Tablescapes, Summer Centerpiece Fun!

Don’t you love a wow factor, something totally unexpected on the table?   For anything from a simple meal to a special party,  it’s fun to surprise and delight your family or guests.   My favorite place for inspiration is the grocery store.  Although flowers are my passion, I often turn to other natural elements for my table tops and centerpieces.  I would love to share some with you today to get your creative juices flowing for summer…

hen nest

Fresh vegetables are my hands down favorite any time of year, but I love to make bountiful displays in the summer with eggplants, corn, brussels sprouts and lots of red tomatoes

vegetable tree 3

This vegetable tree was created for a party last summer.  It is built on stacked tiers, you can see the white edges peaking out, and the topper is a fresh basil plant.  Tip:  you have to do this right before the party starts because the veggies will wilt after a few hours.  Give them a spritz with a little water to make them sparkle.

tiered vegetable centerpiece thepaintedapron.cim

I did a “practice tree” at home so I could assemble the tree quickly at the party.  Artichokes, peppers, garlic, radishes and beans, parsley and cabbage, it’s all in there somewhere!

fishy bananas

And don’t forget fruit!

pantry centerpiece

I call this centerpiece, “Raiding the Pantry”, there’s a little bit of anything I could find on hand here!

pantry in a shell centerpiece

Use a large tray or dish and pile it in!  I set this on some open weave mats that I overlapped so they look more like netting, and used some smaller bowls within the large one to help keep the arrangement from all running together.  The Corona beer and the coconut brings this centerpiece to the beach, whether you are there or not… along with the star fish and blue bottles, you can celebrate the summer sea anywhere

washed ashore centerpiece 2

This centerpiece is called “Shipwrecked.”  An old wooden skiff has washed up full of colored bottles and shells, along with driftwood and sea glass

washedashore centerpiece

washed ashore


If you want to do flowers, try something unexpected~

hydragea centerpiece

DD and I created this for her deck table and it is actually a gray flower pot, turned upside down and set in a matching saucer.  Another gray saucer sits on top.  We found the pot and the saucers at Lowe’s for a total of about $15.  Both saucers are deep enough to hold enough water to keep the hydrangea blooms happy.  A lot of bang with a handful of blooms...

birdhouse in the garden

A birdhouse perched on a tray or tier on your patio table gets a boost from a wreath of delicate blooms, faux  or real.  To see the complete table click here

candle in chip dip

This is a chip and dip server and instead of dip filling the center bowl, it holds a hurricane and a candle.  Shells and glass trinkets fill the surrounding troughs

chip dip centerpiece

A simple tray or bowl of shells immediately sets a summer and beachy mood

sea shell centerpiece

You can almost feel the sea breeze on your skin

shell centerpiece

add a little color for the sea and sky

relax centerpiece

and perhaps a subtle reminder of what to do~

shell and relax table

Of course, sometimes I just like to do something crazy~

July 4 1

Like using Santa with flags and carnations~ to see this beach boy’s table click here

boat full of apples centerpiece

Or filling a boat full of apples, tomatoes and a beach chair candle~to see more photos of this boat in action click here

Try something a little different!

CC under the umbrella

Let me know what you come up with!


I’m joining these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY

Uncommon Designs for MONDAY FUNDAY

Between Naps on the Porch for METAMORPHIS MONDAY


A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Worthing Court for HOME{WORK} WEDNESDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

It’s Overflowing for SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY



22 Responses to “Tablescapes, Summer Centerpiece Fun!”
  1. So much inspiration here. I was particularly taken with your use of assorted bottles…and the carpet balls tucked in with the apples. Superb! Cherry Kay

  2. I am on sensory overload…goodness…so many ideas! Love it.

  3. Kim Hood says:

    These are all so great! I have to say, the baby and umbrella are my favorite. 😉 Thanks for sharing such awesome centerpiece ideas!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  4. laurie says:

    Oh what wonderful centerpiece ideas! I love the way you group things in all kinds of containers, and I love that hydrangea centerpiece. I’m going to have to scroll back through this post, just to make sure I don’t miss a single thing. Thank you for all of the inspiration. (Oh, and the baby in the giant shell is just sooooo sweet! laurie

  5. Babs says:

    Wow! What great ideas! I don’t know which I like best…probably the patriotic boat,..hmmm or using the dip and chip server as a centerpiece..great idea there. I never know what to do with those servers. Duh! Of course the sweet little one napping under the umbrella…So sweet. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  6. Mary says:

    All your centerpieces are so creative Jenna! I’m a big fan of using veggies and fruit in a centerpiece and your ‘Washed Ashore’ centerpiece floats my boat 🙂 Love the flower pot upside down in the saucer~ a perfect way to use just a few blooms! I got a kick at you ingenuity and seeing your clam shell-cum-cradle under the umbrella~ oh so cute!

  7. Patty says:

    Oh, my I love everyone of these display. Amazing!!
    Thanks, Patty

  8. Jenna, I love all your centerpieces, they are so fun and different. Thank you for sharing them on Tuesday Trivia. Your pictures are awesome!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  9. Home Seasons says:

    Love the patriotic centerpiece for 4th of July! Can’t believe it’s coming up next week!

  10. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    Great ideas, Jenna! I love the baby-brella and the veggie tier, and your July 4th centerpiece is stellar. Have a great week!

  11. Judy says:

    So many great centerpieces, but that chicken and veggies really caught my eye p

  12. Judy says:

    Sorry, hit wrong button by accident, the veggie tree is striking too. The baby really steals the show, nothing more special than a little one.

  13. Visiting from Debbiedoo’s. I’m pinning this and I’m following you via bloglovin. I would love for you to come visit my blog too. I’m also hosting a growing linky party and we would love to have you link up.

  14. Sarah says:

    Wonderful inspiration! Love the baby shot! ~ Sarah

  15. Fabulous centerpieces! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Maria says:

    So many wonderful ideas! I love, love, love the vegetable tree! Very clever!

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