10 easy long lasting Thanksgiving centerpieces

I love Thanksgiving it is my favorite holiday. What’s not to love about a holiday that celebrates family, cooking and decorating!

What can you do now to get ready for Thanksgiving? Cook, clean and set the table? Seems a bit early for that but you can make your centerpiece. Here are some of my favorite ideas. Which one do you like best?

#1 Orchids are by far my favorite way to decorate for the holidays as they last forever! Here I used moss, herbs, succulents, orchids and curly willow. Trader Joes has these orchids for $10-$20 each and they last for months.

ORCHID tablescape

#2 If you want to add glam to your table these Pottery Barn pumpkins are wonderful and can be used every year!

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#3 Arrangements of Vegetables and Greens: Kale, Artichokes and Squash are great & last for weeks. I love this one from http://www.countrybouquetsfloral.com.


#4 Long low arrangements of herbs and thistle or other long-lasting flowers are great. This is 48″ long and it has a great modern look.

long arrangement

#5 I love these velvet pumpkins! They can be used every year and in numerous different ways. Mine came from Dwellings 207-781-3711 call them for colors, sizes and pricing. They can ship them to your door!

pumpkin table scape

# 6 Herbs make great centerpieces and they are useful too. Here I planted rosemary and lavender in some old pots and I added candles in mason jars with moss. I put everything on tray so it is easy to move if you need to put food on the table.

tablescape idea

#7 Feathers are fabulous and these arrangements can be done in advance and they last forever! This one is from http://floralhomedecor.net.


#8 I love this idea from Williams-Sonoma Home because it works from September to January you can add candles or ribbon and change the look!  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/


#9 You can make your own floral runner. I made this one as a demo for a client and it lasted about 8 days and cost about $25.

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#10 Lastly you can make a wonderful table-scape with gourds they are inexpensive, colorful and long-lasting. Love this idea from http://anita-faraboverubies.blogspot.com/


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! I am going to set my table today! I better get out the ironing board…my table clothes and napkins are clean but wrinkled!

I wish you all a peaceful, and beautiful Thanksgiving.

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Are You Hosting Thanksgiving? Deck Your Halls For Fall.

I love everything about Thanksgiving, the colors of fall, the crisp air, and the smells of Thanksgiving dinner cooking.

Are you hosting this year? Perhaps some of these ideas will help you decorate for the holiday.

(Dining Room photo: Liz Donnelly)

festive table


cool serving thanksgiving

linen napkins

wine glasses


  1. $40 SPOON SIGN http://www.etsy.com/listing/164556843/give-thanks-door-hanging-silverware
  2. $90 WREATH http://www.etsy.com/listing/104077670/thanksgiving-wreath-sale-fall-wreaths?ref=br_feed_6&br_feed_tlp=holidays
  3. $35 Pillow http://www.etsy.com/listing/164252051/thankful-burlap-pillow-fall-pillow?ref=br_feed_15&br_feed_tlp=holidays
  4. DIY RUNNER http://factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/no-sew-burlap-and-lace-runner/
  5. NAPKIN RINGS THAT ARE ALSO PLACECARDS – http://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/indoor-decorating/easy-to-make-place-cards-for-a-thanksgiving-table/#page=12
  6. Gourd luminaries $69-$119 http://www.potterybarn.com/products/harvest-gourd-filigree-ceramic-luminary/?pkey=cthanksgiving-decor&cm_src=thanksgiving-decor||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-
  7. Velvet pumpkins http://www.plushpumpkin.com/ locally at Dwellings – call for colors & sizes 207-781-3711
  8. Wood serving pieces $200 http://www.horchow.com/p/Janice-Minor-Petrified-Wood-Serving-Pieces-Fall-Entertaining/cprod87330017_cat18340735_cat10860731_/?isEditorial=false&index=2&cmCat=cat000000cat10860731cat18340735
  9. Great white Vietri dishes available  in the Portland area at Home Remedies and Dwellings http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/vietri-bellezza-salad-plate?ID=655518&cm_mmc=Google-PLA-ADC-_-Home+-+Dinnerware+-+PLA+-+PLA-_-49801012351-_-adc_pg_301_11067_5178d9d3e4b0b16b9aa3b30c_26301044191
  10. Linen napkins $79 for 16 napkins  http://www.horchow.com/p/Janice-Minor-Petrified-Wood-Serving-Pieces-Fall-Entertaining/cprod87330017_cat18340735_cat10860731_/?isEditorial=false&index=2&cmCat=cat000000cat10860731cat18340735
  11. Wine glasses (set of 6)  $51 http://www.potterybarn.com/products/schott-zwiesel-stemless-wine-glasses/?pkey=cglassware&cm_src=glassware||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

I hope you enjoyed seeing these ideas. I love those velvet pumpkins! I just bought them for a client, and maybe I will get them for myself next year.

