Let your Thanksgiving table shine.
By Lynne Konstantin
So many fall colors, so many options for Thanksgiving centerpieces.
It’s hard to resist taking advantage of what Michigan in autumn has to offer when planning your holiday centerpieces — pumpkins, gourds, fall foliage with all the trimmings. Take a look at these pages for some stunning ideas (you can make all of them yourself, or head to your favorite florist with page in hand).
If you’re looking for something a bit unexpected, says Jeffrey Jucewicz, owner of Jeffrey Floral Architecture in Troy, there are plenty of options. “I like to create what I feel is trending — not necessarily what everyone else is doing.”
When thinking outside of the gold, rust and orange box, he says, “Try shades of white with white pumpkins, or do gold and white, or gold, white with a bit of brown. It’s very clean, but still earthy.”
Jucewicz also suggests filling vintage brown glass bottles with cattails and mixing them on the table with white pumpkins. “I saw this at a party recently, and I loved the mix of matte and glossy,” he says. “It was really refreshing.”
He also loves the versatility of using a contemporary garden dish. “You can fill it with a mound of apples, plus orchids and dark red roses in the same color family as the apples,” Jucewicz says. “But it can also be done with pomegranates, pears — it has a very harvest feel, but it’s unexpected.” NS
For this glorious DIY FALL TABLESCAPE, Louisville, Ky.-based design blogger Tricia Weldy (724southhouse.blogspot.com) started with a long wooden box and layered up: First she added layers of foam down the center so the pumpkins would stand higher than the foliage, then spread out one bag of Spanish moss across the top. She then spaced out an assortment of orange and white pumpkins and gourds, interspersing tall tapered candles and pillar candles between them (Weldy cut out holes in the foam to secure the candles in place) and trimmed and tucked pieces of craft-store stems of fall foliage, letting them spill over the edges.
hoose your palette — traditional rustic orange and golds or stray with a monochromatic silver or punch it up with a pop of fuchsia — and nestle a group of fabric pumpkins and acorns by PLUSH PUMPKIN BY MONYA (available in velvet and metallic; $10-$100) on your holiday table, or place one at each guest’s seat for a colorful place setting. Zieben Mare, Franklin (248-539-8879; ziebenmare.com).
Jeffrey Jucewicz combined succulents and orchids on a piece of driftwood for this RUSTIC CENTERPIECE.
DIY GOURD VASES: Caitlin and Manda, bloggers at TheMerrythought.com, cut the tops off a pair of gourds (longer-lasting than pumpkins), scooped out the insides — then filled them with water, pretty flowers and purple cabbage.
On this table, Marian Parsons creates a HARVEST BOUNTY by stacking mismatched (or matched, if you have them) pedestal cake plates or fruit bowls and fills them to overflowing with grapes, artichokes, pears and nuts for a seasonal, edible centerpiece.
Designer, author, president of Pennsylvania-based Mustard Seed Interiors and blogger (missmustardseed.com) Marian Parsons has styled photo shoots for Country Living, HGTV.com and more. Here, there’s no simpler place setting than a sculptural, textural and COLORFUL ARTICHOKE resting on each guest’s plate.
Create a simple arrangement (in a dollar-store square vessel) that discreetly nods to the season’s palette with lush ORANGE ROSES — and the season’s feast with OVERSIZE OLIVES in varying colors.
The tradition of setting a Thanksgiving table with fine English transferware depicting the holiday bird or other pastoral scenes is almost as old as Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of an official Thanksgiving Day. In the aesthetic tradition of these transfer-printed pieces, Juliska’s COUNTRY ESTATE CENTERPIECE BOWL ($398) recalls the charm of English country life in a decal hand-painted by Isis Ceramics’ designer Deborah Sears and applied to hardy stoneware. Fill it with pine cones, apples or pomegranates — or let is sit majestically untouched at the center of the table. The Italian Dish, Birmingham (248-593-8299; the italiandish.com).