How to Make Vegetable Centerpieces for Thanksgiving

Squash, cabbage, carrots centerpiece in basket

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!

Orange and green vegetables

Tip 1: Look in your kitchen! Then, it’s time to head off to the grocery or farmer’s market.

What to use:

  1. Country-style baskets – 1 per table you plan to decorate; substitutes include large bowls, urns, and wooden trays
  2. Some packing straw or raffia (okay, this may come from your crafting cabinet)
  3. 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
  4. Any miniature pumpkins and gourds leftover from Halloween

Tip 2: Line the baskets with a bed of straw or raffia.

Gourds and turnips

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.

Basket full of centerpiece vegetables

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!

More Inspiring Centerpieces

  1. The French Bouquet Blog – features wooden centerpieces with fruits and vegetables
  2. Hill City Bride – features a variety of veggies in long crates
  3. – features a can wrapped with stalks of asparagus


  1. I love the idea of using vegetables for a centerpiece! Thanks for sharing this idea with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

  2. Hi Adrian! So glad to see you stop by the blog. We’re definitely happy to join Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

  3. What a great arrangement, I think the vegetables work great for color and variety!!

  4. Thanks so much, Karen! Plus you can use whatever veggies are easily available in your area — plus you can always cook them afterwards! 🙂

  5. Such a pretty fall arrangement.Thanks for sharing at the party. Theresa @DearCreatives

  6. So nice of you to stop by, Theresa! We’ll be linking up to Dear Creatives again soon. 🙂

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