16+ Creative Ideas for Adding Fruit and Veggies in Flower Arrangements

Happy Wednesday! I’m gearing up with my blogging friends for another edition of Floral Friday. This week’s theme is incorporating fruits or veggies with florals and one of my favorite ways to arrange flowers!

Adding fruit or vegetables to your floral arrangements is a great way to add interest, texture, color AND helps your floral material go farther! It’s economical too, since part of your arrangement is edible after your dinner party!

I pulled together some floral inspiration from the archives that incorporates fruit and/or veggies, either in the arrangement or as part of the centerpiece.

 Click on the links in red for the complete post, table source or details on the ‘how to’!

 Forest Feast Gatherings Table

This is an easy and organic way to create a table centerpiece. It comes together quickly and is also low enough to see over, allowing you to have a conversation. Use the produce of your choice~ I took my cue from the colors in the tablecloth, using pomegranates, artichokes, apples, and pears, along with Baby Boo pumpkins and foliage from the trees and shrubs, and hydrangea blooms.

Fall’s Last Hurrah and Cornucopia Napkin Fold

You can see this is one my favorite methods of creating a centerpiece! No skill required and it’s quick to assemble once you have your materials gathered together. . .nuts, votives, leaves, hydrangeas and pumpkins mingle down the center of the table for fall or Thanksgiving.

Flower Therapy: Arranging Tips, Tricks, and Medicine for the Soul

Create a floral arrangement from a farmers market bouquet, garden foliage and fruit. I used apples and limes for a bright pop of green! This post link has several arrangements with tips and tricks for creating flower arrangements!

Cabbage Floral Centerpiece DIY

Use a cabbage as a vase to serve up flowers for a centerpiece for St. Patrick’s Day or spring! This method uses a short cut so you don’t have to hollow out your cabbage, so no sharp knives are required.

‘If You See a Fairy Ring’ Tablescape

St. Patrick’s Day table with a little fairy ‘lore’ and a centerpiece of green veggies and fruit on a tray~ apples, cabbage, salad savoy, artichokes and Brussels sprouts, sprinkled with daisies and alstroemeria.

Grape Expectations Harvest Table

Goldenrod, foliage from shrubs and grocery store mums add some seasonal color, paired with produce from the grocery store~ artichokes, apples & grapes.  Created with a harvest wine festival in mind, this arrangement is full-bodied (pun intended ;) and paired with Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers dinnerware.

Lemon Slice Flower Vase Centerpiece and Mini Lemon “Vases”

Create an easy centerpiece using the ‘vase within a vase’ method! Lemons provide mini ‘vases’ at each placesetting.

South of the Border Flavor and Tablescape

A trip to the farmers market yielded flowers and veggies. . .  peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes, for a colorful and edible table decoration~ ideal for a summer fiesta or Cinco de Mayo!

 Tabletop Gardening with Seeds and Veggies

Garden blooms of snowball viburnum and sprigs of bridal wreath spirea, fill a watering can and join ornamental kale and veggies from the grocery store~ carrots, radishes and beets.

Purples, Plums and Petunias Alfresco Table

Purple and plum-colored fruits fill a two-tier tray for a table centerpiece.  It’s lined with salad savoy leaves for color and a foundation for the fruit and petunias.

Fruit and Vegetable Table Centerpiece 

A medley of fruit and veggies for a centerpiece~ carrots, radishes, artichokes, cabbage and kale. Hydrangeas faded to the soft greens and purple shades of late summer blend with leafy texture of kale and color of the artichokes.

Easy Tray Centerpieces

Create an easy tray centerpiece for the table. These come together quickly for a casual table centerpiece using pillar candles and filling in with the veggies and floral material of your choice. I used artichokes, mini pumpkins, mums, nuts and green and blush colored blooms cut from the abelia shrubs

And a second version with a pedestal on a tray filled with grapes, pears, pomegranates, apples, artichokes, hydrangea blooms and nuts.

