Let’s talk turkey. Well, not exactly. We all know Thanksgiving isn’t all about the bird. (And we’re not referring to football, either.) Setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table is part of the tradition, as it welcomes guests with your own personal charm and sets the stage for the bountiful feast that lies ahead.
We’ve found some easy and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape and table setting ideas that are sure to bring a sense of nostalgia to your guests and a touch of beauty to your day with family.
Let your guests find their place at the table by finding an old picture of themselves. These personalized place cards are sure to touch their hearts and spark conversation of times gone by. Accent your table settings with a striking centerpiece of your favorite fall foliage to round out the look.
Soft and Natural
Simple elegance goes a long way when you’re designing your Thanksgiving tablescape. Below, a crisp white tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for soft-colored pumpkins, seasonal foliage and fresh pinecones. This natural theme is a great way to show off your favorite china and crystal, while bringing a sense of warmth to the table.
If dining al fresco is not an option at your house this Thanksgiving, you can still bring a touch of the outdoors inside by using wood accents and creating a centerpiece of fresh fruits and flowers. It’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to the season while adding elegance to your table settings.
Help Yourself Buffet
For larger crowds or casual dining, a buffet is the way to go. By serving buffet style, pressure is taken off you, the host, and your guests are allowed to help themselves to your delicious feast. Below, the serving table is adorned with beautiful garland and accented with white tapered candles and a festive floral arrangement.
Keep the kids busy with these easy-to-make placemats. It’s an inexpensive and fun way to make them feel part of the holiday, while also keeping them entertained at the table. Kraft paper makes a great coloring surface for them to draw or stencil their favorite Thanksgiving designs. To free up time for yourself beforehand, consider recruiting older kids to help out with the stenciling. Add some crayons and watch them go.
The Look for Less
A beautiful thanksgiving table setting doesn’t have to break the bank. Try shopping – in your house – to repurpose assorted treasures into a festive tablescape. Below, white pedestal candleholders make the perfect display for mini-pumpkins, while a brass planter adds just the right touch as a rustic centerpiece.
Fresh cranberries are bountiful this time of year and can be used in ways other than as an accompaniment for your turkey. Below, fresh cranberries fill the base of a clear vase to hold stems in place. This is a festive way to add a splash of color to your centerpiece. (Just be sure to give them a good wash before submerging them in water.)
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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!