How to Make an Edible Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Use seasonal produce to create a one-of-a-kind display for your Thanksgiving table.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

What You'll Need

  • long galvanized tray or bowl
  • seasonal fruits and vegetables

Putting together a holiday dinner is hard work. Instead of worrying about picking up flowers for a centerpiece, why not use leftover ingredients from your turkey dinner? Edible centerpieces are perfect because you can use what you already have in the fridge and, best of all, it can either be donated later or reused for tomorrow night's dinner.

Gather Your Supplies

You can use practically any type of vegetable or fruit for a centerpiece, but seasonal produce is fresher and less expensive. Make sure you have plenty of leafy greens and herbs for the base and filler. For our centerpiece, we used what is growing in our fall garden: turnips, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, radishes and a variety of herbs. The clementines and pears were purchased at the grocery store to add color and interest to the centerpiece.

For the container, use a bowl, crate or plate. This galvanized box is perfect because it comes with a liner to hold water and a grid to easily put together an arrangement. If you're using a bowl or crate, use florist tape to create a grid to help hold the produce in place. 

Create the Base

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Pour water into the container, then layer a base of leafy greens first to support the other vegetables and fruit.

Build It Out

Add in the longer/larger produce. In our case, it's the carrots. You can either go with a symmetrical look (balancing the items evenly on both sides of the centerpiece) or asymmetrical. Add the other large items, making sure not to line up similar colors and sizes next to each other.

Finish With Fillers

Use herbs or small leafy veggies to fill empty spaces and soften the look of the arrangement.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

If you don't plan to use the produce in your holiday arrangement for a meal, consider donating it to your local food pantry. Food pantries are always in need of fresh produce. For a listing of local food pantries that accept fresh produce, check out Ample Harvest.

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