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 central object which serves a decorative purpose. 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 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.
In September 2017, Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry had to apologize after he invited African-American student to a dinner with "stalks of cotton" (a symbol of slavery in the United States) as centerpieces.
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- Elliot, Sara. "10 Centerpieces You Can Make Yourself". TLC. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- Roll, Nick (September 18, 2017). "Lipscomb President Apologizes for Centerpieces". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- Alund, Natalie Neysa (September 16, 2017). "Lipscomb president apologizes for cotton stalk centerpieces". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
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