle, tuck in a few sprigs of lavender or rosemary for added dimension.

Unusual Shapes – Combining several unique pieces of different sizes, shapes and materials can create intriguing designs.  Think in terms of geometric shapes, mirrored vases, metallic containers or colorful glass orbs.

Monochromatic – Consider using spray painted fruits and greenery set directly on a table of similar color for an unusual but sophisticated look.

Pull from the destination for unique non-floral centerpieces

Destination Specific – The opportunities to go beyond florals and think outside the vase are abundant, particularly when you turn to your meeting destination for inspiration. In Newport Beach, CA for example, non-floral centerpieces may consist of driftwood branches, shells, succulents or large palm fronds.

While you may not want to eliminate flowers completely, changing the focal point to something a bit more unusual can make for interesting conversation and help boost event engagement. Likewise holding your program in a destination filled with natural beauty can enhance your attendees’ experience.

When you’re ready to begin organizing your next group meeting, contact the staff at Visit Newport Beach, the destination marketing organization for Newport Beach, CA. Visit Newport Beach opens the doors to this Pacific paradise with destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and valuable resources.

Written by Visit Newport Beach Meetings

As a not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Visit Newport Beach provides destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources tailored specifically to the needs of meeting planners and their clients.

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