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:

Comeca Jones said...

Looks great !

Darnetha said...

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

Gail said...

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!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

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

Debbie

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Looks fantastic Brandi.

Nicole said...

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

Karen said...

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

Curtains in My Tree said...


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

Alycia Nichols said...

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!

the cape on the corner said...

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.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

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.

Kristen said...

Love that everything was collected outdoors. Super cute!

Mary Neumann said...

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

Simply LKJ said...

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

pam {simple details} said...

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

Brooke said...

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

Being Home said...

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

Krystal said...

these are beautiful!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love your earthy arrangements, Brandi. Beautiful autumn colors.

Erica said...

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. :)

Connie said...

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 :)

Tina@thriftingwithcake.blogspot.com said...

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!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

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

Shelia said...

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 ;)

Emmy said...

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

Eclectically Vintage said...

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

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Gorgeous! Love your use of beautiful natural objects.

Rhissanna said...

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