Thanksgiving Ideas

Sophisticated Fruit and Vegetable Centerpiece

A stroll through the produce department of your local grocery store will yield the colorful materials needed to create this unusual centerpiece — no flowers necessary.

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Garden Vegetable Thanksgiving Centerpiece

For the freshest possible centerpiece, assemble on the day of your get-together. To save time, the baby green blooms and cornhusk flowers can be created and produce skewered the day before, then refrigerated until ready to assemble.

Materials Needed:

  • 8" diameter trifle dish or container of choice
  • knife
  • dry floral foam
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • 175 skewers or plant stakes
  • 1 bag corn husks
  • scissors
  • dried or fresh cranberries
  • 10 miniature eggplants
  • 15 beets
  • 1 bag baby greens
  • 20 crab apples
  • 75 red pearl onions
  • 1 head red cabbage

Cover Trifle Bowl

Attach red cabbage leaves to dish with hot glue; cover seams and fill gaps with cranberries.

Cut and Secure Floral Foam

Determine necessary amount of floral foam by placing dry blocks in container. Tip: Foam should be 2 inches taller than vessel lip. Using knife, cut foam to correct size, then secure bottom of foam block to container with hot glue.

Create Baby Green Blooms

Apply hot glue to tip of skewer/plant stake. Working in an overlapping, concentric pattern, attach leaves until bloom is approximately 3 inches in diameter. Create 30 baby green blooms.

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