5 Unique Thanksgiving Centerpieces
The first time I hosted Thanksgiving, things didn’t go quite as planned. I imagined a golden-brown bird emerging from my oven — a steaming centerpiece in the middle of my table that was already overflowing with side dishes.
When the turkey finished cooking, though, it was hardly Instagram-ready. I knew it was cooked, since the thermometer had popped to indicate the inside of the turkey was thoroughly heated — it just didn’t look pretty.
With only minutes to spare before everyone arrived, I remembered the Thanksgiving wreath I had put together only a few days before. I pulled it down from my front door and laid it at the middle of my table. It just so happened that the plate of sliced turkey fit perfectly at its center, and the poultry-centric centerpiece did nothing but receive major compliments all night.
That’s why I’m such a fan of Thanksgiving centerpieces that don’t revolve entirely around food. You never know how it’s going to look exactly, so rely on one of these five ideas to ensure your holiday table looks as special as you envision:
- Branches: This one will bring the woods indoors, and it’s a wonderful green accent if your bird turns out to be a little blackened.
Grab a few different jars — you could use small votive glasses or others without labels you may have laying around the house. Then, place them on table mat with the evergreen branches for a homey effect. A few tall taper candles will complete the look and set the mood.
- Squash vases: They’re almost good enough to eat, aren’t they? Cut the top off of a butternut squash and hollow out the center. What remains is the perfect container for a store-bought or, if you’re feeling crafty, a self-made bouquet in fall colors.
The longer the table you have, the more squash bouquets you can set out. You can do the same with other gourds, like pumpkins, and mix-and-match your fillings.
To add even more flair, a small divot in the top of the squash or pumpkin makes a great candleholder, too.
- Wooden candleholders: Nothing screams “rustic” quite like wood accents, and there’s no holiday that allows for rustic décor quite like Thanksgiving.
If you already have a set of wooden candlesticks that don’t match the wood tone of your dining room table, don’t worry! It’s a common misconception you can’t match different wood tones, but it’s not true. Different wood tones actually complement each other, creating a look that will likely be more chic than shabby.
- Wrap what you have: You probably have a vase or a vase-like container somewhere in your home. If it doesn’t match the Thanksgiving theme, there’s an easy fix for that: Simply cover what you have in wrapping paper that does go with the theme you want.
You certainly won’t want to go cartoonish with paper featuring, say, dancing turkeys or feasting Pilgrims. Instead, look for something simple, like a wood-grain pattern or a leaf print in simple, neutral tones. Whatever you place in the vase should always take center stage.
- Make use of metal: A great thing to have on hand for any holiday is a metal wire bowl. It allows for both visibility and durability — and both are more important than you’d think during the holidays!
The possibilities of what you can use for filling the bowl are endless. Go for cranberries, mini pumpkins, crunchy leaves or pinecones — whatever fits the look you want. The great news is they can remain your table’s centerpiece until it’s time for your next holiday feast. Then, you can fill them with ornaments, wooden snowflakes or mini wrapped presents.
Clearly, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the centerpieces you can put together for your upcoming feast. Whatever you do come up with, though, I’m sure it will look just as beautiful as you envision.
Megan Wild is a blogger who writes about home improvement and home decor trends at Your Wild Home. When she’s not writing she loves getting inspiration from getting outdoors.