Did you know there are over 1000 posts on this blog?
I know, right?
Just between us I’m as surprised as you.
Four and a half years ago I sat down at the computer and clicked publish on the first one and I never looked back. In between basketball and cheerleading and baseball and PTO and dogs and cats and kids….
And wrote a little more.
And you left me a comment and I laughed when I read it and wrote more.
Until one day in July I started researching centerpieces for a free-lance article I’m working on and searched the blog to see if I had any blog posts that I’d written on tables and flowers and centerpieces I had created before.
And 32 posts came up.
Apparently centerpieces are a thing with me.
And I never even knew it.
There was picture after glorious picture (total aside: can you tell I’m in love with the word glorious lately) just lurking around in the depths of this blog. You’ve probably never seen them before or if you did, you’ve had coffee since then.
So I’ve brought them out and dusted a few of my favorites off and given them fancy names and decided today was centerpiece inspiration day.
Here are five centerpieces that take you from summer to Thanksgiving.
1. Magnolia and Lime Celebration
I created this centerpiece with simple log vases and layered flowers and hydrangea and fruit.
My dining room doesn’t have a lot of color so I love, love, love the brilliant color of the arrangement.
Quick tip: With flowers anything goes. I like mixing colors together that normally I would never put next to each other like that red and the purple of the hydrangea.
2. Summer Burst of Color
This arrangement was at the height of peony season.
I love peonies.
I just wish peony season lasted for more than a minute.
The flowers are arranged in a handmade wooden box on a burlap table runner.
Quick tip: mason jars are your friend for a long vertical arrangement like this.
Simply fill mason jars with flowers and the narrow opening on top of the jars helps keep the flowers upright.
3. Shop the Yard Arrangement
This centerpiece is perfect for the event that you forgot you were having at your house.
It’s easy and simple and takes five minutes.
And looks like you planned it all week.
Collect different size bottles with narrow openings at the top.
Add them all to the center of the box and add a single bloom to each one of them.
Quick tip: You could add greenery from the yard or twigs from a tree.
These branches came from right outside the dining room window.
4. Fruit and Vegetable Medley
Ummm. Hello grocery store.
I needed a last minute arrangement and I called up the produce aisle.
I hollowed out the center of some of the vegetables (like the cabbages), used them as a vase and filled them with leaves from the yard.
Quick tip: Think outside the box for table runner ideas. This arrangement uses chalkboards as a runner.
Lastly, I tossed in a few jute pumpkins for texture.
5. The Thankful Table
This was my arrangement one year for Thanksgiving.
It was so easy and it all started with a wire container with a lid.
I placed a vase in the center of the container and tucked dried hydrangea around it.
Quick tip: Using a box with a lid can give you an instant backdrop for an arrangement.
I added twigs for height and filled the vase with leaves and wood slices.
Then I added monogrammed linens and white dishes.
I love the color of hydrangea when they dry.
Thank you for taking a trip down centerpiece lane with me.
Thank you for reading and commenting and listening to my total asides and produce aisle shopping trips.
And thank you for being here for historic post 1081.
The blog wouldn’t be the same without you. 🙂
PS This last picture isn’t a centerpiece, but it’s my all time favorite picture on the blog.
At least until post 1082 comes along. 🙂