5 Tips to Turn Flowers from Your Garden into a Gorgeous Centerpiece

August is the time of year when the garden starts to look a little wild—and the inside of your house starts to feel a little stale from all that conditioned air. Freshen up your dining room with these tips to turn prunings from your yard into a lush centerpiece that only looks expensive.

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  • Choose a vessel. Use something wide and low to get volume without blocking anyone’s view at dinner—even a serving bowl could work.
  • Pick an odd number… Of big blooms, that is. Three, five or seven star flowers, like the oak hydrangea here, are all you need (unless your table’s in a ballroom).
  • Fill with green. Forget baby’s breath—leafy greens, shrub branches and even herbs like rosemary and mint are less expected fillers. Get a lot!
  • Use flower foam. Soak it first to keep you blooms alive, then anchor the biggest flowers in a random arrangement and fill the space between them with your greens.
  • Change your water often. Daily is optimal, but not super-realistic. Try for every other day to keep them fresh for longer (and avoid that decayed bouquet smell—yuck!).
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#fbf to 1994 (ish) with my buds, @richardwiese and @wendirogerstv Bought that sport coat on sale for about 20 bucks because that’s all I had in the bank. Was 10% wool and 90% “other.” Got caught in the rain with it and smelled like wet dog ass all night.

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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