The Easiest Thanksgiving Centerpiece I've Ever Made

Gatherings from The Kitchn

When we got together and threw this year's outdoor California Thanksgiving bash for The Kitchn I knew I wanted to have a centerpiece that was easy, colorful, and very California. This led me, naturally, into the easiest centerpiece I've ever created for a Thanksgiving table, and probably my favorite as well.

You too can do this; I swear it will only take you five minutes.

The Centerpiece

I was inspired by this centerpiece I spotted on Pinterest — just a bowl of citrus fruit with air plants and a succulent tucked in. Zero arranging, zero fussiness with flowers. Just some pretty fruit, which of course you can eat later, and a few long-lasting plants.

I also like succulents and air plants and the way they reflect the natural landscape of California. But they're also incredibly easy to care for, so they make a nice little gift for yourself (or your host or the main cooks on Thanksgiving Day) once the party is over.

For my centerpiece, I started with a beautiful bowl by CG Ceramics. Instead of citrus, which didn't feel quite seasonal enough, I picked out a pile of pomegranates and Asian pears, and tumbled them together in the bowl, then tucked in a few air plants. I created the whole thing the day before the Thanksgiving dinner, and it took me literally five minutes.

What You Need

If you want to do something similar all you need is:

  • A handsome bowl - Anything beautiful that you love.
  • Seasonal fruit - Ideally fruit with complementing colors. Apples, pears, Asian pears, persimmons. You could also use small gourds or squash.
  • Air plants and succulents - You can find these inexpensive, long-lived plants at nearly any garden center or nursery, as well as online.

The Rest of the Table

As for the rest of the table at our Thanksgiving dinner, I popped a few more succulents in small pots from CG Ceramics, and I also spread out a few homemade pumpkin candles. And that was it!

I liked how this table was essentially zero waste; as much as I love flowers, it's also nice to decorate with things that will either be eaten or live on well after the celebration.

(Image credits: Leela Cyd)

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