4 easy centerpieces under $50 = ideas to steal!!

With Fall here and the holiday season knocking on the door, we could all use some tips for entertaining. For me flowers always take center stage and I almost never use fake flowers. Fresh flowers, however, can really be draining on the budget. When hosting dinner parties I like to splurge on wine and the meal itself while keeping the costs for flowers as low as possible. With this practicality in mind I created 4 easy Fall-inspired arrangements under $50, which I thought many of you might find useful. Some of these arrangements will last long after your party. To keep costs even lower, I used vases collected over the years, mostly from thrift stores and gifted arrangements.

Orchid + Berry trio = Delicate Exquisite Express

It isn’t Fall without some berries and these snow white berries compliment the burnt orange and yellow hues in the orchid creating a delicate arrangement. Cymbidium Orchid $34.50 + Snow Berries $13.50 = Total cost $48!


Lily + Oregano = Herbed Sophistication

The dual toned leaves in the ornamental oregano are reminiscent of changing colors of leaves on trees pair beautifully with Calla Lillies. Pinkish tones in the oregano are highlighted by the richer jewel toned purple-pinkish shades of the lilies. The fragrance of the oregano is perfect for dinner aromas. Oregano $9 + Calla Lily $23 = $32.

Romancing the Rose 

You can never go wrong with a classic all-rose arrangement. It screams elegance without looking over-the-top. Separating into three vases gives it a modern edge. 12 Gray Silver Finesse Roses = $22. I love the dual shades of the petals which is so Fall! Tip: make sure to cut roses at a sharp angle of 45 degree or more to make them last longer.

 Ballsy Minimalist

Moss balls might be the easiest house plants to maintain, need no watering, and last about a year. Place similar sizes ones in one large bowl or place various sized ones on several clear glass cylinder vases. Chic and minimalist, they are sure to be a conversation starter. Moss Balls 4″ $10 (2pcs) 6″ $15 (2pcs) 10″ $15 = $40

For a modern look I chose three vases to make multiple piece centerpieces but each of these arrangements would look just as pretty with only one vase. My tip, use the same type of flowers in each vase for an elegant and less-fussy look.

Hope you found this helpful. Which one is your favorite? Which one would you steal and how would you change it to suit your style?



 images: Manvi Drona Hidalgo

Mochatini + AphroChic + Matchbook Mag = When work is a fun rooftop soiree

Friends! I have some lovely news to share with you. My styling work is in the latest issue of Matchbook Magazine. Pgs 80-88.

You know how much I absolutely enjoy creating tablescapes. So when one of my favorite designer/blogger Jeanine Hays, invited me to style a summer party on her rooftop in Philly, I was beyond thrilled. I mean, I love this gal. She’s talented, kind, one of the most genuine bloggers, a successful entrepreneur, a lovely person….and I simply adore her.. Needless to say I was in like wine in sangria. The thought of working alongside a friend, had me doing cartwheels and making virtual moodboards at the same time…

Would you like to see how our wonderfully collaborated project turned out?



We had SUCH a lovely time. I absolutely love when collaborations like this when everything works so well together. Like magic.  We transformed her outdoor space into an extension of their home by creating a warm and stylish entertaining space. We softened the urban rooftop by playing with a forest green and candy yellow color palette. Moss balls and ornamental oregano added visual interest.

Huge thank you to Jeanine Hays and her husband, AphroChic team, Jane from Matchbook and Rachel and my wonderful hubby. Pleasure working with you all.

Also thanks to Steuben for stemware, Little Bit Heart for lovely invites, menu and placecards, Rosanna for botanical plates, Michael Aram for salt+pepper shakers, Macaron Cafe for macarons as favors. Flatware is by Dvf and polka dot bread plates by Kate Spade.

images: Rachel McGinn