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Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Table

We are having nine for Thanksgiving this year and for the first time have a large table and a sideboard so there will be plenty of space for food and a centerpiece. I'm looking for ideas for an easy, inexpensive centerpiece--maybe apples, chestnuts, herbs? I haven't done one for so long I can't think of anything original.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    1. re: c oliver

      I love that, c! Flowering kale would be beautiful--thank you!

    2. Do you want edible? Elegant? Country kitschy?

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      1. re: chowser

        Country-ish but not hokey--Martha Stewarty. We don't have many branches or leaves here since all of our trees are pinons and I don't want to cut off any branches. My rosemary bush is too small yet to take much off of that and it seems all the pumpkins at TJ's and WF are mysteriously gone since Halloween.

        I've seen a bunch of photos on Pinterest and Chow has some short videos but I haven't kept up with "centerpiece trends" for a long time and wondered if I'm missing something.

        1. re: sandiasingh

          I love pomanders, orange, lemons, apples. I've seen pretty collections of them in glass containers, like a trifle dish, surrounded by cranberries and pine cones/boughs. But, that's all so old fashioned. I don't keep up on tablescapes. I also like the elegance of cranberry topiaries. Or, frozen into a ring mold w/ ice and then fill w/ something that needs to be chilled.

          1. re: chowser

            Old fashioned is OK with me and I have a bunch of pine cones from our blue spruce. I love pomanders too and haven't made those for years. I have some nice big navel oranges and green apples too. Great ideas, chowser!

      2. Just saw one on Ina's show the other day-- persimmons, clementines, dates, and lengths of ivy on a cake stand. Very pretty, although the dates were a bit...off...I thought. Walnuts instead? This from one who jams flowers in a vase and hopes for the best. Good for you having all the room! Makes it all more easy and calm.

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        1. re: monfrancisco

          Awesome. A friend has been bringing me many persimmons. After a lifetime of cooking and eating what I thought was just about everything, I had my first persimmon and they are delicious. GREAT ideas. Thank you so much!

        2. My table is small so no room for a centerpiece but I do use a long Nambe platter w/ pinecones, votive candles, and holly berries on the sideboard (not food-bearing).

          1. Hi! I'm kind of cheapie about centerpieces, so I tend to use ones we/guests can eat now or later...a nice bowl of squashes (delicata, acorn, little sugar pumpkins). Not original but seasonal and colorful.

            1. Cranberries in vases with or without candles, apples and/or squash.

              http://www.google.ca/search?q=cranber...

              1. I am a big fan of floating candles- they're pretty cheap and sold many places now. A vase/jar/bowl/glass with water and cranberries and the candle is simple and pretty, branches of greens or scattered fall leaves are great underneath.

                http://www.pinterest.com/pin/15058979...

                http://www.pinterest.com/pin/15058979...