15 Edible Thanksgiving Centerpieces That'll Impress Your Guests

Whether you're looking to spruce up a Thanksgiving table or to make a small gathering more exciting, check out these deliciously dazzling displays.

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August 24, 2020

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Dessert at the Ready

A feast for the eyes and the tastebuds, this stacked presentation of sweets features both healthy and not-so-healthy choices and keeps a bite-sized sweet treat within easy reach of your Thanksgiving guests — so there's no need to leave the table at the end of the meal.

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Fresh + Zesty

Pumpkins aren't the only orange decorations for fall. Mandarin oranges can be another seasonal addition to your fall festivities. Hit your local market to pick up a bag of these juicy gems to turn an easy snack for kids into a DIY family craft project. Learn how the bloggers at A Beautiful Mess created this sweet, easy-to-assemble centerpiece.

Cornucopia: The Symbol of Fall's Abundance

In just a few steps, you can make an edible centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table using refrigerated bread dough, aluminum foil and a single egg. Fill with sweet and savory nibbles for an impressive centerpiece that’ll keep your guests happily munching while they wait for dinner to begin.

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Edible + Easy

Place white pattypan squash, bright green apples, artichokes and acorn squash in a vintage dough bowl or shallow basket for a rustic presentation of fall's harvest. Fill in gaps with pine cones and colorful backyard clippings, like goldenrod or coleus.

Get the How-To: Create a Rustic Fall Centerpiece in a Dough Bowl

Go Nuts

A healthy snack that's also fun to munch, sprinkle some nuts-in-shell around the centerpiece both as seasonal decor and as a snack for your guests. Just be sure to also place a nutcracker and bowl for cracked shells on the table as well.

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Or, Repurpose a Butternut Squash

Did you know that tasty butternut squash can double as a colorful container for fall arrangements? Our tutorial, below, shows you how to hollow out this tasty veggie, then turn it into an impressive seasonal centerpiece. Tip: Waste not, want not: roast the squash you remove for a healthy side dish.

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Kids' Table: Make It Turkey-Tastic

A giant, hollow chocolate turkey may seem like your kids Thanksgiving dream come true but it's also a tasty bribe to encourage good behavior during the meal. Topping each plate with easy-to-peel mandarin oranges provides a sweet treat kids can break into while they wait for the meal to start.

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Kids'll Gobble Up These Designs

Get an assist from the kiddos to create these turkey-themed centerpieces for the kids' table. Whether they're up for savory, sweet or veggie-based turkey "stuffings" these cute designs will keep their bellies happy before the big feast.

Get the How-To: 3 Thanksgiving Kids' Table Centerpieces They're Sure to Gobble Up

A Bountiful Theme

Artichokes, grapes and pears, oh my! Hit the produce aisle of your favorite market for the makings of a colorful display of Mother Nature's bounty. Stack a harvest of these fruits and veggies high onto cake plates and sprinkle the seasonal goodies throughout your table.

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Blooms + Healthy Bites

Add an edible touch to an elegant floral arrangement with a mix of fresh flowers topped with grape skewers. Get our tips for crafting this colorful and eye-catching centerpiece, below.

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A Tasty Tradition

A holiday classic, this edible yule log features moist spongecake wrapped around a dense chocolate mousse and an outer ganache 'bark' covered in delicious meringue mushrooms. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step tutorial, below.

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Easy + Organic

Or, for an easy-to-assemble take on woodsy decor, craft this natural centerpiece that combines beautiful pheasant feathers with layers of preserved moss and shelled nuts like almonds, walnuts or pecans. You may want to pass on digging into this design, in part because its flower-free assembly means this is one centerpiece that will keep its good looks from the first day of fall till you swap it out for Christmas decor.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Pheasant Feather Centerpiece

Make an Apple Topiary

Crisp, refreshing and a healthy in-season snack, apples capture the essence of the fall season. Our tutorial, below, will show you how to turn fall's favorite fruit and backyard clippings into a guest-impressing centerpiece.

Get the How-To: Make an Autumnal Apple Topiary Centerpiece

Or Use Them to Line a Low Box

Bring fall flair to your table with this easy centerpiece that uses fence pickets or leftover wood to create a long, low box that you can fill with clippings from your backyard. Place apples on candlesticks, inverted tin cans or receipt holders from your local office supply store. When the season ends, save the box to fill with pine branches and ornaments for the holiday season.

Get the How-To: Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Goodies From the Garden

Skip the trip to the store and pluck some produce straight from your garden for a centerpiece. After the meal, your garden harvest can be reused for future dinners or donated to your local food pantry.

Get the How-To: How to Make an Edible Fall Harvest Centerpiece

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