RL Entertaining: DIY Centerpieces for your Parties

Four table toppers made from materials you can find at home!

Photography: At Maculangan Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol

Read the original article ("Center of Attraction") in the May 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Pearly Shells

What you need: a small punch bowl or a footed glass vase, a variety of real or faux seashells, simple white candles, pebbles, and coarse sand

Create a dry "aquarium" by arranging assorted shells inside a see-through container. Make sure they're not too cramped to show off their forms. Beside it, line three or four small tinted bowls or vases. Fill them with pebbles or coarse sands and erect white candles in the middle. You might want to use floral frog to ensure the candles won't topple over. 

Mad Tea Hatter's Party

What you need: teacups,  saucers, a cake stand, and fresh flowers in your favorite color

Imagine a crazy hatter hosting an afternoon cake and coffee. Channel the same carefree vibe in raiding your own cupboard-or your tita's and neighbor's-for some teacups and saucers and arranging them harmoniously. Throw in a couple of pieces in white, and choose blooms in the same color family to tie in the whole look together. 

Clear Intentions

What you need: stemware, clear vases, clear bottles, sequins, beads, mini pompoms, peacock feathers, and glittery things

Choose five to six clear glasses and vessels and fill them with different kinds of beads, sequins, and the like. You may fill each one with the same type and color (purple sequins) or combination (red seed beads and silver sequins). Leave some vessels empty. Also, throw in texture-rich dŽcor such as peacock feathers for contrast. 

Into the Woods

What you need: a decorative bird cage, twigs from your backyard, and fresh flowers (ask your florist to throw in some baby's breath, too!)

In lieu of birds, tuck a bunch of flowers inside the bird cage. You can also make small floral arrangements by filling clear glasses with the blooms of your choice. Complete the table with the twigs from your garden. 


Latest Stories

Would You Live Inside This 9sqm Water Pipe?

This modern designer studio unit (inside a water pipe!) in Hong Kong may be the home of the future

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray Is An Awesome Artist

We discovered the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner has some mad painting skills!

8 Properties That Will Make You Want to Move to Pampanga ASAP

When it comes to investing in real estate, Pampanga is the place to be right now

Team Kramer Gives A Tour of Their New Home

The house will have an elevator, an infinity pool, and a classroom for the kids

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

The Ultimate Kamuning Shopping Guide

Once the go-to place for affordable fabric and tailoring, this Quezon City district is now a happening place and a treasure trove of hip vintage stores, cool furniture shops, and more

14 Baguio And Ilocos Destinations To Visit On a Summer Weekend

The beginning of summer vacation is the perfect time to head up north! Here are fun and easy places to visit and shop at.

Beautiful And Functional Ways To Decorate A Bi-Level Home

Maximize every nook and cranny of your humble abode with these ideas
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!