thanksgiving centerpiece ideas: poppies & posies

by Grace Bonney

Today I’m thrilled to kick off a special week-long guest series designed to share creative ideas for Thanksgiving centerpieces! I’ve invited a handful of my favorite floral designers to share their takes on Thanksgiving flowers. Hopefully they’ll be able to lend some help (or some inspiration!) to your table this holiday. Poppies & Posies are starting us off today so take it away girls! xo, grace

Over at Poppies & Posies, we are all in agreement. Thanksgiving is the best! Escaping the blustery days of late autumn and gathering around a cozy fire with heaping plates of food — what’s not to like? This year, the ever-elegant pheasant feather inspired us. With its rich chestnut brown and gorgeous bowing lines, it seemed just the thing to grace the table. The feathers were in perfect company with a palette of creams and sage greens complemented by a little touch of russet to finish the whole thing off. Get creative and design your own fabulous centerpiece for your family and friends to enjoy on your Thanksgiving table! — Sierra and Juliet

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DIY Your Thanksgiving Centerpiece


  • vase
  • flowers (we used patience rose, scabiosa pods, olive branches, tree peony, and chocolate cosmo for our arrangement)
  • pheasant feathers
  • floral foam
  • wire
  • floral tape
  • cutting shears


1. Soak a piece of floral foam and place it in your vase.

2. Tape across the vase two times from either side.

3. Place greenery around the edges of the vase to hide the foam.

4. Place a few feathers on either side of your arrangement. Keep in mind that the feathers don’t have to be in foam since they don’t have to drink. You can simply wire them flush to the foam to get them in the perfect position.

5. Add some of your focal flowers, whether they are roses or peonies. These will make up the body of your arrangement.

6. Fill in with remaining greenery and secondary flowers (e.g., chocolate cosmo, scabiosa pods or any other more delicate detail flower).

7. Last, stand back and look at the composition. If you need to move or add a few feathers/flowers as needed, you can do so at the end.

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