Wednesday, September 10, 2008

WFMW - Easy Centerpieces Between Holidays

I'd like to share four ideas that I use to decorate my tables between major holidays.

Lemons are gorgeous and brighten up any space, no matter your color scheme. True, they seem to fit a summer theme most naturally, but I don't see why you can't have them cheering up the table scape all year round. After all, real lemons are available in all seasons, even in Indiana.

But if you don't want to be continually purchasing them by the handful, you can easily pick up good quality artificial ones. I purchased these at Hobby Lobby, and several people have thought they were real. I also mix real fruit in with the lemons to make it appear even more legit. Below you'll see real peaches mixed in with artificial lemons. By the way, I spied some bee-utiful apples and pears at Walmart for $.97 EACH. They're about $4.00 each at Hobby Lobby.

I also love decorative balls of all colors and sizes, but especially silver and black ones, for some reason. Here you will see some red and silver in a white pedestal bowl and darker ones in a wire basket. I like that the wire basket allows you to see all of the balls better. I can't seem to stop collecting these!


32 comments:

Kim said...

I LOVE this idea! The center of my table is currently empty.... how sad is that? This is great. Thanks for the handy solution! Adorable. Have a great day!!!

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Great ideas! Love the balls. Other than Christmas, I don't usually decorate for holidays. I decorate for seasons. So right now I have all Fall color items out. That way they can stay out longer. Hobby Lobby is my 2nd home, so I have a basket full of artificial pumpkins and gourds on one table and a Fall bouquet of flowers on another.

Smilingsal said...

In my fruit bowl, I often mix real with fake. When I kept only real fruit, I found that it went bad. This way, I buy a smaller amount and save money.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I really LOVE those red ones with the scrolls on them! GOR-GEOUS!

And is that rooster on the white bowl, or is it in the background? I love roosters, too. I have them all over my kitchen.

Very cool tip!

My ADHD Me said...

Great idea. Of course that would mean I would have to clear off my cluttered table...incentive maybe...I always have fruit on the kitchen counter. The only way I can get the boys to eat fruit is if it magically falls in their hands while they are walking by. Maybe I would save money if I used the plastic ones. it would fill them up faster than the real ones...not sure about the nutritional value though...

Melony of Whimsy Daisy! said...

The lemons are awesome. Even if they are fake, I sometimes think I can smell their clean fragrance! Okay...maybe I'm strange!

Mocha with Linda said...

I alway knew you were fruity. . . .

These are gorgeous. Love the black balls. And I am seriously coveting your containers.

gail@more than a song said...

Fun idea! Your white bowls and wire baskets are beautiful...I live about 90 miles in the middle of nowhere, but there is a walmart! I'll see if my store has those pears or apples!

Cindy Swanson said...

Gorgeous, Linda! I love your style. (And don't you just love Hobby Lobby?)

Susanne said...

Great ideas Linda. I'm loving the balls idea. I have to think of a place to put where 6 sets of little hands won't think I put it out for their pleasure.

Heather said...

Very nice! How elegant and cheerful. They do look very real! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

I really love your ideas. Very nice my tables usually sit empty except this time of year to Christmas I have things for the table to rest of the time plain jane. I will keep your tips in mind. Thanks !

Smelling Coffee said...

What an easy solution to a difficult dilema. I always struggle in between seasons, and will remember this trick when the Christmas decor comes down.

Marina said...

I have the lemons and I just love them ! I also love the devorative balls good tasate. marina

Chatty Kelly said...

looks like you are having a BALL decorating. (pun intended - - although it is a bad pun).

I have a basket of balls on my mantel. My fall centerpiece is a glass pumpkin filled with colorful candies. It is festive...and delicious!

annie's eyes said...

I love lemons in spring and summer and apples in winter--they last much longer than flowers and have a warming effect. One centerpiece can change the feel of the room. Great ideas. I need to hit Hobby Lobby or WalMart--good looking fake fruit! Love, A

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

Love it Linda!!! I have a beautiful center piece purchased by Chel and filled with ceramic grapes from my momma-in-law! They work all year but you have inspired me - as long as you don't PERspire me! lol - ok I have a headache and it is making me loopy today!
Chel

Ballerina Girl said...

Great ideas!
Thanks for sharing!
BG

Michelle said...

What a great idea. You'd never now the lemons are artificial. Thanks for the tips.

Faith said...

Great ideas! I almost always (except xmas time) have a blue camp-style bowl with artificial lemons that everyone thinks are real on a shelf in my kitchen. I also love your ball idea. I keep a small wicker basket of yarn balls I purchased at a country gift store on a table in my family room. I also LOVE my big pewter bowl of pinecones..they stay out all year round. In autumn I add silk leaves scattered among the cones. Happy Decorating!

skoots1mom said...

I have glass and fake fruit in my bowl...well, it's really a pie plate in a plate stand, but I use it as a bowl...makes a good side piece on my long bar in the kitchen...funny though, things find their way into the bowl with the fruit...keys, coupons, torn apart envelopes after the mail has been read, and it sometimes even gets real fruit...that rots and drips if not eaten in time...am i the only one that can smell the peaches being "done" past ready??

which brings up another point while i'm standing on the soapbox...why are all the bananas this year so fragile...they only stay yellow a couple of days before they turn horribly dark with black spots...this is when one must make a quick bread so the garbage doesn't become a den of fruitflies...

i'll get down off the box and tell you i enjoyed your post...it does work for you with the lemons...i'll try that, too, at least when they start to go bad i can chop them up and put them in the garbage disposal to kill all the smelly critters growing down in that black hole...cleaning the garbage disposal cover and scrubbing it out with an old scrubber with baking soda is one of those things I WILL NOT MISS in HEAVEN! : )

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Just wanted to pop in and say "hi." I have been enjoying a great read of some of your old posts. Such fun!

Crystal said...

What a great idea!! And whats even better? This is something I could do!! Thanks for the idea.

Also, I LOVE your header. LOVE it!!

Barb said...

thanks for the ideas...I love those decorative balls.... I am most definately going to have to go out shopping and buy some and a wire basket....my table is empty and I am always looking for a great idea for it...thanks

Sherry said...

Those look great! I have a type of bowl dish that I put a candle in the middle and then surround with potpourri type items with various colors according to seasons. :D

Kelley said...

Great ideas girlfriend!! I love them all but the peaches look especially delicious!! And the seashell ball is beautiful. I would love to have peaches on the beach right now (although I would probably just end up in a hurricane, lol).

You are so clever, I bet your house is a fun place, I know your blog is!!

carol ~ i throw like a girl said...

I am so not a decorator, but I love the faux fruit idea. I keep real fruit in a decorative bowl for eating, but Hubby tends to use my fruit and bowl as a drying rack for the dishes. I guess I should just be happy he does dishes and not worry how he gets them dried.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Well, aren't you just crafty.

Connie said...

Love your simple decorating style. Thanks for something I can copy easily. I still need a bow for my pumpkin I bought last week. Connie

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Those are my kind of simple centerpieces. Jackie

THE ROOST said...

Great ideas and prices! Thanks!

Tara said...

Love the idea! My word the fruit looks real lol