How to Make a "Beauty & the Beast" Centerpiece

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The popular, romantic fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast" is a sought-after theme for parties ranging from Sweet 16 to weddings. The fairy tale's theme easily lends itself to lavish decor, ranging from sweeping libraries and book themes to luxe ballrooms, and even a dark forest theme. Perhaps the most popular motif from "Beauty and the Beast," however, is that of a single red rose under a glass -- a symbol of both the passing of time and the Beast's longing for true love. Bring in any of these symbols to create a lavish "Beauty and the Beast" centerpiece.

Center a single, perfect rose on the table, or arrange a row of them to fill a long table. While you may not be able to have your rose magically suspended in the air, as the Beast's was, go for drama by lying an open rose under a cloche, as his was. Or, evoke the same symbolism by placing the rose in a slender modern bud vase as the center of attention.

Theme each table at a larger event, such as a wedding, based on beloved characters from "Beauty and the Beast" like Lumière, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Gaston and, of course, Belle and the Beast. Place a single item in the center of the table, like a candlestick, tea pot or blunderbuss (to depict Gaston). Or, frame a computer-print off of the character's image. Surround with flowers and candles; at each place setting, put a trivia question about the character.

Place a stack of old books, topped with a red rose, in the center of each table. The library scene is an iconic one in "Beauty and the Beast," and is easily symbolized by this arrangement. Votive candles complete the centerpiece.

Collect twisted branches or tangled thorns and place them in a vase in the center of the table. Twist red roses throughout them to symbolize the Beast's love and the tangled forest Belle traveled through to get to him. Hang votives from the branches, if they are strong enough to support them, or space a row of these twisted branch centerpieces with tall crystal candlesticks.