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Creating A Summer Centerpiece

I love the idea of placing a centerpiece on your dining room or kitchen table that reflects the season. Centerpieces bring so much interest to a table – to a room, even – and they’re a lot of fun to create. I personally collect antique bottles and glasses, so I decided to create a centerpiece that would incorporate some of them. Along with an old soda crate and a bunch of fresh flowers, this centerpiece feels like the start of true summer to me.

Flowers, vintage bottles, antique crate

You can find old bottles and crates at most thrift stores and flea markets. When choosing bottles for a centerpiece, try to use varied sizes to keep it interesting. The bottles I used were all either clear-colored or with a slightly blue tint, so they fit in well with one another. I then chose three types of flowers and cut them to varied lengths to add to the interest. I arranged them in my crate, placed the crate atop my dining room table, and voila! Instant summer centerpiece. :)

Antique bottles with fresh flowers in a crate

Fresh flowers

Flower, crate, and bottle centerpiece

Photos by Brigette.

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Kacie -May 15, 2013, 10:47AM

This is probably a weird question but I know you have a cat Bridgette and I was wondering if he ever tries to eat the plants and flowers you leave out and if so how do you keep him away from it? Because I’m dying to try this but if I do my lovely little Amelia will eat it and throw it up for me later!

Meg -May 15, 2013, 12:08PM

There is nothing better than fresh flowers in the home. Love this!

fp brigette -May 15, 2013, 1:59PM

Kacie – he absolutely does. I just grab him (I’m usually just carrying him with me wherever I go anyway) or spritz him with a little water, but I have noo idea what he does when I’m not home, haha! Maybe you could cover your plants and flowers with pretty glass domes, terrarium-style. The only other thing I can think of is just making sure she stays out of whichever rooms have the flowers :(

Gracie -May 16, 2013, 8:53AM

About how much do the crates run? I’ve been having a hard time locating one.

fp brigette -May 16, 2013, 10:11AM

The one’s I’ve seen at flea markets have been in the $20-$35 range, but it totally varies. There are a bunch on Etsy that you can check out:

Sundal -May 31, 2013, 7:16PM

This is like one I just did, minus the crate! I love collecting old bottles and jars with pretty labels like this st. Dalfour jam jar (great for spices as they’re tall and slim so make the most of the space in my spice cupboard!) and this fancy olive oil bottle:

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