With a toddler in the house, I typically don’t leave too much on the table. After all, he likes to climb up on the table and grab anything that looks interesting. And, forget about putting anything breakable up there. Yet, I always like to have a centerpiece for Thanksgiving because it makes the table look more inviting. For me, something simple, inexpensive and nature-inspired is always nice. Here are some easy Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas that will be the “center of attention” at your holiday meal.
Flowers in a Pumpkin
In college, I worked at a flower shop. For Thanksgiving, we always used pumpkins as a vase for flowers. There are two ways of doing this. For both options you need to hollow out the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and make sure it is clean instead. Then, decide if you want to use cut flowers or flowers in soil. For cut flowers, you need to put in a cube of wet floral foam. Then, take your cut flowers and arrange in a full pattern. Mums, gerbera daisies and roses in shades of yellow, orange and red are some good choices. For potted flowers, you simply take two or three flowers from a six-pack of marigolds or chrysanthemums. Put the flowers into the pumpkin and then fill in with potting soil. Don’t forget to water the flowers to keep your centerpiece looking fresh. You can also keep these in the refrigerator overnight to extend the life of the pumpkin and the flowers.
Pinecones in a Bowl
Pinecones are an inexpensive way to decorate your table. Take two to three pinecones and paint with gold metallic paint. Then, take two to three more and put glue on the tips. Finally, sprinkle with gold glitter. Take your your metallic and glitter pinecones and place them in a shallow bowl in an autumn shade.
Three Little Pumpkins
There are so many different types of pumpkins. Choose three different types of small pumpkins. White and orange pumpkins are a good start. A tiger, knuckle or a green pumpkin can add some nice contrast. You can even add some gourds. The best part: all you have to do is cluster the pumpkins together for an eye-pleasing look. Another option is to place the pumpkins in a bowl or basket with some fall leaves underneath.
Cinnamon and Candles
Take a round, shallow glass bowl, like this, and put a round pillar candle inside. Then, fill the bowl with some cinnamon sticks. You can also add some acorns, dried berries and small pinecones to the mix.
These easy Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas will help bring your tablescape together!
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