A friend of mine and I were talking about dining rooms recently and she said she was too busy with her business to have big dinner parties and therefore she did not use her formal dining room very much at all. That got me thinking… Why do we need to host a big dinner party to use the dining room? How about inviting another couple or just a few friends over for an easy dinner in the dining room? I’m sharing an easy do-it-yourself centerpiece and an oh, so pretty table that is a no brainer to set!
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Let’s set an easy-peasy, yet pretty table for four and a centerpiece that you can make yourself in less than 10 minutes!
And one of my white soup tureens… sans lid… which will be the container for the floral arrangement!
I didn’t want to mess with oasis or florist tape adhered to the edges of the soup tureen. This is a very very quick and pretty arrangement! No fuss!
Here’s how I make a super easy centerpiece…
1 Begin with great flowers and lots of greens. I chose a very dusty blush to pink color palette with lots of eucalyptus. Choosing large blooms is also a must as you will see. This bouquet had…
- blush cabbage roses
- pink hydrangeas
- white stargazer lilies
- small, white calla lilies
- white astilbe
2 Find a low and wide container to hold the centerpiece. I chose a white ironstone soup tureen. Fill the container with fresh water and add the eucalyptus or greens. Doing this first will hold the rest of the flowers in place. Let the greens drape over the container.
3 Cut the biggest blooms in your bouquet (mine were hydrangeas) short and add them evenly around the container. Keep them very close to the container. See image above.
4 Next start with your most showy bloom (stargazer lilies) cut them short and add them to the arrangement. Again keep them low. Then add the other bigger flowers (mine were cabbage type rose). Cut them low as well.
Add pods or closed blooms (stargazer lilies) to the arrangement. They can be a little taller because they are not as dense.
5 Finally, add the “fluff” astilbe and calla lilies. Tuck them in areas that need a little coverage or “fluff”! Continue to work the arrangement until you are pleased with it.
A very eye pleasing arrangement shape is an off center obtuse triangle.
The arrangement is the star of this table and all the other elements are very subdued. Remember we are setting this for just four people.
Most dining room tables are quite large. So, set two place settings on one side of the table and two on the other. It will look much cozier!
Other than the flowers, the table is white or silver! Simple settings, but the white on white and silver makes it look a little more dramatic and let’s the flowers shine!
The iridescent goblets were my grandmother’s wedding goblets. They are a great treasure to me!
To fill out the table, mercury glass candlesticks flank the centerpiece. I added tall white vintage ginger jars at each end of the table. Filling out the center of the table keeps the table from looking too empty.
Rethink your dining room table! Set a table for four and use it often!
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