Easy organic centerpieces

First of all, I want to thank everyone so much for participating in The Scented Home poll we did last week! I have to say you must have some pretty good smelling homes! You guys are so much like me, working around the house with candles going or good smells boiling on the stove! I love it. I really appreciate your comments, it makes it so fun to see everyone’s ideas. We will definitely do more in the future.

Speaking of good smelling homes, my daughter told me that at the last get together at our place with her friends a boy walked in our house and said “I want to baste in the smell of your house.” I had to laugh, I think that was his creative way of saying our house smelled good! Either that, or it smelled like cooking seasonings! I think judging by how many candles we have, he meant it smelled like vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. I love a delicious smelling home!

I am so excited about fall being here, I just want to break out my boots and sweaters! I spent a good chunk of the weekend toning down Christmas and bringing in more fall. I really am going to leave up a few of the Christmas things, but I didn’t want to rush the season. So down to the basement went some Christmas boxes and out came the pinecones!

Continuing on in our discussion of ways to incorporate natural elements to your seasonal decor, here is an idea for an organic centerpiece that is oh so easy. Just take any wreath (this one has sparkles and vines on it, but you could use something plain, or even better would be perhaps a bay leaf wreath) and lay it on your table. Fill the inside of it with fruits and vegetables! How easy is that? Here I used apples, artichokes and key limes. Artichokes make a great contribution to decorating. They are just festive all by themselves.

Easy organic centerpieces

I’m telling you, I am just not interested in slaving away for hours creating holiday centerpieces. I’ve got other stuff to do! You can count on me for the easy, not-so-crafty and inexpensive ideas! Some of you create beautiful mosaics (yes, I’m talking about the super talented Penny), some of you create lovely things out of garage sale finds (too many of you to list), some of you stitch and sew up beautiful handmade things, some of you are so chic you always do something amazingly fashionable, I just throw some vegetables in a wreath and call it good.

The centerpiece in the first photo is super easy too, just take any clear glass jar and fill it with apples and key limes. You can even set the jar in a wreath like I did. But don’t leave the lid on unless it has vents. Otherwise you might be surprised to find out you are also making applesauce. And that might not be a bad thing! That is totally something Martha would do, great multi-tasking! You could really impress your dinner guests.

Anyways, there you go. Nothing fancy, nothing particularly innovative, but manageable seasonal decor that you can also eat!


  1. realworldmartha

    I love your centerpieces. I am going to have to come back to your site. I just started one that talks a little bit about what you addressed as not having time to do these huge projects when you can do something that’s equally beautiful and inexpensive that will look just a beautiful. Come by and see mine sometime and share your thoughts with those there.

  2. Dee

    Love the do~ability. Is that a word?

  3. Julie

    Beautiful pieces. And I’m with you on the whole creating process. While I love to look at the lavish designs, I don’t have the time, the know-how or the wallet to do them. My current centerpiece is a dark brown wood pedestal with orange ball ivy (I guess that’s how you could describe it) in the center. I have a glass bowl in the center of that with leaves and pumpkin votives in it. I don’t burn the candles of course but if I wanted to I could just take the leaves out. The whole thing took me 5 minutes and it’s really very cute.


  4. Kathleen Grace

    I found your blog a week or so ago and just love it! Such beautiful ideas, and something fresh all the time:>) Thanks so much for what you do!

  5. Esther Sunday

    Morin’ Melissa – LOVE the centerpiece! How easy, yet so effective!! And quick, too! Great idea! Love the glass centerprice too. I noticed my local Ben Franklin (where they know me by first name) has many shapes and sizes of these…mmmm… wonder how much I have left on the Visa? I did a tomato soup this weekend. First soup of the season – love how it makes the house smell, speaking of scents! Love, Esther

  6. Becky

    Gorgeous elegance! My husband saw these pics just now and complimented you on how pretty they are with the natural light. He asked me if they were from a magazine..well, not yet at least!

    Your table setting is WOW! Love how you added color with apples in the jar.

    We now have moss, acorns and pinecones to sort through after going on a little nature walk yesterday in the forest. It was fun and I thought about you whilst collecting everything. Thank you for being such an inspiration!!!



  7. Pat

    Been out of town and catching up here this morning. Great posts!

    I see now, how I’m going to do up my Nell Hill’s drink dispenser for the Holidays! Great idea and I know I have one of those wreaths around here someplace, too!

    I love coming here. I’m learning a wealth of information!

  8. Mélanie

    I love your organic centerpiece . I use a lot natural things and above all vegetables but your centerpiece gave me inspiration

  9. the feathered nest

    Love the glass jar full of key limes and apples. It looks beautiful and it takes no time to do. My kind of decorating! Can’t wait to see your other ideas!


  10. Wanda

    You “just throw some vegetables in a wreath and call it good.” Oh my, yes! It *is* good. There’s a real talent in being able to do that. If I did it, it’d look like I didn’t put the groceries away.

  11. Sophiehoneysuckle

    I know exactly what you mean! I can’t wait for it to be cold enough for scarves and hats!

  12. houseof9lives

    Melissa, those are beautiful!

  13. A Fanciful Twist

    I have been chuckling ever since the boy wanted to baste in the smell of your house… Did he mean bask? And, hee hee, I would have handed him some phillo dough and some butter, and a baster and told him to get on with the baklava Mr. Bster. heheeee, too cute. Kid boys are soooo hilarious sometimes!!!

    Love your arrangements. My mom puts lemons in jars too, with curly willow sticking out. I think I have to send her here, whe will adore your centerpieces! Love the artichokes too!!!!

    Please share more teenage (are they teenagers?) stories with us! Love that!!! And, your house must indeed smell divine!! xo

  14. Rhonda

    Thank you for stopping by to visit me today. I love your site and your ideas are so inspiring! You have a very good eye for photography. I will be back often:)

  15. Karen

    I call it good too…beautiful!

  16. Mrs. Jones

    Lovely centerpiece. It looks so easy even I could do it. Thanks!

  17. Shannon

    I love the simplicity of these centerpieces. Simply beautiful.

  18. Penny, Mosaic Artist

    Now how did I miss this post? Everything looks lovely~

  19. Jan Ogden

    Just came across your Blog. Love your decorating ideas. Also love the centerpieces you did. Fast and inexpensive but beautiful.

    I’ll be visiting you often.


  20. kim in Camas - ScrapToMyLu

    great centerpieces……I am always on the hunt for a quick but beautiful centerpiece. THanks

  21. AJsMom

    Hi, I love your simple centerpiece ideas. I am not very talented with decorating and not very crafty, so this is wonderful for me! I just found you through CWO. I plan to visit alot. God Bless!

  22. Sasha Cohen

    Hi there…Man i just love your blog, keep the cool posts comin..holy Sunday . Sasha Cohen


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