A centerpiece is an object of art that centers the table and draws guests in. Because it is there, it relays a message of "you are special" to those who sit at your table. A centerpiece reflects the taste and imagination of the hostess and establishes the theme of the occasion. Usually, a small decoration with simple lines is much more attractive than one which crowds the table. Care should be taken in choosing colors that blend, harmonize, or contrast with the china and table linens. Although magnificent, the large centerpieces that are frequently featured on the glossy pages of magazines are usually too large for proper table use. The height of a centerpiece is considered very important in table etiquette. It should be low enough so that even the shortest person seated at the table can see across to others seated there. Generally, this means that the maximum height of a centerpiece should be no more than 12" high.
A centerpiece sets the tone for a meal, promoting quiet elegance, cozy comfort, and personal appeal. Go see what you have in your yard that could bring some of the sunshine inside to your own dinner table!