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Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

You know what is crazy! The last time I celebrated Thanksgiving in our house was two years ago! I made easy pumpkin centerpieces and set the table full of my favorite Pottery Barn pieces. Last year things were a little more laid back as we were in our apartment with a lot less room. I chose to do a DIY tablescape with oranges, candles & decor from Magnolia at Target. This year we are smack in the middle of finishing up our house and I won’t be doing a display but I am going to show you how to recreate this bread bowl centerpiece I made for Hayden’s party.

Before we get into how to create a bread bowl centerpiece I wanted to share with you the tablescapes from the last two years. You could also check out this Holiday Tablescape that I put together and swap out the plaid for something a little more earthy in tone like this table throw from Pottery Barn.

Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

DIY Last Minute Tablescape

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape using Florals and Oranges


Here is the bread bowl centerpiece I made for Hayden’s party! You could honestly use this all year round depending on the florals and it’s honestly so easy to do once you get going. Here is the step by step!

DIY bread bowl centerpiece

Step 1: Lay out your supplies. And while you’re at it forgive me for these crappy photos! I was snapping them on my phone in our poorly-lit kitchen! Here is what you need:

Floral Tape / Floral Stakes / Floral Foam / Faux Dahlias / Fresh Eucalyptus & Roses & Pumpkins / Dough Bowl

My dough bowl is an antique but you can find similar on Etsy, or at Target, Pier One, Pottery Barn or Joss & Main.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Step 2: Create a foam mold. I like it a little lopsided so that my pumpkins sat up higher. Shove the floral picks into the pumpkins and arrange them onto the mold. I like to cluster items together so I put three on one side and one going rogue over in the back.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Step 3: Create a base layer of greenery. I know I wanted the display to be wide so I put the greenery on each side. If you wanted this to be more round you could use a smaller (even round) breadbowl and put the greenery all around the side.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Step 4: After I had the greenery how I wanted I moved forward with placing the flowers. I use faux flowers from Pottery Barn in addition to groupings of live flowers. I taped them to the picks to insert them into the foam. If you wanted this to live (which I would recommend) then use this foam, line the bread bowl with a tray, fill with water and place the stems directly into the foam.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Step 4: Just keep placing the flowers around and fill in any holes with sprigs of greenery! If you need to open the flowers a bit you can use your hands or put them in hot water which helps them open!

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Step 5: Enjoy your new display!!

DIY bread bowl centerpiece

DIY bread bowl centerpiece

DIY bread bowl centerpiece

DIY bread bowl centerpiece

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  1. Samantha Hemphill says:

    All so beautiful ?

  2. Cassandra says:

    So beautiful! I’m sure when I set out to do this, it won’t look like yours. But here’s to hoping that mine will look like at least a LITTLE like Cristin’s!

  3. Kelly says:

    How are you keeping the flowers alive with no water?