DIY Summer Fruit and Flower Arrangement + Tablescape

Celebrate summer and create an arrangement and centerpiece for your table using fruit and flowers with these easy shortcuts and tips, no floral foam required.

Happy Monday! I’m joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms!

You’ll find the links to my flower-loving friends’ blooms at the bottom of this post.

We’re celebrating summer with peaches for this week’s MMB edition! I pulled out my Mikasa Antique Orchard dinnerware, which provided my arrangement and table inspiration this week.

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I started with a galvanized caddy for a centerpiece for the table. As the caddy isn’t watertight, I decided to use mason jars inside the caddy to hold the flowers. Ball Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars were just the right height (3.75 inches) for the caddy.

Use newspaper or plastic bags from the grocery store, placing them between the jars to keep them from shifting, once they’re filled with water and flowers. This method also makes it easy to replace individual flowers as they fade and change your vase water. Pack your plastic bags or newspaper in tightly so they can support the weight of the fruit in the arrangement.

I cut some Endless Summer Hydrangeas that have faded from the vibrant spring blues to the muted and softer greens of summer and are almost to the ‘papery’ stage and ready to dry. Use the alum-dipping method for your hydrangeas to keep them from wilting and always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water for longer lasting flowers. Floral preservative packets usually come with your flowers or my grocery store has a basket of packets you can help yourself to when buying flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

Pears, grapes, berries and peaches provide a colorful harvest of fruit on Antique Orchard dinnerware, so I took some liberties with our ‘peach’ theme this week! Clusters of grapes as well as pears were tucked in between the jars and added to the centerpiece.

Alstroemeria and peach spray roses joined the hydrangeas next, along with some greens sprigs of bupleurum.

 I tucked in some peaches to nestle the arrangement among the flowers and to fill in any bare space between the jars.

I had to do a little ‘googling’ to identify the bupleurum, which is the light and airy filler flower with little yellow blooms.

A fun side note: the common name for bupleurum is Hare’s Ear! 🐰 You learn something new everyday while blogging. ;)

I loved this galvanized ribbed caddy when I spied it at HomeGoods.  It’s a good height for the table as it’s not too tall to block the view from the person sitting across from you.

I was all aflutter when I found this botanical fruit patterned tablecloth with the addition of butterflies. . .

Portmeirion Botanical Garden flatware is serving up more butterflies and blooms.

Table details:

Dinnerware / Mikasa Antique Orchard, used here

Peach botanical tablecloth / Amazon

Flatware/ Portmeirion Botanic Garden

White scalloped chargers /  HomeGoods, several years ago

Willow chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago

Napkins / Pier 1

Ribbed galvanized caddy / HomeGoods

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Celebrate summer with peaches and a find round-up of peach recipes, HERE.

Just Peachy Recipes for Summer | © #peach #recipes #summer #cocktail #appetizers #desserts #salads

You’ll find recipes for Peach and Prosciutto Crostini with Basil and Goat Cheese, Peach Caprese Salad, Summer Peach Tea Punch, Peach-Bourbon No-Churn Ice Cream, Summer Peach-Tomato-and-Corn Salad with Honey Vinaigrette, Peach & Blueberry-Almond Coffee Cake, Peach-Avocado-and-Crab Salad, Patchwork Fruit Cobbler, Peach Hand Pies, Skillet Bourbon-Peach-and-Blueberry Crumble and Peach-Blackberry Cobbler Bars.


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  45 comments for “DIY Summer Fruit and Flower Arrangement + Tablescape

  1. July 15, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Mary, I actually gasped when I saw your arrangement on your table! SO beautiful! Your galvanized container is perfect for your centerpiece and I love the combination of flowers and fruit. Thank you for the flower arranging tips you share, your make me feel like I might be able to do something similar. Have a great week!

