Your tabletop is a blank canvas. Your choice of fabrics, flowers, candles… the layering of colors and textures… adding personal touches all play a part in the delight and ambience that a beautifully-designed table brings to any occasion. Go as big or as simple as you want. It’s one of my favorite elements of entertaining!

Here are a few easy, creative, and inexpensive ideas that I hope will provide some inspiration to get you started on your tablescape art.

I am a big believer in reusing/recycling, so there are pieces that I keep and use in different ways each season. Here I reused my 1-800-Flowers decorative pumpkin from a few years ago, filling it flowers, grasses, peppers, and succulents in a farm fresh palette. 

I find these little berry baskets to be the perfect size to use as multiples as I did on the dining table, or to add just the right festive touch on the dessert or buffet table.

Just line the basket with a small dish, bowl, or can. Cut a piece of floral foam to size and thoroughly soak the foam before placing in the dish. The foam will make it very easy to create your piece as it holds each insertion in place and provides hydration to keep your flowers fresh!


Decorate with plants—they are affordable and have the added benefit of naturally cleaning the air in your home! The millet plants that I picked up at Smile Farms are a bit taller than normal for a centerpiece but still work. (I find that everything gets moved around once the food starts getting placed on the table anyway.)

Having small unexpected accents like the green apple candles and the fresh-cut succulents on each plate can complete your look and keep your table decorated and festive even when all of the food has been served!

Or use small potted succulents as individual place cards that that double as a take-home gift!


Don’t be afraid to do a little foraging in your garden (or your neighbor’s—with permission, of course)! I live at the beach, so my garden is full of ornamental beach grasses and millet.  And falling leaves are everywhere! This time of year offers an abundance of beautiful branches, berries, and grasses.

Keep it simple and natural by adding an LED votive candle to the center of a fresh artichoke and place a single stem of millet and sprig fall foliage on each plate.


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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