Last Minute Thanksgiving Centerpieces & Decorations

Since Thanksgiving is so much about the food it is easy to forget about Thanksgiving Centerpieces or how you are going to set the table and add a little fall flair to your home.

Being so involved with the recipes, I have ruined at least 2 Thanksgiving pies already (forgot to add the sugar to the pumpkin) and my husband is now asking for a Banana Cream pie today.

I have never made Banana Cream Pie before but he noticed a bunch of bananas going brown on our counter.

20 Easy Thanksgiving table settings (2)


Despite the pie errors and other side dishes, I am trying to get done before the gang gets here today,  I need to also set the table.

Fortunately, I still have some fall decorations out from Halloween so I just need to make a few adjustments on the table.


I thought I would share with you a few quick last minute Thanksgiving decorating ideas that you probably already have at home or can get at the grocery store for one of your last trips for forgotten whipping cream!!


Last Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

I have a simple hurricane candle that I move around and I replaced the candy corn pumpkins for popcorn as the filler. You can absolutely still use candy but I wanted a change.


Edible Cornucopia but as place cards.


Edible Thanksgiving Placeholders

For the table, you can make simple cornucopia for the kids with ice cream cones and leftover Halloween candy. Super simple and you most likely have everything at home.


Using Natural Items for a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

These centerpiece ideas are not only easy to put together but also incorporate the natural beauty of the fall season. Feel free to customize them based on your preferences and the available materials you have on hand.

For the table I used two vases filled low with flowers and leftover gourds and bittersweet. If you like the natural look you can simply add any natural twig or vine in your yard.



You can also add beautiful leaves under plates for a pop of color. Not extravagant but festive at the same time.

Be sure to check out our post about preserving acorns so you can use them to decorate the house too. 

Pumpkin Vase Arrangement:

Pumkin vase for Thanksgiving table - 1 on cream backgroun

    • Take a medium-sized pumpkin and cut off the top, creating a wide opening.
    • Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the inside.
    • Place a small glass or plastic container inside the pumpkin to hold water.
    • Fill the container with water and arrange a bouquet of fall flowers, such as sunflowers, mums, or daisies, inside the pumpkin vase.

Candlelit Harvest Centerpiece:

Candlelit Harvest Centerpiece: for Thanksgiving table - on green table cloth

      • Fill a shallow wooden tray or a decorative serving platter with small gourds, pinecones, and colorful leaves.
      • Place a variety of pillar candles in different heights and sizes among the fall elements.
      • Light the candles just before your Thanksgiving meal for a warm and inviting atmosphere.


Fruit and Nut Cornucopia:

cornucopia for Thanksgiving table by window

        • Get a cornucopia basket, which is readily available at craft stores.
        • Fill the cornucopia with a mixture of seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and grapes.
        • Add in some nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, for a rustic touch.
        • You can enhance the display by scattering a few colorful autumn leaves around the base.

Other amazing last-minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Make these simple DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces for last minute decor at your table.

Here’s to wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving and hoping you can stay focused on your family and friends instead of worrying about Black Friday or Thursday as it seems to be now!!

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