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Summer Centerpiece Ideas for Your Home: Bring on the Color

I’m on a mission. I’m decluttering my horizontal surfaces as much as possible so that I can enjoy a more minimalist approach to decorating for the summer season. The idea is to let flowers and plants do the talking throughout the house. The first room I’m tackling is the dining room and the focal point will be a summer centerpiece for the table. Here’s some ideas if you’d like to implement the same approach to your summer décor.

Peonies bloom anywhere from late spring to early summer, depending on where you live and what type of peony you have. They’re a great choice for cutting and arranging due to their large flowers and sturdy stems. Not to mention, they add a punch of color to any room.

Pink peonies in a large vase for a summer centerpiece


Look how cute they are when the stems are cut short and they’re placed in a pretty, low-profile container. This is the type of arrangement you can set on a buffet, chest of drawers, entry table – you name it.

Bouquet of pink peonies. Spring decoration


My absolute favorite type of flower arrangement for a summer centerpiece is a wildflower bouquet. They look best when they’re a bit messy, which means you don’t have to possess a knack for arranging. Wildflowers are also free if you pick them from alongside the road – which is important right now with prices so high everywhere you turn. Take a large pail with some water in it and drive out to the country with some gardening shears. Collect a few stems of wild grass while you’re at it.

bouquet of bright wildflowers


This is a late summer arrangement. Aren’t the colors beautiful?

Bouquet of late summer wild flowers


Here’s a couple of wildflower arrangements I’ve made in years past. I posted a tutorial for this arrangement. It can be used as a summer centerpiece or as decoration anywhere.

Wildflower arrangement for summer centerpiece


Wildflower bouquet in white vintage pitcher


A summer centerpiece doesn’t have to consist of flowers. Use fruits or even vegetables in creative ways. If you’re hosting dinner, people can squeeze the lemon into their water or on their food, so the centerpiece is useful and pretty at the same time.

Pedestal bowl of lemons


Outdoor place setting with peach centerpieces


Summer flowers always look great with vintage items if you want to create a pretty vignette.

Table decoration with flowers and white vintage candle lantern


Of course, who says your vase needs flowers? A couple years ago I created a summer centerpiece using pastel blue and green vases.

Summer table setting with pastel blue and green vases


How sweet is a singular hydrangea in a little round vase?

Hydrangea Wedding Centerpiece


I used faux hydrangeas for one of my past table settings. My hydrangeas in the garden are still fairly young and don’t produce a ton of blooms just yet, so I had to use silk ones.

White faux hydrangeas in a white ironstone pitcher


Interesting vases or vessels are almost important as the flowers themselves. A pretty pink depression glass pedestal bowl cradles this gorgeous arrangement.

Modern table's centerpiece for summer wedding. A lot of greenery being composed into stunning arrangement.


Or keep it simple with another one of my favorite cut flowers – zinnias.

Colorful zinnia centerpiece


While I wait for the flowers in the garden to get enough blooms for a summer centerpiece, I’ll work on clearing out the clutter. With less dusting, I can spend more time outside with my flowers, vegetables, and pond fish!


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  1. All so pretty. I like the greens tucked into the lemons and the arrangement in the pink cut-glass compote is just beautiful.

  2. Geared up in mid May for Memorial Day and July 4th with faux arrangements of red geraniums and baby’s breath in blue/white containers on the screened porch and front porch and in the house. But I have to admit I’ll be excited to transition to the lemons and summer yellows. How is it that flowers can make us sooo centered and happy?! 💐☺️

  3. Beautiful arrangements, flowers are so pretty to use inside and makes us smile. I really liked the lemons with greenery. Enjoy your pond.