I always like to have a centerpiece on our kitchen table. If there is nothing on the table, it feels too bare and unfinished. Although my first choice would be to have fresh wild flowers in a pitcher or pretty greenery and branches trimmed from the yard in a simple vase, this isn’t a realistic option as we don’t have a yard and it would get too extravagant to buy flowers every week from the store.
I have become a bit lazy in the everyday kitchen centerpiece department and for months (maybe even years!) I have used the same centerpiece. When I don’t have something fresh for the table, this is my fallback—a dried boxwood topiary on a thrifted blue and white plate. Here is what it looks like:
Although I have been happy with this arrangement, I feel the need for a change. Without going out and buying something new, I tried to see what other arrangements I could make that would work on a daily basis and could be made from things I already have on hand.
Here is what I came up with:
We always have lots of fresh fruit in the house and that makes a colorful and easy arrangement. It might also have the added benefit of encouraging the kids to eat more fruit! I like the look of the rustic handmade wooden bowls but also love the blue and white porcelain bowls (surprise, surprise!).
A collection of small vases seems to work as well, but feels a little too busy for this room.
I like the ball boxwood topiary with the lemons on the blue plate. It works well for spring and summer.
I might try the driftwood and candle or sea glass ball arrangement in the summer—it is simple and would give the space a more coastal feel.
I think that most things look better under a glass cloche. I am using a succulent arrangement in the photo above.
The wooden cutting board was my daughter’s idea and I like how it works like a tray. Aren’t those little salt and pepper holders adorable? I picked those up at Target a few years ago and think the attached little wooden spoons are so cute.
A tray, like in the above photos, works well to corral necessities like extra napkins, utensils, and salt and pepper shakers. Our table is small, so the pictured tray is a bit too big for us to use regularly.
This blue and white vegetable dish with a fern works well. I have found that you can pick up dishes like this which are missing their covers for next to nothing at thrift stores and they make wonderful planters.
I have a lot of houseplants growing in the apartment so there is always one that I can relocate to the kitchen table. I think the potted English Ivy above is my favorite centerpiece option and I will go with that for now. Something alive and green mixed with something blue and white is always a winning combination for me.
What do you use as an everyday centerpiece on your kitchen table? I would love some more ideas!