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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.

Leah McCall, Whimsical Gatherings; Photos by Montague Photography
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.

Gluing Purple Cabbage to Base of Centerpiece

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.

Placing Foam in Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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.

Hot Glue Lettuce to Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Assemble Cornhusk Flowers

Using scissors, round edges of four to six cornhusks to resemble flower petals. Working in an overlapping, concentric pattern, hot glue cornhusk petals to skewer/plant stake. For a splash of color, secure baby greens between each petal with hot glue. Assemble 15 cornhusk flowers.

  • Corn Husk Flowers
  • Corn Husk Flower Petals

Attach Produce to Skewers/Plant Stakes

Create picks by inserting skewers/plant stakes into 10 eggplants, 15 beets and 20 crab apples. Stake a row of five pearl onions onto 15 skewers/plant stakes. Tip: It may be necessary to sharpen one end of the skewers with a pencil sharpener or knife.

Red Onions on a Skewer

Assemble Centerpiece

Determine desired height, width and overall shape of centerpiece by placing staked beets, pearl onions, eggplants and crab apples into foam. Fill remaining gaps with baby green blooms and cornhusk flowers. Insert skewers/plant stakes in downward angle around vessel edge to ensure complete coverage when centerpiece is at eye level. Cover foam completely with produce. Tip: Fill any visible gaps by making additional baby green blooms and/or cornhusk flowers.

Fresh Vegetable Thanksgiving Centerpiece
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