Thanksgiving Centerpiece Plants: Growing A Thanksgiving Dinner Centerpiece

Flowers In A Pumpkin As A Thanksgiving Dinner Centerpiece
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Thanksgiving is a time of remembrance and celebration. Coming together with family and friends is not only a great way to foster feelings of caring, but a way to bring the gardening season to a close. While planning Thanksgiving dinners can be stressful, it is often a time for us to hone our cooking and decorating skills.

Carefully crafting a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece is just one important aspect of this celebration. However, doing so by using plants and flowers can take your décor to the next level – especially if you’ve grown them yourself. 

Growing Plants for the Thanksgiving Table

It is undeniable that the Thanksgiving table is synonymous with plants. From cornucopias to pumpkins, images of this holiday almost always involve bountiful harvests from the vegetable garden. With a little planning and effort, it is possible to grow plants for Thanksgiving that will both look and taste great.

That’s right! In addition to your Thanksgiving floral décor, don’t forget that you can also grow many of the herbs and veggies used in your dinner.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Plants

Among the most popular Thanksgiving dinner centerpieces revolve the use of warm, autumnal colors. Ranging from shades of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns, it is easy to see how plants from the home garden can be used to create stunning home décor for the season.

Thanksgiving floral décor is especially popular, as fall is a great time for bright flower blooms. Sunflowers, a fall favorite in many warmer areas, bloom abundantly in shades of yellow to dark maroon or mahogany. When placed in vases, large sunflowers can become the visual focal point of the table. Other flowers, such as rudbeckia, asters and chrysanthemums, are also popular choices. Arranging the blooms in low vases will create a welcoming atmosphere, and make sure that everyone seated at the dinner table has an unobstructed view.

Other plants for the Thanksgiving table include traditional favorites such as gourds and winter squash or pumpkins. Decorative fruits, when displayed with the dinner centerpiece, can add unexpected dimension to arrangements. Additionally, items such as dried wheat and field corn can add uncommon elements that are sure to delight guests. And, of course, colorful ornamental corn is always a huge hit.

When choosing plants for the Thanksgiving table, choosing a décor style and color palette is a great way to ensure that the Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece is well put together and cohesive. Experimenting with a wide range of plants and flowers will allow the design to draw the attention of the guests, as well as invite them to the dinner table.

Using homegrown plants in the Thanksgiving tablescape is not only rewarding, but will also allow a cost effective way in which to make the holiday festive.

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel