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Create a Rustic Fall Centerpiece in a Dough Bowl

October 02, 2015

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.

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A Centerpiece in a Snap

Too pretty to just store out of sight, a vintage dough bowl is begging to be filled and put on display. If you struggle with creating a Thanksgiving centerpiece, starting with a container with character will simplify the process.  

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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.

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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.  

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Create Complementary Pieces

Take your Thanksgiving table to the next level by flanking the centerpiece with pillar candles on cake plates, pedestals or candle stands. Wrap candles in a bit of twine or ribbon to add texture, then surround with materials from the dough bowl to tie the two decorative elements together.

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