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50 simple dining room centerpiece ideas for every season

Need some dining room centerpiece ideas to get your creative juices flowing? Here, I’m answering some common questions about styling your dining room table and giving you over 50 simple centerpiece ideas to use for every season.

The good part is, your dining room centerpieces don’t need to be fussy or complicated. With a little creativity, you can decorate your table with a glamorous centerpiece that’ll wow your guests.

From simple flowers in a clear vase to creative displays with candles and fruit, these ideas are easy to recreate for any occasion.

Plus, they’re all budget-friendly, so you won’t break the bank while dressing up your dining space. So gather your supplies, and let’s decorate your dining room table!

Fall centerpiece with pumpkin vase.
Basket of apples as centerpiece.

The most popular centerpieces are generally flowers. Whether fresh or faux flowers, they seem to be most peoples go-to for centerpiece design. Flowers can be used for special occasions and also for an everyday look. Really, you can’t go wrong with flowers at the center stage.

Fresh flowers as a centerpiece with pillar candles.
White jar with faux florals in it as the centerpiece.

Should you have a centerpiece on your dining room table?

Of course not! There are no rule on whether or not you should have a centerpiece in the middle of the table. Only you know what your style preference is and if it fits the estetic of your home.

With that said, if you choose to have a centerpiece on your kitchen table, there are some great options. There are plenty of easy centerpiece ideas that can be done in minutes.

For instance, the fall season is one of my favorites to decorate for. You can use a few simple decorations like pumpkins and vase. Table decorations can be as simple or complicated as you want.

Large pumpkin vase with faux flowers.
Pumpkin vase centerpiece in dining room.

What are the don’ts when making a centerpiece for your table?

There really aren’t any wrong or right centerpieces. This is because interior design is so personal. What looks good to me may not look good to you. But there are a few rules you want to follow.

Like, don’t let your centerpiece block the view of your guests. Anything about 24 inches and under and you should be fine. Also, make sure you’ve saved enough room for your guests to actually eat. If you over do you table decorations your guests may feel too crowded.

Dining room with red rug and large table and garland as the centerpiece.

Should a dining room table have only one centerpiece?

The rule of thumb for how many centerpieces a table should have really has to do with the size of your table. Tables are all different sizes and that will determine how many centerpieces you’ll have.

If you have a round table, you should have one centerpiece in the middle of your table. If you have a rectangle table, depending on how long it is, that will determine how many you should have. Maybe one dramatic statement piece in the center of your table and two smaller ones on either side.

Large dining room table with pumpkins, flowers, and garland.
dining table with two centerpieces on dining table.
Copper cups and jars as centerpiece on dinging table.

What are examples of different styles for centerpieces?

There’s nothing like hosting friends and family in your home for a good old-fashioned dinner party. But before the food can be served, you want to dress up your dining room with a beautiful centerpiece.

In the center of the table, a gorgeous centerpiece can make all the difference. From real flowers to tea lights, there are so many styles to choose from. Really, you want your centerpiece to match your dining room decor. If you’re unsure of your style, here are some examples.

These are my centerpieces from over the years. I’m sure you’ll find one that will inspire you to recreate your own diy centerpiece. This way, you’ll be ready for all your future dinner parties.

Fall centerpiece with pumpkins and gourds.

Style 1: Rustic

 Rustic dining table centerpieces evoke the simple beauty of nature. They might include a vase of wildflowers, a mason jar filled with fireflies, a green plant, or a simple bowl of fresh berries.

Whatever the specific arrangement, rustic centerpieces share a sense of unpretentiousness and charm.

They bring a bit of the outdoors inside and remind us of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Rustic centerpieces are also easy to craft and require no special skills or materials. In fact, some of the best rustic centerpieces are made with items that have been thrifted or have been repurposed.

Centerpiece with green pant, and antique books, and copper accents.
Easter table with candles, bunnies, and egg candles.

Style 2: Farmhouse

When setting the perfect table, there is nothing quite like a farmhouse-style centerpiece. These countryside arrangements are perfect for any gathering, large or small. Whether you choose to arrange fresh flowers or scented candles, or go more authentic with large dough bowls and a tall vase.

