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All you need is five minutes to put together this simple kitchen table centerpiece made up of eucalyptus, oranges and cranberries. [post contains affiliate links, which means we make a small commission, at NO additional cost to you, if a purchase is made. thanks for supporting north country nest!]

Putting together tablescapes is one of my all-time favorite activities. I love coordinating the plates and napkins and candles and flowers and everything else.

fruit and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpiece

What I don’t always love about them, though, is they aren’t the best for every day life. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for a good table setting. But how often does an ornate, beautiful setting coordinate with the chaos of daily living? I don’t know about you but our kitchen table is a dual purpose piece of furniture and serves as an office desk for Brett, a reading area for me during lunch ti me, sometimes a place we have dinner together and a catch-all for things that we don’t want on the counter.

Space for a beautifully set table isn’t always in the cards but where’s the fun in having a completely empty table top?

orange, cranberry and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpiece

Today, we’re tackling that with this simple kitchen table centerpiece – it takes about five minutes to put together and the best part is there’s still enough room on the table for all the things.

Like most good things in life, this centerpiece started with flowers. I made a trip down to Trader Joe’s and found myself in eucalyptus heaven. They must have just gotten a shipment in because there were several buckets filled with different varieties. Naturally, I bought a few bouquets of each variety, already thinking about where I was going to put them.

cranberry, orange and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpiece

That evening, I made a cranberry orange sangria (recipe coming next week!) for a family party. Shockingly, we had some leftover and since the dispenser doesn’t fit in our fridge, I ended up pouring the wine into a pitcher, leaving all this wonderful fruit left over.

The next morning I went on a cleaning spree (anyone else get random bursts of motivation to clean absolutely everything?) and after taking everything off the table, I decided it was time to switch up our normal burlap table runner for something a little more festive and a little more fun.

oranges, cranberries and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpiece

I grabbed a four cylinder glass vases, filled them up with water and started adding all the leftover fruit from the left over sangria. It look a little pouring and adding to get the levels just right and then I topped it off with a floating candle.

cylinder vases filled with cranberries and oranges

For the eucalyptus, I started with the silver dollar variety and weaved it back and forth between the vases. Of course fresh is always the best but if you’re looking for faux, click here.

laying down eucalyptus for a simple kitchen table centerpiece

Then, in the opposite direction, I added the seeded variety. I didn’t find a faux version but you can order fresh ones here.

fresh fruit and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpiece

To finish off this simple kitchen table centerpiece, light those candles – the warmth creates a light scent of cranberry orange.

fresh fruit centerpiece with eucalyptus

Now, off to go finish that leftover sangria 🙂

cranberries, oranges and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpieces

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you for visiting, Victoria! And for the kind words! 🙂

  1. Melanie at Dish Dish

    I love the simple elegance! Thank you for showing step-by-step how easy (and inexpensive) it is to do. It’s awesome that you used mostly what you had on hand already and came up with something so creative. Beautiful!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Melanie! It’s always nice to shop the house – perfect for budget decorating 🙂


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