One of my favorite things to do is set the table, particularly the centerpiece. But, honestly, it also causes me a great deal of stress. I don’t usually plan that far ahead for it, and am usually left with a day, or even an hour, to throw something together. My typical process is this, decide on the look I’m going for – light and summery, cozy and warm, elegant and special. From there, I start searching through my house and see what I can find. I rarely spend more than about $15 or so on a centerpiece, and often it’s completely free. I pick up things in the yard, garden, or basement, and bring them together. It’s easy, inexpensive, and personalized that way. And I rarely spend more than ten minutes.
I think centerpieces, particularly during Thanksgiving celebrations, are best when they’re kept simple and natural. Thanksgiving is about family, gratitude, and the harvest. So, I like to stay focused on that. Keeping over the top decorations at a minimum is best. Doing a quick run through a grocery store and a craft store like Michael’s should more than cover everything you need.
And if you can’t think of anything else, pull out some cake stands, grab some pinecones, pumpkins, and nuts and you’re set. Put your room temperature food on the cake stands or other raised objects and sprinkle pinecones, pumpkins, nuts, and candles underneath. Instant centerpiece! When all else fails, just use the food you’re serving to make the table look enticing.
Here’s some inspiration on the super simple to the more complex, while still remaining natural and understated. Most of them consist of putting down a simple linen runner, and then possibly finding a long box or a piece of raw wood, placing your natural elements inside or on top of the runner, and then sprinkling candles here and there. Doesn’t get any better than that! And don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time! I just ran to Whole Foods tonight and picked up eucalyptus branches and sage for my centerpiece. I’ll lay them on top of a linen runner, and lay the pumpkins and gourds I have on hand on top of the branches. Then intersperse the candles throughout. If I’m feeling fancy, I may add some pinecones. Done! And even if your centerpiece isn’t what you want it to be, there’s still plenty to be thankful for on this wonderful holiday. So go and have yourself a Happy Thanksgiving!
Styling by Marian Parsons via HGTV