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A centerpiece is an important item of a display, usually of a table setting.[1] 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.[2]


On the table, a centrepiece is a central object which serves a decorative purpose.[2] However, centrepieces are often not too large, to avoid difficulty with visibility around the table and to allow for the easier serving of dishes.

Other centerpieces are often made from flowers, candles, fruit, or candy.[3]

Centerpieces 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 centerpieces. Weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, anniversary parties and birthdays often have some form of centerpiece.

Formal functions in Europe can sometimes have very elaborate centerpieces, which can span the entire length of the table.

At holiday times, including Valentine's Day, Easter Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, homes are often decorated with holiday centerpieces.


  1. ^ Oxford University Press: OxfordDictionaries.com. "centrepiece". Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b "centrepiece" Macquarie Dictionary (Revised Third Edition), Macquarie Library Pty Ltd (2001), Sydney.
  3. ^ Elliot, Sara. "10 Centerpieces You Can Make Yourself". TLC. Retrieved 19 April 2012.