A centrepiece is an important item of a display, usually of a table setting. Centrepieces help set the theme of the decorations and bring extra decorations to the room. A centrepiece also refers to any central or important object in a collection of items.
On the table, a centrepiece is a large central object which serves a decorative purpose. A nef of precious metals made in the shape of a ship was a popular form in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. However, centrepieces should not be too large, to avoid difficulty with visibility around the table and to allow for the easier serving of dishes.
Other centrepieces are often made from flowers, candles, fruit, or candy.
Centrepieces are a major part of the decoration for a wedding reception, being used widely at wedding receptions with flowers being the most popular form of centrepieces. Weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, anniversary parties and birthdays often have some form of centrepiece.
Formal functions in Europe can sometimes have very elaborate centrepieces, which can span the entire length of the table.
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- Elliot, Sara. "10 Centerpieces You Can Make Yourself". TLC. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Latest Ideas on Picking Non Floral Wedding Centerpieces". The Wedding Reception Centerpieces. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
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