How to create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece

cutting board for placemat with white dinner plate stacked with brown transferware dinner plate the brown transferware salad plate on top white linen napkin tied with a brown stripe ribbon and handmade quote card on top butternut squash to left of plate and amber goblet to right of plate

It’s tablescape day for my monthly dinner club group.  This month is all about Thanksgiving!  I’ve really enjoyed putting together this post about how to create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece and I want to share it with you!! 

I also want to share my Thanksgiving place settings and place card idea. You can see how to details about the place cards here.

If you are coming over from Anne and AnnMarie at Simply 2 Moms welcome!! I am so glad you’re here and wasn’t their Thanksgiving table so beautiful?? 

There is so much inspiration every month with this talented group of ladies!  I always enjoy seeing what everyone comes up with.  Last month we all created a Fall Tablescape and if you missed mine, you can see it here.  

woodsy theme place setting with brown paper plaid tablerunner twig placemat brown transferware dinner plate with brown transferware salad plate on top white linen napkin with 2 feathers on top silverware in a tray lined with green moss to the left of the place setting amber vases with pine branches for centerpiece amber bottles with tapers for centerpiece antlers acorns and horse applesfor table

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I want to welcome Danielle from Faith and Farmhouse as our guest this month!   We are so happy to have her join us. 

clear glass tray lined with green moss with spoon fork knife laying on top sitting beside place setting



Since I had already created a fall themed table last month, I wanted to create a Thanksgiving tablescape that really reflected what we traditionally think of at Thanksgiving, but put a bit of my own twist to it. 

I have mentioned before, when I am creating a tablescape, decorating a specific place in my home, or even an entire room, I like to start with an inspiration piece. 

It gives me direction, and then the ideas begin to build from there. 

For my Thanksgiving table, my inspiration piece was a dried lily pad that a dear friend gifted me last year.  It is SO unusual, and I just love it. 

The shape of it reminded me of a cornucopia basket so I just went with it!!

large dried lily pad used as a cornucopia basket on wooden riser with eggplant, pears, white mini pumpkin, pomegranite, wheat stalk spilling out

thanksgiving table centerpiece idea


I decided on fairly neutral fruits and vegetables for my cornucopia.  Butternut squash, honeynut squash, egg plant, pomegranites, 2 kinds of pears and white mini pumpkins were the perfect colors.

I used a large wooden riser in the center of my table to create some height and dimension.

large dried lily pad used as a cornucopia basket on wooden riser with eggplant, pears, white mini pumpkin, pomegranite, wheat stalk spilling out corn husk tucked under wooden riser with more butternut squash on table beside riser



A pilgrim couple that I have had for many years were the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving centerpiece. 



I also had a large turkey left from the days of owning a boutique/storefront which continued my traditional Thanksgiving theme.  

My ever growing collection of heirloom pumpkins this year came in handy to fill in all around the wooden riser. 

round white dining table with thanksgiving setting wooden cutting boards for placemats white dinner plates stacked with brown transferware salad plates wooden riser in center of table with pilgrim couple dried lily pad used for cornucopia butternut squash eggplant pears mini white pumpkin spilling out of cornucopia



I tucked pieces of cornhusk around the base of the riser and added the pumpkins all around and also some of the veggies spilling out of my cornucopia basket.

A few springs of wheat and large pieces of dried okra tucked in, finished off the look. 

place settings for a thanksgiving tablescape

wooden board with white dinner plate brown transferware plate on top white napkin tied with brown stripe ribbon large dried leaf beside plate and amber goblet beside plate

I’ve been collecting cutting boards at thrift stores and garage sales for the past year. 

I wanted to have enough to use them for placemats/chargers on my fall tablescapes. 

They are all different shapes and colors, and I love the earthiness they add to the table!

cutting board for placemat with white dinner plate stacked with brown transferware dinner plate the brown transferware salad plate on top white linen napkin tied with a brown stripe ribbon and handmade quote card on top butternut squash to left of plate and amber goblet to right of plate



I started each place setting with a large white dinner plate on top of the cutting board.  I layered a brown transferware dinner plate topped with a brown transferware salad plate on top of the white one. 

