Thanksgiving Centerpieces


Beauty and the Feast!

When considering Thanksgiving centerpieces you have to keep in mind the amount of food that's going to be on your table. Even if you don't have a lot of room for an elaborate centerpiece, you can still dress your table up for the holiday... and do it cheaply, I might add.

If the feast is going to be served from a separate buffet table or  kitchen island, then you have nothing to worry about. If you don't have one, create one by covering an old table, dresser, or other furniture piece with a fall tablecloth.  Another option is to create tiered serving trays.  They make a very pretty and practical way to serve the food.  By varying the height of your serving pieces you create more space underneath to push dishes closer together.  It'll  optimize your table space and makes the table more interesting to look at.

Many household items can be used to create various levels or tiers.  Use a cardboard box wrapped in pretty paper, an inverted pie, cake,  plate, bowl, or even a pot with a tray placed on top.  A piece of Styrofoam or wood  will also work, just be mindful of placing hot dishes on top of anything that may melt. Once you've created the tiers, simply drape them with a cloth napkin or other  type of fabric to hide them.  Be creative...I've even used old sheer drapery panels for this purpose!

Using deep tones in autumn colors will give a rich stunning look to your table. Then, add a few inexpensive (or free) natural elements such as branches, gourds, squash, or leaves for a natural fall feeling. Finally, add an extra warm glow by including a few candles and your table is ready to welcome family and friends. 

Now, all you have left to do is to give “thanks”... and of course, EAT!  Make sure to save room for that pie!




Cornucopia Centerpiece


A simple cornucopia centerpiece is a common table decoration for a fall or Thanksgiving table.

This one, made from grape vines, includes pumpkins, fall leaves and berries and is placed upon fall themed table linens.

You really can't go wrong with a cornucopia. They can made from many materials and are found in many stores during the autumn season. They can be filled with just about anything, too...different types of squash, gourds, apples, Indian corn... whatever you'd like, can be placed in and around it.

Add pretty candles in fall colors and you've created a very simple, inexpensive, yet beautiful fall centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.



Pumpkin Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea


•Sheer, shimmery fabric is layered over lace tablecloth.

•Crystal water goblets are turned upside down and battery operated, flameless candles placed on top. Flameless candles are a better option here to avoid risk of fire with the paper shreds and ribbons in this arrangement. Think of unique ways to use your glassware, too!

•Sheer wired ribbon tied around each candle coordinates well with sheer table fabric.

•Inexpensive ceramic pumpkins...I found these guys at a dollar type store...are placed on a bed of recycled paper shreds. Paper shreds can usually be found wherever gift baskets or wrapping are sold.

•Silk gold and green leaves are placed around pumpkins for additional fall color.



Fall Centerpiece With Tall Vases


This Thanksgiving centerpiece merely makes use of a pumpkin shaped canister for a sophisticated table decoration!

• Brown pumpkin canister adorned with a fringed tassel.

• Tall vases with fall foliage adds natural element, splash of fall color, and doesn’t obstruct view.

• Candles give off warm glow.

• Table linens are in neutral tones, but add a bit of texture

• Shimmery fabric gives a slightly more formal feel, another layer of texture and shine.



Simple Fall Centerpiece Idea


Here is a simple fall centerpiece that could be used all season long.

. Dark weathered wood tray, with intricate carving along edge provides base.

. Fall colored pillar candle provides warm glow.

. Small pumpkin sits among gold, green and red silk leaves.



Edible Centerpiece Idea...

Cookies On A Stick


This cute idea for a Thanksgiving centerpiece, or holiday dessert table, uses cookies on a stick.

I made this one using store bought cookies (they actually taste pretty good...I was surprised!)

Tissue paper wrapped floral foam, wood craft sticks, cookie icing and a few silk fall leaves, or decorations of your choice are all that's needed to make this unique centerpiece.

There are many occasions that cookie pops can be used for...why limit the fun to just Thanksgiving?

Create one for your party or event by following these simple tips and instructions for making cookies on a stick.



Neutral + Texture + Shimmer

I love this table setting for several reasons.  The exposed wood, the texture and neutral color of the tablecloth, simple black placements, and the accents provide just the right amount of shimmer.  From shimmery fabric placed down the middle to the warm glow of the floating candles in gold specked crystal stemware, this table setting hits the mark.  The 2 tall vases containing fall colored foliage add an earthy fall feel.  Beautiful!



Ok, maybe it's just me...but I see Thanksgiving centerpiece potential here! Place a cute Pilgrim Hat in center of table, or turn upside down and and fill with a fall floral bouquet, fall vegetables, fruit, gourds, or even use it to serve chips! (Line it with a napkin if putting food in it.) You could also start an annual tradition...the person who carves the turkey gets to wear the hat. Hey, this idea may not work for everyone, but that's just where my mind goes! :-)

Pilgrim Hat



More Great Holiday Centerpiece Ideas...


Ideas for Christmas centerpieces

Ideas for New Years Eve centerpieces

Ideas for Halloween centerpieces

Ideas for Valentines Day decorations

Ideas for Easter centerpieces

Ideas for Patriotic centerpieces

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