10 Inspiring Thanksgiving Centerpieces

There's no arguing that the turkey is the focal point of the Thanksgiving tablescape, but every holiday tabletop needs elegant décor that can stand on its own before the bird makes a landing -- especially so if you're serving buffet style. To that end, we bring you 10 inspiring centerpieces that you'll want to keep around long after the last leftover sandwich is devoured.

header1Give a few small pumpkins a glamorous update with a can of gold spray paint or, if you're patient, a gold-leaf technique. We love the juxtaposition of gold pumpkins with a rustic burlap runner, branches, and a wood slice.


A tablescape crowded with greenery, flowers, and candles creates an instantly festive mood. Set down a couple small bouquets in jewel-tone colors, a green garland, and pillar candles for a really lush atmosphere -- leave room for plates and glassware.


Branches of berries dropped into mason jars make effortless yet vibrant centerpieces -- and when you're spending hours roasting a turkey, easy décor is key. Any type of branch will do; try tying the color of the berry in with your table linens.


The leaves on the ground may be orange and brown, but your tabletop needn't be. Nod to the season in an un-apologetically pretty fashion by painting a medium pumpkin white and filling it with pink farmers' market flowers.


Fuzzy dusty miller leaves paired with vivid orange persimmons, sprightly ranunculus, bursting dahlias, and bittersweet branches bring gorgeous new meaning to "silver and gold." With branches as a base, place your flowers in large, shallow bowl at varying levels to create visual interest.


Artfully arranged, a farmers' market bounty of heirloom tomatoes, figs, and grapes is an unusual way to bring vibrant color to the table. Stagger candlesticks with white tapered candles across a linen table runner to light up your feast.


A bell jar adorned with pheasant feathers and a few fall acorns will make a dramatic statement on your tabletop. Add tealights or tapered candles to amp up the romance.


A simple cylindric vase brimming with white amaryllises makes a foolproof and fabulous centerpiece. Select a colorful patterned tablecloth or go all white; whatever you chose, you can't go wrong with these perfect petals.


For a truly attention-grabbing focal point, opt for a bouquet of flowers in branches in warm hues of red, coral, and orange (and throw in a pomegranate or two). Use a wide, deep vessel and arrange your stems at varying heights and far-reaching lengths.


A simple garland of magnolia leaves makes a classic table runner that's elegant yet understated. Accent the greenery with white pillar candles and let your Thanksgiving bird do all the talking.


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Seeded Magnolia & Pepperberry Garland, $118, Terrain Live Olive Leaf & Myrtle Garland, $69, Pottery Barn The Original Magnolia Garland, From $64, The Magnolia Company


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Labra, $25, CB2 Vintage Brass Candle Holders, $145, Taigan Gabriel Candleholder, $60, Crate & Barrel


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Painted Metallic Table Runner, $25, West Elm Chilewich Gold Gilt Table Runner, $40, Sur la Table Duo Carbon Linen Placemat for Two, $16, CB2


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Red Ruby Glass Candleholder, $5, CB2 Framework Votive, $10, Anthropologie Brass Converge Votive, $27, Furbish Studio
Source: A Pumpkin and a Princess, Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34, Beth Styles for Camille Styles, Roberto Caruso for Chatelaine, Anna Costa for City Sage, Love Me Do Photography from Green Wedding Shoes, Martha Stewart Living, AERIN for Lenox, David Meredith for Real Simple, White Loft Studio for Style Me Pretty Living