A beautifully styled Thanksgiving table elevates any celebration – whether you’re hosting a small dinner party or a feast for a large group. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a stunning Thanksgiving tablescape to impress your guests.
20 Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Decorating your dining table is a delightful way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for Thanksgiving. Here are 20 décor ideas to help you set the stage for a memorable celebration filled with gratitude, warmth, and love.
1. Harvest Bounty
Celebrate the abundance of the season by incorporating autumnal elements into your table décor. Use pumpkins, gourds, and colorful leaves as centerpieces, and complement them with earth-toned linens and vintage-inspired tableware.
2. Modern Simplicity
Create a sleek table setting with clean lines and minimalistic décor such as a white tablecloth, geometric-shaped placemats, and simple ceramic plates. If you want to add a pop of color, set vibrant napkins and flowers as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece.
3. Rustic Elegance
Embrace the charm of nature with a burlap table runner as the foundation of your tablescape. Add elements like wooden chargers, mason jars, and sprigs of eucalyptus for a touch of greenery.
4. Glamorous Gold
Add a touch of glamour to your Thanksgiving table with a gold-themed décor. Think gold-rimmed plates, glittering candle holders, and metallic accents surrounding your festive meal.
5. Cozy Farmhouse
Use a checkered tablecloth, watering cans filled with wildflowers, and vintage-inspired dinnerware to create a warm atmosphere. Complete the look with rustic candle holders and woven placemats.
6. Natural Elegance
Infuse your table with nature-inspired elements such as Thanksgiving table garlands and flower arrangements. You can also add flameless candles and crystal glassware for a touch of sophistication.
7. Whimsical Wonderland
Create a playful atmosphere with colorful mismatched plates and napkins, and quirky décor items like miniature pumpkins or animal-shaped Thanksgiving centerpieces.
8. Minimalist Chic
Embrace simplicity by sticking to a neutral color palette and setting the table with glass dinnerware. A good Thanksgiving centerpiece idea for this theme is a transparent glass vase filled with flower stems.
9. Vintage Charm
Set your Thanksgiving table with lace tablecloths, antique candlesticks, and delicate China plates. You can also decorate with vintage postcards or handwritten place cards for a nostalgic feel.
10. Autumn Splendor
Embrace the rich colors of fall with decorations in deep orange, burgundy, and gold. Keep in the theme of harvest with a cornucopia table decoration filled with fruits, vegetables, and leaves.
11. Rustic Charm
For a rustic ambience, use wooden slices as chargers, mason jar candle holders, and linen napkins tied with twine. Incorporate fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for a fragrant touch.
12. Contemporary Sophistication
Use a monochromatic color scheme, sleek tableware, and metallic accents for a modern look. Another idea is to incorporate sculptural centerpieces or unique statement pieces to create visual interest.
13. Formal Opulence
Create an extravagant table setting by dressing up your table with a silk tablecloth, crystal glassware, and silver cutlery. Add cascading floral centerpieces and elaborate place settings for that luxurious touch.
14. Natural Simplicity
If you want to keep things simple, try a linen table runner, woven placemats, and ceramic dinnerware. You can also add herbs or small potted plants for an organic look.
15. Festive Plaid
Use a plaid tablecloth, plaid napkins, and tartan ribbon tied around cutlery or flameless candles for a festive look. You can also incorporate pinecones or small evergreen branches for an organic touch.
16. Bohemian Vibes
Create a bohemian-inspired table setting with patterned tablecloths, mix-and-match plates, and vintage glassware. For a whimsical ambience, hang dreamcatchers or macrame accents at the back of the chairs.
17. Classic Elegance
Achieve timeless elegance with crisp white linens and stylish tableware. Add a touch of sophistication with gold-leaf serving plates and autumn blooms in vases.
18. Harvest Feast
Set the scene with wooden crates filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables and earth-toned linens. As a final touch, add lanterns filled with fairy string lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
19. Eclectic Mix
Mix and match different patterns, textures, and colors for a creative table setting. Combine antique vases filled with tall bundles of wheatgrass and metallic pumpkins to create visual interest.
20. Personalized Touch
Add a personal touch with family heirlooms. Display old photographs, handwritten notes, or meaningful trinkets to create a table setting that reflects your loved ones’ stories.
Tips for Decorating a Thanksgiving Table
Follow these tips when decorating your dining table for Thanksgiving:
Pick a Color Palette
Start with a color scheme for your Thanksgiving table setting. Look to nature for inspiration. Think earth tones like brown, green, and white, or go for bolder shades like purple, orange, and crimson. You can also use your artificial fall greenery as the basis of your décor palette for a cohesive look.
