Banquet Table Decoration Ideas

February 12, 2005

Banquet Table DecorationsI love to use "frugal" decorating... I think people appreciate it more too. Here are a few ideas...

1. Music: A couple of boom boxes, or a portable stereo, play the music the couple enjoys the most. Or, big band era, 50's, something fun but not annoying.


2. Luminaries for the walk: Spray paint sturdy lunch bags gold and then use stakes, and string Christmas lights inside them. Or, cut a hole in the bottom of the bags stick the light bulbs inside and hang them upside down like Chinese lanterns.

3. I think the little tulle bag of candy is a good idea definitely cheaper...

4. Pictures: If you wanted to have pictures of the couple, why not enlist someone from the family to create a collage from their marriage to show off. Maybe a poster size or an 8 x 10 to sit on the sign-in table.

5. Sign-in table: Get one of those $4.00 round tables from Wal-Mart and a nice starched white sheet to table cloth. You could get the glass for on top and put pictures under the glass. A single taper candle and a bud vase with a single rose.

You could create a small heritage scrapbook with a picture on one side and on the other side your guest can sign and say a little something about that specific picture. (by the way, I made one for my parents and it was great. They really loved to look back on it.)


6. Cake table: Again, use one of those round tables from Wal-Mart. Starched tablecloth or sheet. If you're using the glass, then you can place pictures on the perimeter of the cake. I think a gold tablecloth with a lacy topper would be pretty.

7. Candles: Take some old jars fill half-way with colored sand, insert small votive candles inside. You can easily color playground sand with food coloring. Fill a gallon sized Ziploc bag with sand and add a few drops of food coloring, seal bag real good, and squish... it's a lot of fun too. Tie some pretty lace or ribbon with a little card at the top of the jars. Later, you can raffle them off as door prizes.

8. Colors: I think it's real important to another color too. Purple is a great compliment to the gold. It will look very pretty in photographs. See if you can get a large purple flat sheet, hang it behind where the couple are sitting and affix a big 50 on it. You could probably print them out on the computer using sturdy cardstock for the numbers and double-faced tape. It will also give a nice backdrop for the photos.


9. Table setting: Have you tried the "dollar store" for your plates and silverware? Sometimes, if you call there they can hold it for you. Try imaginative napkin folding; you can do these ahead of time. That is always a big eye catcher. I can scan some instructional pictures for you if you would like.

10. Checklist: Put together 3 checklists for yourself. Do Ahead OF Time, Who You Call and Time To Go...


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January 24, 2011

We are having a teen banquet, the theme is, "I Want That Mountain."

Any ideas? Especially looking for an idea on centerpieces.

By kimberly from TX


January 25, 20110 found this helpful
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A mountain is often covered in pine trees and clipping some branches to make a center piece should be easy enough if you hit the woods with some clippers! Maybe do some pine cones and some raffia tufts, bare twigs covered in clear glitter, a few branches with the blue berries would be cool. I would stay away from red ribbon as this says Christmas and not rustic mountain top.


The smell of fresh pine filling the room is a bonus! But watch out for the sap! If it is religious, I have seen a copy of a Bible page (of choice) made into a cone shaped container that held a small bouquet of these types of items... nice touch. They made on for each chair at the table, like a nosegay.

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March 8, 2006

We are in the process of planning our end of year banquet for my daughter's high school marching band. The theme has to be related to electricity somehow. I need to make up centerpieces relative to this theme. This is a tough one! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. This is my daughter's senior year, and we want the banquet to be special for all of the kids.

Thanks so much!
Caroline from Florida


By sueey (Guest Post)
March 10, 20060 found this helpful

Ok -- this might sound crazy, but I did this for my brother's electrician's union banquet recently -- I got old appliances -- lamps, toasters, etc and arranged the cords around them and then arranged fake flowers or even real flowers in foam stuck in the sockets. We used real flowers and put them in little bud vases and placed them in the toaster holes and wet foam in the lamp sockets -- remember these were all unuseable and my brother took the cords apart to ensure that no "accidents" happened.


We spray-painted everything silver, but you could do school colors, too. Like I said, it sounds crazy, but it looked really, really cool in the end and I don't think anyone will ever will forget it.

March 10, 20060 found this helpful

You could use electrical wire to make "flowers" by shaping the wire and then put them in vases.

By carol (Guest Post)
March 10, 20060 found this helpful

how about making electricity pylons out of metal wire and decorating with flowers?

By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
March 10, 20060 found this helpful

Maybe something with lightbulbs and the phrase, "Band - A Bright Idea!"

March 11, 20060 found this helpful

Get a metal pot for a vase and use strong wire, maybe even a old coat hanger and push one end in the base and attach light bulbs, light switches to the end to make a flower type arrangement. Also cut out a lighting bolt on cardboard and cover with aluminum foil and add to arrangement.


Let me know if this help and what you ended up doing.

Good Luck!

By Brenda Chavis (Guest Post)
March 14, 20060 found this helpful

Walmart has those globe things pretty cheap.
The one that lok like lightning coming to your hand when you touch them. The kids would love it, and it's interactive. You could draw for them as door prizes at the end of the event.

March 17, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks so much for all of your input. We have the first meeting of the banquet decorating committee tomorrow morning - and I will be taking all of your ideas with me!!

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August 17, 2004

We are planning a fashion show and luncheon at my church at the end of September and I need to know what kind of inexpensive centerpieces we could make for the tables. The title of the fashion show is In Living Color and we are doing a specific color for each scene.

Maureen B.


By (Guest Post)
August 18, 20040 found this helpful

Get colourful candles and put them on AOL CD's (shiny side up!).