A Just Because Arrangement

A seasonal fall arrangement for the hydrangeas last hurrah!  Mums and alstroemeria join the hydrangeas for the floral material, while fall leaves, seed pods, pumpkins and apples round out the urn arrangement, adding texture and color.

Easy DIY Fall Harvest Arrangement

A Harvest arrangement of goldenrod, loropetalum and purple leaf plum tree add a bright pop of crimson-purple foliage with limelight hydrangeas, pumpkins, apples and wild persimmons. A grapevine wreath frames a galvanized bucket to add some rustic texture and contrast.

Rustic Harvest Centerpiece

 Transform a rustic wooden box or caddy for a table centerpiece! The box is lined with hardy kale leaves and filled with artichokes, fall leaves, mini pumpkins, gourds and mums.

Serving Up Flowers In A Pumpkin Tureen

Instead of soup, a tureen is serving up sunflowers, along with mums, alstroemeria, artichokes, apples and some foliage from shrubs and trees for a blooming and seasonal centerpiece.

And my favorite way to use a pumpkin, as a vase! See an easy short cut HERE that saves time and reduces the chance of injury, while prolonging the life of your pumpkin!

I hope you’ll come back on Friday to see what my blogging friends have created for Floral Friday with fruits and/or veggies incorporated into their flower arrangements. I always look forward to seeing their floral inspiration!

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~Luther Burbank

Thank you for your visit!

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  32 comments for “16+ Creative Ideas for Adding Fruit and Veggies in Flower Arrangements

  1. June 13, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Mary, what a gorgeous round-up of using flowers with fruit and veggies! Each arrangement is a work of art! I do love autumn with the use of pumpkins. It has been extremely hot and humid all week, the kind of humidity that saps my energy. Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday and I look forward to sharing Floral Friday with you!❤️

  2. June 13, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Just beautiful Mary! I wish I had 1/4 of your talent with flowers! I clicked over to the rustic harvest centerpiece box since I have a box I could use that is similar. Such a ‘doable’ arrangement for me, thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!

  3. Linda L
    June 13, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Each one a winning combination! Just a treat to see them all together. Your flower arrangements are stellar.

  4. June 13, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Hi Mary, I love this round up of flower arrangements using fruit and veggies! I’m especially enamored with the fall ones that incorporate pumpkins in the designs. It is wrong to wish for fall so soon? It is SO hot and humid already. The thought of 3 months of 90+ degrees makes me want to pack up and move to Maine for the rest of the summer.

  5. Joy
    June 13, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Mary, I don’t often comment but so look forward to your posts. Your floral creations are over the top and I love seeing what you girls come up with for Floral Fridays! Pinning for future reference, thank you for sharing your talents with your readers. 🌸💐🌷🌻 Joy

  6. June 13, 2018 at 7:51 am

    When we decided upon the theme for this coming Floral Friday, I thought of you and how many spectacular arrangements and tablescapes you have created using veggies and fruit….I have loved all of these creations you have here…so love going down memory lane putting more smiles on my face to start the day!!! See you Friday!!

  7. June 13, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Each and every arrangement is a work of art, Mary! I’m always particularly attracted to the ones that work as runners. The simple one in the tray with the candles is easily doable for us. What a great reference you are for inspiration…thank you! xo

  8. June 13, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I also wanted to say that the quote that you shared by Luther Burbank is so beautiful!

  9. June 13, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Your floral arrangements are always show stoppers Mary, and are worth seeing again and again. I am a big fan of edible centerpieces, and your creations are always so artistically arranged! I can’t wait to see the new arrangements on Floral Friday!

  10. June 13, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Wow, what a fantastic recap. I could go over and over each pic and enjoy them each time. You are creative, my friend. Can’t wait to see your post Friday.

