The essence of successful seasonal decorating is to make use of what you have around you, but Thanksgiving in the USA is not well timed from that point of view, or at least, not here in New Hampshire, so Thanksgiving Centerpieces can be a problem. Our scenery in autumn is simply stunning but the trees are almost bare by the end of November. If I were to try and use what we have, I could muster some berries from the trees in the garden, some dried leaves from the pathways and one or two of the more hardy chrysanthemums from the front border. It doesn’t amount to much because in most of the country late November is the start of winter. We’ve retreated indoors, filled up with oil or wood pellets and we’re just waiting for the snow. The ground outside is frozen and my trusty book of soup recipes has been taken down from the shelf. The problem with Thanksgiving is that for most of us, it comes at a dead time of year, and the result, in many cases is that our decorations are artificial.
As a result I tend to prefer Thanksgiving centerpieces like the one you see above, created from miniature pumpkins, leaves and berries and mixed with twinkling candles, they have the appeal of reality without great expense. When my budget allows, I’ll add flowers if I can, but it can be hard to find flowers with seasonal appeal, so here, on this page, I’ve gathered some Thanksgiving centerpieces I’d love to see in my own home.
Thanksgiving Centerpieces I love.
I love the idea of Thanksgiving; a time of year when people come together to be thankful for what they have, but I don’t like filling my vases with plastic leaves and flowers because of some odd romantic notion that this is a harvest festival when in fact the present date for Thanksgiving wasn’t set until 1941. One result is that I am trying to add berries wherever I can in my garden. In England I grew firethorn bushes up the side of my house. They can be prickly and as a result many people plant them to deter burglars, I like them for the bright berries at this time of year, they look great in the garden and just as good in a vase, as you can see in this arrangement of stunning dahlia’s.
This perfect little arrangement is ideal for a Thanksgiving centerpiece and features a flower which is often ignored, the ranunculus. Ranunculus belong to the buttercup family and lie in that happy zone between the wild flower and the over cultivated. They can be found in many different colors, white, pink and yellow as well as the glowing orange in this arrangement where they are paired with branches of kumquats. Fruiting branches always make fantastic table centerpieces, no matter the season.
This, in my opinion is one of the two perfect shapes for a table centerpiece. Thanksgiving centerpieces, being the center of a family gathering, have to be especially careful not to get in the way. As a result many create long low arrangements, but on a long straight table a number of smaller arrangements are often best and if you search your china cupboard you may well find a couple of footed bowls you can use to create something like this. I have two old compotes I use, if you can’t find anything else, use a wineglass and have your arrangement spill out, over the side.
For a long, low arrangement there is nothing better for a Thanksgiving Centerpiece than dahlia’s. I always think they look like they’re made of sunshine, as though they’ve soaked it all up, ready to add just the right glow to your celebration. Dahlia’s are available in almost every color in the rainbow and a wide variety of shapes from the giant, dinner plate dahlia to the tiny pom pom.
Images from the lovely people at FTD
What do you enjoy at Thanksgiving? Do you decorate your home? If so, do you try to keep it natural or do you use artificial? Leave a comment, so we can discuss.
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