By (Guest Post)
August 18, 20040 found this helpful

For centerpieces, I have cut (depending on size you want) heavy cardboard into round circles, arrange clip type clothes pins around and glue on, spray paint desired color, cut another cardboard circle smaller, arrange more pins around it and glue to larger circle. Paint smaller one in contrasting color. Weave decorative ribbon under pins. Glue candle ring in center and add candle. I have done these for xmas and used green and red paint and gold ribbon and used blue and silver for wedding with flowers in the center. Also pretty for kitchens and place plastic fruits and veggies in center..

August 20, 20040 found this helpful

I would go with candles in glass containers placed on material cut in sqs. with pinking shears. I would buy red, yellow, blue, green material and then put a different color on each table with the candle. 1/3 yd of material would make 3 - 12" sqs.

By Karen (Guest Post)
May 30, 20050 found this helpful

Have about 12 tables for a "pot luck" parish luncheon to decorate. This is my first time volunteering to do this - I need some ideas - please!

By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
May 30, 20050 found this helpful

For my church's Mother daughter banquet they used bushes of BRIGHT silk Gerbra daisies in a pot with bright pink,yellow,orange and lime green tissue around it and tied with a raffia bow.Each table had one of the different colors for the plastic tablecloth. And down the tables,they had the daisies (clipped to a single flower) and stuck in a REAL apple in colors of green and yellow,and a small raffia bow tied on the stem of the flower.It was SO bright and colorful and really not too expensive.I'd say the flowers and supplies came from Walmart. This would be a really IMPRESSIVE way to decorate with color.

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January 17, 2011

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

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August 19, 2005

I am looking for helpful ideas for decorating a Cattleman's banquet. Most of the guest will be ranchers and farmers. I am having a hard time trying to come up with ideas for decorations that are not too "cutesy" or childlike. I have a sophisticated affair in mind but I can't think of any decorations that I could use.

Please help!
Alissa from California


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August 19, 20050 found this helpful

Could you use barbed wire and horseshoes somehow with a "fake" sunflower in a vase in the center? A friend of mine has a post with a welcome sign on it, sunflowers vining on it. Barbed wire made into a circle and hung on the welcome sign and the horseshoe at the base of the post. Very "country"ish. Just an idea.

What about going to a local chocolate shop and asking if they can make a mold of a horseshoe and use that as the centerpieces and/or a tiny one for each farmer/rancher at the table? My sister-in-law was in charge of decorations for a curling event and they had little curling rocks made up for each person at the table the night of the banquet.

By mary (Guest Post)
August 19, 20050 found this helpful

centerpieces of sunflowers, cat tails, grasses, in a canning jar, with a bandana tied in a bow?


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August 31, 20050 found this helpful

For decorations...could you find an old fence? Cut them off, attach them to a new base and bring them to the hall to put into an area, with some straw bales and other farming/ranching items? Maybe a bale rack? Or put that just outside the hall.

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February 11, 2007

I am having a bowling banquet and need decoration ideas. Could anyone help?

Thank You,
rplaner from Moore, Oklahoma

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September 24, 2006

I need help with ideas for a 5th grade banquet (theme and decorations).

Marsha from Valrico, FL


September 26, 20060 found this helpful

What time of the year is the banquet? And school mascot?
More information may help us help you!!!

September 26, 20060 found this helpful

The school mascot is Lynx and the time of year is May

September 27, 20060 found this helpful

a catalog that may give you some ideas---go to out their website and ask for a catalog----they have lots of neat ideas for any theme or time of year and the prices don't seem that bad

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May 6, 2006

My high school is having our annual FFA banquet in May and i'm in charge of the decorations. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for centerpieces, table clothes, etc. The colors are blue and gold.

Thanks a bunch!


By (Guest Post)
May 8, 20060 found this helpful

I found great blue and gold plates, cups,trays, chargers, bowls, garland, napkins, centerpieces and balloons at a very reasonable price at our Dollar Stores.

Also try Oriental Trading.

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January 27, 2013

I need ideas for inexpensive centerpieces for a Boys/Girls Club awards banquet that will allow us to incorporate all club colors: royal blue, white, lime green, orange, pink, and purple! Yikes!

By Marie W

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January 23, 2011

We are a financial service firm and bought a table at our Chamber of Commerce banquet. We need an idea to decorate our table. Any ideas? Please help!

By Kady from TX

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February 22, 2005

I am looking for some ideas to help decorate at our annual Mothers of Multiples banquet. We have a very limited budget, and will have just finished hosting a statewide Mothers of Multiples convention where the theme is to "pamper yourself". It would be nice to expand on that or go in a different direction. Thank you so much!

Raynell from MN


By Thea (Guest Post)
February 27, 20050 found this helpful

My homemade soaps are wonderful. Or you can make your own :) I make lots - not expensive. Contact me if you like and we can talk :)

February 27, 20050 found this helpful

How about homemade soaps and face mask - I make these myself - they are very reasonable and my garden club loves them :)

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August 20, 2012

Anyone have ideas for neat, inexpensive centerpieces, and other ideas for activities, entertainment, and decors?
Thanks : )

By Towanda

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March 5, 2005

I need fun things to do at an end of year, high school orchestra banquet. I am planning dinner at a restaurant; just need ideas to make the dinner fun and memorable. Please help!


By madison (Guest Post)
April 17, 20050 found this helpful

not sure how old you are but do you remember "lets make a deal"? at the end of the show the host would ask audience members for odd objects, 3safety pins, 1 postage stamp etc. 5 hair pins, If your guests are sitting at small tables 8/10 people make teams , start asking for items, give them a little time between items then go to the next item, not too much time , the team with the most items win? its fun plus it makes people talk to others

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January 4, 2005

I need an idea to decorate banquet tables. The theme is "Hope on the Horizon". Ideas?

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