Set it with Style: 4 Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Before food takes center stage at Thanksgiving, you need to set the stage—we’re talking about your Thanksgiving tablescape. Presentation is everything at Thanksgiving, from food to décor. While decorating your table shouldn’t be as laborious as roasting the perfect turkey, every detail plays a role in making Thanksgiving a dinner to remember. We’ve rounded up four Thanksgiving tablescape and place setting ideas perfect for decorating, entertaining, and of course, feasting.

Tablescape Idea 1: Casual and chic

When you’re hosting extended family or a large group of your friends for Thanksgiving, it’s easy to skimp out on the table decorations because you’re more focused on feeding the masses. However, a traditional fall look will keep your tablescape looking flawless without the fuss. Think small pumpkins in all shades of autumn arranged along a table runner in rustic orange or another fall hue. You could even add a bouquet of flowers alluding to the colors of changing leaves—deep reds, yellows and oranges—to bring together the chic-yet-causal look.

Paper plates and napkins are obviously the way to go when serving a large crowd, but you don’t have to sacrifice style for simplicity. Plate chargers and premium plastic utensils instantly transform a paper plate into a photo-worthy setup for all those social media food pictures. Embossed quotes or designs also give a heartfelt welcome before guests start piling on the Thanksgiving goodness.

Tablescape Idea 2: Berry Bold

Fall is the perfect time to spice things up, and we’re not just talking about pumpkin pie. Your fall decorating, especially when it comes to your Thanksgiving tablescape, deserves a break from the typical orange palette. Deep jewel tones are perfect for creating a modern and on-trend look. Simply turn a matte or metallic burgundy table cover into a runner and accent your table with decorative fall leaves. 

Continue the modern vibe by pairing plates with utensils in arguably the trendiest hue that shows no signs of slowing down: rose gold. Also, accenting your white plates with burgundy-colored plates or napkins is another way to spice up your place setting to reflect a bold look.

Tablescape Idea 3: Elegant and earthy

Thanksgiving is all about sharing the bounty of the harvest, so use earthy elements as inspiration for your tablescape. Accent a leaf garland with pumpkins, gourds and other signs of fall for an effortless way to bring the outdoors in. 

For your place setting, a green and gold combo is a perfect blend of formal and down to earth. 

Tablescape Idea 4: Festive and fun

For a light and fun Thanksgiving table, play with bold colors and cheerful patterns. Mingling vibrant shades of orange and green will really give your tablescape a trendy feel. Try including white gourds or other white accents among all the bright colors to break things up with a touch of the unexpected.

Energize your place setting with a burst of green! Start with a neutral-colored table cover, like burlap from your local crafts store, then make a single connected placemat from green chevron tissue paper to flow from one end of the table to the other. Make the designs pop by layering a patterned paper plate on a clear charger with coordinating solid-colored cups and napkins. A mini faux pumpkin makes an excellent place-card holder—just pop on a little bow and the name of the guest you're thankful for!

Now that you're inspired to set the stage, it's time to break a leg—well, a turkey leg—by creating your own Thanksgiving tablescape from our tableware and serving collection.

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