Simple Baby Shower Centerpieces
Single Rose Arrangements
Even grocery-store roses look stunning when displayed in glass votive candleholders. Snip off the stems and arrange as a set.
Vintage and new tins are often decorated with charming, old-fashioned prints and lettering. Clean out these containers, and give them a second life as informal flower vases for a tea party-themed baby shower. We filled one with roses, gomphrenas, and sweet peas. The tins are usually watertight and certainly shatterproof, so you don't have to worry about leaks or breakage.
Flower Votive Centerpiece
Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for a relaxed summer baby shower. Place votive candles in tall glass vessels, and attach a flower (dahlias are shown here) outside each, trimming the stem to fit and tying with raffia that matches the flower. Set each display in a saucer of water to keep the flowers fresh.
Champagne flutes make elegant vessels for displaying flowers. Nestle arrangements of lisianthus, waxflowers, and ranunculus in them.
Good Things: A Floral Centerpiece
Add color to a table with this easy bouquet technique. Use fall flowers as Martha does or choose blooms that match your shower theme.
Monotone Mum Centerpiece
Float flowers like these peonies in small bowls, and arrange them with votive candles on a cheese board for a quick, modern centerpiece. On a long table, you can place a few platters down the middle.
Parade of Blooms
Delicate and airy, this baby shower centerpiece composed of single blossoms lets you make the most of a limited group of flowers. Showcase each one -- we used dahlias and garden roses -- in clear glass vessels, such as bud vases, jars, or even drinking glasses. To accentuate the arrangement, set the flowers on a runner with a hue that contrasts the color of the tablecloth.
Sand and Shell Centerpiece
Light up a table with this arrangement perfect for a seaside shower. Use candle adhesive to secure slender tapers to the bottom of a clear glass vase. Carefully pour in a few inches of sand, then arrange shells on top. Besides refracting the candlelight for added ambience, the vase will protect the flames from breeze.
Fruit Basket Centerpiece
Baskets brimming with fruit imbue a table with rustic charm.