Inspired by the Fall season and the Thanksgiving holiday, I created this fresh garland for the table. For me, Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends while enjoying a warm, comforting home-cooked meal around the dining room table. This symmetrical garland is low and can be viewed from every angle, which is ideal when making an arrangement for the table. Fall provides so many flowers with remarkable textures and colors. I chose magnolia leaves for their gorgeous deep green color. The fragrant eucalyptus has large round leaves that take up space and create volume, while the grevillea foliage brought a welcome rough texture to the design. Lastly, the assorted chrysanthemums provided lively color to the table.

How to Make a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Flower magazine’s Jessica Cohen shows how to make a Thanksgiving table centerpiece garland using magnolia branches and other greenery, assorted red chrysanthemums, and solidago.


  • Assorted chrysanthemums
  • Dyed solidago
  • Grevillea foliage
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Silver dollar eucalyptus

Tools and Supplies

  • Clippers
  • Paddle Wire – 22 gauge
  • Twine
thanksgiving table centerpiece

The garland can be used as a table centerpiece, atop a mantel, or on a sideboard as seen here.

Floral design and video production by Jessica Cohen

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