Celebrate in Style: Tabletop Container Gardens for Every Occasion

tabletop plants for your next party

There is a lot to celebrate this time of year, from weddings and graduations to family barbeques and friends over for summer holidays. Make these moments magical with beautiful potted plants. Skip the traditional vase and store-bought bouquets and adorn your tables with color that will last.


Enhancing Your Celebration with Tabletop Container Gardens


Container gardens are a quick and easy way to add a festive touch to your home. They are extremely versatile and can easily be moved to your indoor or outdoor entertaining spaces. Pair with fashionable pottery and you can enhance any occasion with these creative accents. Plus, their use transcends the typical timeline of any cut flower arrangement.

When creating tabletop container gardens, choosing the right container, and selecting suitable plants is important to keep in mind. Think ahead to how you will utilize your creations and where they will be displayed at your festivities.

marigolds in pots

Once your celebration is over, you can move and display your colorful container gardens to different areas of your home that could use a seasonal update. Simply, follow the sun and water requirements for your selections and you can enjoy fresh flowers and foliage throughout the season.

Need inspiration? Here are a 5 tabletop container garden design ideas for your next celebration!


Tabletop Container Garden Design Ideas


succulent tabletop gardens

Indoor succulents and cacti are all the rage. They are low-maintenance, unique, and long lasting. Succulents and cacti are great for beginner gardeners because they are easy to grow and require minimal care.

indoor succulents and indoor cacti

Caring for succulents and cacti starts with the proper potting soil. When planting these popular types and varieties, use Black Gold® Cactus Mix. It helps provide the ideal soil structure and drainage that cacti, bromeliads, and succulents crave. They thrive in bright light indoors, but they can also be placed in full sunlight with afternoon shade.

succulents in pottery

The watering guidelines for succulents and cacti are simple. Water when the soil is dry and allow the soil to dry completely before watering again as these plants store water in their roots, leaves, and stems.

graduation party décor ideas

How can you celebrate with succulents and cacti? Show your graduate how super they are with unique and stylish succulents and cacti. Choose pottery in classic commencement colors and enhance these creative accents with graduation décor. After your celebration, you can gift your grad with their new plants as indoor succulents and cacti are ideal in dorms, apartments, or offices.



whimsical container gardens

As Dr. Seuss would say, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” The possibilities are endless when you are creating a whimsical plant display. This enchanting accent will evoke a child-like glee with the bright colors and unique blooms.


Celosia is a playful and colorful flowering variety. They have bold plumes of bright, feathery spikes in shades of pink, orange, yellow and red. Embellish your sunny tables with this tabletop plant as they thrive in full sunlight.


Gomphrena, also known as Bachelor Button, is admired for its unique blooms. This whimsy botanical has long-lasting, button-shaped flowers that can be cut and dried for an easy DIY whimsical plant arrangement. Gomphrena is extremely tolerant of hot and dry conditions, and it thrives in full sunlight throughout the day.


Alyssum is another fantastic choice for your playful container creations. It features clusters of fragrant flowers with a compact growth and trailing habit. Alyssum will fill your containers with lovely texture and the sweet fragrance is a favorite to butterflies!

baby shower table décor ideas

Planning a baby shower or sprinkle? Make this celebration extra special with a whimsical plant display! Pair these quirky and playful plants with retro-themed pottery in abstract shapes and mod colors. The final look will truly add to the charm of the party and create lasting memories.



fresh herb container gardens

There are many creative uses for fresh herbs. You can grow herb gardens indoors year-round or add  these tasty plants around your landscape. Herbs perform best in containers. In fact, you can grow just about any herb in your favorite planter. The essential growing condition for your herbs depends on the right soil, sun exposure, fertilizer, and proper watering.

Use Calloway’s Organic Container Potting Soil to promote good aeration and to provide beneficial organic matter for rapid root growth. Fresh herbs need full sunlight to thrive, but they will also do well on a sunny windowsill indoors. Keep your herbs properly nourished with Espoma® Organic® Garden-tone® Herb & Vegetable Food. This granular fertilizer has 100% natural and organic ingredients that provides long-lasting, slow-release feeding with exclusive Bio-tone Microbes.


Rosemary is a fragrant herb commonly used in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. It is one of the most popular culinary herbs and a great choice for summer parties and cookouts. You can add Rosemary when grilling to flavor your favorite fish or meats, and it is a rich source of antioxidants. Plus, you can enjoy the outdoors with ease because the woody scent of Rosemary naturally repels mosquitoes!


