20 5-Minute Centerpieces for Every Occasion
Big blossoms, such as hydrangeas, roses, and peonies, look gorgeous displayed in an unused serving piece, like a soup tureen.
Float bright Granny Smiths in large, clear-glass vases (filled to different levels) for a whimsical still life.
A bouquet of colorful pinwheel lollipops stands steadily and cheerfully in a bucket packed with dry sand.
The rich tones of sweet peas and cabbages (yes, cabbages) work together beautifully in a creative combination.
For full how-tos, see Create a Cabbage Centerpiece.
Add jewel-toned fruit to a white bowl with sensuous lines for an easy arrangement. Look for fruits of differing sizes and shapes but with similar coloring, as with these plums and pomegranates.
What could be more delicious than a large footed vase sparkling with foil-wrapped treats?
Pair smooth objects (lemons) with smaller, textured ones (nuts) for a compelling composition. Show it off in a glass bowl with a pedestal for drama.
Simple terra-cotta pots are the perfect backdrop for the glories of lush ranunculus.
For full how-tos, see Create a Quick Terra-Cotta Pot Centerpiece.
An array of brightly colored sodas or juices add a fun note to a dinner.
On a steamy night, set a casual table with a bouquet of hot-colored paper flowers, guaranteed not to wilt.
Bring a splash of sunshine to your meal with a vibrant partnering of daisies and oranges.
For full how-tos, see Create a Surprising Fruit Centerpiece.
This tone-on-tone assemblage starts with miniature citrus fruits (key limes, kumquats) and Peruvian lilies bursting with color.
For full how-tos, see Create a Fishbowl Centerpiece.
Flip containers (here, acrylic boxes and lids) upside down and arrange fruit on top to create a multitiered design.
A field of gerbera daisies and wheatgrass “grow” charmingly in a rustic table runner.
For full how-tos, see Create a Floral Table Runner.
Line floral arrangements down your table―if you don't have enough vases, cake tins, jelly molds, and small ice buckets make surprisingly pretty containers.
Two humble elements―a wooden salad bowl and carnations―add up to something special. Cut the stems to three or four inches, arrange in a glass dish, and place in the bowl.
It’s November 1 and your pumpkin is still going strong? Trim off its top and hollow out the seeds. Arrange fresh flowers in a water-filled jar and place inside, or use dried leaves and twigs.
A galvanized tub becomes the base for a gathering of oversize leaves, like these from a magnolia.