Looking for easy fall decor ideas? Why not shop at the grocery store? Here’s how to create a fall centerpiece with leaves and fruit.

Have you ever seen this fruit before?

It’s called a Dragon Fruit. It’s a tropical fruit that is high in fiber and low in calories. It has tons of other names including, pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear. When you cut it open, it’s white inside with little black dots. Some people say it tastes like a kiwi and some people say it tastes like a pear.

Dragon Fruit got it’s name because the shape and layers and color of it looks like the flame of a dragon.

Isn’t it beautiful?

I had heard of it, but I’d never seen it.

Until I went to the grocery store to shop for supplies for the Mahjong party that I just hosted.

(total aside: I LOVED playing Mahjong and just bought my own set—but that is a story for another day because today we are talking about Dragon Fruit).

The second I saw it, I knew what I was going to create with it.

Here’s a hint—-it wasn’t something to eat.

Instead? I decorated with it like this.


I made a centerpiece for the table to greet guests when they arrived.

To make it, I shopped the house and the grocery store and those Christmas finds I just showed you on Thistlekeeping.

// stag candle holder //

And I started with this.

This stag candle holder. I found it in the Christmas section, but to me it’s perfect for the entire holiday season. I shared it on Thistlekeeping this Saturday. It’s so heavy and looks SO expensive and high-end and it perfect to take a table from now until Valentine’s Day.

It’s from my favorite line at Walmart—My Texas House. I’ve messaged back and forth with Erin, the creator of the line, before and she is the sweetest and I love everything that she creates.

(total aside: I’ve gotten emails from you that the wreath and a few other things I just shared have already sold out. I want to apologize in advance for things selling out so quickly. I think it’s because holiday stuff just goes so fast.)

How To Create a Fall Centerpiece candle holder

// stag candle holder // flickering candles //

I knew it would be perfect with faux flickering candles like these. The amazing thing about these candles and why I’m using them instead of real candles? I can set them on a timer and forget about them. They are battery operated and come on every night when the sun goes down and turn off later in the evening. So the centerpiece flickers every night and makes the dining room so cozy for fall.

This set is on sale with a 10% coupon, too.

I also think this set of taller votives would work, too, and they are less expensive.

I took a picture of what they look like at night at the end of the post, but I’m also posting a video on Instagram and Facebook if you want to see the centerpiece at night.

How To Create a Fall Centerpiece By Shopping Your Fridge with pomegrantes

How To Create a Fall Centerpiece in the dining room

// blue and white runner // stag candle holder // flickering candles //

How To Create a Fall Centerpiece

How To Create a Fall Centerpiece By Shopping Your Fridge

// blue and white runner // stag candle holder // flickering candles //

And here’s the finished centerpiece.

Once the stag candle holders were in place, the rest was so easy.

How To Create a Fall Centerpiece By Shopping Your Fridge

Here are the steps I used to set up the centerpiece:

  1. Place the blue and white runner on the table.
  2. Place a stag candle holder with flickering candles about 24″ apart.
  3. Add leaves in stems in different fall colors (you can just tuck them in and around the candle holders) or add a vase to the center with a few stems.
  4. Tuck Dragon Fruit and pomegrantes from the grocery store in and amongst the leaves.

That’s it.

So easy and simple.

Want to see what it looks like at night?

Oh, good. Me, too.

Here’s the flickering centerpiece that greeted the Mahjong guests last night.

The lights were flickering and the dining room looked so cozy when they walked in the front door.

But just between us?

I’ve never been so happy the room was lit by candlelight.

In the middle of the party, I walked by the dining room…

…and realized I had left the produce stickers on the Dragon Fruit.

Good times.

The moral of this centerpiece story?

If you shop the grocery store for your centerpiece? Take off the stickers so the world doesn’t know it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Image for Mary Ellen Mary Ellen

    KariAnne.... ๐Ÿ˜‚ Lolol....I made stuffed peppers for a family dinner....set up dining room table, mashed potatoes, green beans and stuffed peppers. Everyone placed a pepper on their plate and as we started eating my grandson says...there is still a sticker on my pepper! I was horrified as I was sure I took off all the stickers as I washed the peppers! I totally understand ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ glad to know others do the same!

  2. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Such a beautiful tablescape. Cant wait to hear about your first Mahjong game and the fun you had. I love dragon fruit! Try it with vanilla yogurt its great. Big Hugs,

  3. Image for Marlene Marlene

    I love dragon fruit and never thought to use it in a centerpiece. Yours looks beautiful with all the pretty leaves to go with it. Thanks for the idea and hope you had lots of fun.

  4. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Iโ€™m curious to know how much you paid for your dragon fruit? I buy two every week and cut them up into chunks and put them in a container for hubby. I think they are tasteless,so they donโ€™t interest me, but he likes them and (perhaps this isTMI) , they are really good for your bowels as well.I pay $3.98 for one!

  5. Image for Missy Missy

    The dragonfruit is such an interesting shape and I love the colors! Your centerpiece looks beautiful! I'm definitely checking out the stag!

  6. Image for Lynne Billing Lynne Billing

    My brother grows acres of dragon fruit up in the tropics near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Way up north from me, I'm down south in Victoria. It's an interesting fruit and is grown on very tall supports and has to be hand fertilised at night. It comes in other colours and flavours too. I prefer the one with the red flesh it has a little more flavour but is still fairly bland. The best way to eat them is to make them into sorbet, then they taste delicious.

    1. Image for Joan Clanton Joan Clanton

      We have a New York State dairy store, Stewart's. that won best sherbet with their mango dragonfruit sherbet recently. It is my grandchickies favorite. Bright pink and deep orange. So pretty and so flavorful. They also won prizes for the best chocolate ice cream and the best milk. WAY TO GO STEWART'S!

  7. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    That is so awesome. I love the whole thing. It really is so appealing. Looks great in day and night. I hope you had fun at your party.

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