An outdoor centerpiece can really make or break a table setting. The right centerpiece completes the look of the table while giving your guests something interesting to look at throughout the evening. If you want for a gorgeous centerpiece to level up your next gathering, here are ten outdoor centerpiece ideas you need to try.
1. A Bowl of Fruit
For casual, outdoor gatherings, we love centerpieces that are unfussy. If you’re just having friends over for an impromptu meal, there’s no reason to visit the florist. Instead, a pretty bowl with some fruit in it is an easy option that still creates a focal point.
2. Potted Plants
Sometimes simple potted plants are the best way to go. Here, we set out tons of potted plants in different shapes, sizes, and containers for an eclectic look. As an added bonus, you can leave these out all season long. No need to worry about hauling them in and out when guests descend.
3. Sculptural Pieces
For outdoor spaces that may be far away from the house, consider using outdoor sculptures as a focal point. The spheres above make a big statement, can endure the elements, and beautifully mix with flowers and other greenery.
Outdoor spaces usually have tons of organic shapes — think vines, leaves, and stone. To contrast all of that wildness, we love using piece with structure. Beautiful urns are a great way to make a big statement. Just bring them outdoors temporarily!
5. Light Up with Lanterns
Lanterns are another simple way to elevate an outdoor table. We suggest grouping a few lanterns in various heights for contrast and dimension. Plus, you can set the mood with glowing candles inside.
6. Mix Organic and Sculptural
We love this focal point that Suzanne Kasler styled on her Directoire table. She mixed sculptural, white pieces with lemons, flowers, and greenery. The organic lines of the fruit and flowers contrast the sharp angles of her Triomphe Architectural Models.
Succulents are an easy way to make an unexpected statement. Their bold shapes and colors can be mixed together for visual interest or used on their own for a simple touch of texture. They work in nearly any scenario and always look chic.
8. Flower Arrangement
Of course, a flower arrangement works for nearly any occasion. On this outdoor dining table, we paired the flowers with scalloped placemats, leopard accent plates, and comfortable dining chairs.
Looking for more outdoor centerpiece ideas? Check out our YouTube channel or read these related posts to get inspired:
- 12 Ways to Make a Big Outdoor Statement
- 5 Outdoor Decorating Rules to Live By
- How to Up Your Outdoor Decorating Game
- 25 Dreamy Patios, Pools, and Porches
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This post was updated June 2022.