April's Picks – Thanksgiving Table Centerpieces

In addition to the enjoying delicious food and spending the day with family, I also love Thanksgiving because I have the opportunity to decorate the table. Every year I set it up a bit different, but the same basic “rules” apply.

I keep my centerpieces low in height to enable easy food passing food and conversation; I keep it easy, using items I have or can easily obtain from the grocery store (gourds, flowers, produce, candles and vases are my “go to” pieces); and I create groupings of items for big impact.

I found a few great centerpiece ideas online that I wanted to share with you for inspiration for your Thanksgiving table. Have fun with decorating your table and invite your guests to help!

{Terracotta and brass fruit. From:  Birch Lane .}

{Terracotta and brass fruit. From: Birch Lane.}

Ceramic fruit and vegetables add a modern touch to any table centerpiece. Place them among candles or gourds to create a pretty centerpiece. You can also raise them up on a pedestal or cake stand.

{Marble Round Stand. From:  Williams Sonoma .}

{Marble Round Stand. From: Williams Sonoma.}

Add texture to your centerpiece with a wheat sheaf tied with a beautiful ribbon. Line the center of the table with these or group an odd number in the center of your table for a striking display. Click here for steps to create this centerpiece.

{Harvest Centerpiece. From:  Martha Stewart .}

{Harvest Centerpiece. From: Martha Stewart.}

I love using candles on the table, so this clever display caught my eye. Use “giving thanks” or create your own message.

{"Giving Thanks" tablescape. From: Country Living.}

{"Giving Thanks" tablescape. From: Country Living.}

This centerpiece follows my “rules:” low and contains easy to find items. Begin with a table runner and set up a variety of gourds, fruits and nuts, along with some paper leaves (a great project for the kids) down the center of the table.

{"A Harvest Table" tablescape. From:  Martha Stewart. }

{"A Harvest Table" tablescape. From: Martha Stewart.}

And last, but not least, an idea for the kids’ table centerpiece. The Mayflower holds nuts and fruit and dresses up the kids table in a unique way. Want to make this at home? Click here for the “how to.”

{Paper Mayflower kids table centerpiece. From:  Martha Stewart .}

{Paper Mayflower kids table centerpiece. From: Martha Stewart.}

The most important ingredient for a lovely Thanksgiving table? Family, friends and a whole lot of thankfulness.

Happy decorating! What is your favorite idea shown here? Or what do you love to put on your holiday table? Share your comments below.

April Pardoe