7 Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can't Kill
When it comes to Thanksgiving, we know there’s a never-ending checklist of things to be done: guest rooms to prepare, turkeys to roast (or fry!), visits from relatives to emotionally prepare yourself for, parents and in-laws to please. And while it's your job to impress the guests with an elegant tablescape, the last thing on your mind is keeping Thanksgiving floral arrangements alive. While they certainly are beautiful (and you know we love nothing more than a well-done arrangement), sometimes a simple, sophisticated centerpiece is just the trick every busy entertainer needs. Let's face it: table décor is essential to setting your complete holiday picture. Arrangements have a way of making a room feel festive and extra special. It is a holiday, after all. Our solution? Fake a beautiful, bountiful, faux masterpiece this Thanksgiving. Our round-up of no-maintenance centerpieces do not require fresh water, sunlight, or careful tending. Put it on the table and you’re good to go for anywhere from 7 days to the entire season. Plus, most of them only require a few materials and almost no time. Now that's something to be thankful for.
An Organic and Sculptural Arrangement
We love that this getup requires only three steps and six materials. You’ll need bush ivy, trailing ivy, berry branches, pittosporum (or other green-leafed plant), chicken wire, and a pedestal champagne bucket (if you so choose—another container would work just as well.)
Directions: First, ball up chicken wire, and wedge it in the bottom of the bucket. A more eco-friendly choice than typical florist foam, it will help anchor the branches as you insert them. Second, Add bush ivy to the bucket, placing more on the left side for an interesting organic aesthetic. Third, cluster three stems of buckthorn berries on the right and two toward the back. Then add the variegated pittosporum, and place trailing ivy on one side for a modern, asymmetrical look.
Nab a whole bunch of mini pumpkins from your grocery story for a low-price, high-impact decoration. Place as your centerpiece or wherever your home needs a little glow.
Directions: Fill a rustic container two-thirds full of water. Use a craft knife to trace circles a little larger than the bottom of a tea light into the orange mini pumpkins. Cut and carve out the circles to allow a candle to fit inside comfortably. Insert tea lights. Float pumpkin votives as well as whole pumpkins in water. Using the photo as a guide, add bright fall leaves and sprigs of herbs for color and texture.
A 15-Minute Tablescape
This autumnal display is the choose-your-own adventure of fall decorating. Use what you have on hand to create a similar setup.
Directions: Pick a few branches of colorful fall leaves, and arrange simply in a tall glass vase filled with water. From this bold focal point, build out the rest of your tabletop display. Gather an array of seasonal gourds in a mix of colors, sizes, and textures for variety. Stack fat gourds of graduated sizes, and top with a large glass cloche (available at crafts stores or online). Fill another smaller glass cloche with bleached pinecones, and invert; we used it to top one of our fatter pumpkins, but feel free to improvise. Add a potted plant (we used a small olive tree) to the arrangement for texture. Place small gourds around the larger items, and scatter additional bright fall leaves along the table.
A Super-Simple Centerpiece
Not only is this centerpiece insanely easy to throw together, it’s elegant and impossible to kill. We love the white pumpkin here, but a carnival or Cinderella variety could be just as gorgeous.
Directions: Take a simple vase, urn, or container and fill with florist foam or regular Styrofoam as this requires no water. Cover the foam and gaps near the edge of the container with dried moss. Place your pumpkin on top, and wrap a small length of trailing ivy or other narrow vine around the bottom.
Go for the gold with the deceptively simple showstoppers. Pro tip: use fake produce and you can store it for next year too.
Directions: Spray paint gourds, pumpkins, pears, and any other produce your heart so desires. Arrange with wheat sheaves wrapped in satin ribbon for an elegant, natural touch.
A Crisp, Nature-Inspired Spread
Put your backyard (and produce stand) to work with this easy, no-maintenance scheme. Red apples call on the season’s favorite crop, while vibrant foliage adds dimension and height.
Directions: Scatter pewter and silver serving pieces the length of the table, filling some with heaps of apples and others with foliage and hydrangeas if you choose (but those might require some tending to!). Intertwine sprigs of bittersweet (or other colorful twigs) to connect it all.
A Woodsy Arrangement
It doesn’t get any easier (or more gorgeous) than this idea. Naturally shed antlers lend a new twist to table decor. Pile them up with different-colored pumpkins, pinecones, and loose nuts (we love the seasonal pecans) to bring the outdoors in. Stack it all up, and you’re done.