Many of the galas I work use a floral centerpiece on the table.
I certainly enjoy the freshness flowers bring to an event, but I’ve also seen some interesting non-floral options, especially when it comes to school auction centerpieces, as the one in this photo.
Why do nonprofits opt for a non-floral arrangement?
1. Lower event expenses.
As attractive as they are, flowers can be expensive. They become a “nice to have,” not a “need to have,” so they can be quickly cut from a budget.
(But you still want to have an attractive table arrangement.)
2. Have children create them.
Another advantage of non-floral centerpieces is that many can be made or assembled by children (though the one in the photograph was not).
Put the kids to work assembling the centerpieces — it’s especially useful if you’re overseeing a school auction or a nonprofit which benefits children. If you decide to sell the centerpieces at the gala, the “kid-made” aspect can help the centerpieces sale price.
(You can sell centerpieces outright or via an auction. Learn how to auction off centerpieces in my video program called Charity Auction Bells & Whistles™.)
Some flowers can set people off into a sneezing frenzy. Non-floral centerpieces eliminate that from happening.