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Easy Spring Centerpiece

Spring centerpiece with pansies in a compote bowl

A group of friends recently gathered at my house for dinner to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend.  I set the table with my best china and designed an easy spring centerpiece for the table that I think is quite pretty.  Since this centerpiece doesn’t contain cut flowers, it will last for a long time.

After I enjoy this centerpiece on my table for a few weeks, I’ll plant the violas outside in a planter.


This technique worked so well that I’m planning to keep the concept going by using other annual throughout spring and into summer.

How to Make an Easy Spring Centerpiece


Footed glass compote

6 pack of violas or other spring annual

Clear plastic bags

Sheet moss

How to Make an Easy Spring Table Centerpiece


Step One:

Remove violas from the six-pack and place each in a plastic bag.  Fold down the top of the bag.

How to Make an Easy Spring Table Centerpiece

Step Two:

Arrange the violas in the compote.  Depending on the size of your compote, you may not need all six plants.

Easy Spring Centerpiece

Step Three:

Easy Spring Centerpiece with Violas by virginiasweetpea.com

Use your hand to place sheet moss between each plant and the outside of the compote.  Tuck moss piece between each plant to hide the plastic bags.

Check the plants periodically to make sure that the root balls are moist.  If the plants stay moist, this arrangement should be pretty for weeks.

I loved having a pretty centerpiece on the table for my friend’s birthday dinner and I especially loved how easy it was to make.

Spring Birthday Dinner Table with Easy Viola Centerpiece

Purchasing these violas has really given me a taste for spring gardening.  We had a cold winter and I’m looking forward to planting spring annuals in all of my outdoor areas.  What about you?  Are you ready for spring?

Easy Spring Centerpiece - A pack of pansies, moss and a pretty bowl are all you need to make a pretty spring centerpiece for your table. A bonus is the plants can later be planted outdoors.


  1. Paula, this looks so pretty and absolutely perfect for spring! I have a bunch of footed glass dishes and now I know what to do with some of them. 🙂 Thanks for starting the day with spring – happy Monday and have a great week!

  2. This is such a great idea, Paula! I never thought of putting plants as a centerpiece – or by planting them in plastic bags. I am definitely going to try this since I am trying to always have fresh flowers in my house.

    1. I’ve already moved it to a different spot. It’s now on my kitchen table and I really like how it looks there. I also like that I can display it through summer.

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