Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas for Your Table Display
Add a touch of fall to your Thanksgiving table with elegant yet easy-to-make Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. Including natural elements, candle displays, and more, these centerpieces will be a highlight on your holiday table.
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Keep It Casual
A festive cheese board, fruit, and a few foliage-filled Mason jars provide this Thanksgiving table with laid-back charm and a pre-feast noshing station. Plus, it's a cinch to swap the cheese board for turkey when you're ready to serve the main attraction. To create a mini banner for your cheese platter, fold a piece of paper in half and cut triangles along the fold. Write the word CHEESE, one letter per triangle, and staple the folded triangles in place over a length of twine. Suspend the banner from wooden skewers.
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Create Drama with Branches
Sweeping plum branches, coleus, and dahlias form these dramatic vertical arrangements, flanked by taper candles and an elegant gold fruit bowl and tableware. A long velvet runner keeps this special-occasion centerpiece well-defined. To preserve guest visibility, vary the arrangement heights and keep the tallest element to one side of the table.
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Bask in Fall Colors
Golds, reds, olives, and purples shine in these classic fall floral arrangements. Scrounge from your garden, nature, or a floral store for vividly colored blooms; we used bittersweet, green foxtail, amaranth, sorghum, and rust-color chrysanthemums. Arrange them in clear vases in complementary hues.
Use Veggies as Centerpieces
Colorful and crisp fall veggies play up the day's feast. Just tuck them into glass containers for instant impact.
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Create a Cozy Glow
Add intimate atmosphere to your Thanksgiving table by pairing natural elements (think strategically placed succulents and a bark-on log slice) with glimmering gold mercury-glass tea lights. No mercury glass on hand? Not to worry -- making your own is easy. Click below to see our step-by-step tutorial; just use gold glitter spray paint instead of silver!
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Paint a Gourd (or Three!)
We used milk paint and a quick coat of shellac to embellish these attractively autumnal flower vases. Buy gourds of varying heights for extra tabletop eye appeal. Craft-ready gourds make this centerpiece quick and easy; no cutting or cleaning required!
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Pair Gourds and Succulents
Forget the cornucopia -- our Thanksgiving table is overflowing with an abundance of fresh, vivid succulents. A long, flat gourd or pumpkin makes a perfect harvest vessel for this striking centerpiece. Click below to see our full how-to guide!
Editor's Tip: Post-Thanksgiving, transition your succulent centerpiece into a gorgeous potted plant composition by slicing off the top of the pumpkin and setting it in a container filled with rich potting soil.
Make a Succulent Wreath with Gardening Pots!
For a twist on our succulent pumpkin centerpiece, try skipping the pumpkin altogether and showcasing your succulents in this gorgeous wreath formed by bundling gardening pots.
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Repurpose a Wooden BoxShop more Thanksgiving table decorations now!
Wooden boxes can be used for all manner of things, including a tabletop conversation-starter. Go antiquing or piece together a simple box using wood and nails, then add oil-rubbed bronze handles to each end to make it a centerpiece that can move as easily as the conversation.
(image credit: Shannon Acheson)
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Display Candles in a Fresh Way
These picture-perfect tapered candleholders set the scene for one beautiful table spread. Want to make sure your candleholders last beyond November? Hot-glue silk flowers to faux pumpkins instead of opting for the real deal, and you'll be enjoying this DIY centerpiece project for years to come.
(image credit: Maria Sabella)
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Make a Metallic Pumpkin Table Runner
Glitter is a holiday trend that tends to stay in style. Make the most of this easy DIY supply by adding gold to your centerpiece pumpkins, branches, and pinecones. When set on top of a pretty burlap runner, this look feels modern and fresh, yet decidedly rustic.
(image credit: Crystal Owens)
Make a Centerpiece with Blue Bottles
Check out this inexpensive centerpiece display that costs just pennies to create.
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Make Pumpkins that Pop
If "easy" and "eye-catching" are the qualities you're seeking, you've found the right centerpiece. To craft it, just scoop out the innards from an ivory pumpkin and set a small vase of flowers inside. If you need extra height and texture, just prop the arrangement on top of a log slice.
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Look to the Veggie Aisle
Instead of making a pit stop in the floral department, try the produce section of your neighborhood grocery store first. With a fresh eye for texture and color, you'll find lots of inspiration, such as purple cabbage, artichokes, kale, napa cabbage, and curly lettuce. Here, a shallow footed tray becomes the vase. Hollow out the center of the cabbage and replace with florist's foam or a small jar of water. Arrange a few blooms inside; surround with other pretty, colorful vegetables. Add a few accent votives wrapped with leaves from a napa cabbage; tie with string and float a candle in water.
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Craft a Paper Centerpiece
Pull together your own paper-foliage centerpiece fit for the Thanksgiving feast by cutting lined pages into leafy silhouettes. Hot-glue the leaves to florists wire, wrapping and pinching as you go. Improve the bouquet with sprigs of faux holly, and set it all in a colorful box wrapped with twine and fitted with a holiday-theme tag.
(image credit: Sara Schmutz)
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Revamp Your Plain Vases
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A bit of metallic spray paint can transform a few natural items into truly distinctive centerpiece elements. Here, a collection of vertical pieces -- an oak branch, magnolia leaves, thistle flowers, allium, nigella seedpods -- were sprayed with copper-color paint. Place the items in a variety of shapely glass containers down the length of a table. To pick up the shimmery paint tones, try serving pieces or flatware in gold hues, too.
