Ideas & Inspiration

Succulent Centerpiece Ideas

Gather Greenery for Your Display
Gather Greenery for Your Display

Begin by gathering items from your garden or farmer’s market — green tomatoes and pears (you could use artichokes, too) — to add green to the expected palette of copper, yellow, gray and brown.


Pine cones, acorns, even those darn asteroid-like fruit from sweet gum trees can find a place at the table.


Take walks and gather leaves as they fall. Look for leaves that are still fresh and supple, with interesting colors and little damage.


Look around for vines that are due for a trim, like English ivy or grapevine. Take your scissors along and pull out a few strands, twining and looping the vines through your centerpiece.

Build a Dish Garden
Build a Dish Garden

Create a dish garden using succulents and a rustic hypertufa container. Place it in the center of the table and fill in with more containers, varying height and color.

Add Fresh Produce to Your Centerpiece
Add Fresh Produce to Your Centerpiece

In the market, pick up green tomatoes, apples and pears, keeping an eye out for colors that will brighten your table.

Bring Nature to Your Table
Bring Nature to Your Table

Natural elements for your harvest centerpiece:

Sunflowers

Mums

Pumpkins, big and small

Dried flowers such as hydrangeas

Seed pods, bought and found

Succulents

Fruit, including apples and pears

Cover Your Table with Burlap
Cover Your Table with Burlap

Decorators like to talk about “shopping your home.” You can do just that, rounding up trays, crates, linens, candles and containers to pull together a harvest theme.


Enhance your tablescape with crates and a table covered with rustic natural burlap fabric. At about $12 for a 24-foot roll of 3-foot wide fabric, it’s inexpensive and goes a long way.

Tie the Ends with Rustic Jute
Tie the Ends with Rustic Jute

 Gather the edges of the burlap with jute twine.

Add Candles for Warmth
Add Candles for Warmth

The glow of candles adds warmth to the table. Choose unscented candles, fill a hurricane lamp with beans or rice from the pantry and space them throughout your vignette.

Change Colors with the Seasons
Change Colors with the Seasons

In late summer, the palette is green and gold. As the days grow shorter, add touches of orange and white from pumpkins and winter squash.


Red can come from apples, bittersweet, nandina, or closer to Thanksgiving, cranberries.

For more harvest decorating ideas, check out Decorate with Your Harvest Vegetables. 


All photos by Laura Mercer.