Create a Rustic Fall Centerpiece in a Dough Bowl
Add a rustic touch to your Thanksgiving table with a low centerpiece created by filling a vintage dough bowl or wooden trencher with seasonal pumpkins, gourds, pinecones and flowering branches.
A Centerpiece in a Snap
Opt for a Fresh Palette
When selecting items to fill your dough bowl, skip the traditional fall favorite — orange pumpkins — and instead add pops of green, white and yellow. Bright green apples, deep-green acorn squash and white pumpkins are still seasonal and read as fall decor, but look fresh.
Think Beyond the Dough Bowl
If you don't have a vintage dough bowl at your disposal, substitute a low metal or wood bin, trough, crate or even a shallow basket. Just find something with the right shape and scale for your table.
Create Complementary Pieces
Bouquets for the Buffet
Create a cohesive look by adding linens and flatware that tie into the colors of the dough bowl centerpiece. Inexpensive green fabric napkins pop against the warm wood table and highlight the bright green used in the flowers and apples.
Be Mindful of Scale
Tall centerpieces can block conversation, so to ensure your arrangement doesn't distract from the festivities, keep it low. Test the height before guests arrive by siting at a few different locations around the table.
Creatively Pick Your Produce
Create a Color Scheme
Think of the colors used in the centerpiece as a jumping-off point for the rest of the room's fall decorations. There's no need to do a full makeover — just add a few other elements that reinforce that color scheme and temporarily remove items that detract from it. The overall look created will be worth the extra effort.