Complement your celebrations with fresh Parsley. This easy-to-grow plant is filled with vitamins, potassium, and calcium and is great for garnishing your specialty meals. This versatile indoor herb plant has a distinct flat-leaf shape and is used for many culinary attributes. It is also a host plant for several species of butterflies!


Lavender is a commonly grown aromatic herb that is well-known for its calming fragrance and unique flavor. This quirky herb enjoys hotter conditions making it ideal for our Texas weather. It is easy to care for and relatively low maintenance.

family bbq herb container gardens

Make your next family BBQ or cookout extra flavorful with fresh herbs, one of the best plants for tabletop container gardens! Create a cozy look with welcoming pottery in natural shades of white, brown, and blue. Relax and gather together for a fragrant and tasty feast!



tropical plant display

Make your festivities totally Tiki with tropical vibes! Creating a tropical oasis at home is easy with vibrant and colorful plants. The ideal tropical-themed container garden needs bold foliage, flowering plants with bright blooms, colorful pottery, and vertical accents. Tropical plants are great for adding life indoors and to shady patios.

Fertilizer is essential for tropical plant care and maintenance. Use Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food as directed. Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth.


Bromeliads are a popular tropical plant species, native to the rainforest. They are a tropical epiphyte which means they naturally grow on trees for support. They are not parasitic, but they have roots that cling to branches. Bromeliads come in many different varieties, shapes, and colors. They should be grown in bright, indirect sunlight, either indoors or outdoors. Bromeliads thrive indoors year-round, or you can enjoy them on your patios during the warmer months. While the plant is growing and blooming, place a small amount of water in the “vase” of the bloom to provide most of the necessary moisture.


Anthurium is a unique tropical botanical. It is known for its vibrant, glossy red heart shaped spathes and large, green leathery foliage. They can do well in all levels of indirect light, but they perform best in bright, indirect light. Lower light settings can impact the flowers and growth rate. Water when the soil is dry to the touch and keep a regular schedule to maintain a happy and healthy plant.


Caladiums are a tropical haven must-have. They are low maintenance with lovely heart-shaped leaves in mounds of colorful combinations. The Fancy Leaf variety adds texture, movement, and color to shady spaces including patios or porches. Caladiums provide lush foliage to your tropical aesthetic. When grown in containers, Caladiums should be watered on a regular basis. Check them often to see if they need watering.

luau table décor ideas

What is more fun than a luau? Create your Hawaiian-style table décor with potted tropical plants. Great for birthdays or end of year parties, go big and celebrate with a luau-themed party. Use colorful pottery to add a special flair. Add a few Tiki touches or Hawaiian leis, and your tropical extravaganza will go off delight your guests!



long-lasting flowers

Adding fresh blooms to your home décor is fun and beautiful. Planting long-lasting flowers in your containers will give you vibrant color all season long. Choose unique color, and indoor florals for their resilient blooms and magical foliage. At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have a vast collection of beautiful seasonal flowers. Pick your favorites to fill your indoor and outdoor spaces with delightful blossoms and long-lasting color.

When planting fresh color in containers, use Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Our potting soil helps your plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. To keep your everlasting blooms vibrant, feed your plants with Calloway’s Premium Flower Food. Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color!


Try a durable flower like Dahlia. Dahlia is prized for its prolific blooms in a range of colors from late spring through the fall. It is a great choice for planting in containers and Dahlia prefers full sunlight throughout the day.

Rieger begonias

Enhance your celebrations with Rieger Begonias. They are known for their persistent blooms and lush foliage. Glamorize your partial shade areas with fantastic outdoor color but avoid our Texas afternoon heat. This variety of Begonia will grow large with lovely blooms, instantly adding a colorful impact to any space.


For enduring petals and long-lasting flowers, try Kalanchoe! Kalanchoe is a low-maintenance succulent with exceptional blooms that come in vibrant shades of pink, red, yellow, and more! This is a drought-tolerant option that will thrive indoors year-round or move to your patio or porches during the warmer months.

wedding shower table décor ideas

Hosting a bridal shower? Say “I do!” to long-lasting flowers. Pair these pretty and durable blooms with gorgeous blue and white ceramic pottery. This classic collection inspired by traditional Oriental hand-painted designs will forever be stylish in your home. Adorn your creations with wedding-themed décor for a beautiful and memorable wedding shower.


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entertaining with plants

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have everything you need to make your next celebration extra special! Visit us today and explore our entire collection of seasonal blooms, fantastic pottery, indoor plants, fresh herbs, and so much more! Shop one of our 28 neighborhood stores, serving our loyal customers for over 35 years.

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