Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and want to set a pretty table, here are some Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas! Simple, seasonal and gorgeous.

Set a beautiful dinner table for your family and guests this Thanksgiving! It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, in fact, you can decorate on a budget by using decor from years past, or stepping outside to collect leaves and stems. If you’re looking for some inspiration, I’ve got it for you!

a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, a wooden bowl, orange napkin and wine glass on a wooden table

One of the easiest ways to decorate a table for Thanksgiving is to embrace all the colours, textures and natural elements of fall! I’m sharing loads of ideas below!

  • Add fall florals and leaves to bouquets that will sit on the table.
  • Layer plates with linen napkins in fall colours like orange and shades of red.
  • Thanksgiving is a perfect time to bring out wooden bowls, serving dishes and candlesticks. There’s just something so cozy about them. This rustic table setting is my favourite Thanksgiving table!
a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange candles, blue pumpkins and wine glasses on a wooden table
  • Add candles in seasonal colours. The more the merrier!
  • Use darker colours for cups and wine glasses. I have found so many great ones in thrift stores!
a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange candles, blue pumpkins and wine glasses on a wooden table
  • You can make anything look Thanksgiving-festive if you use classic dishes then decorate and layer with muted and natural fall tones. A great way to do this is to use jute placemats/chargers, pretty napkins and seasonal decorations.
  • Try using a fall scarf as a table runner like the gold one shown on the table below. If you want to see more of this simple fall table, check it out here!
  • Make personal place setting tags or place cards then tie them up with natural grasses. So simple and pretty! See more about these little DIY grass decorations here.
  • Decorate your table with mini pumpkins or gourds, or make a simple centrepiece out of a bowl filled with them. Pumpkins are the ultimate Thanksgiving table accent…orange pumpkins, white pumpkins, gourds…so many possibilities!
  • Decorate the table and/or dinner plates with fall leaves and branches. You can see more of this fall table setting here.
  • One of my favourite tablecloth ‘tricks’ is to use a fall blanket! This pretty plaid blanket is perfect for Thanksgiving decor! It looks especially lovely with the plaid fall cloth napkins.
  • Also, FOOD makes the best Thanksgiving decor! By the way, if you’re looking for Thanksgiving menu ideas, I have SO MANY RECIPES to share with you! Make sure to check out my collection of Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas!
A table ready for Thanksgiving dinner
  • One of my most favourite table decorations from years past are these simple DIY pumpkin vases. They’re really just a small pumpkin hollowed out, filled with water, then filled with flowers (they’re especially pretty with a pop of colour like these gorgeous mums). SO pretty. SO festive. So perfect for a Thanksgiving table.
  • Use fresh herbs tied up with burlap, ribbon or twine, to make a pretty cutlery setting. These would also look really nice as a napkin ring.

More Simple Thanksgiving Table Decorations!

  • Scatter fall leaves over your table.
  • Don’t be afraid to use colour. Anything goes…classic colours, bright colours, neutral…get creative!
  • Make a simple centrepiece using natural elements like twigs, florals, leaves + pumpkins.
  • A bouquet of sunflowers makes a perfect Thanksgiving centrepiece.
  • Create a simple centrepiece with a bowl of apples or pears. Or even pine cones.

I hope you found some inspiration here for setting your Thanksgiving table! Happy Thanksgiving!

Have an inspired day!

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