Say non-floral centerpiece and people think of succulents, potted greenery, fruits, candles, or maybe pretty seashells. But veggies?! Not likely. Vegetable centerpieces, though, would actually bring the perfect homespun charm to your fall Thanksgiving tables, don’t you think? So here we present an appealing (and budget-friendly) decor option right from your kitchen pantry or home garden: a basketful of veggies in season!
Just follow these three easy tips!
Tip 1: Look in your kitchen! Then, it’s time to head off to the grocery or farmer’s market.
What to use:
- Country-style baskets – 1 per table you plan to decorate; substitutes include large bowls, urns, and wooden trays
- Some packing straw or raffia (okay, this may come from your crafting cabinet)
- A variety of shapely and colorful vegetables – carrots, cabbage, eggplants, artichokes, Japanese squash, zucchini, red cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, turnips, even bulbs of garlic and onions
- Any miniature pumpkins and gourds leftover from Halloween
Tip 2: Line the baskets with a bed of straw or raffia.
If straw or raffia isn’t available, you could also use or Indian corn husks, long blades of grass, sprigs of wheat, or even dry florist’s moss. Or if you prefer fabric, try hemp, jute (burlap) or a sheet of natural-colored sinamay.
Tip 3: Arrange the veggies and gourds in each basket.
The visual impact of these centerpieces can be really great! Play up the variety of colors, shapes and textures as you decide which items to group together and how to position them. Remember to keep each arrangement as natural looking as possible—like a sampling of the season’s bounty come to grace your tables!