How To Create A Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.


Thanksgiving is all about spending time around the dinner table and enjoying a meal with our family. Since this holiday is centered around the table, it’s important to create a beautiful centerpiece to make the meal even more special.

This year we wanted to focus on an organic look filled with seasonal pumpkins and fresh fall florals. Pumpkins are so visually striking and make for the perfect centerpieces — plus, they are one of the easiest ways to incorporate stunning style into the adult and kid tables!


There are several ways you can style your table using pumpkins. For a simple rustic look, arrange pumpkins down the center of your table and simply weave foliage vines like Russian Olive, Bay Leaf or even natural grape vine from your own garden throughout the pumpkins (as shown above). Add simple décor pieces like candles and Mercury Glass Pumpkins to create a more formal feel.


To step things up a notch and recreate our look we recommend sticking to mainly green and white pumpkins for the centerpieces. You will want some that are “filler” pumpkins and some that you will actually use as “vases” to hold fall flowers and foliage. Pick your favorite pumpkins to hallow out and use them as various vases to hold your flowers.

For flowers think simple ivories and greens with small pops of orange blooms like roses and Ranunculus. We also love the use of lots of leafs and even touches of small wheat stock or cornhusk.



To hold your beautiful arrangements together we suggest putting a piece of green floral foam (you can find at most craft stores) into your pumpkin vase that you can stick your floral stems into. Make sure to properly soak your foam before using it. You can also use a smaller vase inside the pumpkin if you don’t want to use the floral foam. To finish off this centerpiece, use green vines to drape the ends of the table.


For the kid’s table, create smaller versions of the pumpkin vases from the adult’s table and sprinkle in a few mini pumpkins with tiny blooms attached to the stem. Feel free to play with natural elements from your own garden or have a little fun with some metallic spray paint!


Photography by Becky Kimball
Floral design by Studio Stems

Kid’s Table: plates, utensils, tumblers, table runner and decor from Pottery Barn Kids
Adult’s Table: plates, mercury glass pumpkins, table runner, napkins, candles and glassware from Pottery Barn
Gold flatware from West Elm

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