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Creating A Plantlife Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The dining room table is an integral part of Thanksgiving. It’s the place we gather around with our dearest friends and family members, coming together to eat delicious food, make each other laugh, share the joys of love, and be thankful for all that we’ve been blessed with. And what better a way to complement all of the happiness that exists around that table than with a gorgeous centerpiece? Over the weekend I attended a centerpiece workshop at Terrain. It was really casual – more of a “let’s get together and create centerpieces alongside one another” type of thing than a step-by-step “here’s how you make a centerpiece” – and that’s just what I loved about it. I’m so pleased with how mine came out. Here’s how I made it!

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I first chose my vessel and plants. For the vessel, I chose a circular tin-looking container. I loved the size, shape, and all the different subtle colors. For plants, I went with English ivy, exotic star amaryllis, Norfolk pine, and asparagus fern. I’m not sure what those little white flowers are in the photo below – I actually decided to omit them once I started arranging all the greens in the vessel.

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I filled my vessel with an inch or two of drainage material – this particular material is new to Terrain and feels very light, almost like a pumice stone. I then added a bunch of soil – you can add as much or little as you like, depending on how high you want the surface of your centerpiece.

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The first plant I added was an exotic star amaryllis bulb, 1/3 of which was placed beneath the soil. It hasn’t bloomed into its orchid-like flower yet, but I really love the look of the bulb as-is!

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I then added the other greens, playing around with the positioning until everything felt right as a whole.

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I placed a birch candle holder about ½ inch into the soil and then added sheet moss on top of everything, covering any visible soil. I have such a crush on moss these days. It just looks so earthy and beautiful.

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

During the workshop, I overheard someone say “The hardest part is knowing when to stop.” I find this to be true with almost every decorating project! I finished my centerpiece off with some twigs and pine cones, and then took a step back. As much as I would have loved to keep adding, it felt done, so I knew I had to leave it be!

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

What plants would you include in a Thanksgiving centerpiece like this?

Terrain Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Have a look at Terrain, and be sure to check out The Bulletin for more of Terrain’s how-tos, events, home decor inspiration, and more.

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Annejelina -November 20, 2013, 9:51AM

I love the birch with moss, such a unique idea rather than the traditional pumpkin/leaves/fall centerpiece you normally see. Thanks love!
<3 xoxo Annejelina

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n -November 20, 2013, 8:41PM

i’m fairly sure the white flowers you weren’t sure about are called cyclamen. i have a few in my yard!

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Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -November 21, 2013, 12:41PM
Aidan -November 23, 2013, 10:49PM

Hey, I love the idea, but i was wondering how long will the centerpiece last?
~Aidan from

Mery -November 25, 2013, 4:31PM

hermoso! i will try these for my home.
beatiful blog

Alex Cardo @ Birthstones Online -February 13, 2014, 1:10PM

It will looks very good at my working table if I’ll use a wood for a pot against the iron!

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