I paid a visit to the local Salvation Army store and the Goodwill store, where I found all of these glass containers for one or two dollars. I brought them home and soaked all of them in a sink of very warm water and some" Efferdent Plus" denture cleaning tablets. I had read before that, this these tablets were great to use for getting glass to sparkle. It really does work. Try it and see what you think. I picked up a few bunches of faux Fall flowers and used the orange berries that I had on had, then wired them in clusters.
I put one small cluster onto the stem of each container, then tied it tight with Fall colored sheer ribbon. If needed I added a dab of hot glue to keep it from slipping. The small pillar candles were on a clearance shelf at my local Kmart store. With the lights in the banquet room dimmed, the candlelight added a nice touch.
With the vast amount of creativity flowing through the blogworld, I know I could pick up lots of ideas for this type of event. But, just incase you ever need to help out with centerpieces for an informal event...try finding glass containers at your local thrift shop. It is amazing how inexpensively one can add a touch of beauty to tables. We gave the centerpieces away at each table. The Fall colored napkins added color to the tables, with one under each centerpiece and one at each place setting.