Summer is great for so many reasons – warm weather, swimming, picnics, fresh produce from the garden, vacation, kayaking, and the list goes on and on. One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of flowers and plants in the garden that I can use to create centerpieces for the table.
Over the years I have purchased and received as gifts some beautiful vases, but the funny thing is….my “go to” containers for centerpieces are typically recycled containers – jelly jars, mason jars, wine bottles, juice glasses, etc. I’m not sure why, but I much prefer a casual feel to a more formal one when decorating a table. I also prefer shorter containers to taller ones – especially for a sit-down dinner because I find that tall centerpieces often impede conversation. I save my taller vases/vessels for buffet tables.
With the idea of summer centerpieces in mind, I gathered some of my favorite containers and headed out into my yard to create a few centerpieces with what I have on hand. I hope the ideas below spark your creativity.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money for flowers to decorate your table – go out into your back yard with some sharp cutters and an active imagination. Think outside the box. Look at all the plants – veggies included – in your yard to see what is appealing to your eye and then find an appropriate container to house that item.
Consider a beautiful bunch of cherry or grape tomatoes on the vine, a bowl full of eggplants or zucchini, a basket of peaches or other summer fruits. Or, when things in your yard or sparse, think about non-green ideas like the sand and starfish below.
Embellish the finished product with some ribbon, raffia or twine OR leave it bare for a natural feel. Group smaller vases for a more free-flowing look and/or nestle your vases among stones, shells, coffee beans, etc.
Those people who strictly adhere to rules when setting a table often lack imagination – say “to hell with the rules” and let your creative juices flow. You’ll be amazed at how pretty your table will look as a result!
What are some of your favorite table decorations for summer?
The following pic although not specifically related to this post is too beautiful not to share!!!