This post was published in September 2016 and updated March 2020.
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? We’ve pulled together 8 ways to give your dining table some personality without all the maintenance:
1. A Collection of Urns or Vases
Our Blue and White Chinoiserie Collection makes a gorgeous 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. Plant a small rosemary plant in a pretty ceramic pot and add some moss on top, and you’re all set.
3. Stem Holder
There’s nothing more beautiful than putting flowers on display. Our new Rosaleen Stem Holder is a chic way to showcase freshly cut flowers, but 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.
65. Add a Tablecloth
A tablecloth is a great way to give your dining room table a little personality when you aren’t hosting. We love the combination of a striped tablecloth with our blue and white chinoiserie vase and a potted house plant.
7. Vases and Candle Pillars
You’re probably sensing a theme here — a grouping of like objects in a variety of heights is a foolproof option. We love this arrangement because it combines sparkly, mercury glass with washed wood candle pillars. The two contrasting finishes feel unexpected but charming.
8. Like a Library
Treat your dining room like a old world library when you aren’t entertaining and pile up your prettiest coffee table books in stacks. Add in a few sculptural pieces, like Suzanne Kasler’s Lamp Slips, and you’re done!
For more centerpiece inspiration, check out these posts below:
- 10 Outdoor Centerpiece Ideas
- How to Create an Edible Centerpiece
- Style the Perfect Centerpiece Arrangement
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