Enjoy fall!~

Best, Celia

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Sometimes I wish I WAS Martha…

Sometimes I wish I was Martha.

I like many creative do it yourselfers, am referred to as being like Martha Stewart. I flip-flop between being flattered, and being annoyed by this comparison. I am my own creative personality, and Martha although I respect the heck out of her, is a corporation of creative people.

Martha Stewart Living Turkey

I am currently getting ready to host Thanksgiving for 25 of my favorite in-laws. My husband is the youngest of five children, all of whom are married and many of whom have several off spring…and this year we have the first grandchild. So we are a big group.

We all enjoy a party and a well made meal. This group also likes to drink, and I am providing only Pine State Trading wine, beer and spirits as this company’s owners are responsible for keeping my business afloat! If I have to be spending money I like to stay local!

Naturally, when I am four days away from Thanksgiving, I wish I was Martha. I could use a staff of trained professionals at my beck and call. I am a one woman show, my husband has been very helpful but most of the work still falls on my shoulders. I would kill for a housekeeper right now, between cleaning for house guests and the holiday, I am swamped with chores.  I have a four page to-do list.

Today was shopping day, I hit the grocery store, Trader Joe’s & Wholefoods…magically my debit card kept accepting the charges.

My plan was also to set the tables today. I have turned into my mother. I can’t believe it!  I used to joke that my mother set the table a week before an event, and here I am setting my tables Sunday for a dinner on Thursday. Professional chefs use the term Mise en plas, meaning putting in place. The idea is do not start cooking until you have everything in place. I am taking this to the extreme and putting everything for Thursday in place…today.  I have a business and family to run as well as a holiday and guest quarter to prepare. I better get started!

If you are a follower of my blog you know that earlier in the week I was looking for centerpiece ideas that could be done ahead and perhaps even reused next year.

I came up with this for the main table…Pottery Barn pumpkins and gourds, a pheasant I found last year at Dwellings In Falmouth, Maine and flameless candles leftover from the wedding I did in October.

The two smaller tables have flameless candles and orchid arrangements. Here is a photo of the arrangement. You need orchids (I got mine at Trader Joe’s for $5.99), a container, sheet moss, and curly willow. These are fantastic arrangements and they last for months!!!!

After the tables are set, it is time to move into the kitchen. To begin the festivities, I am offering shrimp cocktail, nuts and a vegetable crudités.

The main course will include two turkeys, one will be honey glazed and one will have a sage butter under the skin. I am debating about using brine…what do you think? Is it worth making brine for turkey or not?

I might do this Rachel Ray recipe….

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/brined-dijon-turkey-with-pan-gravy/  it looks very tasty.

I have also picked two stuffing recipes,  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sausage-and-herb-stuffing-recipe/index.html and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/sage-and-mushroom-stuffing-recipe/index.html .

I am going to make smashed red bliss potatoes with fat-free cream cheese, skim milk, parmesan and salt & pepper.  They are so good! I am also grilling tons of vegetables.

My sister-in-law Tina is bringing a salad, blue Hubbard squash and green bean casserole, and another sister-in-law Betsey is bringing pies!

I think I have everything under control…wish me luck!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to have such wonderful friends, a great family and you readers! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know by commenting or liking the post! Also if you don’t already follow my blog sign up now!

Enjoy your holiday.

Best, Celia

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes and much more!

Wonderful Entry http://www.hgtv.com

Wow, there certainly are a lot of talented people doing wonderful decorating for Thanksgiving!

I have been trying to come up with a tablescape for the holiday that I can do this week. I have 23 of my favorite in-laws arriving, some of whom will be house guests. I would like to have the table set this week so I have more time to enjoy my family!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook, entertain and decorate and this holiday allows my to create wonderful food and decor.

This is a fun idea and so easy!

Great way to use an old book! http://www.bhg.com

I like to think of my holiday decorating as the backdrop to wonderful memories.


This is a pretty and simple holiday display.


Some of these ideas are so easy and beautiful. If you do not want to buy pears, collect pinecones, acorns and bark.

I went to Pottery Barn for pepperberry and pear branches and put them in a wonderful bark covered vase. This arrangement is going in the center of my kitchen island and I can use it year after year!


Here is a great idea that does not cost a lot of money. You can go on a hike in the woods and find the pinecones and just add ribbon! Even if you buy the pinecones they are very inexpensive and readily available at craft stores.

I hope you enjoy your holiday and time with family.

Best, Celia