Thanksgiving Fall Centerpiece Ideas

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In this post: Thanksgiving Fall Centerpiece Ideas that are easy and budget-friendly. Tips on layering and using natural elements like pumpkins, bittersweet, and boxwood.

thanksgiving fall centerpiece ideas pinecones pumpkins on tray

Hello! Up today are some very simple and budget-friendly Thanksgiving Fall Centerpiece Ideas. You can put these together now and enjoy them all the way up to Thanksgiving Day. Nothing complicated, but they all have a bit of orange which makes them very festive and fun. 

thanksgiving fall centerpiece ideas candles on stacked wood trays

Fall Centerpiece Ideas

The first idea is so simple, but it works because it’s layered. Start with something soft…like a runner. It will add interest and texture as well as ground your centerpiece. Add a tray or even two. Stacking is the perfect way to help the layers along. All I did once I had the base in place was add candles, pumpkins, and bittersweet. The pumpkins aren’t real but I think they almost look like they are. The bittersweet is fresh and colorful. Something like this will last for weeks and takes just a few minutes to put together. 

thanksgiving fall centerpiece ideas candles pumpkins bittersweet on tray

The next idea uses one of my favorite pieces of ironstone. This tureen moves around my house and pops up whenever I need a neutral container. It was a Goodwill find a few years ago and set me back a whopping $3.00. Once again I began with a runner and added a tray. 

thanksgiving fall centerpiece ideas in dining room

I stacked a grapevine bittersweet wreath on the tray and set the tureen down inside the wreath. A smaller bowl inside the tureen worked as a riser for the moss and pumpkin. I love the way this turned out because the orange berries pop off the ironstone. It’s cheerful and welcoming…and very fallish.

thanksgiving fall centerpiece ideas pumpkin in turreen with bittersweet

The last fall centerpiece idea is what my mom would have referred to as “everything but the kitchen sink.” It’s all sorts of natural elements arranged on a large wooden tray. I gathered pine cones, pumpkins, dried hydrangeas, berries, bittersweet and a few faux leaves.

thanksgiving fall centerpiece ideas natural elements on wood tray

I started with the two giant pine cones in the middle flanked by stacked pumpkins. To stack the pumpkins, I had to break off the stem of the base pumpkin so the top one would sit without tipping. After that, I just started adding the smaller elements. I tried to mix up the colors and if there was a hole, I just filled it in with a sprig of hydrangea. Since I used real gourds for this, I gave them a bath first. This helps to extend their life and help mold from appearing.


pumpkins in tub of soapy water

Click these links for more ideas!
Lambs Ear Garland Centerpiece Idea
Natural Fall Centerpiece
Three Burlap Table Runners

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  2. Jill Flory says:

    Lovely ideas Ann! Love them all!

  3. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    LOVE the pumpkin pillow! Super ideas. We always decorate for Thanksgiving once we take all the Halloween nonsense down!


  4. They’re all very pretty Ann, but my favorite is the one with the grapevine base. All the natural element ideas are fantastic.

  5. Lovey center pieces. Always a pleasure to see your lovely home and wonderful ideas

  6. Lovely ideas. Really enjoy seeing the natural elements.
    The pillows are lovely, but I keep hoping to see a linen fabric. A softer, less stark white or creamy color. Any chance?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Ann!
      All the pillow covers through Society6 are white. I am hoping to design some colored covers for Christmas, possibly red, and am working on all that right now. I want to experiment with the backgrounds and hopefully will come up with a way to get an ecru cover. Hang in there with me while I figure all this out! Thank you so much, Ann

  7. Love all your centerpieces, Ann:) Always so lovely and beautifully decorated!

  8. Your table looks beautiful!! I like it that our fall decorations can be used right through Thanksgiving!!! I wonder where I can pick up some bittersweet!!

  9. These are pretty Ann. I noticed a huge pinicone. Did you find that or buy it. I remember being down south and bringing home man huge pinecones


    1. Rosemarie Bonk says:

      Hello, Cindy – I live in N C where the pine cones are the large ones and maybe I could send you some. Today is Second Annual “Random Act of Kindness” Day, and since I was home all day, did not get a chance to do anything about it. And this could be it. Let me know how we can make this happen. From Rosemarie Bonk – A new member and happy about it.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Great job Ann. I love your fall centerpieces. Some of your ideas will end up on my table for Thanksgiving. Thanks.

  11. Linda Mitchell says:

    Hi Ann,
    I just by chance came across your site, and wanted to relay to you how very pleased I was. I am visiting almost every day, and enjoy too going back to your archives as well. You have done such a beautiful job of offering so many lovely ideas, and in such a lovely way. I am married, have two wonderful grown children, a son and daughter, and four, so proud of, grandchildren. I have always enjoyed creating, from quilting, needlework, rug hooking, and photography. Your site nourishes this creative thread in me, and I thank you immensely. I look forward to you!

    We are enjoying a most colorful and beautiful Fall here in Dublin, Ohio! Wherever you may be in this Buckeye state, I hope you are enjoying the same.

    My Best to you,
    Linda Mitchell

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you for writing such a lovely comment Linda…and welcome to On Sutton Place!

  12. Ann Hendershot says:

    absolutely beautiful!!

  13. Sharon H. says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. Each of them are quite doable and very attractive. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Lovely….simple….classic Fall! Thanks for the idea!

  15. Beautiful! You are so lucky to have those huge pine cones.

  16. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    Love all of them, the second one is my favorite!

  17. Great post Ann. I love your ideas. They are simple yet beautiful. A good reminder that “over the top” can be just that. Many of us just don’t have the time for big elaborate displays. Keep ’em coming!

  18. Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters says:

    Beautiful displays Ann, and I loved the tip you shared about the mixture to wash gourds and pumpkins in to help preserve them a little longer. We grew some mini pumpkins in our garden this year and I am having a blast decorating with them. Anything I can do to help them last through the season is worth it. Thanks for sharing.