Best Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Thanksgiving is a time to show off not only your cooking skills, but also some decorating skills. The Thanksgiving tablescape is a great way to display your creative side, and it offers a beautiful atmosphere while your guests enjoy their meal. 

Now you might start getting overwhelmed with all the Thanksgiving table setting ideas running through your head. Before that happens, take a deep breath and let it out slowly. It will be okay. This guide will inspire you to create a stunning fall table setting that your guests will remember for years to come.

Neutral Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Inspired by natural elements, this neutral Thanksgiving dining table décor by Craft Berry Bush brings a sense of life to the dining room. Start with a flax-colored, textured tablecloth. Your tablecloth not being the star of the show allows the pops of subtle color from your centerpiece to shine. 

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

The centerpiece needs to start with a wooden tray full of cream-colored pumpkins in assorted sizes stacked on each other. Add some greenery, like these artificial flocked eucalyptus stems. Complete the look by gathering pinecones from your backyard. This will bring the beauty of nature to the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Maybe the most effective piece of this Thanksgiving table setting is also the most understated. The use of sheet music for placemats gives it a unique, elegant visual appeal without pulling attention away from the centerpiece, which is the star of the show.

Rustic Thanksgiving Table Decor

If you like the idea of natural Thanksgiving décor, but want more color, then this rustic chic Thanksgiving tablescape from City Farmhouse is the perfect place to draw some inspiration. 

The piece from this tablescape that really stands out is the plaid placemats. But they aren’t placemats at all. The designer explains that they are scarves draped across the table. What a clever idea! Recreate this look with a Classic Cashmere Feel Winter Scarf

The plaid goes surprisingly well with all the gold. You can add pops of gold to your Thanksgiving table setting décor with Serene Spaces Living Set of 4 Gold Floral Pear Bud Vases and these Set of Three Glass Pillar Candle Lanterns.

Tie it all together with a rustic centerpiece. This Large Wood Slice will look great with a simple centerpiece, and it also includes wood table holders that you can use for Thanksgiving name place cards.

Moody Thanksgiving Table Setting

Grab some purple, green, black, and gold to recreate Apartment 34’s tabletop. The colors all come together nicely to create a moody and romantic atmosphere. 

Start with a 6’ Artificial Green Magnolia Garland and add in more natural elements like fresh flowers and fruits. The fresh fruits and flowers blend with the charcuterie boards to blur the line between food and décor; but in a good way. The big leaves from the magnolia garland create a bold and beautiful statement without being too over-the-top. 

Another striking feature from this tablescape is the dark purple napkins with gold napkin rings. That gold really makes the dark purple stand out and gives it a regal look while pulling together some of the more disparate elements of this table setting.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Décor

The next Thanksgiving table setting inspiration is by White Buffalo Styling Co. Head outdoors to achieve this natural and enchanting look. While it might seem strange at first, the outside can provide a great setting especially if you have a bigger group. 

Bring the less-used colors of nature during autumn, like green and brown, to your table. This green and white set of pumpkins is a great start. Add in browns by using small log pillars to hold pillar candles and round wood slices as chargers. Real wood logs are the most affordable and natural option but if you can’t get what you need, this Faux Wood Resin Logs Tea Lights Holder makes a beautiful replacement.

The dark green from the glasses provides a gorgeous pop of bright color. Achieve the look with this Handmade Colored Drinking Glasses Set. The natural light of the outdoors really makes them glow.

Elegant Thanksgiving Centerpiece

If you desire something a little more elegant, then look no further. This stunning centerpiece from Thistlewood Farms will leave your guests mesmerized. Everything about this Thanksgiving décor shines and glistens. 

Add just a little shimmer with candle holders of varying heights. You don’t want the candle holders to outshine the rest of the display so choose a silver polished finish like this Set of 3 Pillar Candle Holders. It will look great while complimenting the rest of your motif.

This White Ceramic Pumpkin with Vine Accents will look stunning on those candle holders. You will need more than one to get the same result. Create a focal point by grabbing your guests’ attention with this champagne glitter pumpkin.

Traditional Thanksgiving Table

Get ready to swoon over this traditional Thanksgiving table setting by Sanctuary Home Decor. All of the tablescapes presented here are beautiful, but there is just something about that traditional Thanksgiving décor that brings up memories of the family sitting around Grandma’s dining room table. This tablescape hits that sweet spot of being homey, yet still very classic.

The decor will require vintage pieces like this Antiqued Brass Vase full of flowers that recall the good ole days, such as hydrangeas or roses. Place it on a Hand Braided Table Runner. This will add some texture and a homier feeling. 

Grab some acorns from the backyard, and maybe even some pinecones to scatter across the table for simple Thanksgiving table decorations. Finish it with some white pumpkins.

Thanksgiving Table Setting

Whether you opt for a more traditional approach or an elegant one, this list of Thanksgiving table setting ideas will inspire you to explore your creative side. Copy an idea completely, just use bits and pieces, even combine some of these ideas. Have fun with it and don’t get stressed. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is bringing joy to your guests and yourself.

If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving Centerpieces make sure to check out this post.

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