Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece

INSIDE : Learn how to create an inexpensive Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece with simple grocery store items! Then use the leftovers to make a turkey vegetable stew.

Thanksgiving Grocery Centerpiece

This post has been updated from it’s original November 2015 posting date.

If you have been following Delineate Your Dwelling for very long, you know that I often like to mix up the typical color palette for Thanksgiving.  

My kids came home the other day and asked, What is the Thanksgiving Centerpiece called?” 

It’s called a thanksgiving cornucopia or a “horn of plenty”.  It symbolizes giving and sharing.  

This year we decided to do our own take on the cornucopia and create a “centerpiece of plenty” using only grocery store edible items.

Centerpiece of Plenty

Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece

I have often used lots of color at my Thanksgiving Table, but this year will be going very neutral while adding in this gorgeous Food Centerpiece. The best part is it’s all straight from my regular grocery store and only cost $38!!

I  have previously done these Thanksgiving tables:

What supplies do I need to make a DIY Food Centerpiece?

  • Baby’s Breath (Floral Section of your Grocery)
  • Eucalyptus Sprigs (Floral Section of your Grocery)
  • Red Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots with stems
  • Brussel Sprouts
Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece supplies

Like I mentioned, the best part is everything I used for this centerpiece came straight from my regular grocery store in the floral and produce sections.  Plus with a total price tag of only $38, you just really can not beat it.

Often I see these gorgeous floral arrangements on Pinterest and think that is stunning… how in the world would I ever recreate that myself?  I took step by step pictures to show you just how simply this is to make.  You totally got this!

How do I make a grocery store centerpiece?

  1. Set out a table cloth, runner and a glass serving bowl.  I used a chip/dip bowl but you could use any type of clear container, as it helps keep all those delicious veggies from rolling around on the table.
  2. Lay out the Eucalyptus sprigs in a fan shape under the bowl.  I tried doing the longest piece in the center and two smaller even pieces on either side.
  3. Gently pull apart your red cabbage and place the leaves around the perimeter of your bowl/dish.  Laying them face down seemed to work best for them laying more flat.  Don’t be afraid to really layer them in there to provide a nice full look.
  4. Next up is adding in the carrots.  I opted to leave the leafy green stems on mine to add more texture in my centerpiece.
Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece steps,
  • 5.  Grab yourself a Cauliflower and nestle him into the center of your vegetables.  He should fit nicely right in the middle of your glass dish.
  • 6. Add in Brussel Sprouts around the perimeter of your Cauliflower to help hide any open gaps.  Lastly, tuck just a little bit of baby’s breath  on top of the Eucalyptus leaves.
Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece detail

Vegetable centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I think I easily took 100 pictures of the completed centerpiece.  I was so happy with the results, I wanted to preserve it forever!

Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece,
Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece,

I love all the color and texture this brings to an otherwise very simple table.

Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece,

Since these all are edible vegetables, they would be perfect for using in an after Thanksgiving Turkey and Vegetable stew with your leftover turkey!

Thanksgiving Food Centerpiece,

If you liked this Thanksgiving post, you might like this fun Thanksgiving Menu Tote craft!

Thanksgiving Menu Iron On Tote,
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  1. This is such an awesome idea! I think veggies are kind of under appreciated, they can actually be so pretty.

  2. lol Catching up on all of my blog reading while my internet is working well. This is beautiful Amy. I love that you can throw the produce into stew the next day and the neutral background perfectly displays your centerpiece. This is totally something I can do in Japan too. Bonus. 🙂

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      I love all the comments, Kathy!! I know, I’m not sure I ever made another project that can serve so many purposes, decor and then food – ha!

  3. What a great idea! It turns out beautiful!

  4. It’s gorgeous, Amy! I love, love, love it! And especially love that it won’t just be thrown in the garbage the next day.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Alexis! I had SO MUCH FUN creating this and now want to do little mini food centerpieces all the time! 😉

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