How to Use Plants as Centerpieces


Making your own centerpieces can be simple, especially when using potted herbs. Whether decorating a wedding reception table or your dining table at home, herbs create a wonderfully aromatic display and are a nice change from the typical floral arrangements. When arranged in individual pots, the herbs can be taken home afterward as a party favor for your guests to display in a kitchen or use in cooking. Although the herbs can be grown at home, you can also purchase them a day or two ahead of time through a reputable nursery.

Step 1

Select any type of herbs such as thyme, parsley, basil, marjoram, sage or lavender. Use 4-inch pots if you're putting together a centerpiece. Anything larger would be too big for the tables. Use younger plants that are not scraggly or leggy in appearance. Water your plants well and set aside to drain overnight.

Step 2

Use clay pots that are slightly larger than the potted herb containers and set each potted herbs inside a clay pot. Depending on the size of your table and tray, use approximately five to six potted herbs per centerpiece.

Step 3

Lay two layers of tissue paper on the table and set one clay pot in the center. Wrap the tissue paper up around the clay pot and tie a ribbon around the top of the pot to hold the tissue paper in place. Tie a bow with the loose ends of the ribbon. Repeat for each clay pot.

Step 4

Set your decorated pots on a serving tray, arranging with the taller plants in the middle and shorter ones toward the outside edges. Set the tray with the herbs in the middle of your table. If decorating more than one table, use as many trays as needed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not water your herbs while the tissue paper is around the pots.

Things You'll Need

  • Potted herbs
  • Clay pots
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tray


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.