Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

By Gabrielle. Photography by N. Underwood.

Oh my goodness. It’s Thanksgiving week. It’s here! How are your plans coming along? Menu lined up? Linens decided? How about a centerpiece? If you’re looking for some inspiration, you’re in luck. The amazing Kiana Underwood, a talented florist here in the Bay Area, created a step-by-step tutorial for the gorgeous autumnal fruit-filled arrangement pictured above. And she is generously sharing it with us today.

Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

From Kiana Underwood:

Centerpieces don’t always have to have flowers. A centerpiece with mainly fruits and some succulents makes for an unusual, but lovely centerpiece for a Thanksgiving or general autumn dinner table. I used a basket frog to secure the top-heavy fruit branches in this shallow fruit bowl, and it worked out perfectly.

Flowers and fruits used: persimmon, citrus, ornamental pepper, date, succulent.

Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

Place the basket frog at the center of the bowl, then insert your citrus branches with equal weight distribution on each side. If you don’t distribute the weight evenly, the branches (and your frog) will topple over.

Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

Add the persimmon branches.

Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

I found these lovely ornamental peppers at the market. Their color compliments the rest of the arrangement beautifully, so I added some in between the citrus and persimmon.

Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

Place the succulents on one side of the centerpiece for some lovely asymmetry.

Autumnal Arrangement for Thanksgiving. Step-by-step instructions.

Finally, add the dates for some additional texture and for a draping effect. 

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Not only is this fruit-centric centerpiece beautiful, but it will last quite a long time!

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Stunning, right? And so simple that it’s totally doable too. A huge thanks to Kiana for sharing! If you’d like to see more of Kiana’s work be sure to check out her charming blog, Tulipina.

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