This post was published September 2016 and updated June 2022.
Dining rooms are an important part of the home when you’re gathering with family or friends, but the reality is that most of the time, they sit empty waiting on your next dinner party. Which begs the question — what do you put on your dining room table when you’re not entertaining? It looks empty and sad if there’s no centerpiece, but who has time to arrange fresh flowers every week? To get the creative juices flowing, we’ve pulled together 8 dining table centerpieces ideas you need to try.
1. A Collection of Urns or Vases
Our Blue and White Chinoiserie Collection makes a gorgeous dining table centerpiece, especially when stacked on top of books and acrylic risers. We’ve made it easy to create this pretty arrangement because the whole collection is sized perfectly with the ideal mix of shapes. Rather than scattering your collection throughout the house, pile them on your dining room table to create a focal point.
2. Potted Plants
While we love the idea of always having a fresh flower arrangement on your dining table, that’s not a very realistic goal. But a potted plant like rosemary is something we think you all can handle as it requires far less care and attention. If you aren’t the best plant caretaker, opt for a faux plant for the same look without the responsibility.
3. Stem Holder
There’s nothing more beautiful than using flowers as a dining table centerpiece. And flower vases are a huge opportunity to showcase your personal design style. Don’t worry if you don’t have flowers on hand; we have a variety of faux stems that would look just as beautiful, and a bonus — they’ll never die.
4. Foraged Leaves
Some colorful leaves from the yard are another great solution. Just head out with some shears and see what pretty colors and shapes you can find. Throw them into a simple, white pitcher, and you’ve got a centerpiece that should last up to two weeks!
5. Candle Hurricanes
“Hurricanes lit by candlelight make a welcoming entrance for guests,” says entertaining guru, Bunny Williams. And they also are a great focal point even when you’re not entertaining. To heighten the mood, consider adding multiple hurricanes to make an extra cozy statement.
6. Candle Sticks
You’re probably sensing a theme here — a grouping of like objects in a variety of heights is a foolproof option. We love the arrangement above because it combines sparkly, gold candle sticks with a natural wood dining table. The two contrasting finishes feel unexpected but charming.
7. Table Linens
A tablecloth is a great way to give your dining room table a little personality. To complete the look, pair your runner with a matching napkin for a chic, cohesive feel.
8. Bowl of Fruit
Lastly, give your dining table a pop of color with a fruit-filled bowl. In the image above, we used a mix of bright green and brown pears for an unexpected burst of color and texture.
For more centerpiece inspiration, check out our YouTube channel or read these related posts:
- 10 Outdoor Centerpiece Ideas
- How to Create an Edible Centerpiece
- Style the Perfect Centerpiece Arrangement
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