Tabletops are extremely important to any party decor, and really make a difference in whether your overall look is casual, elegant, whimsical or just plain cheesy. 

          The best way to set an ugly table is to use one of those cheesy, paper centerpieces that are part and parcel of a standard party-in-a-box kit. You know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve probably ordered one before. The kit cost you a small fortune, and you were unable to get the fold-out paper centerpiece to stand up straight. You unfolded it,  taped it,  paper clipped it,  stapled it, pleaded with it, called it names and it still leaned slightly to the left throughout the entire party. 

            The second best way to set an ugly table is to rely on the cake to be the centerpiece. This only works well if you go to the trouble to sell a kidney and purchase a tiered, custom cake –  or are lucky enough to have an aunt who designs wedding cakes and wants to design your child’s birthday cake as a special gift.  Otherwise, your cake, no matter how attractive or delicious, is just not going to be tall enough to be a pretty centerpiece.

             The first rule of an good centerpiece is that in order to be visually appealing, it needs a little height.  And just like Goldilocks, you need to search for one that is not too high and not too low, but just right! 

           There’s much to say on this topic — but it’s taking me a while to load all the content on this site. Please be patient and check back soon!  In the meantime, be sure to read the other articles in this category, including WHERE TO FIND CENTERPIECES and PRESENTATION. Just click on those titles in the menu on the right side of the page.


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