"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
― John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Thanksgiving has always been about spending some quality time with family and friends. No matter where everyone is, they all come together on this day to be with one another and share the joys of the festival. And to make the Thanksgiving dinner a success, you've made sure that everything is in order. The Thanksgiving dinner ideas have already been put into action and now you're wondering how to decorate the dinner table.
Besides the gorgeous and delicious turkey, there's another important thing that needs to be placed in the middle of your table, a centerpiece. And that's what we are going to be talking about today. So if you want to information on making interesting and beautiful centerpieces, keep reading ahead in this article.
DIY Candle Centerpieces
- For long tables, spread a jute table runner and place tall candle holders at equal distance.
- Place black or any colored pebbles at the bottom of the holders; just 3-4 would do.
- Keep orange-colored candles on top of the pebbles in such a way that it won't topple or turn sideways.
- Along the runner, you can place more candles, coffee beans, and fake twigs.
- Make sure you spread all the decorative items evenly across the table. This way, your table won't look cluttered.
- Use an earthen pot for this centerpiece. If you can find one with decorative holes in it, better.
- Here, you can place either tealight candles or any other colored candles (depending on the depth of the pot).
- To decorate the table, take a few dried or fake maple leaves and place them in the center of the table.
- Place the pot on top and light the candle before everyone sits for dinner.
- As you can see in the picture, we have placed a few pumpkin-shaped candles as well. You too can try this idea.
- If you wish to decorate a small table, you can find inspiration from your pantry itself.
- All you require is a large orange, tealight candles, and spices.
- Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a small opening at the top of the orange. You want to make the opening as big as the tealight candle's radius.
- Gently, place the tealight candle at the top and press it in. Make sure that the wick of the candle is above the opening.
- Insert a few cloves as shown in the picture. Keep the orange in the center of the table and place other spices (nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon sticks, etc.) around the orange.
- And there you have it. Your centerpiece is ready. Once the dinner is over, you can replace the spices back in the pantry.
- For a more intimate setting, you'll require couple of figurines, dried or fake leaves, candles (colors depending on your choice), and a small basket.
- As we used the decoration idea in Option 2, place the dried leaves in the center of the table.
- Keep the basket over the leaves along with the candles inside it.
- Put the figurines on either side and wait for the guests to be impressed.
- You can even keep the entire centerpiece on a big, round tray for a more elegant look.
DIY Bowl Centerpieces
- As flowers are refreshing and don't require much detailing, you can use them as centerpieces for the dining or coffee table.
- Here, you'll require a wooden bowl (size depends on you), flowers (Gerbera, lilies, roses, sunflowers, etc.), water, and wicker placemat.
- Keep one or more (depending on how big the table is) wicker placemat on the table.
- Fill the bowl with water (you can even add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance).
- Place only the flower buds, no stems, and float them over the water.
- Keep the bowl on top of the placemat; your centerpiece is ready.
- Similar to Option 1, this centerpiece needs a decorative bowl, placemat, water, flowers, and few fake or dried leaves.
- Keep the placemat in the center of the table, along with the dried leaves on top. You can arrange them however you want.
- Fill the bowl with water, place the flowers in the bowl, and keep it on the placemat.
- You can even spread a few petals over the placemat to give it an elegant look.
- This centerpiece is easy, quick, and won't cost you a dime.
- First things first, you need a decorative bowl to place the potpourri mix in. Make sure it's fancy so that it enhances the entire centerpiece's appearance.
- Go in your yard and search for pinecones, dried leaves and flowers, twigs, and dried flower petals.
- Regardless of which items you choose, all of it has to be completely dry or else moisture may dampen the entire centerpiece.
- Arrange the items in the bowl, as per your choice, and place the centerpiece in the middle of the table.
- For our next centerpiece, we'll make an autumn citrus potpourri.
- The items required are a bowl or a tray, candle, twigs, pinecones, orange and lemon peels.
- You can either get a readymade citrus potpourri mix or make one at home.
- To prepare your own mix, you need to collect all the dry items.
- As for the citrus peels, cut orange and lemon slices (thin), place them in paper towels, and let it soak all the juices.
- After that, place the slices in sun for sometime; till the slices are completely dry.
- Arrange all the items inside the bowl and place your centerpiece on the table.
- There are many grocery stores and even departmental stores that have dry flower tea packets.
- Pick the flavors you like because these are going to be the theme of your centerpiece.
- If you're choosing more than one or two, pick a wide variety.
- Take ceramic bowls (depending on the number of mixes you have) and a long tray.
- Fill the bowls with the dry flower teas and place them on the tray.
- The tray goes in the middle of the table and your centerpiece is ready.
- As you can see in the picture, you'll require 3 different sized wooden bowls, scoops, and flax seeds.
- For this centerpiece, if you don't have flax seeds and don't wish to buy any, use lentils and nuts instead.
- Fill the bowls with flax seeds or lentils and stack them on top of one another (as seen in the picture).
- You can also use mint or parsley leaves as garnish on the topmost bowl.
- This gives your centerpiece a great color and dimension.
- Keep more than two of these centerpieces on the table.
DIY Glass Centerpieces
- For our first glass centerpiece, you'll require two tall candle holders, candles (various colors), uncooked corn, and other nuts.
- Place the corn at the bottom of the candle holder. We don't require the corn to be cooked here.
- You can also add uncooked kidney beans and garbanzo beans. This way, the overall layout through the glass candle holder will look appealing.
- Either mix everything together or make various layers of all.
- At the end, place the candle properly in and light it once your guests arrive.
- In order to make the centerpiece, you will have to do some research in the grocery store.
- Search for either cherry peppers, Scotch Bonnets, rocotillo chile, or any other round, mini peppers.
- Take a dozen or so, a glass vase or jar, and water.
- Bind the peppers with a string, fill water in the jar, and place the peppers in.
- You can even add a few sprigs of chives along with the peppers.
- Place the jar in the center of the table right before dinnertime.
- Similar to Option 1, here we will use nuts instead of corn and legumes.
- Get glass candle holders, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and any other nuts you may like.
- Fill them in the candle holders one by one in layers or mix them up; the choice is yours.
- To give it a unique look, you can even remove the walnut shells and place a few nuts in as it is.
- Just make sure, when you place the candle on top, it doesn't topple or tip over.
- This centerpiece is very simple to make. You require a glass vase, fancy lace (search your favorite craft store for one), candle (if you want), and dry or fake leaves.
- First we will secure the lace over the vase. For that, you need to tie a bow on the vase.
- You can also wrap the entire vase with the lace; that's entirely up to you as to how you wish to decorate the vase.
- Now make a bouquet of dry leaves and properly secure it at the opening of the vase.
- You can place a candle over it, if you want.
- Place the vase in the center of the table and that's it, your centerpiece is finished.