Is anyone else still trying to come to terms with Thanksgiving being so early this year? It just snuck up on us all so quickly!
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you probably have a lot on your plate right now. As you make preparations for food, family, and friends, the table setting might be the furthest thing from your mind. Even if you waited until the last minute in the holiday decorating department, there is still plenty of time to create a beautiful centerpiece for your table(s). What’s even better is you might already have some of these items on hand!
If table real estate is a concern, and you’d rather keep things nice and simple, you can completely transform your table by adding some artificial fall leaves to your table runner. You can also add some tealight candles to the decor to give your table a warm glow. If you’re concerned with fire, particularly around small children, battery-operated candles are perfect for the table setting! Lower decorations minimize the risk of anyone knocking anything over. The leaves are also convenient because you can set plates and dishes on top of them without much worry!
To tie the entire tablescape together, you can also take the same leaves and write everyone’s name on them for use as name cards. You can also have everyone write something they are thankful for on each of the leaves for a more personalized centerpiece.
You can never go wrong with using flowers for an elegant centerpiece. Whether you prefer fresh, dried, or even silk flowers (perfect for anyone with allergies and they can be reused over and over again), you can customize this look however you’d like. If you feast together with multiple tables, small bud vases are an easy way to add a little elegance everywhere without worrying about taking up to much room. Add seasonal gourds or artificial leaves to turn traditional flowers into a more seasonal tablescape.
If you have small pumpkins and gourds leftover from the season, you should definitely implement them in your Thanksgiving decor, including the centerpiece. If you want to do something a little bit different than lining them up along the table, gather your gourds together in whatever kind of container or bowl you already have at home. For a warm, rustic feel, maybe use a basket. For a more whimsical approach to holiday decorating, you can display your gourds in something as simple as a colander!
Here is another option for anyone looking for a more natural, minimalist approach to a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Add a touch of color and some light fragrance to your Thanksgiving meal by displaying some seasonal potpourri in bowls or baskets on your table. If you don’t want to purchase premade potpourri, you can try making your own arrangement using dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and anything else that tickles your fancy!
Yes, while it’s typically too cold in November to enjoy your holiday meal outside (we can dream!), you can still bring that rustic, country charm inside. If a picnic table in the backyard is out of the question, swap out your typical table runner for a piece of burlap or a similar fabric. Swap out traditional candlesticks for some lanterns. If you decide to use real candles, the lantern will help mitigate any potential hazards of having open flames at the table. For something with a little more whimsy, swap out candles for some battery-operated fairy lights!
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.