Outside dining happens a lot at our home and I love using a wooden planter box as centerpieces! This is one of my favorite table centerpiece because the are inexpensive since you can use them over and over (as long as you remember to water them!?)
Can you see why this wooden planter box in one of my favorite table centerpieces? I actually bought three of these wooden planter boxes and used two on the outside dining table and one on the outside coffee table. Since I used plants, these flowers should last a very long time and I can use these over and over again.
Setting my Favorite Table Centerpiece for Dining Outdoors
We live in Southern California so we dine outdoors all of the time. Last summer I would estimate that we ate out here at least six nights a week! It’s such a comfortable spot and the perfect place to linger for hours.
I love setting a fun table but I often have to use faux flowers because I can’t keep up with fresh flowers. Using planted flowers is such a great idea because they will last all summer long! (Just don’t forgot to water them!)
If you like the hanging shelves in the background, I found some similar Wood and Rope Shelves. I love those shelves so much. I bought them to hang in a bathroom window and they ended up on our porch and have been there for twenty years!
I love this small Wooden Planter Box. It is very inexpensive and they really look great. And the best part? They are low so you don’t have to worry about people not being able to see across the table.
They also come with a plastic liner and are really easy to plant.
These small Mini Cake Stands are great with cupcakes but they also hold place cards too.
The plants I used are fresh lavender, ivy, and petunias. It took about five minutes to plant each planter, from start to finish. Some of the plants needed to be separated because the planters are narrow. But that worked well as I needed less plants.
I have teamed up everyday this week with the most amazing blogger Karianne at Thistlewood Farms. I absolutely love her outdoors and her planters. Check out her blog post titled The Planter That Solved a Problem. Be sure and hop over to her blog to see what she has done.
My Favorite Table Centerpiece
Here is the final outcome and I love how the planters look.
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You can also replace the colored flowers at any time, pop in some pink for the purple and plant the purple flowers somewhere in your yard. Leave all the greens in each planter!
I also love that these planters are whitewashed. It gives them an antique look and they match any table setting style.
All of the items on the table are things that I already owned with two exceptions. For this post I bought the Wooden Planter Box and the Rose Gold Lantern. This rose gold lantern is so wonderful. It has glass sides and can be used on a porch or table or even hung with a hook. It also works indoors or out!
Lastly, I would like to suggest that you have fun when you set your tables. Add items to your tables that are different. In the past I have used books, old planters, record albums, photos and so many other fun items to set my tables. Setting tables fun tables is fun for your guests too!
This Week’s Spring Refresh
Here is a quick review of Karianne’s and my rooms for our Spring Refresh. I am so sad that it is our last day! This has been so much fun!
I hope you are inspired by my favorite table centerpiece.
Frequently Asked Questions
Centerpieces typically contain lots of flowers but I encourage you to also use unexpected items, such as vintage crocks or wooden boxes. Colorful is best and just make sure that your centerpiece does not block those dining on the other side of the table.
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