How to Make a Simple Centerpiece for Your Table
When it comes to decorating, it can be hard to know what to do with your dining room table. Do you fill it with an elaborate centerpiece? Leave it bare? Something in between?
Your options are practically limitless when it comes to what you can fill your dining room table with, but there are some benefits to keeping your centerpieces simple. If you have a complex centerpiece with a lot of different parts, it can become a pain to serve dinner at the table — especially if you need to use the center of the table for food! If you regularly serve meals at your dining room table, you may want to use simple centerpieces that are easy to move out of the way when necessary and that won’t interfere with dinner conversation.
Here are three formulas for simple and elegant centerpieces that can help make your entire dining room feel a little more special.
One Large Vase + GreeneryPerhaps the simplest centerpiece for your dining room table is also one of the most classic — the combination of a large glass vase and some pretty greenery is timeless and will work in any space. For this centerpiece, all you’ll need is to find a good-sized vase (it can be clear or colored, but a clear vase works well with any decor) and some faux or fresh greenery. One of the easiest ways to find greenery for your vase is to simply step into your backyard! A cutting from a flower bed, a tree or a pretty bush in your yard is a great way to fill the vase, and just one long stem is all you need for a beautiful arrangement.
A Large Dough Bowl + FillerDough bowls work really well as centerpieces for a few different reasons. First of all, if you get the right size for your table, one bowl can fill the entire center of it without needing to add anything extra around it. Also, when you need to put that big dish of lasagna in the center of your table you only have one thing to move. Secondly, a dough bowl is a great option because it’s extremely simple to change its contents for the season. You can fill the bowl with fresh greenery in the spring, some pretty, fresh (or faux) fruit in the summer, pine cones in the fall, and evergreen sprigs in the winter. The bowl can even be left empty if you want a very simple centerpiece. You can buy dough bowls at various stores, or for added character, you may be able to find a vintage version at a flea market or antique shop.
A Pretty Tray + a Pitcher + FlowersFinally, this simple formula is a great casual option when you want your centerpiece to do double duty as a functional space in your dining room. Trays are a great way to corral all of the random things around your home, and when you put one on your dining room table, it can become a great place to stash extra silverware, the salt and pepper shaker, fruit or even a few plates without making your table look cluttered. Add a pretty pitcher with some fresh or faux flowers, and the tray instantly looks intentional and beautiful rather than just a resting place for odds and ends. Trays are the perfect secret weapon when you’re trying to make your home look and feel less cluttered. Keeping one on your table is a great way to not only store a few dining room necessities, but also spruce up your table.
With these three simple formulas, you have practically limitless options for how to decorate your table on a day-to-day basis with hardly any effort. It’s always fun to do something a little more special if you’re having a dinner party or hosting a big event, but for everyday life, these DIY centerpieces are an easy way to add a little extra touch to your table.