Fall Table Centerpiece

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

So what is going to be on your table for Thanksgiving - besides the turkey of course. I made this today with a few of my gourds, candles a berry vine and an artichoke from the grocery and a few pinecombs. That is a dried dahlia and some sort of seed pod.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

From the top - and yes Terri on this one the back is just as nice with pinecombs and such.

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Very nice, Candee. I don't normally have a centerpiece for Thanksgiving - only had some when the kids were little and they make those paper turkeys in school LoL.

Probably be having Thanksgiving at my sister's, so I won't need a centerpiece this year.

Dried Dahlia - a real dried dahlia? Or something that is made to resemble a dahlia???? Neat looking - whatever it is. You are really making good use of your gourds. I love it when things can be used again and again.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

It is supposed to be a real dried dahlia, but not one of mine and it has been somehow hardened, got it at a floral shop and have no idea how it might have been done but the mellow colors in it really caught my eye thinking it would be perfect. Wish I had a wider container to have staggered the candles a bit and wish I had gotten a much taller pillar (may just do that). You know me Dianne, I just don't like things to be too symmetrical.
Thanks for your compliments, I really kinda liked how it came out. Will likely be using these gourds until they rot!

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

Ok..here the ladybug centerpiece again from last Christmas theme of sunflowers and ladybugs. Had the ladybug cache pots for a while but couldn't find any ladybug ornaments localy so I had to make some.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Very nice spread - so are ladybugs your favorite thing? Sure makes for nice pots, what is it sitting on Peggy? The sunnies really set it off.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

the extra long dining room table my hub's built for me

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Your hub is quite the builder - how fortunate for you!

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

here it is right after I finished beating it up and making it look old and before the new room was completed

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Hi all. My dahlia radar picked up your luvly centrepiece haighr ^_^ I haven't tried drying dahlias yet but the best info I can find says to use silica gel

"Some flowers, such as dahlias, zinnias, feverfew, delphiniums, snapdragons, and daisies, dry best in silica gel (found at craft and hobby stores). Place flower heads face up on a 1-inch bed of silica gel crystals in an airtight container. Also, gently shake crystals over flowers, covering completely. Seal container. Leave for two days to one week, checking often to avoid overdrying (flowers will become brittle)"

I'm going to try it next summer and then spray them so they have a longer life (hopefully). I'll post my results.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Very nice - you did a nice job distressing it.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thank you dahlianut - I will be watching to see how it works out for you. I do have a number of dahlias that I would love to dry and harden off and spray. Perhaps we can both try that method next year.
The dahlia in my centerpiece came from a florist shop and is the hardened type. The pinecombs are from Canada and one of these days I will make a centerpiece using some giant pinecombs my dad brought from Canada years ago. He hand picked these little ones and brought me the smallest and the largest pinecombs he found up there when snowmobiling one season. The gourds are from my garden and the artichoke from the grocery LOL!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

I made a centrepiece Christmas tree with artichokes one year. They have such great shape and colour. (Drat that I didn't take a pic!) It was for an open house and the next night we ate it. Yummmmmm.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

I don't think I'm going full out on decorating like normal or at least not putting up a big tree...just the 4 ft.table top size and decorating in organics

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

We always go away at Christmas so I don't decorate like in past years, sometimes do a real tree other times no tree other times a small artificial tree and then get out my table decorations from years past. Not sure what I will do this year just working on Thanksgiving right now.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

My DD and her 3 kids just moved away to San Antonio and probably won't be back for this years holidays and DS divorced fairly recently so he's Mr Grinch at the moment.

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