Farmhouse-style centerpieces are sure to add a touch of warmth and comfort to your dining room. Best of all, farmhouse-style is easy to create and can be customized to suit your taste. 

Christmas dining room table with farmhouse rwreaths on chairs and Christmas garland on table.
Dining table centerpiece with Lillies and candles.

Style 3: Feminine

From delicate floral arrangements to sleek and modern vases, these centerpieces add a touch of elegance to any meal. But what exactly are feminine dining table centerpieces?

Feminine centerpieces can take many different forms, but they all share one common trait: they exude femininity. From delicate blooms to soft colors and shapes, these centerpieces are designed to please the eye and create a sense of elegance. If you’re looking for a little extra flair to your next meal, consider investing in some feminine centerpieces like bows, flowers, patterned vases, lace or vintage napkins, etc.

Planter in dining table with faux flowers and candles.
Flowers in planter and candles as a centerpiece on a dining room table.

Style 4: Americana

Americana dining table centerpieces are something special. They are designed to be beautiful and practical besides adding elegance to any table. These stunning centerpieces are made up with vibrant colors paired with a patriotic theme.

They also include various materials, like wood, glass, metal and porcelain. The pieces can accentuate the existing décor of your room and become the focal point of the space itself. No matter what their purpose, Americana dining table pieces are sure to add a touch of class and sophistication to any setting.

bright blue flowers as a centerpiece with lemonade and cookies.

Style 5: Modern

A well-chosen modern centerpiece can set the tone for any dinner party, conveying a sense of style and sophistication.

Modern dining table centerpieces often make use of clean lines and geometric shapes, creating a look that is both stylish and elegant. Mirrors are also a popular choice as modern dining table centerpieces, as they reflect light and create the illusion of more space. 

Antique books and green pitted plant with candles as centerpiece.

Style 6: Transitional

Transitional design is the combination of traditional and modern or contemporary design. If you enjoy mixing styles, this may be the style for you. With transitional style, you get unlimited freedom to mix and match your favorite decor elements to create a cohesive design.

Examples of this would be using a large vase and candle holders. Also using traditional textures like wood or stone, which tend to be more modern. This is a great style choice if you want to create your own look by mixing different styles.

Dining table with a large jar and smaller white vase with flowers as the centerpiece.

Style 7: Cottage

Nestled in the heart of the countryside, cottages have a long-standing reputation for being charming and quaint.

Cottage style is combination of rustic elements and farmhouse style. It’s a little softer then both of those styles, but similar. You can incorporate this style by using elements from nature, like flowers, branches, or pinecones.

Also by layer in softer, more feminine elements like an antique tiered tray and antique napkins. Cottage style is meant to give a homey feel, evoking memories of lazy summers spent outdoors.

In addition to its charm, cottage dining table centerpieces also create a sense of warmth and togetherness, making your mealtimes more intimate. 

simple centerpiece with succulents and lilly's.

Style 8: Contemporary

Contemporary design is more minimalistic. It’s colors would include beige, tan, and white. Creating a contemporary centerpiece would include simple items grouped together. Also items of everyday use like decorative bowls, a stack of cloth napkins, and maybe small plates and forks. Think minimal and practical.

Kitchen table and built in bench with a large vase and statue as the centerpiece.

Style 9: Bohemian

When setting the scene for a beautiful bohemian dining experience, it’s all about the details. From the colorful tablecloth to the elegant place settings, each element should come together to create a cohesive and inviting tablescape. And, of course, no bohemian tablescape is complete without a show-stopping centerpiece.

Bohemian dining table centerpieces are all about mixing and matching different elements to create a captivating display. A few key pieces, such as vases, candles, and flowers, can be used to create a variety of different looks.

For example, a cluster of tall candles surrounded by fresh blooms makes for a romantic and atmospheric centerpiece. Or, for a more whimsical look, try filling a vase with colorful fruits or vegetables. No matter what your style, there’s a bohemian dining table centerpiece that’s perfect for you. 

