A roundup of Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas is exactly what we need to get us into the Holiday spirit. And, if you weren't sure on how to get started with your Thanksgiving table decor then you really have come to the right place.
The Real Homes team LOVE the holidays and so we turned to the woman behind some of Hollywood's most lavish soirées to help us handle the upcoming holiday season with pride, joy and the most gorgeous centerpieces around, of course.
Celebrity wedding and events producer Stefanie Cove is the go-to planner. In addition to recently launching Cove Curations — a custom event design service that delivers decor for small gatherings directly to your door— she's most notable for her dreamy weddings and even dreamier clients (which includes everyone from Molly Sims to Ashley Graham, and yes, even Karlie Kloss).
So, when we were looking to go all-out this holiday season? We tapped Cove on how we, too, could create those same lavish soirée vibe, but from the comfort of our own homes — and here's what she had to say.
Find unexpected inspiration
The secret to creating a cohesive, impactful holiday table? Simple. First, identify the vision you're looking to bring to life. Then find pieces to reflect just that.
Cove explains, "It's always been important to design our events — small, large weddings and corporate alike— that are not your typical event, tabletop or party." To achieve just this, she often seeks inspiration from untraditional items we wouldn't typically think of using.
"[I draw] inspiration from life — the architecture around us — art, travel and natural elements from the environment," she explains. It could be something as simple as snipping branches from a tree outside your window and laying them down the center of your table, for example, or incorporating a vintage vase you purchased on a trip.
Once she has her sights set on a theme or hones in on her inspiration, she let it inform everything else that goes on the table. "Adding a unique detail to tabletops is one of the most important parts of any event, as it reflects the personality of the host," she says.
Take cues from the season
When it comes to Thanksgiving decorating, there's nothing wrong with sticking to tradition. If you're someone who gravitates towards more classic statement pieces, Cove recommends "keeping your table Autumnal and more traditional, but perhaps adding a little funk to the florals down the center."
Cove further explains, "adding berries, fruits, and vegetables or even using little spice clusters down the table in the right Fall colors!" Making this centerpiece pick also a perfect fit.
Finally, finish it off with an easily achievable, but super special detail" that guests will thoroughly enjoy. Use "larger, real fall leaves and then calligraph each attendee's name directly onto the leaf."
Whether you place the leaf down or opt to wrap it around "this pretty tassel rope tie around your dinner napkin," it is the defining detail that will make all the difference this holiday season.
Or, try tradition with a twist
Want something a bit more dramatic? Cove notes that many of her clients feel the same. "Many of our clients have wanted to make sure their Thanksgiving table still feels festive but doesn’t follow the typical Autumnal color palette, " she says. "We have been designing tabletop florals using lavenders, pale blues + mixing them with leaves and berries in Fall tones."
Or, try one of Cove's personal favorites. Go ahead and "stray away from typical flowers and incorporate pumpkins and gourds instead," which is something she's been testing out lately. And to her liking? It seems to be a fan-favorite — much like this perfect piece.
She uses painted pumpkins to coordinate with the theme for the tablescape, and suggest going for colors like matte pale blues, pinks, greens, whites, even specking with gold — or you there are pre-painted ones" much like this option.
Or, for a glam vibe, try "vintage, velvet plush pumpkins with dinner florals and real pumpkins will add [instant] texture," and these minis will do the trick.
Cove also realizes that traditional flower-based (or pumpkin-based) Thanksgiving centerpieces might not be of interest. Which in that case, she also offers up another trend she's noticing: Candle-inspired arrangements.
"There are a lot of beautiful and unique taper candles these days with dried flowers mixed prints, and different shapes (twisted rope, ribbed, super skinny) that can be fun to incorporate as well. " One great version for anyone looking to achieve this vibe would be these pottery candlesticks available in a slew of colors and a variety of sizes.
Prefer a premade centerpiece? Here our our top picks:
Shop the Pheasant Feather Centerpiece, 36" for $104.95, at Williams Sonoma
Shop the Lakeside Harvest Glass Candle Holder with Fall Flowers, Artificial Pumpkins for $27.97, at Target
Shop the CraftMore Wheat Fall Pick Set of 6 for $19.99, at Amazon
Shop the Factory Direct Craft 12 Small Off White Baby Boo Artificial Pumpkins for $22.24, at Amazon
Shop the Greens & Gourds Thanksgiving Centerpiece for $74.95, at Williams Sonoma
Shop the Holiday Isle Velvet Pumpkin Accent with prices starting at $13.65, at Wayfair
Shop the Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Candlesticks with prices starting at $65, at West Elm
Shop the Worldoor 100 Pieces Assorted Artificial Acorn Caps for $15.39, at Amazon
Shop the Plotube Calligraphy Pen Set for $38.19, at Amazon
Shop the Makhry 20pcs 4.3 Inch Handmade Silky Floss Mini Tiny Craft Tassels for $11.99, at Target