If the thought of seeing naked potting soil at the dining table doesn't sit well with you, consider topdressing your pot with inexpensive aquarium gravel, decorative river rocks, filbert nuts or glass beads. They all come in decorative colors and they will give table top containers a polished, finished look. These types of toppers wil all prevent soil from splashing onto the table when watering.
Don't be afraid to pack plants tightly to achieve a full or finished appearance in temporary centerpieces. Many plants can withstand the removal of much of the medium from around their roots for several days before showing signs of stress.
Color doesn't need to come exlusively from flowers; plenty of plants derive most or all of their color impact from leaves. Foliage plants
provide a long lasting visual impact and are appreciated by guests sensitive to flower fragrances or pollen.
When it comes to adding pizzazz, think beyond potted plants. Consider including cut or silk flowers, fruit, branches, food, ribbons, candles, decorative rocks, moss, or whatever you like. All of these things can be easily removed as they fade or as your mood changes. Go with seasonal or holiday looks also. They are so easy to do!
All though you want your dining table centerpiece to draw attention, you do not want it to be an obstacle for your guests. To determine the right size for your table, follow these guidelines to help you create a conversation piece rather than an annoyance.
Make sure you have enough elbow room. To determine the maximum width and length of a dining table centerpiece, set the table fully, placing a dinner plate or large serving platter in the middle of the table. Then see how much space can be left around the center plate without crowding any of the serving pieces, stemware, and any other items above the plates. Mark the area with a string or something of a similar shape, and measure the area for the container's
width & length.
Keep the height below eye level.
To determine the maximum height of a dining table piece, sit at the table with someone of average height sitting across from you. Stack items in the middle of the table until they reach the level of the other person's chin, then measure and record the height. Use the determined height as a guideline when composing your container.
Spruce up your outdoor dining and entertainment spaces with decorative planted centerpieces. Keep in mind the table elements and surroundings - such as furniture, carpets, walls, and decorative objects - and choose compatible colors that suit the occassion. Portable centerpieces are a great way to introduce
color and style to any table. Putting these pots together isn't hard but it does require some thoughtful planning. Design is important but so is functionality. The art of creating effective tabletop containers goes beyond providing potted plants with the right light, nutrients, and water. Practical considerations, such as how long you plan to showcase the container
and where you intend to display it, play a role in helping.
Lastly, remember the "design police" probably won't be invited to sit at your table, but if they do show up, tell them you have they enjoy your creation.