For a simple tabletop arrangement, place mini white or orange-stripe pumpkins on white candlesticks and dishware. A bittersweet branch in a vase adds a punch of bright color. Fill in with gourds to complete the elegant display. (The little orange-stripe gourds are called 'Lil' Pump-Ke-Mon'.)
Pears, nuts, fall leaves and wheat grouped in a wire bowl form a pretty centerpiece that celebrates autumn's bounty. Accent the display with a solid-color table runner and chartreuse Hypericum berries grouped in small glass vases or cups.
Decorate your table or mantel with this simple centerpiece. Spray-paint a branch white and nestle in nuts inside a tall, clear vase. Tie on construction paper or foam leaves with the names of family and friends and what they are most thankful for this year.
To create a low centerpiece that encourages conversations even across the table, group fall-hue pillar candles of different heights on top of a wood cutting board. Finish the look with dried oranges, fall gourds and bittersweet. For coordinating place settings, top each napkin with a single fall leaf, and tie a velvety ribbon around the middle.
Turn a small pumpkin into a candleholder by carving out the middle. Hot-glue mini pinecones and berries around the pumpkin top then surround with larger pinecones, gourds, mini pumpkins and moss. Corral the grouping with birch branches. To add more fall flair, hang mini pumpkins from a twig tree at each end of the table.
An old globe becomes a unique display vessel when you separate the hemispheres. To create a seasonal look, place pinecones, acorns, seedpods, small pumpkins and bittersweet inside the "bowl." Elevate it on a short candleholder, cup or vase. The centerpiece is a pretty reminder to be thankful for our world and environment.
Maize and wheat create a simple Thanksgiving centerpiece that harkens back to the origins of the holiday. Place dry floral foam in a galvanized pail or bucket so that it sticks up over the rim an inch or two. Insert wheat stalks into the foam. They should fan out around the edges of the container. Top with multicolor ears of maize. For festive place settings, attach a name card to an extra cob set on each plate.
Put white gourds on pedestals for a fun last-minute autumn table topper. Repurpose old table legs and balusters as low pedestals (shown here), or try candleholders, cake stands, goblets or clay pots. A bright table runner ties it all together.
A bunch of hydrangeas overflowing from a single vessel adds understated elegance to an autumn table. Emphasize fall's bounty by placing green and white gourds around the arrangement and flanking it with lanterns.
Invite family or guests to write their blessings on paper ornaments. Tie ornaments to tree branches anchored in sand in a pitcher. If you want to keep your blessing ornaments to use another year, have your guests sign and date each ornament.
Use a wooden box to serve as a centerpiece. Fill the base with dry floral foam, then tuck mixed evergreens throughout. Attach citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and limes, to floral picks, and tuck them into the greenery. For the clove patterns, use a pencil to draw spirals or other designs on an orange, then poke whole cloves into the skin at evenly spaced points.
Everyone loves pie at Thanksgiving, so why not incorporate it into your centerpiece? Place pies on pedestals or cake stands at different heights. A birch trunk makes a pretty, natural pedestal. Fill in with leaves and fruits. Use small paper flags to label pie flavors.
Turn white 'Lumina' pumpkins into pretty fall containers. Remove tops and hollow out pumpkins. Insert containers to hold floral arrangements and water. Cattails, fall leaves, seasonal berries and orange tulips create a sophisticated mix.
Make a family tree, literally, by hanging photo "ornaments" on a potted tabletop tree. Clip photos directly to tree branches or hang from twine or string. For added color, cover potting soil with red cherries or mini gourds.
For a subtle fall-color display, arrange red, peach, apricot and orange flowers and berries in a footed compote. Here, orange chrysanthemums, Coreopsis 'Mango Punch' and ornamental black pepper (the red berries) mix to form a loose, casual bouquet.