If you’re like me, your dining room table is pretty functional. It’s a quick place to grab a bite or get some work done. But my table is also home to a stack (or two) of papers I haven’t gotten around to dealing with and a handful of other things. All of that quickly changes when I host friends for dinner; I go into full on décor mode.
One of my favorite ways to decorate the table is with houseplants. They look great, have a fun feel and best of all, are inexpensive. Plus, there are varieties that fit every season!
Here’s my strategy for decorating my table with plants.
Start with a Showpiece
I often pick a focal plant and use it to guide my décor. For fall, few plants are more perfect than crotons. They bring rich, exotic colors in all the shades of the season. I particularly love the way this variety (‘Petra’) lights up the table with its bright yellow variegated leaves.
Other outstanding varieties that have autumnal appeal include:
- Desert Gems colored cacti
- Earth star
- Phalaenopsis orchid
- Prayer plant
- Purple passion plant
- Red Aglaonema
- Rex begonia
Select Fun Containers
I’ve come to learn that a pretty plant puts on a good show, but the same plant in a cool container takes the display to the next level. If you want to use a container that you’ll grow the plants in over the long term, make sure it has drainage holes. But, if you just need it to look good for guests, any vessel that holds soil will do. Plus, it’s -easy to slip your plants back into a real pot after your friends have gone for the evening.
Show Off Fun Accents
This is the fun part! Be as creative as you wish when it comes to supporting characters for table décor. Fun holiday themed- accents like a turkey-shaped vase, complemented with a pumpkin-shaped luminaria repurposed as a planter adds a ton of fall flair to any table. English ivy adds an earthy look. And orange mums placed on a wood serving platter with pine cones and plastic deer antlers keep the natural theme going.
That’s how easy it is to transform your dining room table into a display your friends will fawn over for your next gathering. And if you really want to make it memorable, give the plants as gifts so your friends take more home than just good memories.
About the Author
Justin Hancock, Costa Farms’ garden expert, is passionate about plants indoors and out. Justin has a wealth of gardening experience, starting from where he grew up in Northern Minnesota, to where he currently gardens in Miami, Florida.