Thursday, November 12, 2009

Countdown to Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

I am officially on the countdown to prepare for Thanksgiving! It is two weeks from today, and there are a lot of preparations to get ready for the big day. I love Thanksgiving, not only because of what it represents, but also because it brings families and friends together for a great meal and wonderful memories. Over the next two weeks, I'll be sharing some of my favorite finds to make your Thanksgiving a memorable one!

This arrangment from Good Housekeeping is super simple, yet elegant to put together. Look around your house for assorted glass containers, fill with assorted dried nuts and pillar candles in the same color. Toss in some fresh greenery on the table or buffet to complete the look.

Pottery Barn showcases this fall tablescape in their holiday catalog. The wineglasses are filled with acorns, a place card and a beautiful golden leaf. Also, they have taken a cream-colored pillar candle and added a leaf embellishment and raffia to finish off the autumn-harvest look to this tablescape.

My mom found this beautiful tree ( and I think it would make the perfect "interactive" centerpiece for families. You could start by having black and white photographs copied and matted to beautiful gold metallic cardstock. (Very easy and inexpensive if you do it yourself). You can hang each picture with a simple ribbon. As guests arrive, ask them to write what they are thankful for on similar sized cut-out cardstock and attach with ribbon. During the dinner, family and friends can share their "blessings" with each other. This is a great way for family to talk about what they are thankful for this year.

The arrangement below was featured on
I love the idea of using fresh artichokes and vegetables as candle holders. Make sure to mix and match "harvest" colors for your veggies and then keep the candle color consistent. You can finish the look with fresh spider mums, assorted berries, and beautiful ribbon.

Nature's Bounty Centerpiece ( below features the best of the season. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, mini pinecones, berries, moss and gourds round out this simple centerpiece.

I love using pumpkins as the base for an arrangement. This one was featured on

Another centerpiece from A cornucopia filled with assorted gourds, pumpkins and leaves make for a quick but plentiful centerpiece. I also like the simple tapered candles and the green tablecloth.

The arrangement below is from If you're creative and into floral arranging, you can recreate this look with floral foam, gerbera daisies, roses, asiatic lilies, and greenery. If you don't have a green thumb, looks like you can order it online! How's that for easy!
My final centerpiece to leave you with today is a little different than the ones I've showcased earlier. Instead of fall, autumn colors, this is a different feel altogether. I love the idea of using pumpkins and mixing in metallics! As many of you know, metallics are huge in the fashion world right now (if you're a country music fan, you saw that on the red carpet at the CMAs last night!) And, anything "haute" in fashion translates beautifully into a tablescape. This centerpiece features white and metallic painted gourds, white candles and black accents. If you want a stunning Thanksgiving tablescape, try this one from HGTV!

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