Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can Make in Minutes

Creating a show-stopping centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table doesn't have to be time-consuming. We have easy ideas for arrangements you can pull together on the fly.

While Thanksgiving may be a treasured national holiday — a time when farflung family and friends gather together to catch up and create new memories — it's also a lot of work. Shopping, meal prep and getting your home ready for guests can really take a toll — leaving you with no time to create a centerpiece. No worries, these centerpieces are ones you can whip up using items you already have on hand, can pick up at the grocery store or find in your own backyard.

Put a Vintage Piece on Display

Thanksgiving Table Decor: Beyond the Antique Dough Bowl

Thanksgiving Table Decor: Beyond the Antique Dough Bowl

An antique dough bowl or wood trencher is just too pretty to keep hidden away; put it to work as a low, rustic centerpiece. Just fill with pumpkins, gourds and fruit from the market and pinecones and sprigs of goldenrod and berries from the backyard. 

Be Inspired by the Harvest

Cake-Stand Centerpiece Full of Fall Fruit

Cake-Stand Centerpiece Full of Fall Fruit

For a fresh twist on a traditional cornucopia, stack a pair of footed dishes or cake stands and pile high with fresh fruit, veggies and nuts in shell.

Give A Nod to History

DIY Red and White Ship Thanksgiving Centerpiece

DIY Red and White Ship Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Get a little help from the kiddos to craft this ship-shape centerpiece that's reminiscent of the vessels that brought colonists to the new world. Filled with crunchy snacks, it'll give guests something to nibble before the big meal.

Contrast Colors

Red and Green Floral Centerpiece

Red and Green Floral Centerpiece


Erinn Valencich

Soooo pretty, this arrangement gets its punch by contrasting colors. Hit the grocery store floral aisle to select blooms in complementary colors, like dark red and bright green. Here, we used burgundy cockscomb, dahlias and calla lilies paired with chartreuse spider mums and lotus seed pods.

Go Nuts

Pheasant Feather, Nut and Moss Centerpiece

Pheasant Feather, Nut and Moss Centerpiece

Nuts in shell, moss and trendy pheasant feathers create this earthy centerpiece that, unlike flowers, requires no maintenance to keep its good looks.

Mix Seasonal Greenery With Storebought Blooms

Cream and Peach Floral Centerpieces

Cream and Peach Floral Centerpieces

©Image courtesy of Kat Flower

Image courtesy of Kat Flower

Or opt for traditional elegance with a tightly bunched arrangement that mixes ranunculus, roses and sprays of greenery. Tip: Customize a pre-made grocery store bouquet by mixing in fall greenery from your backyard, like 'Autumn Joy' sedum or Scotch Heather.

Bare Can Be Beautiful

Winter Table Setting Gold Branch Centerpiece

Winter Table Setting Gold Branch Centerpiece

No flowers needed; head outdoors to gather long bare branches for a sculptural statement.

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Put Vintage Pieces to Work

Embrace Symmetry

Mix High With Low

Craft a Living Centerpiece

Get Tips From Our Pro

Make a Ship-Shape Centerpiece

Try a Modern Twist

Photo By: Heidi Geldhauser

Opt for Rustic and Refined


Erinn Valencich

Put It In a Pitcher

Photo By: Heidi Geldhauser

Keep It Simple

Get a Little Help From the Kids

Go Flower Free

Create Casual Arrangements for a Casual Get-Together

©Rustic White Photography

Add Some Sparkle

Try a New Hue

Stack a Centerpiece

Keep It Casual

Make It Munchable

Craft an Organic Vase

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Break Out the Good China


Charles Faudree

Photo By: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan © Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer)

Bring on the Brass

Photo By: Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

Use Upcycled Containers

©Design by Camille Styles. Photo by She-n-He Photography

Opt for Timeless Elegance

©Image courtesy of Kat Flower

Get a Pro Look on the Cheap

Bare Can Be Beautiful

Go Fuss-Free With Succulents

Turn Fresh Apples into a Rustic Centerpiece

Subdued and Simple


Erinn Valencich

Match Your Arrangement to the Surroundings

The More, the Merrier

Bring the Outdoors In

Cheery Sunflowers

Sometimes More is More

Craft a Seasonal Centerpiece

Keep It Long and Low

Add the Unexpected

Go Back to Nature

Don't Skip the Produce Aisle

Go Crazy for Color

©Image courtesy of Kat Flower

Contain Your Arrangement

Sub Veggies for Flowers

Turn One Into Many

Waterless Bouquet

Photo By: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bountiful Fall Centerpiece

Go Organic

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