Instagram Inspo: 15 Stylish Thanksgiving Centerpieces
So you have a pretty view while you cram your face with turkey.
If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving get-together, it’s time to start planning and prepping — unless you fall into the I’ve-already-been-planning-for-months category, in which case, I give you serious props. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re on the hunt for a stellar centerpiece that makes it look like you’ve been planning for months. Nothing says, “I’ve got this Thanksgiving shindig under control” like a fabulous centerpiece. I’ve rounded up some of the best Instagram inspiration out there. Take a look, and let your creativity flow.
Choose playful fall blooms and arrange them in a wooden box to create a fun, lively centerpiece for a long table. Here, kale, safflower, thistle and hypercium combine for a pretty autumn palette.
Layer white flowers and accents for a soft, dreamy feel. If you want to break up the all-white palette or evoke a sense of rusticity, add brown lotus seedpods and pinecones.
If you live on the coast, embrace your locale by incorporating driftwood into your Thanksgiving arrangement. Natural driftwood pieces look stunning paired with greenery and orange accents.
Create a runner with olive branches, fresh produce, white pumpkins and garden roses. Here, pomegranates and persimmons add gorgeous color to the tablescape.
Save money by using glassware you already own to form an unexpected centerpiece. Here, stemless wineglasses hold succulents.
Bright + Happy Color
Don’t pin yourself down to the classic autumn color palette. If you love vibrant hues, use them! Saturated corals and oranges work beautifully in the fall.
You have five minutes to come up with a centerpiece? Throw some gourds and air plants in a pretty wooden bowl, and call it a day.
The beautiful hue of these fall hydrangeas is an unexpected touch at the Thanksgiving table, making it a fabulous choice. The color looks stunning with muted pumpkins and metallic accents.
Oranges + Antlers
Citrus fruits pop in a mostly green and white centerpiece. Here, white antlers add height and texture to the arrangement.
Paper + Felt Creations
Kale: The Star of the Show
We all know that a trendy menu calls for kale, but now it’s a must-have in your floral arrangement, too.
A hot trend this fall, velvet pumpkins make for a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Arrange them on a cake stand to create some height.
The bigger the blooms you have, the fewer the flowers you need. Here, a large dahlia makes a major statement.
Gratitude on Display
Let guests know how thankful you are by crafting these adorable pumpkins. Stack them in the center of your table, and accent with flowers or greenery.
Mod + Metallic
Take the succulent-topped pumpkin idea to the next level by painting your pumpkin a metallic hue. The end result is fresh and modern.
Something for Everyone
When cooking for a crowd, from the smallest dinners to guests who follow special diets, it's important to please everyone's palate. Be sure to ask friends and family in advance if they have any menu requests, or allow guests to bring their favorite dishes potluck-style, so everyone leaves the meal satisfied.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup With Fried Sage Leaves
Warm up your fall guests with this creamy and oh-so-satisfying soup. Great as a first-course or as a healthy, light meal when served with rustic bread and artisanal cheeses. Get the recipe
Sage-Roasted Turkey With Crunchy Maple Crust
Fresh sage and pure maple syrup give this Thanksgiving turkey a savory-meets-sweet flavor that's a cut above the rest. Forget about post-turkey-day leftovers, friends and family will gobble this moist bird up. Get the recipe
Cornbread Stuffing With Dried Fruit and Pecans
Dried apricots, apples, cranberries and golden raisins combine with toasted pecans and fresh herbs to create a sweet, savory and crunchy cornbread stuffing. Get the recipe
Citrus and Herb-Roasted Turkey and Gravy
With a sweet-meets-tangy citrus flavor plus a healthy helping of herbs, this savory and moist turkey is destined to be the star of your Thanksgiving table. Get the recipe
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries and Pine Nuts
Treat your Thanksgiving guests to a side dish that's both tasty — and — healthy. The addition of cranberries and pine nuts lend the earthy Brussels sprouts a bit of sweetness and crunch. Get the recipe
Brussels Sprouts With Red Onions and Hazelnuts
Topped with sauteed onions and crunchy hazelnuts, these Brussels sprouts are so tasty that your family won't realize they're gobbling down a good-for-you roasted veggie. Get the recipe
Southwestern-Style Poblano Cornbread Stuffing
Forget storebought mix — with toasted pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes and just the right amount of kick from roasted poblano peppers — this homemade stuffing is destined to become your family's new favorite. Get the recipe
Sourdough Stuffing With Parmesan and Leeks
This sourdough stuffing is a delicious break from the norm. Made with fresh leeks, onions, butter, olive oil and Parmesan cheese — it's a savory addition to your Thanksgiving table. Get the recipe
Thyme-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Roasted root vegetables are a hearty seasonal staple of many tables in the fall. Seasoned with olive oil, thyme and citrus, this fresh take is sure to become one of your family's favorite dishes. Get the recipe
Wild Mushroom, Herb and Pecan Stuffing
Fresh chanterelle, oyster and shiitake mushrooms give this homemade cornbread stuffing an earthy, rich flavor while toasted pecans add just the right amount of crunch. Get the recipe
Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage and Pumpkin Seeds
Savory and flavorful, butternut squash tops the list of favorite fall side dishes. As a tasty twist, top this healthy comfort food with toasted pumpkin seeds for crunch. Get the recipe
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
A combination of three tasty cheeses — white Cheddar, Gruyère and Swiss — make this mac 'n' cheese a creamy comfort food that's destined to become a go-to indulgence. Get the recipe
Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts With Toasted Walnuts
Roasted in olive oil and maple syrup, this healthy side dish will earn a thumbs-up (and requests for seconds!) from even the most finicky of Thanksgiving guests. Get the recipe
Old-Fashioned Homemade Gravy
Skip the packaged mix this year and make gravy from scratch that will complement the rest of your Thanksgiving meal. Garlic, chicken stock and red wine combine to create a rich, full flavor your friends and family will love. Get the recipe
Always a crowd-pleaser, this healthy dish is especially tasty with fresh asparagus. To create: Wash and trim 1 pound of asparagus spears. Pour 2 teaspoons olive oil into a baking dish, add asparagus and toss in oil. Sprinkle spears with kosher salt and shaved Parmesan cheese then bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees Farenheit.
Thyme and Parsley Stuffing
Mild and savory, this herbal stuffing pairs well with turkey, ham or even roast beef or pork — or serve this meat-free recipe as a holiday main course to vegetarian friends and family. Get the recipe
Tasty Chicken Stock
As a base for homemade soup or as an ingredient in comfort food favorites like Thanksgiving stuffing, starting with a high-quality stock will make all the difference. Get the recipe