Published on September 4, 2015

Planning the perfect event involves putting yourself in the guest’s place. And if that place is stuck behind a giant, view-obstructing centerpiece, that’s not a good look. You want your guests to engage in sparking conversation over sparkling wine, and to ensure that, try a low centerpiece. Here, we’ll review our three favorite options. 

First, Floral Runners

Placing a runner down the center of your table covers precious real estate in styled beauty, without adding much height at all to your table decor. We love the ivy-like option above, as focusing in on one key color in addition to while adds chic simplicity to the tablescape. 

This flowing floral runner exudes overabundance, and makes the table appear full, without blocking vision or warm light from the candles. 

Palm fronds linked together as a runner add a touch of unexpected fun and lightness to a table. And you really can’t get lower than this! Make sure to buy enough fronds so that your runner hangs down to the floor. The scene will feel more pulled-together that way. 

If you have any doubts about the elegance of floral and greenery-focused runners as low centerpiece options, this photo should lay those fears to rest. This table is nothing short of stately, and is well situated for lively conversation. 

Succulents

Succulents have the benefit of being short of stature in the first place, so they’re a natural fit for height-conscious centerpieces. Here, a fresh succulent grouping tops a slate slab for an unexpected way to top a table. 

One of the benefits of succulents is that they look so good all on their own. This centerpiece styling required nothing more than a few potted succulents perched atop a simple platter. It looks fresh, engaging, and best of all…easy!

While they look good alone, succulents can certainly hold their own amid other flora as well. This woodsy option allows the table to fit in perfectly to its natural setting. 

Perhaps the nicest thing about succulents is their informality. This casual, backyard affair is made camera-worthy with nothing more than a few potted succulents pair with tea lights. This centerpiece idea sets the mood for a relaxed evening spent with friends.

Shallow objects

The first thing that comes to mind when planning vision-friendly centerpieces is probably the low vase.  Your blooms can only be as tall as the vessel supporting them, right? Simply arranged, carefully cut, and quite creative, this centerpiece brings together a table with minimal effort on the part of the host. 

A beautifully boxed arrangement serves not only to complete a table, but to section it off, when necessary. These lovely blooms leave clever space in between for shared dishes or wine. 

Playing on the same theme, we love the pairing of a truly rustic box together with delicate white blooms and fun greenery that seems to sprout out directly at the guests!

Never fear that a boxed arrangement will mean sacrificing on color. Layer on bright table linens and get creative with table lighting. You’ll find that even a table with low centerpiece decor brings plenty of depth to the event! 

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