  2. Melinda Lee
    July 15, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Absolutely stunning! What an inviting Summer setting!🌞

  3. July 15, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I must admit that when I saw a sneak peek of your table I fell totally in love all over again with your Mikasa Antique Orchard dinnerware and the tablecloth. The table so depicts the wonderful fruits of summer and you so beautifully present them on this gorgeous table setting. I so love it when you create a floral arrangement in the long caddy and had to chuckle when you spoke of your googling the filler for the arrangement. I used that filler and could not find the name of it and a reader identified it for me…bupleurum or “hare’s ear” … i was at Trader Joe’s one day and someone picked up a bunch of that and said, “I wonder what this is?” I immediately said that I forgot its botanical name, but it is commonly known as hare’s ear. She looked at me like I was some kind of expert…ha!!! :) I love the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month as I get to spend it with you and my wonderful blooms friends! Have a fabulous week Mary!

  4. Ann
    July 15, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Mary, it was a joy to start my day with your breathtaking blog. Thank you for sharing your awesome talent and creativity!

  5. Maureen D. Eha
    July 15, 2019 at 7:42 am

    So grateful for your posts, Mary. Your table is gorgeous, as always, and is perfect for summertime. Would you be kind enough to share the link to where you found the tablecloth on Amazon? I searched but couldn’t pull it up. Thank you!

  6. July 15, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Mary, the Mikasa Antique Orchard dinnerware is so stunning paired with the tablecloth and the plaid napkins, I am a big fan of mixing. Your caddy is perfect for your choice of beautiful flowers and fruits. I must admit I have never heard of the filler “hare’s ear”, and yes I do learn something everyday as a blogger. It is always a pleasure to sit at one of your tables and to join you for Monday Morning Blooms❤️

  7. Bonnie Morgan
    July 15, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I learn something every day from blogging also. Google is a great blessing. But I remember best when I see pictures and how you use new plants I’m not familiar with like hare’s ear. I love the light and airy feel it gives your arrangement. Thanks for all the tips and teaching me new things.
    I love your fruit tablecloth, Mikasa plates, and wonderful fluted galvanized caddy! Wish I had seen that caddy!
    Your arrangement is eye-catching and creative . Monday Blooms is so much fun.

  8. prairie sunrise
    July 15, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Mary, stunning! So full of the grace notes of summer. Is the fruit plate on the white charger a dinner or salad plate?

    • July 15, 2019 at 8:22 am

      Thank you! It’s a dinner plate. 🍑

  9. Franki
    July 15, 2019 at 8:36 am

    An arrangement for all the senses! franki

  10. July 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

    So fresh and pretty! Finally made a huge hydrangea arrangement in an urn, love your chicken wire tip, was the size of a basket ball and held forty stems with the greatest of ease 😁

  11. Sandra Brown
    July 15, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I love you Mary!

  12. July 15, 2019 at 9:27 am

    This is so luscious and beautiful with the fresh peaches and peach colored roses, it actually made my mouth start watering! A bountiful table of fruit and blooms, it’s positively bursting with flavor sensations! I love love your new/old galvanized caddy Mary, and the gorgeous arrangement you created in it!

  13. Cyndi Raines
    July 15, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Another “out – of – the park” hit! Just lovely! Everything is a perfect match, love your new galvanized metal caddy and the new to me “hare’s ear” flower too. Thanks for keeping us informed. 😊

  14. Karen
    July 15, 2019 at 9:32 am


  15. Susan B
    July 15, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful arrangement and thank you for sharing the how-to instructions Mary.I love to eat peaches & apricots but also love their soft, warm colors. You’ve made my Monday morning just peachy!! (sorry, couldn’t resist) :( :)

  16. anne
    July 15, 2019 at 10:43 am

    All your tables remind me of that Carly Simon song…. “Nobody Does It Better” That’s you Mary! Beautiful!!

