How to Make a Centerpiece Using a Soup Tureen

Heidi Samia | Eleanor Rose Home

A soup tureen can be used for so much more than serving soups!  Fill a vintage soup tureen with fresh florals to create a unique, organic floral centerpiece. Let me show you how easily make  one for your home.

A tureen is a broad, deep dish that is used for serving foods such as soups or stews, often with a lid to cover and keep the contents warm. Tureens were originally made of pewter or silver but later manufactured using porcelain and earthenware.

What is a soup tureen?

3 Steps  to Create a Soup Tureen Centerpiece

Step One:

Select any soup tureen for this centerpiece. It doesn’t matter the shape or size, whatever tureen you love will work.

Choose Soup Tureen

Step Two:

Choose your favorite flowers to use in the soup tureen centerpiece. Roses, hydrangeas, peonies, mums, and ranunculus are great options.

Select Fresh Flowers

Step Three:

Fill the soup tureen about a quarter to half way full of fresh water. With clear tape create a grid on the opening of your soup tureen. This will help you to arrange the flowers and keep the flowers in place.

Add a Tape Grid to Tureen

Step Four:

Add flowers to the centerpiece starting with the larger blooms and filling in with smaller flowers.

Arrange Flowers

Step Five:

Move centerpiece around as you arrange it to ensure each side looks symmetrical. Enjoy your completed soup tureen centerpiece!

Enjoy Your Centerpiece

– Use fresh water in a clean vessel. – Remove most of the leaves from the stem of the flower.  – Make sure there is no foliage in the water. – Cut the flower stem at a 45 degree angle.  – Remove any dead or dying flower buds/leaves to keep the centerpiece fresher longer.

Flower Arranging Pro Tips

Small local antique shops, thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, Etsy, and antique shows are all great places to shop for vintage soup tureens.

Where can I buy a soup tureen?

Follow along for more of my flower centerpiece tips, tricks, & secrets.

Heidi Samia | Eleanor Rose Home