In the lead-up to Thanksgiving, we’re sharing a mix of original recipes, entertaining advice, and seasonal dishes from our favorite bloggers to help you approach the holiday with a little extra mindfulness and self-care and a lot of extra-delicious vegetables and fruits.
We’re focusing on whole food, plant-driven dishes to make your holiday table not only beautiful but more healthful, too—while still keeping the integral flavors of the season front and center.
I love creating a beautiful table for Thanksgiving. Every year, I gather friends and family around my yellow table for this special celebration, and I've been known to go all out with floral bouquets, handwritten place cards, candles, and the non-dishwasher-safe wineglasses—you know, the works. This year, I want to create a simpler, more organic look by incorporating some of the meal's ingredients into the table décor. Not only are these fall centerpiece ideas unique, but theyre also super simple to make and quite affordable. And as an added bonus, you can find everything you need at your local grocery store or farmers market and eat them after your table is cleared.
1) Sugar Pumpkins, Gourds, and Winter Squash
In the fall and winter, I love going to the farmers market and stocking up on edible sugar pumpkins, colorful, funky-shaped gourds, and miniature winter squash (butternut, acorn, and delicata). Not only are these little guys perfect for roasting, but they also make the world's easiest centerpiece. Simply arrange them in a pretty bowl (or pile them onto a platter) and place in the middle of the table. Or you can place one mini pumpkin or gourd at each place setting with a little name card tied on with twine for a cute place-card alternative.
2) Potted Herbs
I love the idea of creating centerpieces that you can incorporate into the meal. Line the center of the table with little terracotta pots of rosemary, thyme, chervil, and parsley and invite everyone to tear off some of the fresh herbs to season their food. At the end of the evening, each guest can take home one of the potted herbs as a little memento of the evening.
3) Rainbow Chard
Who needs flowers when you have a beautiful bouquet of Swiss chard? These bold green leaves with their colorful stems look great in a vase and make for a fun (and healthy!) centerpiece.
4) Apples, Pears, and Walnuts
Fill a large glass bowl with crisp red apples, green pears, and whole, shelled walnuts. Not only does this make for a festive centerpiece, but you can also serve it with dessert. After the meal, just scatter your fruit (sliced) and nuts onto a board, add a few types of cheese, and drizzle it all with honey.
5) Cabbages, Pomegranates, and Eucalyptus Leaves
Find the fullest cabbage from your local farmers market, one with wide, dark leaves, and place it in the center of your table. Tuck bright red pomegranates and delicate, dusty eucalyptus branches all around it for a romantic, organic spread.