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11 Table Centerpiece Ideas for Fall

Now that Labor Day is behind us, it’s time to focus on fall decorating. Today I’m sharing 11 Table Centerpiece Ideas for Fall Decorating by using thrifted, DIY, and collected items to create unique decor for Autumn entertaining and dinner parties.

A table centerpiece is almost always a focal point in a room. Whether you are setting the table for a family meal, a dinner party, or want a pretty table, the centerpiece is so essential.

Today we are focused on budget-friendly fall centerpiece ideas to help you keep your decorating expenses to a minimum this fall.

Let’s take a look at these blast from the past favorites.

What is a Table Centerpiece?

When considering a table centerpiece, a floral arrangement often comes to mind.

However, according to Merriam Webster, the definition is: “an object occupying a central position especiallyan adornment in the center of a table.”

Alternative Centerpiece Ideas

Therefore, not all centerpieces have to be floral. Here are a few examples of alternative centerpiece ideas.

  • Vases of flowers, greenery, sticks, etc.
  • A bowl filled with fruit, vegetables, ornaments, etc.
  • Candlesticks and candles
  • Ornamental Vase or container left empty
  • Lanterns
  • Grouping of small table accessories such as silverware, salt and pepper shakers, stacks of decorative dishes, etc.

Rustic Greenhouse/She Shed Table Setting

The greenhouse/she shed table looks festive and decorated for fall.

It includes 5 Creative Fall Tablescape Ideas, including the centerpiece.

The table is 8 feet long, and a scrunched tablecloth runs the center of the table. In addition, a vintage wooden riser anchors the table’s center and holds a vintage handcrafted basket filled with faux rust and creme stems.

DIY Tin Can Lanterns provide candlelight next to the arrangement.

Greenhouse worktable for a she shed dinner party and handcrafted basket fall centerpiece

Table Centerpiece Ideas for Porch Dining

Here is a unique table centerpiece idea in which you use a long tray for the table center. This one is filled with faux stems, dried okra pods, and mini pumpkins to create a fun table centerpiece.

This was a fall table that introduced these Packing Material Plate Charger’s.

A metal tray centerpiece filled with fall stems, dried okra pods and mini pumpkins along with packing material DIY Plate Chargers

Last year’s porch table was filled with many DIY projects. However, the centerpiece was effortless.

It consisted of a tobacco stick lantern filled with faux fall berries and an Antique Candle Co. candle.

Then it was surrounded by vintage brass candlesticks with chunky white candles.

To see all the details about this table, check out Table Decor Ideas For Fall.

Screened Porch Fall Tablescape with decoupage pumpkins and plaster leaf plate chargers.

Finally, this Amazing Late Summer Tablescape centerpiece consisted of a simple candle ring filled with vintage brass candlestick with fresh flowers tucked into the mix.

Gather a grouping of vintage brass candlesticks inside a fall wreath for a creative table centerpiece ideas.

Fall in the Outdoor Kitchen

I love this Cheap Outdoor Table Centerpiece Idea from a few years ago.

The thrifted DIY Earthenware Vessel was easy to make and very inexpensive. To fill the vessel for a fall centerpiece, I gathered flowers from the late summer garden and pulled autumn leaves from the surrounding trees.

Simple but beautiful table centerpiece ideas.

Outdoor Kitchen using a DIY Earthenware vessel with fresh cut flowers and autumn leaves for table centerpiece

Another fun theme was a Fall Campfire Party, and I purchased battery-operated lanterns to light the outdoor table. Faux pumpkins and fall stem surrounded the battery-powered candle.

Lantern centerpiece for a fall dinner table in the outdoor kitchen.  Faux pumpkins and flowers surround a candle.
Battery Operated Candles inside a lantern provide light for the outdoor tables

Lastly, another DIY Budget Friendly Fall Centerpiece consisted of fresh cut leaves and florals with the addition of fall plants before they were added to the garden. A few pumpkins, gourds, and herbs completed the fall table centerpiece.

A Fall Table Centerpiece using fall plants and gourds, pumpkins for an alfresco dinner party.
Plants purchased for the garden can be used prior to planting to enhance a centerpiece

Vintage Picnic Centerpiece

This Vintage Fall Picnic Centerpiece was such a fun table setting for the pier. Using the vintage picnic basket as the actual centerpiece was easy to accomplish.

To keep the fresh-cut flowers from drooping, fill a vase with water and place it inside the picnic basket. Then make sure all the stems are in the water before closing the basket lid.

A few faux apples and a napkin spilling from the basket helps hide the vase from view.

A vintage picnic basket table centerpiece idea for a fall outdoor table on the pier.
A plate full of fresh persimmons adds to the fall colors

Late Summer Blooms and Herbs

This is just one of the ideas you’ll see on Fresh Flower Arrangements for Fall Centerpieces.

Take advantage of any blooms still hanging around for the first frost.

If you don’t have an abundance of blooms, cut some fresh herbs or fall leaves to fill any gaps in your arrangements.

Fresh Hydrangeas make a beautiful table centerpiece when placed in large stoneware crock.
Adding a large tray will anchor several items to create a unique table centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

You know that a fun centerpiece is a must for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving tablescapes.

This Thrift Store Thanksgiving Tablescape was so fun to put together using nothing but thrifted tableware.

The large hurricane lantern is one of two that I got for a song while Thrifting with the Gals. The large candlesticks, water glasses, dishes, and dessert parfait cups came from thrift stores.

The acorns were gathered from underneath our trees to fill in around the candle, safely enclosed in a glass jar. The more miniature grapevine wreaths foraged, the larger one was also thrifted.

Gather acorns and thrifted hurricane lanterns create a fall centerpiece with grapevine wreaths.
Foraged grapevine and acorns create a rustic tablescape

Lastly, the Idea for Fall Friendsgiving Table Centerpiece combines 2 DIY Twig Containers and Craft Paper DIY Leaves, similar to the Leaf Garland made for the porch.

The vignette was completed with a large wooden slice to anchor all the pieces, a few faux gourds, and a vintage amber bottle to complete the trio of containers in the centerpiece.

When putting together a vignette, it’s always best to use an uneven number of like items.

This DIY Fall Centerpiece idea is made up of twig containers and craft paper leaves, dried fruit and amber bottles.
DIY Container and Paper Leaf Stems

I hope you enjoyed all the centerpiece ideas.

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Wednesday 7th of September 2022

These fall inspired tablescapes are amazing, Rachel! I feel like I get stuck in a rut sometimes doing the same thing over and over so this gives me lots of inspiration. Can't wait to follow along on all your adventures this season. Hugs, CoCo


Thursday 8th of September 2022

CoCo, Fall is so fun and it's always good to look back.


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

So many great ideas. Wow! This is amazing


Thursday 8th of September 2022

Renae, I'm so glad you liked these ideas.


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

So many great ideas, Rachel! Love them all 🥰🧡


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Lynn, I really appreciate this.


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

So many fantastic ideas! Love and enjoy seeing your creativity. You blow my mind Rachel.


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Cindy, Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Don't you just love old brass candlesticks and so much inspiration Rachel🙌🏻


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Ann, Yes, I'm slightly obsessed with anything for the table.