Combine the beauty of vibrant orange clementines with a little greenery, pinecones and candles, and you’ve got the easiest long-lasting centerpiece. Our mandarin orange centerpiece adds easy-going charm to any fall or winter event!

This beautiful table setting works throughout fall and winter, and it smells as good as it looks!

Thanksgiving table decor: A table adorned with oranges, pine cones, and candles creates a stunning centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.
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I love a little surprise and 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 and the most beautiful color palette. In fact, it would make an incredible take home favor.

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Mandarin Orange Centerpiece

I rarely invest more than $20 in my table settings and this table is no exception. One of the ways that I keep things affordable it to re-use what we already have!

I always have both pillar candles and tapers on hand. I had the girls collect pine cones in our yard, and then we purchased oranges and a bag of clementines.

We also found a wispy little floral stem at my grocery store for $1 – it offered more than enough to work with and of course I couldn’t skip my favorite seeded eucalyptus.

Much of this centerpiece is edible after your event, creating less waste. Create your own sprawling five minute fall and winter table setting in just a few easy steps!

Rustic & beautiful Thanksgiving table setting

Ingredients

  • Oranges
  • Clementines
  • Pine Cones
  • Candles – I used a mix of votives and pillars.
  • Flower Stem – We used a pretty stem of white larkspur. Anything with individual blooms on a long stem will work well. How to arrange flowers for Thanksgiving - an easy 5 minute tutorial
  • Eucalyptus
5 minute fall table runner - easy DIY for Thanksgiving

How to Make

  1. Add Pillar Candles to Table – Make a runner with your candles.
  2. Pinecones – Add a few pinecones next to the candles, alternating their direction as needed.
  3. Add Greenery and Blooms – Tuck in snips of eucalyptus & floral stems – especially at the ends.
  4. Add Fruit – Finally, add oranges and clementines for a vibrant finishing touch.
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
Beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece - a 5 minute diy tutorial

Place Cards

For place cards, I printed our names on fabric and pulled strings to fray the edges for a little rustic charm.

They pinned easily into clementines that I adorned with eucalyptus leaves and buds from the flower stem I used in the floral table runner.

It makes each place setting feel personal in under five minutes. To print on fabric, use my method or the new printable fabric sheets I discovered at that time.

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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23 Comments

  1. Julie,

    Love your ideas! So simple and fun and beautiful.

    And your photography makes me sigh….every.single.time. 🙂

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne