Centerpiece Ideas for School Fund Raiser Dinner

Our school is having a spaghetti night dinner to raise funds for our 5th grade end of year activities. We will be using red and white check table cloths. I am in charge of the centerpieces and they will be raffled off at the end of the night. We cannot use wine/liquor bottles or candles. Any suggestions?

By calliemom from San Francisco, CA

January 17, 20110 found this helpful

I saw an idea (on here, I think) where someone suggested saving tomato cans (for the cute labels) and arranging flowers in them. You could put a piece of oasis in each can, and then add some silk flowers. Should be relatively inexpensive and colorful.

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January 17, 20110 found this helpful

If you have a little bit to spend, you could make "dinner baskets" with a jar of sauce, a package of spaghetti, a box of the long, thin bread sticks, maybe a small shaker jar of Parmesan cheese or the like. You could use baskets, flowerpots, or the large cans used in food service - with a label you make on the computer. You could insert a silk flower or two to brighten it up.

Alternatively, I made centerpieces for our church youth for their February brunches by sponge painting flower pots with red/white or pink/white, then made tissue paper flowers to fill them. I added a heart to each that I made with the wire trim with mylar hearts on it (meant to circle wreaths or doors). They're still using them, many years later.

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

Green houseplants are inexpensive esp if you buy them from a home center. Make or buy red pot covers or add a 3rd accent color. You could also attach some red and /or white silk flowers to wires and stick a few into the pots.

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

I have heard of putting shredded paper or crinkly paper in clear soda bottles with a slit on the side of the bottle. Put wrapped chocolates or other items in with the paper & add a bit of wrapping paper to cover the slit.

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

If you have a budget, the local Dollar Trees have fake food. You can get a loaf of french bread, some grapes and make them into bowls for the center pieces.

Hope that helps.


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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

I put together some photos of benefit auction centerpieces and have some advice here: You should find a couple of pieces to give you inspiration. Good luck with your dinner.

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