A vase of flowers will always have a place at the center of a table, but if you’re looking for something a little more long lasting for your next get together, try a live centerpiece. A potted herb plant, flowering plant or even a cactus can be a good alternative, and will still be around long after the guests have left. Even better, it’s less expensive than a fresh bouquet.
This unusual rosemary tree runs for $34.99 at 800flowers.com. Or you can check your local garden center for a plant and pot it yourself in a pretty basket or an antique bowl for less.