How To Make A Vegetable Centerpiece

vegetable centerpiece shabby chic

It all started at Whole Foods, the grocery store where I do most of my food shopping. I was there on Saturday after going out with my husband for breakfast, which is somewhat of a tradition around our home when we aren't traveling. We like to stock up on some really great fresh food to prepare over the weekend, and wine and usually a small dessert or two. I seek inspiration daily for creative pursuits and on Saturday I started noticing the color purple in the produce department. It got me thinking about my antique French terre de fer (ironstone) dishes and a fish poacher:-) Fish poacher?

artichoke in a centerpiece

Yes...the one that I've talked about before on the blog and it works well for a table centerpiece to keep it low so that conversation can flow freely across the table

How To Make A Vegetable Centerpiece

It was an inexpensive find and I don't poach fish when I cook it. Never ever! Like a lot of things that I acquire second hand I painted it white and only use it for centerpieces. To prevent leaking I line it with a white plastic kitchen trash bag and fill it with soaked floral foam.

clippers and hydrangeas

Yes, I'm that strange woman in the market who likes to match her food to her flowers. Hah! I clipped some gorgeous lavender/pink/green hydrangea quite short and filled the poacher, varying the height just a bit for interest.

purple cauliflower

It didn't take an entire head of cauliflower to do my VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE, so the rest of it went to make this recipe that I shared for CAULIFLOWER RICE. By the way, if you love to eat healthy the recipe is really delicious and I make it once a week as a side dish:-). 

skewered cauliflower

Wooden skewers were cut in half because I didn't need the full length and I used my flower clippers to cut them on the angle. Then I pushed the skewers gently into some cauliflower florets and placed them into my floral centerpiece randomly. 

beautiful vegetable centerpiece for fall

Next I filled in the centerpiece with a few of the leaves from the hydrangea, a handful of wheat stalks, left over flowers from last week in similar tones, small seasonal gourds, seeded hydrangea and finally a couple of artichokes from the market. When making a FLORAL CENTERPIECE always try and vary the height of your arrangement, even just slightly if you prefer. Tuck the plastic trash bag into the arrangement carefully with your fingers.

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I overlapped some of the flowers and filler for a more artistic look as well. I'm not sure if anyone really would notice that this is indeed a VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE, but it is and can be left out for several days before tossing out or repurposing the "ingredients". 

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My dining table is rather rustic, so I covered it with a bedspread for a softer look. I'll be sharing another tablescape later this week, so I hope that you check in for that if you are a fan of ENTERTAINING.

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Tomorrow I'll be talking about my trip to NYC and the Better Homes & Garden's Stylemaker Event. Hope you have a great week!