Ahh, the salty air is finally warming up in Charleston, and we all know what that means: ‘tis the season for sunny backyard cookouts with friends and outdoor dinner soirees in the warm southern twilight. If you find yourself hosting and/or decorating for a summer party, chances are you’re searching for a tablescape that fits the mood of the event.
Here are a few tips that will turn a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers into Instagram-worthy centerpiece for any get together:
All About That Base
While keeping your flowers in water is obviously the most important thing, don’t be afraid to dress up your base a little bit. Cut up some fresh lemon slices to add a pop of color in a small vase or, if you’re working with a larger arrangement, use whole lemons, limes, or oranges to add that wow factor. The citrus colors will make any arrangement perfect for being the focal point of a summer table.
Think the yellow or lime green is a little too much of a pop? Use a more neutral base like pebbles or (my personal favorite) seashells to line the bottom of your vase. Paired with colorful flowers, a neutral base will tone down the arrangement and also bring a true Charleston feel to your table. Pair the seashells with other nautical decor like rope, starfish, small anchors, or fishing net to really set the tone for a Lowcountry affair.
Go Beyond the Mason Jar
For some reason, every time someone thinks about a centerpiece in the South, it usually includes a mason jar. While we love mason jars (mainly sipping cocktails from them), we also think you can go beyond the traditional glass to make your summer centerpiece stand out. For casual backyard parties, try contrasting a steel watering can with bold Sunflowers or Zinnias. Looking for a more classic or romantic look? Forget the vase altogether, and place fresh cut flowers so that they are spilling from the sides of a lantern or small antique birdcage with candles spread around.
If you want to really create a statement piece for a summer party, don’t be afraid to try something completely nontraditional like a pineapple for a small bouquet or a piece of driftwood lined with succulents. Because what says Charleston more than pineapples or driftwood?
Think Outside of the (Flower)Box
Who doesn’t swoon every time they see a flower box neatly hanging on windows downtown? If you’re decorating a long table, skip vases altogether and use a wooden flower box to create an engaging centerpiece. The base can be made of varying foliage or moss spilling over the sides, and the center can be filled with your favorite flowers of the season. The continuity of the centerpiece will create a beautiful tablescape (and it will smell nice for each guest, as well).