Holly Sammons shares with Cole & Mason tips on how to create a beautiful yet easy table centre piece – using greenery and flowers from your own garden.
Creating a unique table centrepiece is the ultimate finishing touch in creating a table to impress your guests and bring the wow factor for an entrance table, console, or side table display in your home!
Making a table centre piece is unique and you don’t have to have endless skills to do it. The beauty of creating your own centre piece is that the finished piece will reflect your personality, the things you like and your style! It’s worth remembering the best table centrepieces show individuality and include simple personal touches including your favourite pieces from around the home.
For creating an at-home centre piece with serious style, the best place to visit for inspiration and greenery is your own garden. If you don’t have that option, then foraging in local areas is great – just always check foraging is permitted before you start!
Picking flowers and greenery that are in-season will bring a seasonal scent and colour to the table and choosing a colour scheme is a great start in choosing stems. From the bright colours of summer to the greens of spring and the golden tones of winter, to a display purely of greenery, the choice is yours!
CREATING AN INTERESTING TABLE
Creating an interesting table comes with building different layers and dimensions to your display. Choosing varying heights of vessels brings intrigue and allows for little bud vases to showcase singular beautiful stems, terracotta pots can be used for small potted plants and jam jars, or glass bottles can group small posies together. Using some of your favourite jugs on a table is also a lovely touch, simply fill with wire and arrange your stems to within 1.5 times as tall as your vessel. Don’t forget to leave space for chopping boards if you’re serving to the table, simply nestle your arrangement around them.
Create a memorable centrepiece by including extra details! Using seasonal fruits to dress around your florals gives a beautiful finish, from lemons in the summer, to nuts and berries in the winter. If you have the luxury of picking from your own garden, leaving the fruits on their stems is a must for displaying and you can simply place on the table around your arrangements. For a really professional centrepiece use moss or extra greenery to dress the empty areas of the table and place an element of your chosen seasonal fruits on each place setting.
SCENT, SCENT, SCENT!
If you do one thing when you arrange a centrepiece, it is to remember the scent! Adding herbs and scented greenery or florals adds extra sensory elements to your display. Mint and Rosemary are fantastic herbs to use amongst your arrangements and bring added dimension and long-lasting scent. As do natural scented candles which can mimic your display with scents of lavender and rose.
STEMS FOR THE SEASON
Spring | Summer table centrepiece
Stems for a Spring/Summer table: Hellebores, Snowdrops, Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas, Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Dahlias, Fennell, Cow Parsley, Strawberries, Lemons.
Autumn | Winter table centrepiece
Stems for an Autumn/Winter table: Hedgerow Berries, Nettles, Rosehips, Hawthorn Berries, Dried Hydrangeas, Ivy with berries, Eucalyptus, Crab Apples and Cobnuts,
Viburnum, Yew, Box, Fir, Holly, and Mistletoe.