Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Natural Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be costly.  If we spend all our money on decorations, there's less to go around the table.  I wanted to create a centerpiece for our table this year without spending a fortune.  So I gathered a few things from outside to decorate my table for the holiday.


On my kitchen table sat a bowl filled with hedge apples.  I am in Georgia and have yet to see a tree here, so I ordered mine from Ebay.  

I filled the rest of the bowl with pine cones, leaves and berries from my yard.


I created a second centerpiece using the same concept, leaves and pine cones from my yard and acorns collected from a walk in Grant Park.  The pears are plastic!



You don't have to spend a lot of money on decorations.  Bring the outdoors in for a natural Thanksgiving display.  



28 comments:

  1. Looks good, I like your display. And we have those green things (hedge apples you called them) everywhere in my neighborhood.

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  2. I finally found out what those green things are! Hedge Apples! When we first moved into our old neighborhood, back in the early 70's, there was a big tree that drop these hard green whatever all over the place. No one knew what they were. My dad, being a country boy, didn't know either. He decided to break them open and taste. Yuck! I thought he was crazy. They were hard as a rock. Needless to say we just ignored them. Now I wish there was a tree like that around here. What a wonderful natural centerpiece!

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  3. Those look great Brandi! Lucky you to have so many of those growing nearby!

    Debbie

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  4. Beautiful Brandi! My mother-in-law has hedge apples behind her house. I didn't know what they were for a long time! LOL

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  5. Beautiful Brandi, Isn't it great to create something so pretty for very little money? That's my favorite way to decorate.

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  6. I wanted to tell you I like the soup cans and sad I missed them at target, I love the colors

    anyway I hadn't stopped by for some time now

    hope you have a great turkey day

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  7. Faux pears? Really? I never would have guessed! Good quality!!! As for the hedge apples, I wish I could just send some to you for free!!! We are overflowing with them here in Missouri! The country roads nearby have tons of those trees, and I see ladies out there picking the fruits for their displays all the time. It's kind of funny in a way because they're out there in their nice suits and high heels, probably on their way home from work! Hilarious! You created something really beautiful here. I love all the color and texture. I also notice the different looks as you presented the natural bounty in bowls of different colors/textures. Very pretty!

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  8. ordered them from ebay. huh. never would have thought to look for them on there. last year my father in law was gracious enough to scour their house in jersey with surrounding woods for some pincecones for me.

    the bowls look amazing, and now i want those hedge apples.

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  9. Beautiful as always as only you can do it. I love that type of setting.

    NOW.. that is a newey on me, Hedge apples? They are strange but quiet eye catching.

    I guess I need to gather some acorns before the squirrels get them all. I may have to fight over them but I know I will win in the end.

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  10. Love that everything was collected outdoors. Super cute!

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  11. These are so beautiful! I love the colors - they are perfect! Pinned! Happy holidays to you and yours, Brandi!

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  12. Beautiful! I am all for using natural elements these days.

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  13. We don't have hedge apples or acorns ~ the pears we have, and you've made them look so classic! Pretty arrangements!

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  14. Natural decor is always the best! These are so pretty!!!

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  15. Love this! I have never heard of or seen hedge apples before. Interesting and very colorful. Too funny you found them on ebay. Your table looks so beautiful. Mother nature is truly the best designer. ;)

    Thank you for sharing your creativity.

    Julie

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  16. Love your earthy arrangements, Brandi. Beautiful autumn colors.

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  17. I've never heard of a hedge apple before. I really love the natural simplicity of this centerpiece.

    Also, I grew up in GA, but am now transplanted to VA. :)

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  18. I love your center-piece . . . I have not seen Hedge Apples forever. I lived in Tennessee for seven years back in the late 60's and early 70's. That is the only place that I've ever seen them. I love the vibrant color they add to your arrangement. Simply beautiful.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  19. Beautiful! I've been looking for "hedgehogs" aren't they...??? here in Minnesota for the last month. All I find are ones that are half dead!

    Beautiful centerpieces!

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  20. Oh how lovely tour arrangement are! Very new to me these hedge apples I've been looking at them in blog land, as we don't have them around here, but I love the way they look, so unique! The second arrangement with leaves and pinecones from your yard is gorgeous too. Thank you for your visit and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, pretty girl.
    FABBY

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  21. Your bowl arrangement is gorgeous. I've never seen those hedge apples before, well, only in blogland. :) Can you keep them and will they dry out? I love that look.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Beautiful!!! Love that you got so many things from your own yard

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  23. Love using natural elements for decorating - gorgeous! Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
    Kelly

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  24. Gorgeous! Love your use of beautiful natural objects.

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  25. I love these natural colours and I really need to find out what a hedge apple is!

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