26 In Summer

5 Minute Cake Tin Centerpiece [effortless….literally!]

I’m showing you this super easy 5 minute cake tin centerpiece today and I must admit, this wasn’t even planned to go on the blog. In fact I was so busy that I got nothing done for today’s post and at first I thought I would skip one. Then I thought, well, why not share the pretty photos at least and make a post about a 5 minute cake tin centerpiece out of it. It really takes no more than 5 minutes! You’ll see!



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My head is spinning with all of the events going on this week: my 12 year old is graduating from elementary { I feel so old! }, my younger daughter’s end of school year party costume, my own end of school year party with my class, and just the normal life going on this week. I mean everyone is going through the same, I’m not complaining, just letting you know, that today’s post is really just a “I don’t know what to post and I haven’t done anything to show” kinda post. Please understand….

So in between all the crazyness of life, we had friends over for a BBQ on saturday and normally I go all out and have the table nicely decorated and all, but I just didn’t feel it this weekend. I did not have it in me. Then, 5 minutes before everyone arrived, I looked at the table and felt so bad with how effortless [not the kind of effortless you want though] it all looked.

5 ย minute Cake Tin Centerpiece

What I used:

~round cake tin or bundt pan

~ lavender

~ lemons

So here you go: I grabbed this pretty cake tin I found in our Euro store here a while back. It was sitting on my counter top as a “grab-all-kinda-storage-thing ” and now served as my centerpiece base.

5 minute cake tin centerpiece kreativk.net

Then I dashed to the backyard to rip off some lavender, sliced a couple of lemons and filled the baking tin with water and just arranged everything in it.

On the table! Done! Me thinking that it could go as a blog post so I should probably take some photos…. Door bell rings! Me exhausted and sweating but happy that at least the table now looked a little bit more inviting! HI everyone, DON’T sit down yet, this might go on the blog, I have to take some quick photos…

5 minute cake tin centerpiece kreativk.net


5 minute cake tin centerpiece kreativk.net


5 minute cake tin centerpiece kreativk.net


5 minute cake tin centerpiece kreativk.net

Now I have to say, it smelled amazing and at one point, I even thought it might work as a natural mosquito repellent. But no, it didn’t. It just looked pretty and smelled amazing. We all ended up using my non-natural mosquito spray, but hey, we still had a great night.

Maybe this super last minute table decor even inspired you, in case you go through a non-creative, not-wanting-to-do-anything- kinda mood too one day ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re still here after this really effortless blog post today, Thank you for that!!!



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  • Dara
    23/06/2017 at 01:08

    Simple and totally do-able for anyone! Great idea!

  • Diana
    22/06/2017 at 05:56

    So simple and elegant, Katrin, and of course, I love the vintage element ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your posts with us at Vintage Charm!

    • Katrin
      24/06/2017 at 09:07

      It does look really vintage, hey? Love that look too! Thanks Diana!

  • Amber Harrop
    20/06/2017 at 16:57

    Shame it didn’t keep the mosquitos away Katrin but it still looks fantastic

    • Katrin
      22/06/2017 at 06:46

      Thanks Amber!!

  • Leanna
    17/06/2017 at 22:21

    I hear you Katrin, life is busy and then company is coming and it all just feels like too much. Yet inspite of it we feel the NEED to have a pretty table, a centerpiece and I bet there was dessert too. I think that inner need to make things beautiful is why your home and blog are so pretty. Its just part of who you are. Lovely centerpiece.

  • Sandra L Garth
    17/06/2017 at 00:06

    This is well deserving of a blog post and I’m happy that you shared it at Celebrate Your Story. I’m been collecting copper molds and this would be perfect for them. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Keri
    16/06/2017 at 21:10

    Katrin, it sounds like you’re staying busy girl! Congratulations on your daughter’s elementary graduation! I love how you described how you threw the centerpiece together last minute, how funny that you had them wait for a few photos, that’s the blogger’s life isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well the centerpiece looks lovely!!

    • Katrin
      17/06/2017 at 09:30

      I sure am, and it’s not over yet, omg! I am exhausted, one thing after the next, can’t wait for July when we take off! Thanks for stopping by Keri!

  • Jessica
    16/06/2017 at 09:36

    Thanks for linking up this week to The Gathering Place.

  • Lisa
    14/06/2017 at 13:18

    I love this idea. It is so simple but very pretty. It’s a good lesson on how if you are clever, you can make something extraordinary by using ordinary things you have around the house.

    • Katrin
      17/06/2017 at 09:25

      Thank you so much Lisa!!

  • Lynn Spencer
    12/06/2017 at 21:44

    Hey there stranger! Sounds like life is crazy, but good!! I know you are ready for summer and a little wind down.

    And that centerpiece is just about perfect…I know it surely smells good with all that lavender and lemon. And that cake tin is so charming! Just perfect…and isn’t it the case when we don’t think too hard and just ‘throw something together’ that it’s often a winner!?


    • Katrin
      14/06/2017 at 07:37

      Hey Lynn, yes, it’s crazy around here, especially this month when the school year comes to an end for everyone. Oh well, I’m sure ready for the summer off! Hope you are doing great, hugs!

  • Mary
    12/06/2017 at 16:32

    Aww Katrin! You are such a natural at these five minute projects you have no idea how the rest of us mortals have to struggle to come up with them. Your table is beautiful and I’m sure your guests were happy to see such a pretty and pretty smelling centerpiece. Now about you making them wait till you took the photos… hahaha! What can I say, that to me is such a funny image. Btw, you have to have the best dollar store in the world because all I find is cheap things , and I mean really cheap!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2017 at 07:36

      Thank you friend, I’m glad about it and luckily they know me and didn’t mind that I made them freeze there for a sec, lol…

  • Ellen
    12/06/2017 at 16:23

    Katrin, you are kreative and klever too!! This is a fantastically easy and lovely centerpiece, especially for last minute guests. Love the idea of the lemon slices and lavender together. Thank-you for this post that almost wasn’t!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2017 at 07:34

      Thank you so much Ellen, I’m glad I got a little something done at least ๐Ÿ˜‰ June is just crazy over here…

  • Naomie Moore, Castaic, CA
    12/06/2017 at 16:07

    So totally tasteful! Love it! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ’–

    • Katrin
      14/06/2017 at 07:33

      Thank you Naomie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle
    12/06/2017 at 09:43

    It might be effortless Katrin, but it still has your unique touch of elegance and beautiful simplicity and sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful and rewarding. Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation from elementary school and I hope you have a fabulous week my friend

    • Katrin
      14/06/2017 at 07:32

      Thanks so much Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so sweet!!!

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    12/06/2017 at 09:20

    Hi Katrin, Don’t worry, this is totally worth a blog post. It looks so very pretty and summery and I can almost smell the lovely lemon and lavender scents. Good thing you snapped some photos. Soon you can enjoy your summer holidays.
    Have a great week!
    xo Julia

    • Katrin
      13/06/2017 at 06:56

      Thank you so much Julia, I really can’t wait to rewind a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    12/06/2017 at 07:46

    Has a lovely feel of holiday: Sunshine, long and warm evenings, baguette, cheese, fruites, glass of wine… Looks great – no matter how “simple” it is – it looks great and that’s important!
    Have a wonderful week,

    • Katrin
      13/06/2017 at 06:55

      Thank you so much Marjan, have a wonderful week as well ๐Ÿ™‚