3 Ways to Use Flowers at Your Thanksgiving Table

It’s that time again! Thanksgiving feasts, Friendsgiving festivities, cozy fall dinners a plenty. We've got three floral tips for elevating your hosting experience!

Florist arranging flowers on a Thanksgiving table

What’s most important about this time of year is the opportunity to express gratitude, buuuuut... if your house and table look extra cute while doing so, even better! There are so many ways to elevate your Thanksgiving table and your home this season. We’re here to offer three rad ways to elevate them with flowers (of course!)

Three Ways to Use Flowers for Your Thanksgiving Table

Floral bud vase arrangements styled on a Thanksgiving table

1. Flowers as a Centerpiece

We know the turkey (or tofurkey) gets all the attention this holiday, but until it hits the table - your table needs a focal point, and some rich, full color and texture. Enter: flowers!

Bud Vase Arrangements

Celebrating with an intimate table for two? Opt for our cutie bud vase flower arrangements. Order one or a bunch to complement your Thanksgiving table, and enjoy the autumnal ambience your heart so desires.

These delicate flower arrangements can be placed down the middle of a long table, or clustered together in the middle of a round table setting. Try mixing sizes to create a dynamic table display for your guests!

Don't forget the common areas where your guest might spend time before or after the big meal! Bud vases are great for adding a little color to a side table or bar cart, and making small spaces feel extra festive.

Looking for something a little larger? Maybe this next style is for you...

Thanksgiving long and low flower arrangement on dinner table

Long + Low Arrangement

Hosting the whole crew?? Our Thanksgiving Long + Low arrangement is a show-stopping stunner designed to extend down a long table. This is a more is more pick that will gobsmack your guests as they gobble!

Our Long + Low centerpieces are designed to be just that: low enough so you can still see and talk to your guests across the table. It's like a pretty wildflower garden right smack dab in the middle of your feast.

The gorgeous seasonal blooms are the perfect conversation starter, too... in case you need something to talk about with that random cousin you haven't seen in a few years!

Redhead dressing up the Thanksgiving Table with flowers

Classic Centerpiece

Falling somewhere in the middle? Our Thanksgiving Centerpiece is the perfect porridge, so to speak! Round and full of lush blooms, this arrangement fits a table for 4-6 perfectly. It can also be a gorgeous addition to a kitchen island or coffee table, if you're hosting a more informal dinner party.

Loving this design, but have a longer dining table? Snag two or three, or add bud vases on either side to add more floral flair!

dried flowers in a vase on an entry table

Dried Flowers

Psst…. Wanna snag something now to enjoy all season and then feature on your Thanksgiving table? Opt for a dried bundle of fall-hued blooms that lasts virtually forever.

Our Thanksgiving Harvest Bundle goes beautifully in a vase and can be placed in the center of your round thanksgiving table or on your entryway table to greet your guests as they arrive. We create seasonal dried designs every holiday, but this year's design is one of our faves. Snag em before they're gone for the year!

placing mini dried flower bouquet on a plate

2. Flowers as Adornments (that become party favors)

What do you mean you don’t set a FULL tablescape each night complete with folded napkins and place-setting toppers?!? Okay, fine, neither do we - but we can’t get enough of a fancy set up for this special dinner!

Wanna take your place setting to the next level? Add a tiny bundle of dried blooms on top of your napkins, tied with twine or ribbon, for a whimsical touch. You can personalize with colorful ribbons to match your table linens, or even place alongside a placecard for a formal table.

We sell these darling Micro Dried Wraps in our San Diego shops, but you can make your own mini flower bouquet by bundling your own dried blooms! 

And the best part? You can send these home with your guests to tuck them into a bud vase! A sweet parting gift for your friends and family to enjoy long after the last piece of pie is long gone.

Charcuterie board with flowers

3. Flowers as Embellishments in Your Food and Drinks!

Flowers on your table - inspired! Flowers on your place settings - darling! Flowers on your serving platters and cocktails?? Downright magical!

Food Styling with a Floral Twist

Adding blooms to charcuteries, grazing boards, etc. is a high-end touch to styling that will absolutely blow your guests away. 

Opt for three different flowers, with varying colors and textures for an ideal aesthetic; you can break the bloom heads off with your fingers, but a sharp pair of florist's snips work a lot better! For this board, we opted for marigolds, mums, and mini carnations!

Please note: 

If these flowers are going to be placed AROUND your food, you can use most blooms purchased from a florist, but if they will be placed IN your food and drink, you will need to purchase from a grocer or farm that grows for consumption.

If you’re unsure of where to buy food-safe blooms, you can contact your local flower farms to see what they have available! Also, if you’re in San Diego, we love Specialty Produce and their wide variety of fresh produce. Plusssss - they deliver to your door, heaven on wheels!

An orange cocktail with dried orange peels and flowers

Seasonal Cocktails to match your Flowers

How about a delicious seasonal cocktail, one of Native Poppy founder Natalie Gill's faves!

Nat’s Autumnal Paper Plane (Recipe for 2):

  • 2 ounces of whiskey or bourbon
  • 2 ounces of aperol
  • 2 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces of Amaro Nonino
  • 1 ounce of ginger
  • 1 ounce of spiced simple syrup

Shake together with ice and serve straight up!

Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe:

  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Steep boiling water with whichever spices you want included for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Add ginger root slices, clove, cinnamon sticks, and half a vanilla bean sliced lengthwise.
  3. Other spices are optional - cardamom, allspice berries, star anise, etc. 
    Hands clinking orange cocktail glasses together

    Extra Points: Candles, Candles, Candles!

    The final touch for an evening celebration should always be candles - the warm glow casts a feel of comfort and joy! There is something so elegant about taper candles that adds warmth and charm to the setting for any occasion. These hand-dipped taper candles are dripless, burn for up to 10 hours and come in a variety of colors. Need taper candle holders? We have those too!

    Mulled Wine candle on an entry table

    Add a holiday aroma with our Mulled Wine candle - a cozy touch to your Thanksgiving celebration. Crafted with care, our candles are made from 100% soy wax and feature non-toxic wicks, ensuring a clean and fragrant experience. 

    Fun fact! Thanksgiving is the third biggest flower holiday of the year! Find out what the second biggest is here, and the number one biggest flower holiday is here!

    Your local florist will greatly appreciate you pre-ordering your Thanksgiving blooms. If you’re in San Diego, you can order now, or pop in shop with us the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

    Natalie and Meg eating at a Thanksgiving Table

    Want more tips, tricks, and information about our Thanksgiving Menu? Read more here!

    We also want to take a moment and thank you for supporting our small business - you are what makes Native Poppy possible and we are grateful for you. 


    Meg + the Native Poppies