Whether you need an easy summer centerpiece for your July 4th cookout or an upcoming shower, party or dinner, this simple DIY seasonal arrangement of white hydrangeas and fruit is perfect for summer entertaining!
Why You’ll Love This Summer Party Centerpiece
- If you can stick flowers in a vase, you can make this centerpiece. No flower arranging skills required!
- Hydrangea blooms are easy to work with and do most of the work for you because they are so large and generous.
- I’m sharing exactly what you’ll need and how I made this floral arrangement with step-by-step photos.
- This red, white and blue centerpiece definitely has an all-American feel, but because it focuses on seasonal elements instead of holiday themed items, you can use it all summer long for a variety of events.
I love creative centerpieces that bring a bit of joy to the table. They can make any event special and just a bit elevated. They don’t have to be big and shouldn’t take forever to make, but they should be that little touch that makes your party thoughtful, delightful and memorable.
For this fun centerpiece, the mix of fruit, florals and patriotic colors definitely has all the right summer feels and easily fits in at a family reunion, backyard BBQ or summer dinner party.
What You Need
- small trifle dish
- smaller vase or dish to fit inside the trifle dish
- 6-8 white hydrangeas
- small greenery cuttings from your yard (I used Anise and Greater Periwinkle- 3 each.)
- 5 small Red Delicious apples
- long bamboo skewers, a small hammer, pair of scissors
- 16-18 ounces blueberries
- 1 lb cherries
- 16 ounces blackberries
How to Make This Summer Centerpiece with Hydrangeas & Fruit
- Place your smaller vase inside of your trifle dish.
- Begin to fill between the vase and trifle dish with a layer of blueberries. Fill the space ⅓ of the way up.
- Add a layer or two of cherries on top of the blueberries.
- Fill the rest of space up to the top of the trifle dish with blackberries.
- Use a pair of scissors to cut your hydrangea stems the height of the small vase inside the trifle dish. Remove all of the leaves except those closest to the bloom.
- Fill the small vase with water and simply place your blooms in the vase. Fluff so they blooms create a solid mound over the vase and trifle dish.
- Use a small hammer to gently tap the bamboo skewers into the bottoms of the apples until the skewer is firmly inserted all of the way into the apple, but not coming out of the top.
- Place the apple’s skewers down into the vase, nestling the apples between the blooms. Fluff the blooms again if needed.
- Finish by poking pieces of greenery into the arrangement around the apples.
This arrangement is an easy way to complete your Fourth of July tablescape, Labor Day or Memorial Day table. It also works well for Teacher Appreciation events. Not to mention looking stunning on a dessert table next to a Fresh Strawberry Pie!
Make a Smaller Arrangement
Instead of one large centerpiece, make 3 small arrangements to place down the center of table by using:
- a small vase with a narrow top
- 2 hydrangea blooms
- 2 pieces of greenery
- 1 apple
- and a skewer of berries