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.
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.
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.
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.