Today I’m sharing how to turn a tray into a kitchen table centerpiece with a collection of odds and ends. Plus I’m adding a pretty bouquet of fresh flowers in my favorite ironstone pitcher to complete the centerpiece. You might say this is a repurposing project of sorts, so keep reading for ideas on how to use a tiered tray.
One of the wonderful reasons why I love tiered trays like the one I have, is because you can disassemble them. Once the center post is removed then you have two trays that can be stacked and stored away. Easy peasy!
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How To Turn A Tray Into A Kitchen Table Centerpiece
You can also use the trays separately, which is exactly what I’m doing with my kitchen table arrangement. Of course without the center post you have hole in the middle, but with careful arranging you can hide it.
Think about using a cloth napkin across the tray or a stack of dishes, and build your centerpiece from there.
I usually display my ironstone jar collection on the open shelves next to the table, but right now I’m switching things around. Ironstone creamers and pitchers look just as lovely on the shelves with a stack of navy and white napkins.
As long as I’m using jars as part of the centerpiece, I figure I might as well put them to good use. Filling the jars with silverware, toothpicks and matches is practical and looks more interesting. What do you think?
For a tiny hint of color, I’m adding a vintage looking vase to hold a votive candle. I just love this soft delicate blue glass. You may remember it from my post, Spring Wall Basket Upcycle Project, holding rosemary clippings.
Grocery Store Flowers
I’m always bragging about the floral departments of the grocery stores I shop in, because they hardly ever disappoint. I mean when I can pop in for a “grab and go” bouquet like this one, I know I can create something extra special with little effort.
The delicate bellflowers are so pretty, and although I’ve never been a fan of carnations, I’m loving the mini pink carnations in the mix. I also love the contrast in texture between the overall softness of the flower petals and the spiky eryngium blue thistle.
The whole flower arrangement comes together so easy in my favorite ironstone pitcher. With careful placement of the pitcher the hole in the tray is undetectable. 😉
Next to the tray I’m displaying a stack of plates, cloth napkins and glasses that are ready to use for any meal. In a way this is much like the centerpiece from my post, Simple Easter Centerpiece With A Tiered Tray. You know, there’s no reason why dishes can’t be part of your arrangement.
Something else to consider when using a tray as the base of your centerpiece is how easy it is to move in a moments notice. If your table is like ours, it’s used for a lot more that just meals, but in a moments notice, it’s back looking pretty again.
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Thanks for stopping for my post on how to turn a tray into a kitchen table centerpiece! If you have a tiered tray, think about using those trays in a different ways and have fun with it.
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Anna Price says
I love your collection of English Advertising jars! Especially the Dundee Marmalade jar. Thank you for sharing this creative and useful idea! Love the flowers too!
Michelle Meyer says
Thank you Anna! I started collecting the advertising jars a few years ago and just love them!
Cindy Richter says
I didn’t know that about tiered trays but it makes perfect sense. Just never thought about it. And your tray centerpiece is beautiful. Who knew (you did) that toothpicks and matches could look so adorable?! I need to get to the grocery store or travel 35 minutes to Trader Joes for some flowers. It’s been a while since I’ve had some. Enjoy! pinned
Michelle Meyer says
Cindy, I think you have the right idea to treat yourself with flowers. Thanks for pinning my friend!
Rachel-The Antiqued Journey says
Your tray display is so pretty, Michelle!! I love all the pretty vintage finds you have corralled onto it. Those flowers are just stunning and make such a big impact on the table! This kind of display can be used all the way through Summer. Pinned!
Michelle Meyer says
Thank you so much Rachel for your sweet comments! Hugs!