Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess
Who doesn’t love the look of abundant flowers at the center of a festive table? But cut flowers are notoriously expensive, they're not environmentally friendly, and of course, they don’t last. As an alternative, try making a small investment in some of these centerpiece-building staples, and reworking them for glorious tabletop decorations to celebrate occasions all year long.
A Beautiful MessHello, gorgeous! Instead of using live versions, whip up a batch of pretty paper flowers and save them for reuse whenever you need them. Or, make new ones to suit each occasion's color theme and style with this easy tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.
Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens HobickWe're on board with anything that makes our lives just a little easier -- and a potted-herb centerpiece like this one from Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick is right up our alley. Simply plant a boxed herb garden for cooking use, and keep as a pretty windowsill decoration. When it's time to celebrate, just move your guest-ready box to the table for a fragrant, rustic centerpiece.
Mason JarsIs there anything the humble mason jar can't do? Collect a selection in varying sizes and fill them with simple tea lights for an elegant centerpiece that's versatile enough for just about any celebration. See the look at Chellé Paperie.
Karen's SoireeMake a few (super easy!) paper pinwheels in a neutral palette, store them safely and use them all year long -- or whip up a few pretty pieces to go with any new occasion. See how at Karen's Soiree.
BooksSixpence For Your Shoe designed this setup for a wedding; see more at Style Me Pretty.
Upcycled Tin Cans
Cottage in the Oaks
We love the totally unfussy, down-home appeal of tin cans as simple centerpieces. Just remove the labels and reuse in the style of this cool look from Cottage in the Oaks.
A cluster of pretty candlesticks at varying heights -- either similar or totally different in form -- can make for a gorgeous tablescape all year long. See more pics of the look at Elizabeth Anne Designs.