Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Thanksgiving is a week away, so by now most of you have made your plans. Some of you are lucky enough to be invited as a guest to someone else’s home, likely leaving a lot of the work off your shoulders. Maybe you are hosting your family and friends this year for the first time, or for the 20th time…either way, here are some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas you may want to try to add some decorative flair to your table setting:

Add a non-traditional splash of color – I love this one because it takes the color blue (a personal fave), which is not normally thought of for an autumn holiday, but makes it work by adding natural browns with the use of pecans. You can make this your own by finding glass bottles or vases and using any type of nut:

Create the illusion of a table runner using pumpkins and ribbons with little berry sprigs. You could make it your own by collecting leaves from outside and sprinkling them along the sides of the ribbon in a whimsical fashion:

I adore the use of pumpkins in this centerpiece. Placing them at different levels using candleholders, etc. keeps it interesting to the eye. You can get pumpkins in white, orange and yellow to keep it colorful. Another thing I thought that I would add to this centerpiece would be name placards at each place setting using a tiny pumpkin stabbed in the top with a toothpick and a name card taped to it. You can either print up the names using the computer, or if you have lovely handwriting, make it even more personal!

Add a golden glow to your table by using dried kernels of corn in a round vase with a lit candle. Candles make the home feel more cozy and what could be better than feeling even more cozy and intimate around those you love?

Another brilliant use of the pumpkin – I am a fan of pumpkins as decor in the fall! Here it is paired up with a candle and some lovely sprigs. Simply carve a place in the top of the pumpkin that the candle can sit in. Use your own decor such as leaves, corn, sprigs, berries, etc. to make it your own!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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Oh My Gourd!

Do you even know what a gourd is?

I think for the longest time, I didn’t know what these lovely little things were called:

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There you go. If you didn’t already know, now you do.

You will be seeing these a-plenty at your local grocery store pretty soon, if not already. And they are usually pretty cheap…I tend to get them on sale at three for a dollar. I get a little excited when I start seeing these babies because, to me, it means it’s time for FALL DECORATING! {Woot!}

Yeah, I get a little excited about fall decorating. It’s pretty much my favorite season to decorate for…especially because I also get to keep this particular decor up longer than other seasonal decor {Mid-September thru end of November}. It makes me want to spend extra time on it…once Halloween rolls around, I keep the fall decor, but add some Halloween-y (is that even a word?} things in the mix.

And well, gourds are one of my favorite things to implement in my decor when this season arrives. They are so versatile…the possibilities are endless as to what you can do with them. I love to try and brainstorm new crafts…and I also like to get the boys some of their own little pumpkin gourds to paint as they please.

Here are some gourd-geous {sorry, couldn’t resist} ideas for using these guys in your decor:

Trays are all the rage, so fill one up. I also love how the pumpkin gourds were cut in half and gutted to make candle holders…

Use them outdoors to create a “Welcome” display or just throughout your garden or your front porch to give guests the fall feel before even walking inside your home…

If you’re crafty, fashion a wreath or a garland. Great items to use along with the gourds are pine cones, leaves and twine…

Create a unified design by spray-painting the gourds all one color…this gold was a great choice for fall…

Replace the candles on your pillars…

I’ve always loved the idea of using gourds as a place setting…great for Thanksgiving…

Fill a hurricane…or ten…{I love hurricanes, OK?}

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OK…and last but not least, these owls are just TOO cute…

Happy Fall Decorating…can’t wait to show you mine soon! xoxo

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*All images courtesy of www.bhg.com, with the exception of the photo from Shanty2Chic blog, which was noted in its caption.