A scattering of small arrangements makes for a laid-back alternative to one big centerpiece.
Bring out a few patterned pillows and napkins to brighten up leafy green foliage.
Urns come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes. Look for vintage versions with rich patinas at flea markets and thrift shops.
- A spray of flowering dogwood adds a dramatic accent to a low-slung sideboard or console. Put a balled-up piece of 1-inch mesh chicken wire into the container to hold branches in place. Then insert tulips around the edges of the vessel to disguise the wire.
- "Urns are so versatile—they're eye-catching empty as sculpture but look stunning filled with a dense cluster of blooms like hyacinths or a mound of florist's moss," says New York stylist Christopher White.
Create a charming drink station on a separate table tucked away in a corner.
- Stage the scene for an outdoor gathering on a patio or deck. "Cluster potted herbs for a pretty, subtly fragrant centerpiece," says White.
- Two lengths of homespun linen as a tablecloth complement the rustic setup. For an inexpensive no-sew option, buy burlap from your local garden-supply store. Cut two pieces and place widthwise across the table.
- Set out an old-fashioned dispenser for iced tea or lemonade so guests can help themselves.
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Originally published in the June 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.