Looking for a creative summer centerpiece with flowers idea? Wait until you see how easy this pineapple centerpiece is to make!

When my supper club decided to host a tropical dinner party last month, I wanted to create a beautiful centerpiece that could be used for a Hawaiian party theme or any casual summer dinner party.

I love to mix colors and textures with flowers in the garden on the table.

So for this summer centerpiece idea, I wanted to showcase pineapples with flowers to create a tropical vibe.

And you guys really loved this one.

Here’s how to make this summer centerpiece with flowers and pineapples.

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How to Make a Summer Centerpiece with Flowers and Pineapples

I realize that running to grab a pineapple may not be your first source to use as a vessel to hold fresh flowers, but hear me out.

Pineapples are a tropical fruit that is grown in Hawaii and other similar climates that has a lot of beautiful texture and heavenly scented aroma when cut.

Plus I wanted to use the pineapple tops for each tablesetting.

The shape and size make the perfect vessel to hold a pretty flower arrangement too.

So I thought it would be fun to incorporate them with my Hawaiian theme party table decor.

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Hawaiian party theme decorated with fresh flower and pineapple centerpiece

But you don’t need to host a luau party or tropical theme dinner party to enjoy this centerpiece with flowers.

Any summer dinner party will suffice.

And let me tell you, this centerpiece will set the tone for an amazing dinner party because it’s beautiful but the best part?

It smells amazing!!!

If you could only smell the roses AND the pineapple for this one.

GAH!

close up of summer centerpiece with flowers and pineapples for a tropical dinner party idea

Supplies Needed to Make This Summer Centerpiece with Flowers and Pineapples

Depending on how large your table is, plan to make 3 or 5 pineapple centerpieces.

My outdoor dining table in the potager garden is 8 feet long so I used 3 pineapples but made smaller fresh flower arrangements with blooms from my cut flower garden.

Here’s what you need to make the pineapple centerpieces.

close up of pineapples on a granite countertop

How to Make a Summer Centerpiece with Flowers and Pineapples

While it is not difficult to make this centerpiece, it took a little doing to core each pineapple without removing the bottom.

There are a few ways to core a pineapple.

I chose to use a large knife to hollow out the fruit.

cutting off the pineapple tops on a cutting board on a granite countertop to make centerpiece with flowers and pineapples

It would have been much easier had I removed the bottoms, but I wanted to maintain the integrity of the pineapple.

I didn’t think it would look as nice slicing the bottoms off. Plus the juices would run out of the bottom more easily if I did.

I sliced the top off of each pineapple and set them aside so I can use them as a topper to each table setting for my luau party.

To core the pineapple without damaging the very bottom, I sliced down and around the inside of the pineapple in a circle.

Coring a pineapple without cutting the bottom off on a cutting board on a countertop with a sharp knife to make centerpiece with  flowers and pineapples

And then I sectioned the core off into sixths so I could scoop them out.

I’m not going to tell you this part was easy because it took some doing, but eventually you will get all of the pineapple out.

Save whatever pineapple you shred and scoop out to make this ridiculously easy dump cake recipe.

scraping out the rest of the pineapple before making a centerpiece with flowers on a cutting board on a granite countertop

Once the pineapples are cored, grab small mason jars, fill them with water, and drop inside each pineapple.

Add some flower food to help the fresh flowers last longer. And follow these tips to arrange flowers.

If you can’t find bright pink roses, feel free to substitute with other brightly colored flowers.

Of course you can choose any color flower you want, but I love that bright pink with the fruit’s texture.

dropping a 6 oz mason jar in the hollowed out pineapple to make centerpiece with flowers

When you have each of your pineapples ready to go, place them on a small salad plate.

That salad plate will protect your table from any leaking pineapple juice. And trust me, those pineapples will leak a little.

To conceal the plates on the table, I tucked more flowers in mason jars in between them, and added fresh halved fruits to create more texture and interest.

And that’s it!

cutting roses to fit in the 6 oz mason jars in pineapple centerpiece with flowers idea

How to Care for Summer Centerpiece with Flowers and Pineapples

It is very likely that the pineapples will not last as long as the flowers.

Mine actually starting rotting after a few days.

When the fruit begins to decay, remove the mason jars from the pineapples, clean them up and refresh the water so you can still enjoy the flower arrangement.

If need be, recut each flower stem, and add more flower food to help them last a little longer.

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Summer Centerpiece with Flowers and Pineapples

Looking for a creative summer centerpiece with flowers idea? Wait until you see how easy this pineapple centerpiece is to make!
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Yield: 3 Pineapple Centerpieces
Calories:
Author: Stacy Ling
Cost: 50

Materials

Instructions

  • Slice off pineapple tops and set aside.
    cutting off the pineapple tops on a cutting board on a granite countertop to make centerpiece with flowers and pineapples
  • Using a sharp knife, core the pineapple but keep the bottom intact.
    Coring a pineapple without cutting the bottom off on a cutting board on a countertop with a sharp knife to make centerpiece with flowers and pineapples
  • Hollow out the pineapple and save the insides for dessert (see note).
    scraping out the rest of the pineapple before making a centerpiece with flowers on a cutting board on a granite countertop
  • Drop mason jars in and fill with water.
    dropping a 6 oz mason jar in the hollowed out pineapple to make centerpiece with flowers
  • Add floral food.
  • Cut flowers on 45 degree angle 1.5-2 sizes of pineapple height.
    cutting roses to fit in the 6 oz mason jars in pineapple centerpiece with flowers idea
  • Place centerpiece with flowers and pineapples on salad plate or other dish to catch any leaking juices.
    close up of summer centerpiece with flowers and pineapples for a tropical dinner party idea

Notes

Not sure what to do with the extra pineapple? Make this ridiculously delicious (and easy) dump cake pineapple recipe.

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6 Comments

    1. I really appreciate that so much Rachel! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!!! woohoo!!!

  1. I can’t wait to try this before the summer ends Stacy. What a fabulous idea.

  2. Was there any issue with bugs? I’d like to do this, but I’m wondering if bugs will be a problem for the few hours they will be outdoors.