The Unexpected | 5 Minute Fall Table Setting

5 minute thanksgiving table setting - easy DIY centerpiece tutorial

I love a little surprise & it doesn’t always have to come in the form of a gift. A little unexpected pop of color or incorporating something that isn’t typical makes a room, an outfit or a table more interesting. Orange is an expected fall color, but you don’t often find the fruit in fall decorations. This table setting was inspired by the potpourri I made last fall. It was simple, all natural & the most beautiful color palette. In fact, it would make an incredible take home favor.

Rustic & beautiful Thanksgiving table setting

I rarely invest more than $10 in my table settings & this table is no exception. I always have both pillar candles & tapers on hand. I had the girls collect pine cones in our yard, purchased oranges & a bag of clementines. I also found a wispy little floral stem at my grocery store for $1 – it offered more than enough to work with & seeded eucalyptus. This, like my 5 minute centerpiece is edible, creating less waste. Create your own sprawling 5 minute fall table setting in just a few easy steps!

How to arrange flowers for Thanksgiving - an easy 5 minute tutorial

Supplies:

  • oranges
  • clementines
  • pine cones
  • candles {I used a mix of votives & pillars}
  • 1 flower stem
  • eucalyptus

5 Minute Fall Table Setting Tutorial:

5 minute fall table runner - easy DIY for Thanksgiving

  1. make a runner with candles
  2. add a few pinecones next to the candles, alternating their direction as needed
  3. tuck in snips of eucalyptus & floral stems – especially at the ends
  4. add oranges & clementines

Beautiful Thanksgiving table - easy DIY tutorial for beginners!

Beautiful Thanksgiving table - easy DIY tutorial for beginners!

Don’t be afraid to get creative – you really can’t go wrong!

Beautiful Thanksgiving table - easy DIY tutorial for beginners!

Gorgeous fall or winter table setting - beautiful rustic floral table runner

Moody, rustic & gorgeous Thanksgiving tablecape

Beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece - a 5 minute diy tutorial

Beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece - a 5 minute diy tutorial

For place cards, I printed our names on fabric & pulled strings to fray the edges. They pinned easily into clementines that I adorned with eucalyptus leaves & buds from the flower stem I used in the floral table runner. It makes each place setting feel personal in under 5 minutes {for the entire table!} To print on fabric, use my method or the new printable fabric sheets I discovered at Hobby Lobby.

Beautiful Thanksgiving place setting in just 5 minutes!

Thanksgiving place setting with personalized place cards printed on fabric {in under 5 minutes!}

I love how the rustic “table runner” frames each place setting, don’t you?

Thanksgiving place setting with personalized place cards printed on fabric {in under 5 minutes!}

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If you’re looking for more inspiring Thanksgiving table settings, stop by some of my favorite blogs!

Live Laugh RoweMy Fabuless Life | Eighteen25
Lolly Jane | Homey Oh My | Thistlewood Farms | Persia Lou
A Night Owl Blog | Love Grows Wild | Anderson & Grant | The Crafted Sparrow
The Golden Sycamore | City Farmhouse | Ella Claire Inspired
At The Picket Fence | Brepurposed | Julie Blanner | Primitive & Proper
Design Dining & Diapers | The 36th Avenue | Unskinny Boppy | Blooming Homestead
Shabby Creek Cottage | Delineate Your Dwelling | Clean & Scentsible

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Julie

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