15 DIY Table Centerpiece Ideas for Your Next Adult Birthday Party

Whether you’re prepping for a casual weekend brunch for adults or a milestone birthday party, adding a beautiful centerpiece to your spread can take any occasion up a notch. In fact, your guests will appreciate that you put a little extra time and effort into the party, and you’ll have a picture-ready piece of décor that sets the tone for the whole celebration. Here are 15 DIY table centerpiece ideas that will make your next birthday party memorable. 

  1. Fruit Garland

For an easy and colorful (and amazing-smelling!) option, use halved fresh fruit from your fridge like pink grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Choose different foliage, fruits and flowers for a look that suits the theme of your adult birthday party. 

(The Party Society)

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  1. Taper Candles

You gotta love a table accent that also takes care of the lighting scheme. Tapered candles with different heights add dimension, and the colors can be selected to match your space or reflect the hues of the season. And of course, your guests will say that your birthday party was lit. (Sugar & Cloth)

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  1. Cacti and Succulents

These are absolutely low maintenance! Using cacti and succulents means you won’t have to watch them wither away after the meal ends. They’re lush and visually interesting, and some even occasionally bloom. (Beijos Events)

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  1. Ombre Harvest Runner

With the fall season just around the corner we thought we’d add this cheerful ombre centerpiece that you can re-create for your fall birthday parties. Just gather some mini pumpkins and paint in a spectrum ranging from bright yellow to neon pink! Be sure to include touches of gold for some added sparkle! (Oh Happy Day)

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  1. Branches Chandelier

Who says your centerpiece has to be on the table? Got a small space to celebrate? Hanging the decor from above is just as effective and way more unexpected. A branch chandelier can be personalized to reflect the birthday recipient’s tastes and style. ( Shop Sweet Things)

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  1. Tropical Paradise

With cleverly designed acrylic risers doing the work for you, you can make your florals literally look like they’re floating above the table. Isn’t this lush, flowing green arrangement… gorgeous? ( Ruffled)

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  1. Light the Way

For an effortless centerpiece option that you can put together weeks before the wedding, consider a chic cluster of lanterns. Here, modern gold lanterns in different heights line the table and will create a luxurious ambiance once the sun goes down. HGTV

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  1. Tiered Bowl Centerpiece

For a bold and fun statement piece, fill tiered bowls with dense tufts of goldenrod, fuzzy clusters of mimosa, globelike craspedia balls, olive leaves, kumquats, lemons, and sprigs of fresh lavender. Martha Stewart 

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  1. Wrapped Branch Centerpiece

An arrangement of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric blooms makes for a minimalist look that holds maximum appeal. Martha Stewart

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  1. Stacked Favor Centerpiece

This display is a centerpiece, a stack of party favors, and a table-number indicator all in one.

Fill small cardboard boxes with cookies or candies, wrap them with bands of paper and slender ribbons, and stack them on a silver compote in the shape of a pyramid. Attach a table number to the topmost box. Martha Stewart

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  1. Gold Embellishments

Flowers and birds and clovers—oh, my! Sold by the sheet, Dresden paper-backed foil trims take a zillion shapes, pack flat and are so wallet-friendly that even your grandma would agree they're a good deal. Re-create this table centerpiece by using double-sided tape to affix the embellishments to clear glass vessels in varying sizes. Pair the golden hue with soft pastel blooms. Martha Stewart

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  1. Beach 

A beach display is set in a very simple glass hurricane. Sand, shells, pebbles, driftwood sticks, and other treasures, whether displayed together or alone, your table centerpiece will capture the spirit of the beach, complete with a warm glow. And you can always insert a few seasonal touches as well!

Beach Bliss Living

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  1. Balloons

One way to cut costs when you need to make a large centerpiece that scales the entire table is to use balloons. The colors and accents can be changed out depending on the season or occasion, so don't limit yourself. The overall look and feel is luxurious despite being relatively inexpensive. Sugar and Cloth

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  1. Homemade Cotton Candy Centerpiece

Let your dessert do double duty by setting it in the middle of your table as a focal point. When your homemade treats look as pretty as this hand-spun cotton candy, simply display them in a mason jar with minimal accompaniment. Not super adept at working with melted sugar? Display a pretty cake or tray of iced cookies instead.

Cooking Books

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  1. Yummy Mini Party

If you’re looking for a bold statement to light up the room, the Yummy Mini-Butler centerpiece banner delivers.

Your birthday gal will be thrilled when she walks in and sees the show-stopping centerpiece on the table. We’ll leave it up to you whether you mention you set it up in under 60 seconds.

The gorgeous banner stretches over 3 feet long and looks fabulous paired with the gleaming stainless steel of our Anywhere Banner stand.

The banner stand rises over 21” tall, which we found to be the perfect height for fabulous birthday photos. We added a luxurious satin bow to each side of the stand for an extra bit of sweetness.

This Mini-Butler includes a coordinating birthday card that you can add your own personal note to. We included a stainless steel stand that you can pop the card into so it doubles as a party decoration.

Rounding out this kit are 24 of the most beautiful birthday candles we’ve ever seen. The bright colors on these 6” long candles are a must-have for any birthday cake.

The Yummy Mini Butter ships in one box and contains:

  • 1   Birthday Centerpiece (Anywhere banner stand + Better Banner)
  • 1   Birthday Card
  • 1   Stainless steel card stand
  • 24 Birthday Candles
  • 20 Birthday Napkins

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Make sure your table centerpiece idea of choice pairs well with your skill set, craft supplies, time, and theme of the adult birthday party, and you’ll have a bit of party décor that shines. When it comes to centerpieces, at least, it’s always an A for effort—though these fail-proof ideas are sure to shine. Now, let’s get the party started!

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Source: Brit and Co.