Thanksgiving Centerpieces


With Thanksgiving just around the corner, most of us will be celebrating and entertaining at someone's dining room table. Fancy china, linen napkins and crystal goblets are just a few of the many elements that may serve as the backdrop to this traditional feast. But the showstopper of the table most certainly will be the centerpiece. We thought it only fitting to ask one of Nashville's floral fixtures, The Tulip Tree, to whip up some inspirational pieces and give those of us, who will be entertaining, some ideas on what to put in the middle of our own table.   Inspiration #1: Small Turkey Arrangement This beautiful arrangement looks easy and effortless. The two small turkeys (which can be used from year to year) are made from pinecones and birch tree. The pumpkins, sitting behind the turkeys, rest on a stump to add height.  Then, fresh mums are stuck in the empty spots, and fresh bittersweet is added sporadically around the entire piece to bring it together.  And...voilà!   Inspiration #2: A Thanksgiving Basket This simple arrangement can be used for a smaller table, a serving table, or it can be enlarged to fit your grand dining table.  Take a simple basket and add Rose Hips and Scabiosa Pod.  Use "Gaelic Sleeves" for your greens at the bottom. Finally, fill the arrangement with gourds and pumpkins of your choosing. Intertwine with fresh bittersweet. And....voilà!   Inspiration #3: The Turkey Centerpiece This final piece has been a tradition at The Tulip Tree for over 25 years!  Tea Leaves are used for the fabulous tail feathers.  Mums are then filled for the body. The Turkey's neck is actually painted styrofoam. Raisins are used for the eyes and a candy corn for the beak. The Turkey's nest (that it sits on) is made with fresh bittersweet, fall leaves and seeded eucalyptus.  Sometimes, there are requests for fruit to be added at the bottom as well. Finally, the turkey is ready for its rightfully due "ooohs" and "aaahs"... Thank you Tulip Tree for these amazing inspirational centerpieces! We are in the mood for a Thanksgiving Feast!  If you would like to contact The Tulip Tree for future floral arranging needs, please read below to contact them!

Mark O'Brien

The Tulip Tree

95 White Bridge Road, Suite 102

Nashville, TN 37205


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