  11. June 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Oh wow…thanks for this beautiful recap. There are several here that I haven’t seen before and I love your pretty purple and petunia tablescape with the quilt! ❤️🌸🌺🌻🌹

  12. Virginia
    June 13, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Each and everyone of today’s arrangements are just stunning. Going to be using some of your recommendations Our house is going to be on the historic homes tour for the local historic society in the fall of next year, you have definitely inspired me with several of todays features. As always thank you so much.

  13. Karen
    June 13, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Simply Gorgeous! You are so talented!

  14. S Williams
    June 13, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Good morning Mary-This post was a feast for the eyes and the imagination! Once again you’ve given us wonderful ideas for floral arrangements. As usual I’m looking at the containers as well & loving them all. I will be rescuing a deep dish pizza pan I was going to trash & will be removing the rust and spray painting it as it is perfect for displaying fruits, veggies and flowers since viewing the arrangements here! I can even tier it with a pedestal dish like you used. Thank you for sharing your great ideas! The hubby wonders why I keep going & taking things back from the “throw/give away” box on the days I read your post! LOL I tell Mary gave me an idea for this! I love the use of soup tureens as floral containers! I will be using this idea as well as it renewed my interest in these containers after seeing your beautiful arrangements. Never thought of using petunias in arrangements but they pair so well with the grapes. Will be pinning these ideas for future use. Looking forward to Floral Friday! Have a great day! Clara 🌻🍇🥀🍏💐🙂

    • June 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you for you sweet comment Clara! I had to laugh about removing items from the ‘throwaway/donate’ bin 😀🌺🌻🌷❣️

  15. BonnieBee
    June 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Mary.. I do not think there is an end to your creative talents and designer “eye”… and we are so fortunate that you take the time to share all of your delights with us.. you never fail to keep presenting fabulous vignettes.. THANK YOU.. your blog is better than any magazine in the market place.. :-)

    • June 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you BonnieBee❣️ *blush*🌺🐝🌻

  16. Catherine LUXEREAU
    June 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Bonjour Mary, quelle magnifique mémo de vos décorations de table…mes préférées celles d’automne…tout est super joli ! Bravo Mary pour toutes vos delicates creations…c est tellelent agreable a regarder !!☺😍

    • June 13, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Merci Catherine! L’automne est aussi ma saison préférée que vous pouvez probablement dire de toutes les citrouilles❣️🌻🍂🌾🎃😀

  17. Joan
    June 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Mary you know how to put everything together to make it look perfect. Love the Fall setting.

  18. Marilyn
    June 13, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Once again Mary you outdid yourself with setting up this post. Of course I am partial to the harvest one.

  19. Marion
    June 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    What a gorgeous post. The fruit is so tempting that you want to put your hand in the post and pull out a piece to eat. MMM! The Fall Harvest is the best.

  20. June 13, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I love them all! Can’t wait to see the others on Friday!! ❤️🌻🥦🌽🥒🥕🍇🍒🍓🍑🌶🥝🌺🌸🌼🥀🌹🌷🍄💐🍁

  21. Gail
    June 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    So much beauty

  22. Amma
    June 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    ideas and photos are so inspiring!

  23. Cyndi Raines
    June 13, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    They all are so very pretty Mary! Thanks for the tips. Love the purple plums, fruit, petunias, quilt one and of course anything with pumpkins, but they all are awesome! 😊🍊♥️

  24. Alice
    June 13, 2018 at 11:05 pm


  25. Kathleen
    June 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    WOW!! Love all your posts but this one was over the top!! Love it!!

  26. Michele (Finch Rest)
    June 14, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I think it’s time you publish a book, my dear. NO ONE does these floral pieces as well as you.

    Just wow – they are breathtaking – seriously – get a book deal going asap!

  27. Tina B.
    June 17, 2018 at 10:57 am

    You are so talented! TOO much fall in here, though!!! I love fall, but we are in summer!!!! :)

    • June 17, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Tina! Fall is by far my favorite season 🍂🌾🌻😀

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