flowers in tiny vases on my table

by Sharon Santoni

I love to add flowers to any table. It can be dinner, it can be lunch, for two or for twenty, I just think that a few flowers go a long way in heightening the pleasure of a meal.

But that doesn’t mean that I create a huge bouquet or spend hours arranging expensive blooms from the florist. Most often I use flowers and foliage from the garden and display them as simply as possible.

An excellent idea when you don’t have many flowers to hand is to use single heads dotted around the table. It could be in a more symmetrical style with a flower in front of each place setting or neatly lined down the table center. Or it can be loosely scattered between the plates, glasses, and candles. As if petals had been scattered.

Using the flower heads alone, or the blooms on short stems, simply sit them in tiny antique liqueur glasses or pop them into glass vases or small bottles down the table. The effect is immediate and always well received.

Here are a few examples, firstly using a small number of dahlias from the garden, and placed three stems into an old glass bottle that you can find here. They looked great in a straight line down the table center but would work well grouped together in a loose huddle. Bottles of this size are good for multiple small blooms, or single heads of peonies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, or lilac.

The other option that I often use is antique liqueur glasses (that you can find here). This works well with roses, dahlias, carnations, and zinnias. You are looking for flowers that are wide but not too tall so they can sit comfortably in the glass.


Dottie Monta August 12, 2022 - 4:55 pm

How this post speaks to me, Sharon! I love using my Annick Goutal bottles (small ones and the full-size ones) with single blooms. I’ve marched them down the table, and have also placed them at each setting. Always, compliments!

A, Dawson August 12, 2022 - 10:05 pm

Lovely,…I often use my old bottles found in a glass bottle dump in Ottawa ) decades ago, green and blue very nice with any single flower. Larger flowers are good in blue or coloured alcohol empties too.

Bonnie Wood August 12, 2022 - 9:20 pm

Very pretty, but our allergies would have a field day!!! ACHOO!!!

Sharon Santoni August 13, 2022 - 11:24 am

Really?! Even to roses or dahlias? I didn’t know that some people could be allergic to this kind of flower, so sorry to learn that!

Cindy Molder August 12, 2022 - 9:30 pm

Mini vases = a mighty statement! Lovely yet simple

Kathryn Gauci August 13, 2022 - 1:57 am


jenny Claase August 13, 2022 - 1:11 pm

What an awesome idea just love your emails

Anamarija August 22, 2022 - 2:11 am

Love this idea. I have a collection of various bottles of perfumes and eau de cologne, and use them the same way, for tiny vases with various flowers, all the seasons. Also intend to make a chandelier with those bottles.

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