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.

Playful Blooms

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.

Layered Whites

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.

Driftwood Accents

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.

All-Natural Runner

Create a runner with olive branches, fresh produce, white pumpkins and garden roses. Here, pomegranates and persimmons add gorgeous color to the tablescape.

Succulent-Filled Glassware

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.

Simple Sophistication

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.

Fall Hydrangeas

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

Budget won’t allow for fresh flowers? Make your own out of felt and paper

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.

Velvet Pumpkins

A hot trend this fall, velvet pumpkins make for a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Arrange them on a cake stand to create some height.

Oversized Blooms

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.

35+ Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Feast

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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.

Roast Turkey With Lemon and Sage

Seasoned with fresh sage, white wine and lemon, this turkey recipe gives a succulent, citrus twist to the star of your Thanksgiving dinner. Get the recipe

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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

Pumpkin Fettuccine With Sausage and Sage

This hearty homemade pumpkin fettuccine is so satisfying. Whip it up as a flavorful fall accompaniment to traditional Thanksgiving fare or as a tasty way to start a new tradition. Get the recipe.

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Poultry Prep Tips

A delicious Thanksgiving dinner is all about choosing the best ingredients and cooking them well. Follow these seven tips for a perfectly cooked bird.

Golden Raisin and Cranberry Chutney

Forget canned cranberry sauce; instead whip up this not-too-sweet relish to complement your Thanksgiving turkey, ham, duck or even roast pork. Get the recipe

Parmesan Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Fresh chives and both Cheddar and Parmesan cheese give these soft, flaky biscuits a savory bite your guests will love. 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

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

This vegetarian side dish is a tasty addition to your Thanksgiving table. Fiber-rich and packed with vitamins, health-conscious guests will dig right in. Get the recipe

Individual Maple Sweet Potato Souffles

Maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness to these light-and-airy fall side dishes. Top with toasted pecans for an earthy crunch. 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

Lobster Mac-and-Cheese

Take everyone's favorite comfort food up a notch with savory lobster and not one — but three — types of cheese. Get the recipe

Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

For a lighter twist, give this hearty salad a try. The chicken and quinoa provide plenty of protein power while the supporting fresh ingredients add a robust backdrop without adding unwanted fat and calories. 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

Pumpkin Soup Shooter

This rich, creamy soup is sure to hit the spot. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds and serve in tall shot glasses for a 5-star-restaurant-worthy presentation. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

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

Mashed Potatoes, 3 Ways

HGTV's John Colaneri, host of Kitchen Cousins, shares a family Thanksgiving favorite: a trio of creamy mashed potato recipes from his brother, Casey Colaneri. Get the recipes

Photo By: Photography: Kat Teutsch; prop styling: Elizabeth MacLennan; food styling: Jamie Kimm

Pistachio Soup

Shallots, pureed pistachios, olive oil and and fresh garlic give this soul-warming soup its creamy texture while a sprinkling of chopped nuts adds a hearty crunch. Get the recipe

Traditional Candied Yams

Sweet and gooey, this recipe is a fall favorite for kids and adults alike. Whip up a big batch; these are sure to disappear quickly. 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

Easy Stuffing

Whether you prefer your stuffing in or out of the bird; this easy recipe is the perfect complement to Thanksgiving's main event. Get the recipe

Herb-Roasted Turkey and Gravy

Fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme give this turkey a savory flavor your family and Thanksgiving guests are sure to love. Turn the pan drippings into a thick gravy that's the perfect complement to your bird. 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

Photo By: Brent Hofacker

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

Rosemary, Walnut and Olive Bread

Guests will love this simple yeast bread that's studded with olives, walnuts and fresh rosemary. Serve hot from the oven with your meal or bake a large batch and send a loaf home with each guest. Get the recipe

Tarragon Green Beans With Almonds

Take everyone's favorite green veggie — green beans — up a notch with this flavorful recipe that features fresh herbs and a crunchy nut topping. 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

Roasted Asparagus

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.

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