Fall Garland Table Runner with persimmons with Fall Place Setting and Fall Napkin Ring Holder

Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Decorations

As temperatures cool and leaves change color in Sonoma wine country, I’m testing out centerpiece ideas for Thanksgiving table decorations. Each year, I try to create elegant yet simple Thanksgiving table décor for the Jordan family’s holiday dinner at the winery, and I’m sharing a few different floral centerpieces from past years. Here are tips on how to create your own Thanksgiving table decorations with wine country style. Don’t forget to open a few bottles of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to complete your elegant Thanksgiving dinner.

Centerpiece Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table Decoration Ideas, Garland Table Runner with Persimmons
Create this simple Thanksgiving garland table runner centerpiece with persimmons, Boston ivy leaves, spanish moss, olive branches and bay tree leaves.

Natural Fall Items

This floral centerpiece, which features fall persimmons, olives and ivy leaves, is a simple, elegant wine country garland table runner. Place bunches of olive branches, eucalyptus or bay leaves centered on the table in place of a fabric runner. If the olive tree branches still have a few purple olives on them, even better. Sonoma olive harvest season usually coincides with Thanksgiving, so olive tree branches are the perfect touch for a fall dinner table centerpiece in wine country. Because Jordan Winery is covered in Boston ivy, I like to place red ivy leaves across the table centerpiece for color contrast. Give your Thanksgiving table decorations a natural, rustic touch by adding bunches of Spanish moss as filler.

Thanksgiving Holiday Tablescape Centerpiece with red, orange and yellow flowers
Ruby red pomegranates, orange zinnias and burgundy leucadendrons add pops of color to this greenery garland Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Pops of Color

Using my eucalyptus greenery table runner as a base, I incorporated grevillea, mini millet, millet bronze, leucadendron and zinnias. Add a pop of color to your Thanksgiving table setting décor by topping your garland table runner with pomegranates, tree leaves or other fall fruits and vegetables from your local market. (Persimmons, crab apples, small red kabocha squash, carnival squash or sugar pumpkins are other favorites.)

Thanksgiving Holiday Tablescape Centerpiece with branches and succulents
A neutral tablecloth allows this subtle green Thanksgiving table decoration to shine with a variety of succulents, moss and branches.

Subtle Succulents

As I increasingly forage around the Jordan Estate for inspiration, I’m always looking for those perfectly sized oak branches with a touch of soft green moss. For a more subtle centerpiece, I secured seeded eucalyptus, spanish moss and my favorite succulents to my latest oak branch discovery. Similar tips from my living wreath with succulents apply for this centerpiece. Sempervivums have thick, sturdy leaves and can tolerate more movement, like a wine glass brushing against it. Echeverias have soft, plump leaves that are more delicate; some varieties have tighter rosettes (imbricata), while others have vibrantly colored leaves. The only succulents I don’t recommend are sedums with trailing or hanging parts, because they can be delicate and difficult to work with. This long-lasting centerpiece can be kept for many months by simply submerging the entire piece in water for a few minutes.

To complete the fall-themed table, be sure to read our Thanksgiving and Fall Place Setting Ideas.

From the entire Jordan Winery family, we hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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About the Author

As one of eight children, Nitsa Knoll doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t helping host parties for her Greek family in Southern California. She naturally gravitated toward planning beautiful events with bold colors and flowers as focal points. Today, she spends her days overseeing events and hospitality at Jordan Winery, where she works alongside her husband, Todd Knoll. With an eye for design, her creative mind is constantly at work, planning the next dinner party or designing a new floral arrangement. She finds constant inspiration from the trees and flowers growing at Jordan Estate and throughout Sonoma County.

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