No Thanksgiving table is complete without a nice centerpiece, no matter how much delicious food is served. Florists charge big bucks to create attractive centerpieces for the Thanksgiving table. Save this money for the food and make the centerpiece yourself. It will look beautiful and guests will never know it was homemade.
Step 1: Update the classic cornucopia centerpiece using a light color palette. Use pickling stain to whitewash the basket. Line the inside with cream colored burlap and add cotton fabric to the opening, secured by embroidery floss. Place the basket on a platter and fill it with apples, pears, squash, and quince.
Step 2: Purchase a woven basket and hot glue acorns to the exterior. Let this dry and then use foil or plastic wrap to line the basket. Add florist foam to the inside and insert several metal spears with an unripened pear on their ends. Fill the basket with several blooming flowers and fall foliage like crabapple, mountain ash berry, and bittersweet sprigs.
Step 3: For an alfresco dining experience, fill a tall, thin vase with wheat shocks. Fill another tall vase with dried white colored beans. Add a branch of berries to another tall cylindrical vase and arrange these containers on the table.
Step 4: Fill a large wire basket with nuts, pears, and leaves and place the basket on a coordinating color table runner.
Step 5: If you have old canning jars and glass bowls, wash them off and use them to hold shocks of wheat and nuts such as walnuts and pecans. Place the containers into a round tin or silver platter and add several ears of Indian corn.
Step 6: Find a large metal scoop at a flea market or craft store. Line it with a handkerchief featuring fall colors and fill it with fruit like oranges, apples, and pears.