As we gather to give thanks and enjoy time with family and friends, Thanksgiving tables will take center stage. If you haven't decided what to put in the center of your table, this quick, beautiful and all-natural centerpiece idea may give you some inspiration.
Think about fall's unusual fruits and foliage, and let them inspire you. Search your local farmer's market or grocery store for gourds, small pumpkins and colorful fruits, like figs, clementines, and star fruit, and gather oak leaves and branches. When arranged on tiered cake stands, or in bowls, or carved out pumpkins these harvest-time items make a centerpiece that takes only minutes to create, leaving you with plenty of time to concentrate on the meal.
What you'll need:
- Cake stands (assorted sizes) with small glass bowl, Pumpkins (hollowed out), or large decorative bowls
- Foliage, such as oak leaves, acorns and branches
- Gourds, figs, star fruit, and nuts
- Dried cranberries or cherries, clementines and grapes
In addition to the centerpiece
- Use just one cake stand or stack three on top of each other to create tiers. You may wish to place a small glass bowl on top of the highest cake stand to complete the tier. In that bowl you can place a pyramid of clementines (or star fruit) to add a splash of vibrant color -- making sure not to stack the small citrus so high that they will topple easily.
- Start placing the leaves and branches on the cake stands. Arrange an assortment of figs, quinces, star fruit, and gourds, and nuts on top of the leaves. If you don't have the cake stands use two or three hollowed out pumpkins (assorted sizes) or two or three decorative bowls placed down the center of the table filled with the same items.
: Don't forget to decorate the room with flowering fall blooms or colorful fall foliage in unexpected places -- and add extra squash, pumpkins, and gourds. With the extra fruits and nuts, you can transform your entire table and decor by placing bowls of fresh figs, dried cranberries or cherries, grapes, and nuts around the main centerpiece. Vary the bowls' contents to include as wide a spectrum of colors as possible both edible and non-edible items (such as acorns.)
Yes, Thanksgiving may be all in the details, but you don't have to get lost in them. This year, not only will you be sprucing up your home with the season's best -- but as the meal concludes, you can tell your guests to dismantle your centerpiece by letting them consume the edible fruits and nuts.