Canadian Thanksgiving differs from its American counterpart in several ways. American Thanksgiving celebrates the generosity of the Native Americans, happens in November, and kicks off the beginning of the long stretch of winter festivities. In comparison Canadian Thanksgiving, which happens on the second Monday of October, celebrates a bountiful harvest and is a time to gather round with friends and family before/while really getting into the spirit of Halloween!
If you’re celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, there are so many things you can do to take your dinner table — where everyone gathers — to the next level. Elevate your home decor with these three great Canadian Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas.
Short on time? No worries! You don’t need to spend hours crafting the perfect arrangement. Midwest Living has a collection of easy-to-assemble centerpieces. Combine thick white candles with mandarin oranges and sprigs of pine or repurpose your forgotten bundt cake pans into pie stands and innovative vases for ilex berries. There are so many ways to dress a table with only a few key pieces.
Get out your acrylic paints and glue guns! It’s time to make a centerpiece. Paint several pumpkins with trendy geometrical patterns and group them around your table. Choose different sizes and colours to create some visual interest. You could also take smaller pumpkins and stencil a single letter onto each, and arrange them around some candles. Canadian Home Trends has these and other DIY ideas for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Instead of opting for traditional fall oranges and reds, surprise your guests with a table full of greens and yellows. HGTV has a step-by-step tutorial complete with beautiful images for how to achieve this look. In short, use any sort of wooden or metal bowl, trough or basket that fits your table to hold the main centerpiece. Fill it with green apples, figs, dark green acorn squash, pinecones, and goldenrod for a bold pop of yellow. Create complimentary pieces with bouquets of dried wheat and goldenrod to fill the rest of the table.
There are so many centerpiece ideas and inspiration on various blogs and Pinterest. Take a look and combine elements from the pieces that stand out to you to create your own unique table-setting. Of course, Thanksgiving (both the Canadian and American versions) are all about spending time with the ones you love. Don’t sweat the centerpiece too much because your loved ones will appreciate you no matter what!
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