Having been a wedding planner earlier in my career, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about table centerpieces. And when it comes to hosting Thanksgiving, I’m back at it.

On Thanksgiving, delicious food is undoubtedly the star of the show… but there’s something magical about a beautifully-set Thanksgiving table. Flowers are the obvious answer, but there are a few reasons why I’m choosing to forgo them this year in favor of more outside-the-box centerpiece ideas.

1. I have a few friends that are florists. They make stunning arrangements. Mine? Not so much.

2. Flowers get really expensive, and I’d rather splurge on the food.

3. It’s more fun and unstuffy to shake things up with something less traditional.

Last Thanksgiving, I had a eucalyptus and rosemary runner with tea lights scattered throughout. This year, I’m getting inspired by the menu and using seasonal produce as table decor! Scroll on to see some of my favorite Thanksgiving centerpieces where flowers are not the main attraction.

image by kristen kilpatrick

Moody, modern style with foraged branches from Eyeswoon

Nature-inspired centerpiece from Camille Styles

A variety of candles lining the table from Food52

A bowl of fall fruits and pumpkins surrounded by candles from Ro&Co Events

Potted succulents and tea lights scattered down the table from Ruffled Blog

Ceramic vases with dried farmhouse flowers from Food52

Cozy, neutral farmhouse-inspired tablescape from Love Grows Wild

Warm design with cotton stems in large vases and taper candles from Rue Magazine

Black and gold taper candles surrounded by metallic pumpkins and bud vases from Style Me Pretty

Tell us in the comments how you’ll be decorating your table for Thanksgiving!

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