Hosting Thanksgiving this year? While you’re likely busy putting together your menu, don’t neglect your table!
Welcome guests or treat family to something special when you decorate your table for Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a decorator, you can go as simple as you like, decorating with only organic elements and a few pumpkins here and there.
Here’s how to elevate your turkey day decor this year.
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Thanksgiving tablescape ideas
Many Thanksgiving dinner hosts choose to adorn their tables with organic materials, as the season is rich in selection– think mums, red berries, sunflowers, green hydrangeas, eucalyptus and acorns, just to name a few.
Go for fresh florals or choose faux florals to use again and again. My favorite place to get faux florals is Etsy or Hobby Lobby and I love Whole Foods or Trader Joes for fresh flowers.
Copper and gold accents, whether it be silverware or vases, work beautifully with the colors of fall. Don’t forget votive candles to create ambiance, too!
Gray, white and green thanksgiving table
We’ll kick things off with my favorite look–these gray and black painted pumpkins, fresh eucalyptus greenery and marble plates are a stunning combination. You can get fresh eucalyptus from Trader Joes and it will last you about three weeks. Or you can order it fresh or preserved from Etsy.
Pumpkin focal point
Don’t overthink Thanksgiving decor–use a floral stuffed pumpkin for your centerpiece and call it complete! To keep your centerpiece longer, don’t cut open your pumpkin but rather hot glue moss to the top and add the flowers to the moss.
Pair this look with amber drinkware, and you’ve got a Thanksgiving tablescape guests will be talking about for weeks.
Magnolia and copper
Magnolia leaves are perfect for a thanksgiving table and pair wonderfully with copper accents.
Blue and orange
Blue works so beautifully with the colors of fall, and as someone who has a lot of blue in their home, I really like this look! A weathered vase filled with preserved stems steals the show with this tablescape.
Simple and elegant
Simplicity is always stunning when done correctly. Beautiful plate ware that’s mix and matched is complemented with pretty gold stemware, green drink ware and fresh greenery. This look stands the test of time!
Here’s another simple, yet elegant look made beautiful with the use of gold stemware, understated khaki napkins and green florals. If you haven’t invested in gold flatware yet, take the plunge! It works beautifully for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter tablescapes.
Fill your table with the produce of the season. Start with pumpkins, gourds, pomegranates and lemons and complete the look with some whimsy florals like baby’s breath.
Another pumpkin centerpiece to round out this list of beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape ideas. To achieve this DIY pumpkin floral arrangement use a simple grocery store bouquet, and add some amber drinkware and fall fruit and you’ve got a beautiful, yet simple table.
Items to look for when planning your Thanksgiving tablescape
First decide what look you’re going for, do you want more of a spread (where the decor spreads the length of the table) or are you planning on having a center piece do most of the heavy lifting?
If you like the look of a spread, here are some common items to use:
- Silver dollar eucalyptus (can find this at most grocery store floral departments, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Etsy.
- Pumpkins of all size (consider painting some for an added effect)
- Magnolia leaves
- Faux berries/greenery
- Fall fruit: Pomegranates, apples, squash,
- Burlap/cheesecloth/natural runner
- Fall florals like Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Mums, Sunflowers, ornamental kale, orange roses, Chinese lanterns, American Bittersweet, dried reeds and grasses, pinecones and succulents.
If you’re going the centerpiece route, try anchoring the middle with something like this:
- A galvanized vase or water pitcher
- Rustic bowl
- Weathered vase
- Large pumpkin to use as a base for your flowers
- Blue and white vase
- A cake stand