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Look to Seasonal FlowersShop more vases now!
Although the flower markets tend to be a little less colorful this time of year, there's no reason your Thanksgiving table has to suffer. Choose in-season alternatives to add wow factor. Accents like miniature pumpkins, berried branches, and leafy greens tuck beautifully into a wooden bowl for a centerpiece that speaks to the autumnal time frame.
(image credit: Anne Sage)
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Keep It Simple
If you'd like to skip the formality of a centerpiece, go for distinctive place settings instead. Start with a plain white tablecloth and contrasting runner down the center. On each plate place a miniature pumpkin with unusual markings (or for a mix-and-match look, use a variety of pumpkins and gourds in multiple colors).
Collect the Season in Glassware
Tuck seasonal mementoes -- think nuts and pinecones -- in glass containers to create a pick-up-and-place centerpiece.
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Express Thanks in a Centerpiece
There's a clever way to remind you and your family of the true reason for the season -- and create a centerpiece in the process, too. Each day of November, have family members write something they are thankful for on a leaf shape, cut from construction paper in fall colors (search the Internet for copyright-free art). Punch a hole in the top of each leaf, and tie on string or twine to hang from a branch. You can paint the branch white or leave it natural. Prop the branch in a tall vase filled with acorns, nuts, or small rocks.
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Put Spare Spoons to Use
If soup's not on the menu, delicate soup bowls are a pretty way to add color to individual place settings. Simply fill each with water and add a few blooms; feel free to match the blooms around the table or give each person their own color or variety. Create name cards by taping a piece of construction paper to a spoon handle and propping it in the soup bowl.
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Make It Effortless
What better way to bring the scents of the season to the table than to create a centerpiece focused on your favorite autumn herbs? Fill distinctive vases or glasses with tall cuts of herbs, including sage, thyme, and rosemary. If the containers are small, try one at each place setting, or space several down the center of a table.
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Display a Distinctive Basket
This stress-free Thanksgiving centerpiece makes a statement on a sage green table runner. Simply tuck pears, nuts, and fresh or preserved leaves in a large wire basket for an updated take on the cornucopia.
Editor's Tip: A great part of this display is its portability -- simply lift and set elsewhere to make way for the Thanksgiving feast.
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Put Food on Display
This Thanksgiving buffet proves that presentation really does make all the difference. Drape harvest-theme table runners across a wood buffet table. Serve favorite Thanksgiving dishes -- mouthwatering turkey, fluffy sweet potatoes, crisp-tender green beans -- in simple white serving dishes. Dress up the rest of the Thanksgiving table with a pair of earthy brown candles, and use a pretty Japanese maple as a backdrop by setting it on the floor.
Editor's Tip: Give your famous cranberry fruit salad the attention it deserves by serving it in a footed glass vase.
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Create a Contemporary Cornucopia
You don't need to be a talented painter to create a unique still life; all it takes is an eye for what's extraordinary about the ordinary. Here, a collection of autumn fruits -- pears, apples, plums -- tumbles out of a double layer of mesh wrap formed into a cone, secured with a few stitches, and wrapped with a pretty ribbon.
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Select a Single Color
Soft white and golden hues dance in natural lighting at this alfresco Thanksgiving table. A vase filled with wheat adds texture to the centerpiece. Fill a tall cylindrical vase with dried white beans. Add a berried branch from a Golden Raindrops crabapple tree to another vase to complete the setting.
Editor's Tip: Don't have a tall cylindrical vase? A wide round vase would hold more beans and wheat for a fuller centerpiece display.
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Get Inspired by the Season
Who says casual, kid-friendly centerpieces should be relegated to the kid table? This feathered friend is sweet and charming enough for a seat of honor with the grown-ups. To create, have every guest write their thanks on a piece of construction paper; cut, crease, and fringe to resemble a tail feather. Tuck each feather into an oversize pinecone. Make the turkey's head and neck from pieces of paperboard cut in oval shapes; add googly eyes and a beak and wattle. Elevate by stacking on top of several boxes or baskets. To complete the rustic look, surround with gourds and use a kraft paper runner.
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Offer a Pop of Color
Bright radishes supply the inspiration for these sweet little place cards. Use small salt cellars or ramekins lined with a cabbage or kale leaf. Place a radish, cut with a shallow slit, on top of each leaf; insert a place card.
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Turn Gifts into Centerpieces
If you'd like to send guests home with a small token of affection at Thanksgiving, try this pretty, simple idea: Put a cutting from a favorite plant in potting soil and add a miniature accent.
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Use Unusual Containers
On any other day, a soup tureen is a purposeful addition to dinnertime. But its expansive interior and accents make it a good place to display your centerpiece efforts. Here, this footed version is filled with water-soaked florists foam; dried gourds, viburnum berries, and a variety of flowers (dahlias, mums, scabiosa centers) add both texture and color.
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Hang Painted Acorns
Contrasting colors and interesting textures add visual variety to this outdoor-inspired centerpiece. Select a few acorns; carefully remove the tops and set aside. Spray-paint the seeds a bright color, let dry, and reattach the tops with a bit of hot glue. Secure a twine loop to the top with more hot glue, and hang from an intricate branch (suspended in a pretty vase). Place the vase off-center in a tray, and add more acorns and a complementary bowl to complete the vignette.
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Go Light and Bright
Choose white pumpkins for a soft yet stunning arrangement that will stand out amid the Thanksgiving table fare.
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