Whether you’re serving Thanksgiving dinner to your small household or providing a buffet to a hoard of hungry family and friends, table centerpieces can create a desired atmosphere. Fun and festive, or elegant and introspective – centerpieces can set the mood for your holiday feast. I have a large family and tend to lean toward the fun and festive decorations. Here are a few ideas to set the tone for your family’s meal.
Mum’s the word
How about placing containers of fall mums on the table? Use strands of raffia strewn randomly about the center of the tables then place the flower pots in the center among the raffia to create an impression of straw bales and flower farms. Snip off a few flower heads to sprinkle among the raffia. Fill a few large, glass jars halfway with water. Tie strands of raffia around the jar necks then drop a couple of flower heads into each one for small accent items.
Falling into place
Collect newly-fallen leaves a short time before the guests will arrive. Go for the most colorful and fresh you can find. Sprinkle these in the center of the tables then fill large, clear bowls or containers with extra leaves. Place these containers in the center of tables.
Collect natural, fall items like leaves, acorns, hulled walnuts or pecans, shelled corn, small gourds, empty corn cobs, etc. Fill assorted sizes of clear or blue canning jars with items then place in the center of the table.
Lamp it up
Collect two or three different oil lamps to place in the center of the table. Light all three for a simple, elegant centerpiece.
Apples are a staple for fall. Find an attractive container – a large bowl or bucket, then fill with a variety of apples. Be sure to use red, yellow and green apples for a colorful centerpiece.
Tree of Thanks
You’ll need a clay flowerpot, a piece of floral foam, a twig or small branch from a tree, some construction paper, and some raffia or jute twine for this one.
Create a small tree by pushing the twig securely into the floral foam then wedging the foam and twig into the clay pot. Be sure the pot is large enough and the twig is small enough to not fall over. Cut out leaf shapes from red, yellow, orange and brown construction paper then punch a hole in each leaf. Use pieces of raffia or jute twine to tie a hanger onto each leaf.
Place leaves and crayons randomly around the table. Instruct dinner guests that you would like for them to write something they are thankful for on a leaf then hang it on the Tree of Thanks. They are welcome to make more than one leaf.
This is a great way to help people think about the meaning for the holiday and participate in creating the centerpiece.
Whatever you choose to decorate your table with, think about fall items (pumpkins, leaves, corn, turkeys) and colors (red, yellow, orange, brown) to provide inspiration.