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5 Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece Alternatives

These 5 Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas leave typical fall colors and textures behind for fresh, timeless table décor.

Have you gotten stuck in the pumpkin and candle rut when it comes to Thanksgiving table décor? Don’t feel bad. I did, too. Every year my table was loaded with pumpkins, gourds, and shades of orange. Don’t get me wrong, they looked absolutely amazing. I’m not afraid to brag.

But year after year, the same thing starts to get a little old. Then one day last week, while planning this year’s menu, it hit me. There’s no rule that says I have to do it that way again.

Who says the table has to have pumpkins? Who says the dining room has to have every shade of red, orange, and brown? Who says I even have to use fall décor at all? Nobody, that’s who.

But with this newfound proclamation of individuality, what can I do to change it up without losing the Thanksgiving atmosphere? The answer? Google it, of course.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Alternative
Image Source: SB Chic

1. Pick Up Some Persimmons

I’m crazy about this arrangement. I’ll admit, I’ve never even heard of persimmons before. But after seeing this, I’m pretty sure I can’t decorate another table without them again. They are kind of like plums and have these gorgeous branches. You’ll definitely see this in my house very soon.

Fruit for Centerpiece
Image Source: Julie Blanner

2. Swap Veggies For Fruit

Want to use fruit but need something a little more obtainable? Opt for a wooden tray of apples and pears. Nothing says fall like this duo does. And the eucalyptus sprigs really take a simple fruit tray to the next level.

Go Green Centerpiece
Image Source: Country Living Magazine

3. Go Green

Don’t be afraid to go green. Think outside the stereotypical color scheme and fill vases or jars with a monochromatic green arrangement. It will go with almost anything and you can even create them with findings from your yard.

As an added bonus, the mini-arrangements can be sent home with guests as a special favor.

Farmers Market Centerpiece
Image Source: A Subtle Revelry

4. Raid The Produce Aisle

Now this has got to be one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen. A wooden trough filled with fresh seasonal veggies just screams autumn. The bright colors are so festive and really gets everyone in the mood for the holiday. The best part? You can buy everything you need while shopping for your menu groceries. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

I actually did this a couple of years ago and it was such a huge hit! My guests were so impressed.

thanksgiving centerpiece ideas

5. Showcase The Meal

You know, a centerpiece really isn’t all that necessary anyway. You spend all day cooking beautiful dishes and then stash them in the kitchen. Don’t hide that golden turkey, the fancy sides, and the perfectly crafted dinner rolls. Put them front and center! Skip the table decor altogether and put all the good stuff within reach.

Inspired to try something new this year? I’d love to hear your ideas! 


  1. All of these are so beautiful!

  2. Gorgeous ideas! The first one is my favorite!

  3. Sandra gandy

    every table on your post is beautiful. I love the idea about putting the food on the table.

  4. Lovely! I certainly agree with you on the not hiding our cooked dinner in the kitchen:).

  5. My Thanksgiving table is usually composed of the same pieces done differently. This year I’m thinking I’d like to do something totally different so your post comes at a good time for inspiration.

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