Thanksgiving Table Arrangement

Published July 20, 2012

fresh peppers make a nice addition to a floral centerpiece

Now that you have made the decision to host this year’s Thanksgiving dinner you probably have a list of things to do, cook and prepare for. Although not a top priority, the centerpiece arrangement is still an important part of the dinner celebration.

This year, don’t leave it until the very end. With a little pre-planning, you can assemble a very easy and beautiful centerpiece arrangement. All it takes is a quick trip to the grocery store or local florist and you’re set.

The theme of this year’s arrangement is autumn colours. Try to select bright, vibrant autumn hues as focal flowers and fill in the rest of the arrangement with greens from your garden.

Choose flowers that are only lightly scented so as to not interfere with the aromas of the dinner. And be sure to add some winterberries for texture and colour.



  • Medium size container (waterproof)
  • Wet floral foam (available at Florists and Grocery Stores)
  • Floral Preservative
  • Fresh Flowers (such as Dahlias, Roses, Begonias, Gerbera Daisies)
  • Fresh Greens (such as Salal, or Boxwood)
  • Sharp knife (or pruning shears)
  • Floral tape (optional)
  • Winter berries (optional)


If you choose to use a container that is not waterproof, you can purchase a clear, plastic, 6 inch liner that is available in the floral department of your local grocery store. These liners fit in most standard 6 inch pots and will hold water and the floral foam.

Cut your floral foam to fit the inside of the container. Soak the foam in the floral preservative for 1 hour. Once it is thoroughly saturated place it in the pot and add 1-2 inches of water. Secure with floral tape.

To build the floral arrangement, insert your greens and begin to build the shape and size you desire. Add the larger, focal flowers next and then fill in any gaps with the smaller flowers and berries. Be sure to distribute the colours of the flowers evenly around the arrangement and snip off any ends of the greens that may stick out from the rest of the flowers.

Add more water to the arrangement and place it in a cool and dry location until you are ready to set the table.

For additional effect, place long tapered candles and short tea lights around the arrangement. The soft glow of the candles will play nicely off the flowers creating a beautiful autumn table.


*Did you know?

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