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Grace your Thanksgiving table with one of these pretty centerpieces, which incorporate harvest-hue flowers and motifs.
Flip over unused wine and champagne glasses for this unusual centerpiece that can be created in minutes. Trim flowers at the stem, then tuck under the glasses. Place the glasses on top of a decorative charger or display in a row across the table. Use fake flowers if you want your look to last all season.
Here's a no-fuss table arrangement that's simple and appropriate for many occasions. Rocks and bits of moss nestle around small candles in tiny flowerpots. And best of all -- no flowers to keep fresh!
Add a pop of color to your fall table with these vegetable and flower displays. Cut three bell peppers an inch from the top to make an opening without cutting the top completely off. Hollow out each pepper and stuff with different types of flowers, color coordinate them if you'd like. Set the peppers on small brown plates to complete the look.
Take a few mismatched gourds and pumpkins, add them to a wooden tray, and elevate one (or a few) for a visually interesting Thanksgiving centerpiece. Tuck in a few strands of real or faux bittersweet, and add a votive candle to make the display glow.
Watch this video and learn how to make a one-of-a-kind pumpkin centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
For a seasonal vase, cut off the top of a butternut squash (about 1/4 of the squash height) and scoop out the flesh. Add water and arrange dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, or other autumnal flowers in the vase. For a Thanksgiving table, line several squash vases along the center of the table, setting some on footed plates for height variations.
Dried ears of corn and shocks of wheat pay homage to Thanksgiving's rustic roots -- but can be artfully arranged to suit the modern table. Here, dried wheat shocks are inserted into the sides of a cylindrical piece of florist's foam and topped with colorful dried ears of corn. The arrangement is placed on a footed compote for elegant elevation.
Create a table runner using camel-color wool flannel or felt cut to size with a pair of pinking shears. Lay coordinating ribbons along the center of the runner and secure with double-stick tape or a dab of fabric glue. Set a compote or cake stand in the center and scatter leaves, mini pumpkins, and pears along the runner.
What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving harvest feast than by creating a centerpiece using gorgeous green vegetables. To make the asparagus- and green bean-wrapped candles, stretch two sturdy rubber bands around a white pillar candle, then insert vegetable stalks underneath the band. Cover the bands with satin ribbon, and decorate the platter with a few white mums and coffee berry sprigs.
Though this example may be too tall for a dining table, this arrangement will definitely impress your guests. Place it on an entryway table or sideboard, or make a shorter version for a centerpiece. Hollow out the top of a white pumpkin, then nestle in a vase filled with wet florist's foam. Stems of leaves and berry branches are inserted into the foam that holds everything in place.
Take a step away from traditional fall colors and try a metallic palette. For a shiny silver centerpiece, arrange mercury glass candlesticks on a silver serving tray. Spray-paint small pumpkins and gourds with metallic silver paint and place on top of the candlesticks. To add candles, hollow out the center of each pumpkin just wide enough to securely hold the candle upright.
Elevated cranberry spheres create a colorful arrangement. Cut toothpicks in half. Skewer one cranberry onto the end of each toothpick (without sticking it all the way through). Poke cranberry-laden toothpicks into a crafts foam ball. Cover each foam ball completely with cranberries. Place the balls on glass, silver, or mercury glass candlesticks. Add more fall panache by weaving curly grape vines through the arrangement of cranberry topiaries, or sprinkle acorns around the bases.
Editor's Tip: Adapt this look for Christmas by arranging evergreen sprigs around the bases of the candlesticks.
This bouquet grows out rather than up to create a low, graceful arrangement. Clusters of roses, orchids, hydrangeas, and dahlias give it a relaxed feel.
Purchase small grapevine rings to use as a base, or make your own by bending a piece of coat hanger into a circle. Next, wire on small stems of berries, leaves, and flowers using thin wire wound tightly around the base. Use fresh flowers for a one-time-use decoration. Or find pretty silk blooms for a longer-lasting design.
With a straw wreath for a base, this pomegranate-and-prairie-grass ring makes a pretty frame for a field of candlesticks dancing center stage.
This centerpiece lives large with relatively few flowers. Create a base of evergreens, such as cedar and noble fir, then fill in with large flowers (such as hydrangeas and mums).