Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Decorations, Fall Garland Table Runner

Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Simple fall place settings with persimmons, bay leaves, olive branches and ivy

As temperatures cool and leaves change color in Sonoma wine country, I’m testing out centerpiece ideas for Thanksgiving table decorations and a new fall place setting. 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 this year’s floral centerpiece, which features fall persimmons, olives and ivy leaves in a garland table runner. 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.

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

Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Decorations

  • Create a fall garland table runner centerpiece for simple, elegant wine country style. 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. For instructions on how to create a greenery garland, view my DIY greenery garland table runner video.
  • Add a pop of color to your Thanksgiving table setting décor by topping your garland table runner with persimmons, tree leaves or other fall fruits and vegetables from your local market. (Small red kabocha squash, carnival squash or sugar pumpkins are other favorites.) 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 Table Decorations - Fall Place Setting and Fall Napkin Ring Holder with Red Leaf, Gold Napkin
A red Boston ivy leaf tucked into a copper-colored napkin ring makes for a beautiful Thanksgiving table place setting.

Fall Place Settings & Fall Napkin Rings Ideas

  • Bring nature into your Thanksgiving decorations by placing a single tree leaf (Boston ivy pictured) inside each napkin ring to create a beautiful, simple fall place setting.
  • Use gold, orange or red napkins on your Thanksgiving table to complement the color of each fall leaf napkin ring holder. When leaves are red, I prefer gold napkins. When leaves are yellow, red or burgundy napkins.
  • If you can’t find red leaves, tuck a small branch of bay leaves into a napkin ring or place atop a napkin to bring lovely aromatics to each place setting.
  • If you don’t want to use napkin rings, place a persimmon directly on top of each place setting in lieu of a fall napkin ring.

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

Thanksgiving Fall Place Setting - Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving Table - Fall Napkin Rings and Garland Table Runner

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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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