If you’re planning on hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year, you know that you have more than just the cooking and cleaning to prepare for. A big part of being a successful host is providing a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests to settle into, and festive decorations are a big part of creating that environment.
Your kitchen or dining room table is the star of the show each Thanksgiving holiday, and a lovely table centerpiece can do wonders for creating the aesthetic you desire. Luckily, there are simple and easy ways to create tabletop decorations that will impress your guests for years to come. Whether it’s adding autumn produce to your table for an earth friendly effect, or taking a can of gold spray paint to pumpkins to amp up your metallic glow, there are a ton of creative and exciting ways to accentuate your Thanksgiving table and meal.
If you are this years host, or a guest who has volunteered to be in charge of table top decorations, here are 7 Centerpieces & Decoration Ideas to Impress Thanksgiving Guests.
Create a seasonally appropriate Thanksgiving decoration by filling glass vases with natural dry ingredients like chestnuts, colored popcorn kernels, or whole walnuts, then simply setting a pillared candle on top.
Create your own floating candles by filling a glass vase or bowl with water, then adding a water friendly decoration and completing with a floating votive. Floating candles look great with cranberries, rosemary sprigs, or various twigs and pebbles.
Soft lighting and golden hues are a great way to create a cozy autumn atmosphere in your home. Place candles on your dining room table and around the kitchen where you normally wouldn’t, like on your counters, stovetop, or the top of your refrigerator to create a warm dining atmosphere.
Each season brings a different color scheme to the flower markets, and fall markets tend to be a little less colorful. Embrace rich, autumn-friendly shades like eggplant, crimson, sunflower yellow, or deep orange for Thanksgiving floral arrangements. Enhance your arrangement with accents like berried branches, miniature pumpkins, or leafy greens.
Your fall flowers will look great in a wooden or colored glass vase, or you can use actual carved out pumpkins as the base for your flowers. Your guests will no doubt be impressed, and a beautiful flower arrangement or two can stand on its own as a centerpiece.
Vases are an easy and creative way to add holiday decoration to your home, and whether the vase be large or small doesn’t matter.
Bring scents of the season to your kitchen and dining room by filling distinctive vases or glasses with tall cuts of herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary. Create an entire centerpiece focused on your favorite autumn herbs, or place small containers at each place setting.
A vase filled with wheat will easily add texture to any centerpiece, or take your creativity to the next level by crafting your own painted acorn display. Simply remove the acorn tops and set aside, then painting the seeds in various colors and textures of your choice. When dry, reattach the tops with hot glue, then securing them with twine onto an intricate branch of your choice (suspended in a vase.)
You can also use a branch as a hanging place for your guests own personal ‘thankful cards’. Supply guests with a blank card upon arrival, having them write down what they’re thankful for the most. Secure them to your branch before dinner, and voila! Instant dinner conversation starter.
4.) Fruit & Produce
To create your own contemporary Thanksgiving cornucopia, simply tuck fall fruits like apples, pears, persimmons, or plums into a large wire basket or secured cone, then completing with various nuts or fresh leaves. Wrap your arrangement with a large ribbon, and turn an ordinary harvest into an extraordinary dining room table centerpiece.
A soup tureen or large wooden bowl can also serve as a harvest host, with their expansive interiors making them a good place to display your fruitful centerpiece artwork.
What would fall be without pumpkins? These days, pumpkins are no ordinary decorations, and are commonly jazzed up with metallic paints, lace, and jewels. Paint pumpkins in metallics, then pairing with matching metallic candles and various decorations for a glowing dining room centerpiece.
Want a centerpiece that also serves as an instant conversation starter? Fill a wooden box with twigs, leaves, pine cones, or cloth, then topping with numerous mini pumpkins in the colors of your choice.
6.) Place Settings
If you like to keep it simple in your kitchen or dining room and would prefer to skip the formality of a centerpiece, go for distinctive and creative place settings instead. Place a miniature pumpkin or gourd on the center of each guests plate, looking for ones with unusual markings or in multiple colors.
Want to send guests home with more than just leftovers? Leave each person with their own mason jar filled with fresh garden herbs to take home as a Thanksgiving reminder.
Want to take it even one more step above? Let your guests known what’s for dinner by writing a chalkboard menu on inexpensive plates, where you can also write their names or an individual message for each person.
Your hutch is also a great choice for a Thanksgiving dessert table, and will eliminate the hassle of making room for your sweet creations on the kitchen or dining room table. Turn your hutch into an intricate display of delicious sugary goodness by displaying pies and tarts on cake stands, or wrapping stacks of cookies with ribbon. Set up your guests with a sweet buffet style finale by providing them with stacks of clean plates, forks, and coffee cups. Dessert is served, and now it’s time to put your feet up! Trust us, those dishes can wait.
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