Decorate With Fall Foliage
Capture the abundance of nature’s beauty through fall wreaths and garlands. Use greenery decorated with autumn accents as your Thanksgiving centerpiece, then match it with food and table napkins in complementary colors. Small fruits or vegetables can also serve as napkin holders or place cards for the table. Bring the theme throughout the dining room by placing a swag or hanging basket on buffet tables or dessert carts.
Play With Textures
Layer different textures to add depth to your décor. Use natural elements such as wood, burlap, and copper and mix them with softer textures like knitted seat covers, cotton tablecloths, or linen table napkins. If your dining table is made of hardwood, consider adding metal accents to create a nice contrast. You can also place a garland on top of a runner and strategically nestle decorative pieces like pinecones, pears, and glass pumpkins for visual interest.
Add Themed Accents
Using accents in the same theme is a great way to tie everything together. Think of your centerpiece as the anchor for the rest of your Thanksgiving decorations. From there, determine which elements you can repeat to keep it consistent. For instance, if your centerpiece features pumpkins, use mini pumpkins in every place setting. If it has earth tones, use a runner and table napkins in the same hues.
Repurpose Old Items
You don’t have to spend a fortune to style a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. Highlight nature’s bounty with items you already have at home. Fill an old wooden crate with fall harvest or foliage and use that as your centerpiece. Place mini pumpkins or fairy light strings inside lanterns and arrange tall bundles of wheatgrass in antique vases or rustic watering cans.
Cozy Up the Table
Add warmth and movement to your décor with flameless candles. Scattered down the table and across your sideboard, they give off a welcoming glow without the risk of a rogue flame or wax drippings. Another option is to lay out some throws and blankets around your dining room to keep you and your guests cozy during crisp autumn evenings.
Infuse With Scents
Smell is one of the strongest memory triggers and adding scents to the scene not only enhances your guests’ dining experience but also allows you to create unforgettable memories with them. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and fresh apples all have that warm, spicy aroma that’s reminiscent of autumn. Used with our Scents of the Season Fragrance Machine, our fall fragrance oils help set the mood for your celebrations.
Dress Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Create a warm welcome for guests as they enter your home. Display fall décor on your porch, foyer, or patio to draw attention to your entryway. Tie up the theme and use the same type of foliage as your dining table centerpiece for your al fresco areas. You can also dress up your doorways with topiaries filled with mums, autumn greenery, and berries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below we answer some of your most frequently asked questions on Thanksgiving table decorating.
Where To Buy Thanksgiving Table Decorations?
Whether updating your home for the season or entertaining guests for Thanksgiving, Balsam Hill’s selection of fall décor is perfect for creating an inviting atmosphere. We have a wide array of seasonal pieces, from fall foliage and decorative accents to string lights and lanterns.
What Decorations Are Used for Thanksgiving?
Aside from fall wreaths and garlands, other decorations used for Thanksgiving include pumpkins, candles, and throws.
How To Make a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece?
Choose a unique container like a wooden crate, bowl, or glass vase. Fill the bottom with mixed fall leaves, then add harvest elements like pears, apples, and cinnamon sticks. A wreath is another great option – just arrange candles in varied sizes in the center. You can also use a garland in place of a table runner and fill the gaps with votive candles and pumpkins.
How Can I Incorporate Lighting Into My Thanksgiving Table Décor?
Use string lights, votive candles, or lanterns to add a warm and inviting glow to your table. Experiment with different placements and heights to create a captivating visual effect.
Can I Incorporate DIY Elements Into My Thanksgiving Table Décor?
Yes, DIY elements can add a personalized and creative touch to your table décor. Craft your own cornucopia decorations, napkin rings, or place cards using materials like twine, ribbon, or recycled paper.
How Can I Create a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Table Décor?
Use items you already have, such as different plates or mason jars as candle holders. You can also explore thrift stores or dollar stores for affordable yet stylish table décor items.
What Are Some Alternative Options for Traditional Fall Colors in Table Décor?
Consider using shades of gray, blue, or even pastel tones for a unique and modern twist on Thanksgiving table décor.
What Are Some Creative Alternatives To Traditional Centerpieces?
Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece for tables, try succulents, candles of different heights, cornucopia décor, or a collection of decorative pumpkins.
How Can I Incorporate Eco-Friendly Elements Into My Thanksgiving Table Décor?
Opt for reusable tableware such as bamboo plates or cloth napkins. You can also try linen or burlap for tablecloths or runners and use potted plants or fresh herbs as centerpieces.
We hope these Thanksgiving table décor ideas provided a little inspiration for your celebrations this year. Click the button below to see our full collection of Thanksgiving decorations.