My Favorite Table Centerpiece Ideas for Outside Dining

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This favorite table centerpiece is inexpensive and can be used over and over (as long as you remember to water it).

Outside dining happens a lot at our home and I love using wooden planter boxes as centerpieces. In fact, I love using planted flowers in what I call my favorite farmhouse table centerpiece too.

My Favorite Table Centerpiece Ideas for Outside Dining

Can you see why this wooden planter box is 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.

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Setting my Favorite Table Centerpiece for Dining Outdoors

Table 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 (with a bit of water added every few days).

If you like the hanging shelves in the background, I found some similar Wood and Rope Shelves. I love those shelves so much and I bought them to hang in a bathroom window. They ended up on our porch and have been there for twenty years!

Ideas for Dining Outdoors

I shopped my butler’s pantry and found a lot of fun items to set this table. Some of my favorite items include my Lace Edged Linen Dinner Napkins, Spode Blue Italian Dinner Plates, Polka Dot Glassware, and Wine Glasses.

This is one of my favorite table centerpieces because I love the mix of indoor and outdoor. I chose to mix china dinner plates and crystal glassware on a wooden outdoor table with rustic wood planter centerpieces together with chippy wood candle holders.

These small Mini Cake Stands are great with cupcakes but they also hold place cards too.

My Favorite Table Centerpiece Ideas

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.

Outside Dining

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 because that meant I needed fewer plants.

My Favorite Table Centerpiece

Here is the final outcome and I love how the planters look.

Wooden Planter Boxes

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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!

Wood Planter Box Table Centerpiece

I also love that these planters are whitewashed. It gives them an antique look and they match any table setting style.

Table Centerpiece Ideas for Outside Dining

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!

My Favorite Table Centerpiece Ideas for Outside Dining

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!

My Favorite Table Centerpiece Ideas for Outside Dining

Thistlewood Farms

I have teamed up 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.

Our Spring Refresh

I hope you are inspired by my favorite table centerpiece.

Dining Outdoor Favorites

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good centerpiece?

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.

Click on any of the photos below for more information on what I used to set this table!

More Table Centerpiece Ideas for Dining Outdoors

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An outdoor table set for dinner with blue and white plates, polka dot glasses, copper glass candle lanterns, and centerpieces of white wood and fresh purple flowers.

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  1. Good Morning Leslie–
    Wondering about the white plates on top of your blue spode plates. Are they also Spode? Asking because I picked up a beautiful set of Spode Chelsea Wicker (10 plates, 9 salad plates) for a great price at Goodwill the other day. They are in perfect condition. Replacements list them at $62 per plate and as earthenware not bone china. Wondering how they hold up for daily use.

    1. Hi
      I have Johnson Brothers Athena, sadly out of production, which look similar. Don’t you just love a thrift store deal !


    1. Hi Mary Anne! Aw I love hearing that 🙏 Our outdoor furniture is from Arhaus, the dining room table in our dining room is from Pottery Barn and yes, I got it at the outlet! I am always looking for a deal!

  2. Love, love, love the place cards! Didn’t even think about my usual go-to — Amazon; of course they would have them. At Christmas, I found downloadable ones on Etsy and was able to put names on them in a cute font from my computer and upload them to Office Max. Had them printed on shiny card stock for little cost and they were ready in a few hours. Also made a matching menu for each place setting because most, but not all, or our items were gluten free. I cut and scored them myself, but I think they will do that as well. Nothing makes me happier than planning out how my table is going to look and then making it happen!

    1. Hi Donna! Oh I’m so glad you do- they really have everything! That sounds fabulous, Etsy is great too. We have that in common 🙌🏻☺️

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