How To Create A Summer Centerpiece With Both Modern And Vintage Touches

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Creating a summer centerpiece isn’t hard. Let me show you how to put one together in about 5 minutes, mixing both modern and vintage touches together!

Centerpiece with blue white and green dishes on a breadboard.Pin

Summer is the time of year when I love to use touches of blue and pops of green throughout my home! The blue reminds me so much of water and the pops of green remind me of all of the shades of green to be found outdoors this time of year.

This cute and summery centerpiece is a reflection of how I most love to decorate around most of my home – by combining touches of both modern and vintage items together, mixed in with updated traditional decor.

My theory is that combining modern and vintage together reinforces the welcoming feel I try to always strive for and it also helps to make decor seem more collected instead of like I just went to the store and bought it all at once.

Let me show you how to turn all of this…

The items for the centerpiece spread out on the table.Pin

…into this beautiful display in just a few short minutes!  

Blue and white bowls and plates, plus a wooden cutting board.Pin

It may look like I just threw all of these things onto a breadboard, but trust me, there’s a method to putting a successful vignette or centerpiece together! You can find all of my tips HERE.

You may not have the exact decor items in your stash to pull from that I do, but I bet you have enough lying around that you could easily mimic this summer centerpiece. Look for:

  • a large item for the base, such as a wooden breadboard or tray
  • something tall, such as a topiary or container filled with long greenery stems
  • a cohesive assortment of plates and bowls
  • a wire basket to contain some of the items
  • something long to lay in the basket, such as twigs, a bundle of long skewers tied together, more long greenery stems or spindles
  • a medium sized pitcher
  • a mug
  • some silverware
  • a cute small’ish vintage decorative element, like my chippy bird

A ceramic bird is on the board.Pin

Positioning the centerpiece base at an angle gives much more visual interest to the show stopping display than just squaring it up with the edges of your table.

The centerpiece in the middle of the dining room table.Pin

Up close look at the centerpiece elements.Pin

Colorful dishes are in the summer centerpiece.Pin

Varying heights are so important in a centerpiece, so be sure to stack plates and bowls together to achieve the most proportionate height for the perfect display.

Colorful bowls and blue cutlery.Pin

Take a look at this photo chart and you’ll see how easy it was to put together.  You can see that I start out with the larger pieces and then fill in as I go.

step by step directions to make a centerpiece with blue white and green dishes on a breadboardPin

If you just aren’t sure of where to start, take a look in your cabinets for inspiration!

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Step by step centerpiece with blue white and green dishes on a breadboardPin


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  1. Minnie mccoy says:

    Commen lovely as always

  2. Sheila M. Philippi says:

    Your easy centerpieces are simple for you, not for me! So pretty!

    1. Lisa Gruber says:

      I love the idea of using a breadboard! Trays are so charming as well, but it’s a great idea to incorporate something that has more than one use!

  3. Sheila M. Philippi says:

    Love the summery looking plates and flatware,

  4. A great idea. I will finally get to display my dishes that I use on special occasions. Please the ideas coming.

  5. As usual, I love everything you do! I especially love the mismatched yet coordinating dishes in those fabulous blues. I’ve been inspired today to do something with mine. Right now there sits an empty vase. Boo.

  6. Amy Grote says:

    Very pretty. And,I’m always a fan of simple projects that save me time!

  7. Floral arrangements are still a v bit of a challenge for me. This is very easy and very pretty thank you!

  8. Love the colors! I love adding blue items!

  9. Gloss, shine and metal…..the three elements I love! Perfect centerpiece Suzy.

  10. Love the casual centerpiece for the dining room.

  11. Dianne Lanier says:

    You always inspire me. Beautiful!!

  12. Love what you did with these dishes! Such pretty colors! Would you share where you bought them? They would go with my kitchen perfectly!

    1. Yes, I love the dishes also.