Quick and Easy Centerpiece for Any Occasion


Many moons ago I owned a flower shop in the heart of a small, yet affluent Maine community. Given the demographics, there were a ton of dinner parties and other events that took place in this town on a regular basis. When it came time to order flowers for these get-togethers, one of the things that consistently surprised me about the shop’s clientele, was their preference for simple elegance. More often than not they preferred (and ordered) a simple bouquet of cut flowers arranged in a clear vase. I’d often ask for the particulars of the different functions – colors, themes, times of day, etc. – so that I could add a few special touches to the final product. One of the most appreciated things I did was match the color of the vase water to the event. Crazy simple, right? A quick and easy centerpiece was all the rage back then – and still is today.

If you’re hosting a dinner party or other event at your home, don’t sweat ordering fancy flower arrangements which can cost a fortune. Cut some fresh flowers from your own yard or buy a nice bouquet from a the local supermarket and pop them into a clear vase that you have on hand filled with colored water. Multiple arrangements of different sizes and shapes makes for an interesting and inviting atmosphere. Here are a few I quickly threw together this weekend (along with the one above):












All you have to do is use the food coloring that you have in your pantry (liquid). Add a touch to your vase water and voila! Simple elegance.

Some tips and things to keep in mind:

  • Some flowers will soak up the food coloring, so choose wisely. White flowers are not your best option if you are considering adding a touch of color to the water. Carnations are the worst offenders. They will begin to soak up the dye within hours.
  • A lot of coloring increases the chance of turning the flowers a different hue.
  • Start with 3 to 4 drops per vase and increase according to the impact you want to make.
  • If you don’t have any vases on hand, consider other clear containers that would add a special touch to your event. Glass milk bottles, vintage soda bottles, wine glasses…all great choices.
  • Instead of food coloring, add colored stones (the kind used in aquariums), pearls, gems or submersed fruits and/or veggies to your vase. For example, you could place small gourds into a large vase and arrange a bouquet of fall flowers for the perfect Autumn centerpiece.
Posted on by Crystal in Crafty Moments

13 Responses to Quick and Easy Centerpiece for Any Occasion

  1. Bellenza Bistro

    Fresh flowers are so lovely as is…just displaying them is already artful! Great tip about the colored water, though.

  2. Michelle

    Cool tips! My mother in law is amazing at flower arranging – she wins all sorts of awards in competitions. My daughter seems to have inherited her skills. Me…you don’t want to even see what I create. Thank goodness I have the two of them!
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  3. Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} I love simple. I’m more likely to do something if it doesn’t seem too complicated. 🙂 Beautiful.
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  4. Mrs. Tucker (Patti)

    I love flowers, especially the ones from my yard! Mine never look like yours though. I’m more the throw-em-all-together- kind!
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  5. http://www.makeminelemon.com/moroccan-potatoes/

    This is a great tip. I am thinking white on purpose and maybe some carnations. They will look made to order. 🙂
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  6. Dana

    I haven’t had fresh flowers in my kitchen in too long – you’ve inspired me to get some (love Trader Joe’s) and make my own creation.
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  7. Kristen Daukas

    I love my flowers in the garden.. the ones I have the most of are my hydrangeas… who do you recommend putting those in a vase? I have so many different colors and they would be so beautiful inside!
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  8. Angela

    These are gorgeous! I simply suck at arranging flowers, it’s like a missing gene or something!
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  9. Honeybee

    Fresh flower and clear vase with colored water! Why, I never thought of that before. So creative. I’ll try next time.
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  10. Pam

    What a fun idea! I get flowers at Trader Joe’s often and put them on our kitchen table in a clear vase, but I never thought to color the water.
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  11. Lori Wescott

    I love your arrangements! I really try to do my own, but it never turns out quite the way I imagined. I’ll keep trying. PS: #LOBS
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  12. Sparkling74

    Such a great idea and I bet it really pulls everything together without screaming look at me, I’m a vase!

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