Happy September! I can’t even believe it’s almost halfway through the month already. Around here, we actually really love the change of seasons that September and early fall have to offer. It’s the time of year when days are getting shorter, temperatures are slowly dropping and, as much as I hate to admit it, summer is starting to fade away. But there’s also a certain beauty in the start of autumn, especially the rich tones of peach, golden yellow, and burgundy. We’ve shared lots of fall centerpieces in the past (you can see them here and here), so this DIY needed to feel different. We embraced the warm tones of a late September sunset and created an elevated centerpiece that is easy to recreate in your own home!
One of my favorite things about these late summer days are the prettiest colors that are blooming in the flower fields of our local growers. When I walked into the market on Wednesday and found these buttery yellow rudbeckia, I knew we had to them into the centerpiece. They have an incredible wild flower vibe that makes this flower arrangement feel a bit unexpected. I picked out some coral and peach hued dahlias to compliment them and burgundy dahlias to contrast. Additionally, olive foliage has been one of my favorites to use in flower arrangements, so I decided to pair it with Baptisia as the greenery in our arrangement.
An Early Fall Centerpiece of Peach and Burgundy Flowers | DIY
- Dahlias (yellowy-peach and burgundy)
- Baptisia Foliage
- Olive Foliage
- Vintage cut glass compote dish, similar are below
- Clear flower tape
- Flower Pruners (these are my go-to, holy grail floral shears!)
To start creating this fall centerpiece, use clear floral tape to make a grid on top of the vase. The tape is waterproof and helps to keep the shape of the overall flower arrangement. If you ever feel like you have trouble keeping your centerpieces in shape, clear floral tape is your new BFF! Next, fill the vase with water. Place a few stems of greenery to begin the shape for the arrangement, then strategically place 4 of the large peach dahlias as the focal points in the arrangement.
Next, fill in with the rudbeckia, dahlias, and more greens, creating clusters of blooms. You can also add a few long, wild stems sticking out of the arrangement in an artful, architectural way. Keep adding blooms to your centerpiece until it feels lush and full and has a shape similar to what’s pictured here.
In terms of the aesthetic of this centerpiece, my goal was to create some areas that are a little more flower-dense than others, rather than an even spread. I think this creates a little more of a ‘wild’ look and I love the asymmetry of it. Lastly, I made sure to focus on both sides of the arrangement equally, so that this arrangement could be enjoyed by everyone around the table. That is especially key if you have a round dining table, like Joanna!
If you’d like to recreate this look in your own home, here are a few vases that are similar to the vintage cut glass one we used:
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entertaining post to see how Joanna styled her early fall tablescape around this centerpiece!