Common Mistakes: Centerpieces
February 4, 2010
I wanted to start a new series of blog posts called Common Mistakes. I’ve found that what being an “expert” means is making 30 years worth of mistakes and learning from them. Everyone will make a mistake now and then (of course, we’re only human) and the thing you have to do is try to minimize the damage, and fix it (in whatever way you can) right away. And of course, learn from it and try not to make it again.
Today, I wanted to share some common mistakes regarding centerpieces on tables:
- Choose the appropriate mixture of tall and short centerpieces based on your client’s requests. I’ve had some clients tell me their guests MUST be able to see each other across the table, while some clients are more comfortable indulging in the visuals to establish the right mood for their event. Make sure you listen to your client and deliver the right combination of dramatic and functional.
- That being said, be careful that your tall centerpieces are not too wide at the base to block each guest’s view. As you can tell, I love making tall centerpieces because they are a great way to add drama to a room, but be careful that the base of the centerpiece is no wider than 5-8 inches. The worst thing that can happen is having a host or hostess ask you to remove the centerpiece from the table because they can’t see each other or their guests.
- In conjunction with above, when creating tall centerpieces that look like they defy gravity, please make sure you secure your centerpieces properly. I learned this lesson the hard way 15 years ago when one of those dramatic centerpieces dramatically fell right on a guest’s head. From then on, I made sure I tested all the centerpieces we installed to ensure they were secure.
- Do not choose flowers that are too heavily scented for a centerpiece. As we mentioned in this post there are some flowers that, if used at a table, will compete too much with the fragrance of the food. Some common flowers not to use are: Casablanca lilies, gardenias and tuber roses.