09/17/2011 02:57 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

8 Centerpiece Ideas Featuring Creative Vases (PHOTOS)

Picture this: You are sitting in your living room waiting for the first guests to arrive to your party. The doorbell chimes, you rush to open it and one of your best friends stands there with a bouquet of tulips. You thank her, thinking of how thoughtful the gift was, until another knock sounds...more flowers. Still excited, you thank your neighbor for his kindness, but then the next guest arrives with still more blooms. Next thing you know, you are running around your home, grabbing every vase is sight, hyperventilating from carnation overload.

But now, you can save yourself the trouble! If you ever have too many flowers and too few vases, here are some quick, and stylish, items you can repurpose to make the perfect centerpiece. Even if you have a vase, these substitutions can enliven a boring table spread or breath more life into your week old plants. Enjoy!