Liven Up Your Eating Area with a Stunning Citrus Centerpiece (or Two or Three)

Who knew that citrus fruit could be the hot topic at your next dinner party? Lemons and limes have never looked so good.

By Kelly O’Roark

 

Whether you have some extras from your amazing lemon-lime meringue pie recipe (YUM!) or you have some left over after making your mason jar bug repellent for last weekend’s cookout, there are multiple ways to make a lemon and lime centerpiece for your countertop, kitchen table, or buffet. These citrus gems are the star of the show when it comes to creating a colorful and fragrant arrangement. And can we talk about the scent? Oh. My. Goodness. It’s heavenly. I could sit and sniff lemons rinds all day long.

 

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Anyway, not only are lemons and limes a perfect way to add vibrancy and a sweet aroma to your table, it’s cost-effective too (you can get a half dozen of each for about $8 total). In addition to these sweet little treats, I used items that I already had in my home to create several different centerpieces, and the possibilities are endless!

 

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Here are three ways that you can take lemons and limes and turn them into a work of art.

 

1. A New Twist on an Old Classic

Tossing a few lemons and limes into a fruit bowl actually looks pretty good on its own, but I decided to take the traditional “fruit bowl” look and kick it up a notch with some edible and decorative items. For this lemon and lime centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • Five or six lemons
  • Three limes
  • Eight Ferrero Rocher chocolates
  • A clear decorative glass bowl
  • Leaves from an artificial flower stem (you could also use real leaves, but I had some left over from my custom flower arrangement, which worked out perfectly!)

 

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Arrange the lemons and the limes in an asymmetrical pattern in the bowl, while placing the chocolates in the smaller crevices.

 

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Once you have an arrangement that you like, place leaves in between some of the chocolates and fruit, and your masterpiece is done!

 

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It’s literally so easy that it’ll look like you spent way more time than you actually did (which is a win in my book).

 

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2. Make Space for a Vase

If you’re looking for an earthy centerpiece, this one is right up your alley, as it makes use of fruit, flowers, and natural wood. This one will take a little more time, but the results are absolutely stunning, so it’s totally worth it! Here’s what you’ll need for this centerpiece:

  • Five or six lemons
  • Three limes
  • A large cylindrical vase
  • Wooden (or earth tone-colored) decorative ornaments
  • Five or six artificial (or real) small white flowers
  • Five or six artificial (or real) green leaves

 

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Lay out all of your items that will go into the vase (the lemons, limes, decorative ornaments, flowers, and leaves) so that you can easily grab them as you go.

 

Take your cylindrical vase and stack each of your items in an asymmetrical pattern while ensuring that each type of item is evenly distributed. (For example, you don’t want all of your white flowers at the bottom of the vase. You should be able to see them at varying heights.)

 

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This may take some precision and patience, and it’s okay if you need to move things around or start over. You want the pattern to be eye-catching, and here’s full disclosure: I actually had to take the top half of it out a couple of times and rearrange all of the items to make it just the way I wanted it. (Yes, I’m an unapologetic perfectionist).

 

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And now you’re done! Feel free to accent with the white flowers and one or two of the wooden ornaments at the base of the vase for an elegant, Instagram-worthy touch.

 

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3. Lemons, Limes, and Luminosity

There’s something about candles that just melts the stress away – no pun intended (okay, maybe it was slightly intentional). A candle display mixed with fresh, fruity accents and floral accouterments will add a soft glow to your table along with an invigorating scent to uplift your spirits.

 

Here’s what you’ll need for this centerpiece:

  • One lemon
  • Two limes
  • One medium-sized candle
  • One circular candle holder
  • Two wooden ornaments
  • Three artificial (or real) small white flowers
  • Four artificial (or real) green leaves

 

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First, cut one lemon in half and then one lime in half. Next, place the candle in the middle of the candle holder, and put three white flowers in front of it with a few leaves, (the flowers should be on the right or left side instead of the middle).

 

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Now place both halves of your lemon, one-half of your cut lime, a couple of your wooden ornaments, and your whole lime around the perimeter of the candle holder into a pattern that you deem to be aesthetically pleasing.

 

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Once you figure out a pattern that you like, add leaves to bring this beauty to life!

 

As you can see, there are multiple ways to make breathtaking lemon and lime centerpieces, and with a little bit of creativity and some decorative items from your own home, you can create several different arrangements for multiple occasions.

 

Are you ready to make your citrus the center of attention? We’d love to hear what items you’ve found in your home to create your beautiful centerpiece. Be sure to share in the comments below!

 

Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark

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