Orchid Centerpieces

A Centerpiece You'll Enjoy Long After the Party

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Especially if your’e an orchid grower, you may have a few orchids in bloom that are begging for you to show them off. Or, you may have an up-coming dinner or special occasion and you’d like to use orchids in your centerpiece. I’m in complete agreement with you.

Let’s talk about what makes a successful centerpieces, some suggestions for containers for centerpieces, and, finally, let’s put some centerpieces together.

You'll love this guide on creating orchid centerpieces - pratical and beautiful


A Successful Centerpiece

  • Looks good from every angle
  • Does not impede conversation
  • May facilitate conversation “My, what a lovely and interesting centerpiece”
  • Can double a gift for guests
  • Is eye-catching
  • Can be made ahead of time
  • Is long-lasting

Containers for Centerpieces

  • Serving dishes
  • Silver
  • Glass: mercury, seeded, colored, milk or clear
  • Pedestal dishes
  • Flat trays
  • Baskets, bread, native American
  • Wood: box, cutting board, cheese board


  • Container. See the options above for ideas.
  • Orchids. Groups of 3 look nice, though sometimes it only takes one. This Etsy Shop, Floralistic, delivers orchids in 3 inch pots. You select the quantity and color of your orchids.
  • Reindeer Moss. I love this top dressing. It’s soft and squishy, easy to use. If your centerpiece is large, you may need more than one bag. It comes is a multitude of colors.
  • Air plants. Without pots or soil, air plants are an easy choice for finishing off your orchid centerpiece. A few popular examples are T. xerographica, T. tricolor v melanocrater and T. peach capitata.
  • Gravel. This will stabilize your orchid if you are using a kokedama

Tip: In this post I talk a lot about using orchids potted kokedama style. While this style is by no means a prerequisete for centerpiece orchids, they are fun. If you’d like to learn more, check out this post:

Learn the Japanese Art of Kokedama

Ready to Go Potless?


Orchid Centerpiece Using Serving Dishes

orchid kokedama in trifle dish - orchid centerpieces

This ceramic serving dish is just the right size to hold three mini Phalaenopsis orchids. Topped with reindeer moss, this display will last for several months.

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This narrow serving dish for three mini Phalaneopsis orchids. After setting the orchids in the dish, cover the base of the orchids with reindeer moss.

Orchid Centerpiece with Kokedama in Glass

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This orchid kokedama centerpiece displayed in a trifle dish looks great from every angle. The slender orchid and glass container does not impede guests from seeing each other across the table.

Orchid Centerpiece:Tray with Air Plants

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Keep it simple. Sometimes just grouping the orchids on a tray is enough.

orchid kokedama in trifle dish - orchid centerpieces

If you want to dress up your design, a simple way to do that is to add air plants. No potting or dirt is required with air plants. These air plants, T.  melanocrater v tricolor show off red flowers. What could be easier? To add a little polish, top the orchid pots with a bit of preserved reindeer moss.

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For an alternate view, use another variety of air plants. Pictured above T. peach capitata.

Orchid Centerpieces: More Is Sometimes Just More

simple centerpiece - mini orchid

This mini orchid couldn’t be simpler, or more colorful. The vibrant magenta flowers contrast with the robin egg blue ceramic pot. A touch of purple reindeer moss highlights the flowers.

simple centerpiece - mini orchid

A study on simplicity are these two kokedama orchid set in uniquely shaped dishes.

Tip: If you are using kokedama, fill the bottom with a shallow layer of gravel to stabilize the orchids.

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Just a bit of gravel in the bottom of your dish will keep your kokedama upright and secure.

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Safe and secure this kokedama orchids regally sits in its pot.

Your Turn

When designing your orchid centerpieces, keep in mind these three things: First, orchids are ideal because you can purchase and get them ready WAY in advance and you won’t have to worry about the flowers fading. You can put these together weeks before your event and they will only improve as more flowers open. Second, remember that the centerpiece should facilitate, not detract from conversation. (That’s why I like mini orchids; they aren’t too tall.) And, third, be sure the centerpiece looks good from every direction. With these things in mind, your centerpieces are sure to be a hit. Orchid flowers tend to be long-lasting by nature and they are definitely eye-catching.

  1. Cheryl says:

    This was a lovely post. You have inspired me.

    1. Anna says:

      Thank you thank you Cheryl for your kind words!

  2. Anita lui says:

    You beautiful displays of orchids. Just love it. Thank you.


    1. Anna says:

      Thank you Anita!
      It was great to hear from you!

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