8 Centerpieces for Your Dining Table When You’re Not Entertaining

10 things to put on your dining table when you're not entertaining

Dining rooms are an important part of the home when you’re gathering with family or friends, but the reality is that most of the time, they sit empty waiting on your next dinner party. Which begs the question — what do you put on your dining room table when you’re not entertaining? It looks empty and sad if there’s no centerpiece, but who has time to arrange fresh flowers every week? We’ve pulled together 10 ways to give your dining table some personality without all the maintenance:

1. A Collection of Urns or Vases

Our Blue and White Chinoiserie Collection makes a gorgeous centerpiece, especially when stacked on top of books and acrylic risers. We’ve made it easy to create this pretty arrangement because the whole collection is sized perfectly with the ideal mix of shapes. Rather than scattering your collection throughout the house, pile them on your dining room table to create a focal point.

A rosemary topiary is the perfect centerpiece when you aren't entertaining

2. Potted Plants

While we love the idea of always having a fresh flower arrangement on your dining table, that’s not a very realistic goal. But a potted plant like rosemary is something we think you all can handle as it requires far less care and attention. Plant a small rosemary plant in a pretty ceramic pot and add some moss on top, and you’re all set.

A giant glam shell with orchids are a great centerpiece when you're not entertaining

3. Orchids on the Half Shell

Orchids are one of our favorite flowers for decorating because they’re so low maintenance and they have a beautiful, sculptural shape. In this dining room, we’ve planted three in our Giant Clam Shell with a few succulents. The result is elegant and effortless.

A pitcher with fall leaves makes for an easy centerpiece when you're not entertaining

4. Foraged Fall Leaves

Some colorful fall leaves from the yard are another great solution. Just head out with some shears and see what pretty colors and shapes you can find. Throw them into a simple, white pitcher, and you’ve got a centerpiece that should last up to two weeks!

10 centerpieces for your dining room when you aren't entertaining

5. Candle Hurricanes and Seasonal Treasures

A still life of pieces in different heights is the perfect way to add a subtle focal point to your dining room. Here, we used a couple of candle hurricanes plus a tiered stand filled with shells. Just find 3-5 pieces in a similar color palette and varying heights, then add accents in a theme.

10 centerpieces for your dining room when you aren't entertaining

6. Add a Tablecloth

A tablecloth is a great way to give your dining room table a little personality when you aren’t hosting. We love the combination of a striped tablecloth with our blue and white chinoiserie vase and a potted house plant.

A collection of vases in varying heights

7. Vases and Candle Pillars

You’re probably sensing a theme here — a grouping of like objects in a variety of heights is a foolproof option. We love this arrangement because it combines sparkly, mercury glass with washed wood candle pillars. The two contrasting finishes feel unexpected but charming.

Treat your dining room like a library when you aren't entertaining

8. Like a Library

Treat your dining room like a old world library when you aren’t entertaining and pile up your prettiest coffee table books in stacks. Add in a few sculptural pieces, like Suzanne Kasler’s Lamp Slips, and you’re done!

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

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About the Author:

Caroline McDonald
Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.

7 Comments

  1. Cindy November 18, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply
     

    Great article and fab ideas…library?? YES!! Such a great idea! Also, the rattan(?) chairs with the bistro table. Are those for sale?

    • Caroline McDonald
      Caroline McDonald November 18, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply
       

      Cindy,
      Yes, the bistro chairs are for sale. They’re our Paris Bistro Chairs. I don’t believe that bistro table is available. Sorry about that.
      Glad you liked this blogpost! Thank you so much for your comment.

  2. Vicky October 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply
     

    Please tell me where to find the medium brown wood chair in the “Like A Library” section. Is that particular chair not sold by Ballard?

  3. Judi September 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply
     

    Love this. I never thought to make a grouping on a table that is seen every day, but used for eating only rarely. I especially love the chinoiserie as I have a collection of delft objects. Thank you.

  4. Donna Carroll September 22, 2016 at 4:47 am - Reply
     

    I love this article. However, I love your furnishings. White is my favorite color for walls expecially bright white.

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