An off white linen napkin tied with a narrow brown/white striped ribbon topped each place setting. 

fall place setting with white dinner plate, brown transferware plate, and a large dried leaf on top of the plate. A plaid napkin tied in a knot is to the left of the plate.



I made these place cards last year for a friend’s retirement party, and used quotes appropriate for the occasion.  You can see that tablescape here.

I thought they would be perfect for my Thanksgiving table using quotes about gratitude and thanksgiving. 

cutting board for placemat with white dinner plate stacked with brown transferware dinner plate the brown transferware salad plate on top white linen napkin tied with a brown stripe ribbon and handmade quote card on top


 
A different quote was used on each card.  These make for great table conversation.  Each guest can read what their card says during the dinner. 

My collection of vintage amber goblets worked perfectly with the color scheme and theme of this table.  And the final addition was a large dried leaf placed at the edge of each cutting board.

cutting board for placemat with white dinner plate stacked with brown transferware dinner plate the brown transferware salad plate on top and large dried leaf to left of plate



I found these huge leaves in a parking lot a couple of years ago and brought them home to see if they would dry and hold their shape.  They dried out beautifully and have held up very well. 

the final touch to my Thanksgiving tablescape



Lastly, I added a small neutral wreath or a bundle of dried flowers/grasses to the back of each chair. 

I happened to have 3 small wreaths in my fall décor.  None of them match, but they were similar in size. 

Every other chair got a wreath and the other 3 a bundle.  

bundle of garlic pods hanging upside down on gray wall

One bundle is dried garlic pods/flowers, which normally hangs on the wall in the fall.

One bundle is grasses/weeds from my neighborhood.  Like the ones I used for the witches brooms.

handmade witches brooms with dried grasses tied to an old yard tool handle hanging on back of white slipcovered chair

And the last bundle is dried wheat.  I’ve had mine a long time and use it every year in my fall décor, but you can find it at most craft stores this time of year.   

overhead view of Thanksgiving table round white dining table with thanksgiving setting wooden cutting boards for placemats white dinner plates stacked with brown transferware salad plates wooden riser in center of table with pilgrim couple dried lily pad used for cornucopia butternut squash eggplant pears mini white pumpkin spilling out of cornucopia

I hope you have enjoyed “How to Create a Thanksgiving Centerpiece”, and found inspiration here!  As always, leave a comment or question at the bottom of the post, because I love to hear from you! 



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Up next on our tablescape tour is Jen at Midwest Life and Style.  Be sure and check out all of my friends tables, because you are sure to find lots of inspiration for your own Thanksgiving table.



blessings and happy fall friends,

michele

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16 thoughts on “How to create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece

  1. Oh my goodness! Your Thanksgiving tablescape is absolutely lovely. Hugs and blessings to you.

    1. Thanks so much Renae! You always have such kind words and remarks.

  2. Michele,
    You always have the most creative tablescapes. I love everything about this one. The place cards are great.

    1. Thank you so much Rachel! So sweet for you to say. I really enjoyed this one!

  3. Oh friend! Just like you, this table scape is welcoming and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your creative design that always inspires! Always!

    1. Thank you my sweet friend!!

  4. Another gorgeous table my friend. As always I love all of the details and thought you put into pulling this all together. Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Jen! So kind of you to say!!

  5. Your little pilgrim couple are so cute, and I love the stem bunches on the back of the chairs! I have similar goblets, I thrifted them. Aren’t they so nostalgic! Thanks for having me as a guest host this month!

    1. Thanks so much Danielle! And we loved having you this month!

  6. You did it again…another stunning tablescape. You’re creativity is amazing. Just love the idea of different vintage cutting boards as chargers and the different dried bundles and wreaths on the backs of the chairs.

    1. Aww, thanks so much! I really appreciate that and I’m so glad you liked it!

  7. I just love all the natural elements. You are so creative. Love it 🍂

    1. Thank you my friend!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. michele your table settings are beautiful! I love the natural elements and color palette.

    1. Thanks Stacy! I really enjoyed putting this one together!

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