Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving


Pumpkin centerpiece

Pumpkin centerpiece

I have lots of pumpkins rattling around the house from Halloween decorating and wanted to repurpose one for the Thanksgiving table. Check out my post on Pumpkin Eye Candy to see how many amazing pumpkin heirlooms there are available in the local markets.

Jarrahdale Pumpkin

Jarrahdale Pumpkin


 I love the grey green color of the heirloom pumpkin Jarrahdale, but didn’t want to cut into it, so I built the flower arrangement on top. Jarrahdale is also a wide low pumpkin that is a great centerpiece height.


Pumpkin with oasis

Pumpkin with oasis

Jarrahdale pumpkins have a nice concave top and it was easy to cut my wet oasis, cover it with chicken wire, and nestle it into the top of the pumpkin. The chicken wire keeps the oasis from breaking up from too many large stems being inserted. Stick a few picks into the oasis pinning it to the pumpkin so the oasis doesn’t slide around.


  • 1 Jarrahdale Pumpkin

  • Oasis with chicken wire and 2 picks

  • Eucalyptus pods and green seeded Eucalyptus

  • Yellow Pom Poms

  • Green Spider Mums

  • Blackberry Lily Seed Heads

  • Hypericum Berries

  • Nandina Berries

Pumpkin with seeded Eucalyptus and yellow pom poms

Pumpkin with seeded Eucalyptus and yellow pom poms

Start greening your oasis with short stems of foliage of eucalyptus. Here I used seeded eucalyptus and add some color with yellow pom poms. I picked these up at a local florist. But you could use cut greens from your yard and berries from the fields to cut your costs.

Pumpkin centerpieceContinue adding the yellow pom poms, hypericum berries or any other red berry, blackberry lily seed heads, and Eucalyptus pods. Top off with your larger flowers- the green spider mums, and spritz the botanicals to fully hydrate everything so it keeps until Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Centerpiece Keep the pumpkin in a cool dark place until ready to use and Give Thanks!!

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For decorating pumpkins with succulents, go to Pumpkin Treats-Decorating with Succulents.

"One Too Many" pumpkin variety has a white background and stippled veins

“One Too Many” pumpkin variety has a white background and stippled veins

For a Christmas pumpkin, go to Decorated Pumpkins with Berries, Pods, and Drieds.pumpkin with decorations

Centerpiece for Christmas

Thanksgiving Arrangement

Another Thanksgiving Centerpiece


About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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13 Responses to Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving

  1. Neta says:

    Thank you Clare. The arrangement is stunning!


  2. says:

    Your post & ideas are great. Love it ! Thanks for sharing. Next you will be on TV. From the White House to QVC !!!  🙂 🙂 You are talented !  I will be looking for your dog BO, arrangement !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂   Glenda Eichelberger — Country Garden Club

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  3. Gillian says:

    Very beautiful. We don’t have Thanksgiving Day here though we do have harvest/thanksgiving celebrations at various times over the autumn season.


  4. Freancesca says:

    Beautiful ideas! I love them! They are wonderful not only for thanksgiving but for any occasion! Thanks!


  5. Julie Kemp says:

    Just lovely! I need to go in search of heirloom pumpkins at farmers markets or maybe the Amish..?
    Since I dried small hydrangea blossoms, I’m going to try dried flowers, grasses, interesting branches from tortured willow and berries and nuts to try to make one so I don’t have to worry about keeping it looking fresh. I need to have a party!


  6. Julie Kemp says:

    Great! Looking forward to it! Your blog is wonderful and so full of good information!
    Does all the rain we’ve had in the mid-Atlantic, the eastern seaboard really, make drying difficult? Just answer when you post about drying flowers…Thanks!


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