  17. Donna
    July 15, 2019 at 10:45 am

    So very lovely. I agree with Shirley on the Mikasa china. It is so stunning. I clicked on the tablecloth link & would never have given it a second look, your styling ability brought the whole tablescape together. Love the theme, maybe you could enlighten us on how the themes are chosen. Glad I started my Monday with you, so much to please the eye.

  18. July 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Mary, your peach table setting is delightful! The tablecloth, the Mikasa china, the flowers, everything is in perfect and beautiful harmony. It’s always a joy to sit at your table to share Monday Morning Blooms with you!! xoxo Happy Summer week, friend.

  19. Liz
    July 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Very pretty! Love the dishes and your floral arrangement. The tablecloth was the perfect background choice!

  20. July 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Oh Mary, your galvanized caddy is filled to peachy perfection, and coordinates so well with your tablecloth find. I’m swooning over your gorgeous dinnerware…it’s the perfect summertime table. I just love it all. ❤️

  21. Shirley Graham
    July 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks so much – love the peaches & flower arrangements! What a lift for Monday morning!!

  22. Marion
    July 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Mary I love your fruit plates. My mouth is drooling for those peaches.

  23. Clara
    July 15, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Mary, Your floral arrangement is beautiful & I love the versatile galvanized caddy. Your tablecloth matches your dinnerware perfectly & the soft checked napkins are a wonderful pairing. Love this tablescape! Clara 🍑💕

  24. July 15, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Love the rich colors and textures you are using for this later summer ‘scape’. Always Fabulous!

  25. Peggy Reed
    July 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    So beautiful and perfect for summer!

  26. July 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Very pretty Mary! You certainly did bring peach (the fruit and color) into your tablescape:@)

  27. July 15, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Oh Mary, this table is so beautiful! I love the tablecloth and your choice of flowers and fruit for the arrangement is gorgeous.

  28. Rita C.
    July 18, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I cannot say enough about how much I love this, Mary. You are so keen to pick up the nuances of the movement of the sun and seasons in the garden and reflect that in your tablescapes so perfectly. That tablecloth is everything! The peak of summer season is seen in the peaches (and other fruits) & butterflies, and yet you show hints of the waning summer through the plaid cloths & hydrangeas. So, so wonderful in all the details.

  29. July 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    It is a beautiful post and inspirational as always. As I wandered through the photos, it occurred to me that a rustic, wooden container with a handle ~ in our collection for years could stand in for the ribbed caddy. I pulled it out a few weeks ago but it has been hanging out without a purpose. Click! I see a centerpiece coming on. Thank you, Mary.

  30. August 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    So pretty!

  31. Darlene
    January 12, 2020 at 2:53 am

    So pretty and different. The Peach theme was great and so out of the box, your dishes
    are the best love them. Just ordered the tablecloth Thank You!

  32. March 19, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Dear Mary, I absolutely love this tablescape. I have Noritake Royal Orchard china and it would be lovely with just this treatment. However, I have not been able to locate your wonderful tablecothe (I looked on Amazon but nothing specific in the title is making it a challenge) or the gorgeous napkins. You don’t mention their origin the notes at all that I’ve seen. Would you mind providing any details you may have on these items.
    Thank you , Deanna

    • March 19, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Mary, Going back through the comments again I found the tablecloth link and JUST ORDERED IT!!! Yay.
      I would still love to have the napkin information though.

      Thanks, Deanna

      • March 19, 2020 at 1:02 pm

        Hi Deanna, Glad you found the tablecloth :) The napkins were from Pier 1’s fall line several years ago. They may have something similar this fall. Check online around the end of July / early August. ♥

  33. peggy f swanson
    July 8, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Mary your table settings are always inspiring, Always enjoy your sweet dogs and their celebrations. Thank you Peggy Swanson

  34. July 9, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Your centerpiece is stunning and i love the mixture of flowers and fruit. What a pretty and welcoming table!

  35. August 6, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Completely gorgeous! I’m always so inspired after I visit you! Thanks so much!

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