Cheap, Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Can it be Thanksgiving already? Yes it almost is upon us. As usual I feel like I’m behind the eight ball with planning for the holidays. I think next year I’ll start in July. I mean really, where does the time go? 

Soon, many of us will be hosting gatherings for family and friends. If you love hosting, like I do, you know that menu planning and cooking are only part of the equation.  Any good hostess likes to create a festive holiday atmosphere. Naturally, I want my house and table to look extra special for guests. What better way than to create a great Thanksgiving table centerpiece. 

Every year we host my husband’s family the weekend before the holiday. The extended family get together on Saturday evening for a holiday family reunion. On Sunday, I’ll host immediate family for dinner. Although I have been mainly focusing on Christmas with my energy and budget, I’d like to carve out some time and money for a few autumnal decorations. (The pun was definitely intended!)

Now the question is where do I begin? As with anything in life we all have limited time and money. Before I started scrolling through the thousand of possibilities on Pinterest, I took a few moments to think about what I wanted in my holiday table.

I definitely wanted color! The palette this time of year is so bold and beautiful I really wanted to utilize it. I have seen many examples of neutral table settings and centerpieces. Although they are all lovely, they just weren’t my style. I wanted oranges, reds and yellows. I really wanted to accentuate the hippie and bohemian part of my personality.

My decorations also had to be easy. My job keeps me on the road 3-4 days a week. We have a long weekend trip coming up. I want to get some holiday baking done, and the list goes on and on with all the things I want to accomplish. I wasn’t going to have a ton of time to devote to this project.

And finally, I wasn’t willing to devote a ton of money to this project. It had to be cheap. In fact, $50 was the most I was willing to spend. Most of my household decorating budget has been going towards Christmas. However, this month I didn’t spend it all on Christmas decorations. I would go as high as $50, but wouldn’t it be awesome if I could do it for less?

Now I had my criteria. My Thanksgiving centerpiece and decorations had to be colorful, easy and cheap. Next step was to head on over to Pinterest.

There I found some amazingly simple and beautiful ideas. We often forget our agricultural roots, but the Thanksgiving holiday was born from a tradition of sharing the fruits of the harvest because there is so much of it this time of year. Pinterest was full of examples incorporating the bounty we celebrate at the Thanksgiving season. Of course you couldn’t have a Thanksgiving centerpiece or table without pumpkins.

My favorite idea was to use a small hollowed out pumpkin as a vase for a flower arrangement. In fact I had a great warty pumpkin I was using as part of the front porch decoration that was just the right size. Amazon had floral foam for less than $10 and my local grocery store sells bunches of flowers for about $10 a piece. 

Thinking about reusing my warty pumpkin got me wondering what else I had around the house I could use for my Thanksgiving table.

It turns out I had several things that I could possibly use to decorate my Thanksgiving table. I have a table runner that features yellow sunflowers on a dark blue background. Alternatively, the reverse is a natural looking unwashed muslin that could provide a neutral background. 

For a soft light and warmth I have a whole bag of tea lights that have been sitting in a drawer for quite some time. I can pair those with some clear glass votive holders that I use for Christmas. I could wrap some ribbon around each or leave them plain. I also have some flameless tea lights that I could use as well. I might pick up some more votive holders at the dollar store. I mean who couldn’t use more votive holders during the holidays?

Now I have a picture in my mind of my centerpiece is going to look like. A blue runner with yellow sunflowers and a central pumpkin vase flower arrangement to begin with.  Then add some tea lights scattered the length of the table. But I’ll need something else to fill out my decoration. For that task I have a couple of options. I go the popular Pinterest route and get some of those small decorative gourds and pumpkins to intersperse with the candles. But then i had another thought.

I have a collection of vintage honey pots. What’s a honey pot you ask? They are ceramic pots, often made to look like bee hives, that were used to hold and serve honey. They were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. I think they are incredible charming and appropriate to the season. I’ll try and get a picture posted. You’ll see what I mean. Instead of scattering mini pumpkins and gourds, I could use the honey pots to fill in the decorative tableau. 

Now I have a solid idea of what I want to do. In the next few weeks I’ll start playing with the different elements to see what meshes well together. Who knows i may come up with a completely different design once I start putting it together. I’m hoping to post a few pictures as I go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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