Centerpiece on a table in pinecones and a vase with faux flowers.
Pinecones in a basket as a centerpiece on table.

What can I put on my table for decoration?

Dining table decoration don’t have to be complicated or hard – you can simply put a vase of flowers in the middle of some candles around the edge. But if you’re looking for something a little more special, take a look at my top picks below:

Christmas dining table centerpiece with candles and garland.

Table Accents

Decorative items or “table accents” are great way to add subtle elements to your tablescape that will highlight your centerpiece. Table accents are meant to accent, not distract from that centerpiece. These would be objects like candle holders, decorative trays, potted plants, lanterns, etc.

Centerpiece with a pitcher full of flowers and taper candles.
Dining table with a lantern as a centerpiece.

Floral Centerpieces

Floral centerpieces are one of my go-to ways to decorate a dining table. I love how they bring outdoor nature into my home and instantly brighten the whole space. What I particularly adore about flower centerpieces is the fact that they are so versatile. You can use them to create various looks, from elegant and formal to relaxed and informal. And, of course, any holiday! You can change them up depending on the season or your mood.

Antique box with flowers inside.
Florals in a planter as the centric on the table.

Table Vases

Table vases are more than just decoration; they can be the centerpiece of your dining experience. They can be small vases used as accents or large to display a stunning centerpiece. Using a glass vase with a beautiful floral arrangement can set the mood for your dinner party, creating an atmosphere of sophistication or relaxation. Whether you choose a classic bud vase or a modern geometric design, table vases are a simple way to bring style to your dining table.

Pumpkin vase with faux flowers.
small pumpkin vase with faux flowers.

Decorative Trays

I often use decorative trays to hold candles, vases, or other tabletop accessories, but you can also use them to serve food or drinks. Decorative trays are an easy way to change your table’s look, making entertaining guests a breeze. These chic trays add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any setting, and you can easily customize them to suit any decorating style.

Centerpiece with a tiered tray and a vase full of flowers.
Coffee table centerpiece with antique books, a tray, and an amber candle.

Table Runners

Besides serving their actual function, table runners can also transform the look of your dining room. A good table runner should be made from high-quality fabric and be the right size for your table.

It should also withstand repeated washings to keep looking clean and fresh. I often get table runners in neutral colors, so they can easily complement any color scheme. However, there are also some beautifully patterned runners available, which can add a natural pop of color to your dining room. 

Centerpiece on a farmhouse table runner.
Dining table with runner and a pumpkin vase as the centerpiece.


I often find myself walking into a store and being drawn to the beautiful placemats on display. I like how they can instantly brighten up a dining table, and I always make sure to have a few on hand for when I entertain guests.

What I didn’t realize until recently is that placemats can also be used as dining table centerpieces. By simply placing a few candles or flowers on top of a placemat, you can create a stunning focal point for your table. You’re free to choose something bold and graphic or something more subdued and classic according to your home decor. 

Placemats on a table with a white jar and fresh flowers as the centerpiece.

Charger Plates

I remember the first time I saw charger plates at a wedding, and I was struck by how elegant they looked. The simple addition of a charger plate can make any table seem more sophisticated – but they’re not just for decoration.

Charger plates can also help to protect your table from wear and tear. And if you’re hosting a large dinner party, they can keep your place settings organized. So go ahead and give these plates a try as I did. You might be surprised at the difference they can make.

Fall tablescape with black chargers.
Green fresh garland down a dining room table.

Tall Candles

When I set the table for dinner, I like to take a moment to consider the mood I want to create. If I’m hosting a formal dinner party, I might choose tall, slender candles as my centerpieces. There’s something about the flickering flames and the stately height of the candles that conveys sophistication and refinement.

Of course, tall candles are also lovely for more intimate gatherings. When you light these handsome candles, your guests will be drawn to their mesmerizing glow. And when the meal is over, you can enjoy their calming presence as you linger over coffee and conversation.

Christmas tabbescape with tall candles as centerpiece.
Fall centerpiece with tall candles, a pumpkin vase, and copper accents.

Napkin Rings

I think that the little details are what make a difference. Something as simple as a napkin ring can make your table look well-done and organized.

I like to choose napkin rings that complement the theme of my dinner party and enhance the table’s overall feel.

For example, if I’m throwing a Halloween party, I might use napkin rings shaped like bats, ghosts, or other eerie figures. Or, if I’m hosting a Christmas dinner, I might choose napkin rings adorned with holly or ribbons to transform my dining table into a work of art.

Gold napkin rings on buffalo plaid napkins.

What are the “Don’ts” when creating a centerpiece?

When choosing a centerpiece for your dining room table, here are a few things you should stick to: 

  • Avoid anything that is too tall or too bulky. Centerpieces should be eye-catching, but they should also leave plenty of room for guests to see and interact with each other across the table. 
  • Be careful not to choose something that is too fragrant. Strong scents can be overwhelming when dining, so it’s best to stick with something more subtle. 
  • Don’t forget to consider the season when choosing your centerpiece. Seasonal flowers and fruits make beautiful and festive additions to any meal. 

These simple guidelines will help you choose a dining table centerpiece that will delight your guests and your sense of style.

Christmas tablescape with cookie jar as the centerpiece.
Dining table with pumpkin, gourds, and lanterns.

How do you dress up a dining room table using what you already have?

Here’s what I do to decorate my table:

  • I start with a light dusting, running my hands along the wood grain to eliminate any lingering dust. Once the table is clean, I move on to the base of my design.
  • Next, I’ll add layers to the table like a runner, garland, or a table cloth.
  • Then, I’ll create a centerpiece. I let the time of year help me determine the theme of my design. Or if there are any holidays close by.
  • I try to use things that I already own or things from nature like pinecones and branches to put in a vase. (This is one of my favorite things about living in the country)
  • Really, the possibilities are endless, and it’s always a fun surprise to see what I can come up with using things already in my home. For instance, antique books, jars, bottles, and or potted plants.
  • Next, after the centerpiece is created, I’ll move onto table accents. These elements help to highlight the focal point, which is the centerpiece.
  • Lastly, I’ll move onto setting the table.

By taking a little time to dress up my dining table, I create a special space thats perfect for entertaining or simply enjoying a meal.

Centerpiece with glass jars and garland.
Pinecones on plates for tablescape.

How can I decorate my table cheaply?

Want to decorate your table without breaking the bank? Try a few of these ideas bellow.

  • Think outside the traditional place setting. Arrange cutlery, napkins, and plates in unexpected ways. For example, try rolled napkins with silverware tucked inside, or create a centerpiece out of some of your favorite dishes.
  • Utilize food and drink. Add lemons or apples to a vase, bowl, basket, or tray. Try making lemonade and displaying it in a pitcher. Add a stack of cups and cloth napkins to finish the look. Or you could swap out the lemonade for cider. Add stacked copper mugs and a tiered tray to display some freshly baked cookies.
  • Be resourceful and utilize outside elements. Grab pinecones, acorns, branches, flowers, etc. All can be used to create a centerpiece.
Centerpiece with fresh flowers, lemonade, and cookies.
Centerpiece with santa in a jar and copper cups.

With a little imagination, you can transform your dining table into something truly special – without spending a lot of money. 

Rounding Up

Your dining table is a reflection of your unique personality, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your decoration.

Use different items as centerpieces to let your personality shine through. Candles, flowers, vases, and even small sculptures can all be used to create a beautiful and personal setting.

Easter table setting with bunnies as the centerpiece.

And don’t forget the power of color -using different colors for the tablecloth, napkins, and plates can add visual interest and make your dining area pop.

Also, centerpieces aren’t just for dining room tables either. Try using these same concepts for your kitchen island or your coffee table. So have fun with it and let your creativity shine.

Kitchen Island centerpiece with flowers and a large bowl of artichokes.
Simple centerpiece with a table runner, white pitcher of flowers, and green jars.

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