Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Add additional holiday flavor to your Thanksgiving table with these fun and creative ideas for festive centerpieces:

1. Fill empty jelly jars with candy corn and stick taper candles in the center, gently pushing the bottom of the candle to the bottom of the jar. Fix enough of these to go the entire length of your table, spacing them 6-8 inches apart. NOTE: Select candles in fall colors.

2. Hollow out a white pumpkin, place a piece of floral foam inside and secure yellow and white roses in the foam. Add water. On either side of the pumpkin arrangement, sprinkle rose petals and scatter miniature pumpkins and/or gourds down the center of the table.

3. Fill a three-tiered candy dish with miniature gourds and pumpkins. Accent with colorful leaves gathered out of the yard. NOTE: Silk leaves from the craft store will also work.

4. Purchase several pillar candles in different fall colors and different sizes. Brush a layer of glue around each candle (one at a time) 2-4 inches in height, approximately 1 inch from the bottom of the candle. Roll the candles in a variety of the following: Dried peas, pinto beans, black beans, Indian corn, popcorn, sunflower seeds (in the shell). Cover the glued area and dry completely. Prepare enough of these candles to a) go the entire length of your table or b) arrange 5-7 of them on a tray in the center of the table.

5. A large colorful mum placed in the center of the table with Thanksgiving-themed wired ribbon trailing down each side. Scatter miniature candy bars in fall wrappers among the ribbon.

6. Fill a wicker basket with apples, pears, fall leaves, miniature pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn.

7. Place small to medium sized pots of mums inside hollowed pumpkins.

8. Hollow out large apples to hold votive candles. Place 6-8 inches apart the entire length of your table and scatter cinnamon sticks and fall leaves among them.

9. Fill a large clear glass vase (at least 10 inches tall) with dried beans or corn. Insert a faux tree branch securely in the vase. Tie miniature pumpkins from the ‘arms’ of the branch. NOTE: You’ll need to make sure you balance the weight so it doesn’t topple over.

10. Fill small clear glass bowls and jars with dried beans and seeds. Layering with different colors is extra nice. Place a white votive or pillar candle in each. Do 5-7 of these to arrange in the center of the table.

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