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The Unexpected | 5 Minute Fall Table Setting

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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.

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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!

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  • 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!

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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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33 comments on “The Unexpected | 5 Minute Fall Table Setting”

  1. Love it Julie! Your style never disappoints! Have a great week!!!

  2. 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!

  3. Simply beautiful, Julie! I love the pop of color from the oranges!

  4. So lovely and so simple! Just pinned, thanks for sharing with us.

  5. So pretty, love the simplicity!!

  6. I absolutely adore the simplicity and beauty of this, Julie!! Thanks for being a part of the hop. HUGS!

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  8. I love the simplicity of your table runner, Julie! It’s so pretty! And those fabric place cards are adorable! I’m going to have to try printing on fabric one of these days!

  9. So lovely! And you can’t beat simple during the holidays!

  10. This is seriously amazing, I’m in love! The colors are perfect and the little clementine place settings are SO cute 🙂

  11. I love the clementine place cards! So cute and easy!

  12. your table setting is beautiful- love the mix of oranges and pine cones! the natural colors are beautiful.

  13. Wow, this is so pretty and simple! You can’t beat 5 minutes!

  14. I love how simple this is — just beautiful, too!

  15. Love the simplicity! Definitely doing this 🙂

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  18. This is so beautiful, Julie! Perfect in its simplicity <3

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  25. I love your napkins! simple yet rustic. do you remember where you got them?

  26. Beautiful! Love love the work. Thanks for sharing.

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