An everyday beautifully set table is wonderful, but what happens when you need to do homework, eat some fast food or just pile some backpacks there? (That’s what tables are for—right? Right?) Someone last week asked for some everyday centerpiece ideas, so here’s what’s currently on our table. I’m using a big, pretty bowl that I found at a thrift store, some colorful green apples and a big bunch of magnolia branches from a friend’s tree. Simple and easy to move out of the way as needed—which is really the name of the game when it comes to everyday centerpieces.
Love this blue and white bowl for $39. Find more here.
Here are five more easy ideas for your table:
These lanterns come in three sizes but I’d use a pair of the larger ones for a longer table and just one in the center for a smaller round table. Easy to fill with a set of candles, a succulent or some seasonal greenery. (I’ve seen these in person and they’re gorgeous!)
Another no-brainer. A large glass demijohn or wine balon works for any table and is big enough to make statement. Pop in a branch of greenery and you’re done. Whether you buy new or vintage, these oversized vessels can be a little pricey but, in my opinion, are a good investment since they literally work all year round.
I think you know there’s few places where I don’t love a good grouping of blue and white jars. But a simple grouping of three in varying heights would also work in the middle of a rectangular or round table. (Like a more neutral look? I think these ceramic pottery pieces are also pretty.)
This wooden chain is a new piece at PB, and I don’t think the picture does it justice. It’s bigger than it looks here (47” long!) and would be a beautiful way to add texture to the length of your dining (or coffee or console) table.
I have a smaller version but have long loved the look of the bigger antique dough bowls. Again, a great way to add texture to your table (especially if yours is painted). I think these are lovely on their own but also like them filled with fruit, magnolia branches or greenery, depending on the season. You can find them here or try your luck on a site like Etsy. (These also pop up at flea markets and antique/consignment stores if you’re willing to hunt.)
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Cheryl Johnson says
very useful and I can replicate with items at hand. love that blue/white bowl, at such a great price. these are all classic choices which I appreciate. the wooden chain would be my challenge piece and I can see this on a console, bookcase, coffee table on a shelf underneath. Thank you, Emily, I am making note so I don’t forget these ideas! This is why I got a pretty planner this year.
simple and lovely ideas. Classics that can go with every style. I am digging the wooden chain big time! I love love love that the blue bowl has the slits in it for air to circulate under the fruit.
Just noticed that, thanks to your good eye.
All great ideas. Regarding the dough bowls…if the table is stained vs being painted, you could add a runner underneath to create contrast. Those dough bowls are great for keeping crayons handy.
I keep my centerpiece items in a tray so I can remove them quickly.
Emily Clark says
piece + palette says
Love the dough bowls!
Great post! I saw that wooden chain at Pottery Barn last time I was there and couldn’t keep my hands off it! For your local readers, those large dough bowls can also be found at Brass Exchange Home in the Arboretum for a great price.
I love the dough bowls; I prefer shorter centerpieces so that you can make eye contact across the table.
Thank you so much for dedicating a post to my request! I just knew you would have some lovely, simple, and attainable ideas. Thank you for creating a inspirational blog and responding to your comments!
Emily Clark says
Great! Glad you saw this :)
Robin W. says
I loved this post! I’ve been on the lookout for a great dough bowl that’s not too expensive. In the meantime my hubby made me a long wooden box out of pallet wood and I fill it with faux grass in the spring, pumpkins in the fall and pinecones in the winter. I love the box, but it’s size makes it cumbersome to move for game night. Please keep the posts like this coming.
Window Wear says
Dough bowls are always a nice touch.
Pumpernickles Catering says
Thanks for the instagrammable centerpiece ideas. I’d love to try the jar for a rustic concept wedding!.