By Rachel Barber

Published on June 15, 2015

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creative summer centerpiece ideas
Brunch with friends, formal affairs, and impromptu setups by the pool. With
a steady stream of entertaining days ahead, elevate your next gathering by
going beyond a simple pairing of florals and a vase.

text by: Rachel Barber

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upcycled votives

Keep it simple with a glass and candle centerpiece. Place candles in an assortment of mason jars for a casually rustic vibe. For a more sleek and modern look, use a glass scorer to cut off the bottom of wine bottles and place them over the candles.

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the bottled type

Imprint a dainty typeface on slender glass bottles in lieu of numbered place cards. Take the DIY route by concealing wine bottles with chalkboard paint and wrapping the top half with a strand of hemp. Keep the centerpiece functional, by filling the bottles with a variety of beverages, or use them to house a posy of florals.

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tropical punch

This versatile fruit adds a tropical touch to a summer fete. Slice off the top half of the pineapple, and scoop out the insides to create a vessel for florals and fruit salads. Paint it gold for a glamorous effect, or simply fasten one with a placecard, for guests to enjoy as favors.

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classic tales

Add a touch of whimsy to your summer get-together with an assortment of antique titles. Stack a few at the center of the table, interspersed with fresh flowers and tealight candles.

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seasonal blooms

We'll admit it, there's nothing extraordinary about floral centerpieces, after all, they're a staple when it comes to entertaining. This season, we're all for elevating these classics with a fresh perspective and a unique take.

Disguised jars in wooden crates house a bundle of wild lavenders, lending a warm and bucolic touch to the table.

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Accentuate the beauty of these rustic pieces with a complementary cluster of fresh florals and bright greens.

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galvanized buckets

For casual summer gatherings, fill a small, metal bucket with a bundle of flowers or a colorful assortment of finely-packaged beverages.

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drifted beauty

No summer table is complete without a little touch of the sea. Pair a natural strip of driftwood with succulents and moss for a quintessentially coastal affair. For a more sleek effect, coat it in a sheer paint color and display it sans greenery.

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gilded figurines

With a whitewashed coat and gold leaf details, these simple figurines add an elegant yet lighthearted touch to the table. Using a drill, create a shallow well on the back of the toy, and fill with dainty plants or succulents.

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desert flowers

Ideal for summer soirées, cacti are easy to style and look great in any vessel – from terracotta to glass. Intersperse them with candles, smooth stones, driftwood, and other natural elements.