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The Supermarket Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The Supermarket Thanksgiving Centerpiece

We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for the first time this year.  And of course the one thing I’m obsessing over is the decor.  Specifically, the table centerpiece!  I just don’t want it to be fussy, and I don’t want to kill myself trying to make something nice.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I created a challenge for myself: create a Thanksgiving centerpiece using ONLY THINGS I FOUND AT MY LOCAL SUPERMARKET.


This is what I came up with:

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I know, right?  I’m telling you, you can do it too.   This is what I did:


  1. Leaves.     Start by snipping a few branches off your backyard tree or bush, and then layer them in the center of your table. (Live in the city?  Ask your grocer or flower store for any broad, big leaves that they use for bouquet fillers.)

layer leaves


2.  Veggies.    I used mini pumpkins leftover from Halloween, raw artichokes, and a few acorn squashes (also keep an eye out for butternut squash, or an eggplant).  Just place them in a zig zag down the table.

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3. Fruit.    Small clementines or tangerines are key!  Same with raw cranberries.  The yellow persimmons you see here are obviously super seasonal and I was lucky to nab a carton. You could also go with pomegranates which have a pretty pink /red color and seem more readily available.  Just scatter throughout.
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4. Candles.    I had these laying around already (I get my candles from IKEA! Best deal ever!), but you can of course get some white pillar candles and tea lights from your supermarket.


Lorri Dyner close up artichoke (1)

I also have a few glass candle holders that I used but you totally don’t need those.  You can just leave the candles bare!  Just know that if you don’t have a holder, wax will likely drip on to your table (to prevent that, why not grab a big leaf and stick it under the candle?)

Sort of like I did here:

close up rope


5. Rope.  This is totally optional.  I just liked the natural texture and I have a ton of it laying around from a few previous DIY projects.  You can get this jute rope at any hardware store (or even a drugstore should have it in the office supplies area!).

@lorridesign quasi close up centerpiece


So there you have it.  A “Supermarket Thanksgiving Centerpiece”!  So easy, so quick.  No fuss.

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