This is the time to to celebrate, decorate, and give thanks!
Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is only a week away! Have you given a thought to how you’ll be setting the table yet? I graciously (haha just kidding) volunteered to host my family’s Thanksgiving celebration this year, and as I mentioned in a previous article, aside from providing the turkey I’ll be providing the setting as well.
Of course, I believe that meals should be feasts not just for our sense of taste but also for every other sense we have, and so I’ve been scouring Pinterest for Thanksgiving table inspiration for weeks now.
And since there’s still a few days left before Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to share my favorite tables that I took inspo from this year. They’re all wonderful, spectacular, and oh so glamorous—perfect inspiration for the look I’m gunning for this year. So come and join me as I round up my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes for this year’s holiday!
A Christmas (and Thanksgiving) classic
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to break out all your cheery winter pieces like bright orange-red plaid tablecloths and white pillar candles, tablescape classics that will last you through Christmas. The resulting look is a cozy and inviting scape that’s simply perfect for the cold(er) season ahead. This is also a great time to use nature to your advantage, and to add to the farmhouse feel of the design, by matching some green fall clippings with the color on the linens.
A quick tip: Jamie says, “I always love to incorporate nature with my designs, even off the table. It’s a cheap and easy way to make something pretty without breaking the budget. I did this with the tablescapes by using pieces of driftwood pick up off the lake banks, pumpkins, and apples.”
Stick with neutrals
One gorgeous way to dress up a neutral tablescape? Gorgeous fresh produce, of course! You can see a hint of the beautiful hydrangeas in this photo (head to Tiffany’s website to see more pictures of this elegant table), but I just love the vibrant green of the artichokes against the neutral plateware and linen. Don’t forget to round out the table with some gold flatware and candles for a warm and cozy Thanksgiving atmosphere!
About the host: Tiffany runs Joyfully Rooted, a website that “encourages you in all things faith, family, and home.” On the site she also writes about her room makeovers, tablescaping decor, recipes, and more.
A quick tip: Tiffany says, “I tend to like timeless and classic looks with just a hint of trend. I try to incorporate a calm and peaceful color palette into my home. I think this brings in my personal desire for comfort and serenity in the everyday hectic life with 3 kiddos.”
Another neutral look
Can you tell that I really love classic tables? Haha! Seriously though, I featured this tablescape by Kellie on my Instagram a while ago and just fell in love with it! White and gold always gives off a glamorous, fresh, and cheery vibe that’s perfect for a winter holiday gathering. And while I love that beautiful centerpiece, I think my absolute favorite part about this table is the banner above it that reminds me of what Thanksgiving is truly about!
About the host: Kellie is a fixer-upper and antique shopping addict who writes about her love for vintage, farmhouse, and cottage style on Gratefully Vintage.
Time to go rustic
Aside from neutrals, I’m also a huge fan of rustic/farmhouse styles and so this tablescape by Andrea from Pine and Prospect Home just had to be included in my list. I love how gorgeous the pumpkins and eucalyptus leaves look against the kraft paper runner, and how the wooden candlesticks add a lot of height and dimension to the table without overpowering the rest of the centerpiece.
About the host: Andrea strives to inspire, encourage, and motivate through her website, Pine and Prospect Home. She also writes about home decor, recipes, her life as a mom, and more, and believes that every house can be turned into a home.
A quick tip: Andrea says, “To bring personality [to the table], I think it’s important to play with height and texture. Contrasting elements draw the eye in and make your table more visually interesting!”
Keep it simple
I’m a big believer in keeping things simple and classic, and this tablescape is an excellent example of that. Having basics on hand, like a white linen tablecloth and white plates, makes it easy to set an elegant table for any occasion.
Aside from keeping the color palette simple, I also love how unfussy this setting is! A pumpkin, a few plants, and a candle or two placed around your scape is the perfect decor for an intimate gathering with your loved ones.
About the host: A passionate baker and (accidental) DIY-er, Maureen shares her projects and more on her website, Red Cottage Chronicles. She loves cozy decor and everything home, things she also writes about online.
A quick tip: Maureen says, “I think candles would be a detail I consider a must have. There is nothing quite like lingering around the table with family by the glow of candlelight reminiscing about all the things we are thankful for so far, and making plans for the holiday season to come.”
Pops of color
Although neutral palettes are classics for a reason, sometimes you just want a fun table filled with color and texture. I’m obsessed with this blue and orange beauty that’s filled with so many interesting fall details like pinecones, pumpkins, and leaves!
Blue and orange is already such a beautiful and striking color combination, and it was made even more striking by all the wonderful patterns on the table. I just love how Rebecca incorporated her mother’s vintage blue china in the setting! Don’t the plates look stunning against the orange linens?
About the host: A full-time mom, wife, and vintage fiend, Rebecca blogs about her finds, craft projects, home decor, and more on her site, Zucchini Sisters.
A quick tip: Rebecca says, “I add my personality to my designs by always using things from my personal collection. Many of these are vintage items that have sentimental value because they belonged to my late mother. We used to attend estate sales together, and she taught me to love vintage decor. Her style influence is evident in everything I do.”
Head to the farm(house)
For a simple farmhouse look that’s easy to throw together, take a leaf (no pun intended) out of Allison’s book and recreate this rustic farmhouse tablescape that’s perfect for a small gathering. Aside from plaid fabric—which, as we all know, is a fall classic—give a nod to the season with pieces such as leaves and moss. Finish off your table with a personalized and unique design element, like the embroidered napkins in this example.
About the host: Allison is a wife, mom, interior design lover, and so much more. She writes about furniture transformations, her home updates, and her projects on her website, The Golden Sycamore.
A fresh look
Going back to another neutral setting, I’m a huge fan of this beautiful airy table! Design elements like embroidered and knitted pumpkins, embellished placemats, and silver votive holders set the table apart by adding a lot of texture despite sticking to the same color palette. Instead of a heavier linen, opt for a lighter look by skipping the tablecloth and using a gauzy material for your table runner, like the chiffon fabric above.
About the host: As a baker and party stylist, Sandra believes in making every event fun and stress-free. She shares her entertaining tips, tabletop decor, and more on her site, Sweet Sensations.
A quick tip: Sandra says, “Infusing my personality into my table designs means styling tables that feel attainable. Often I like doing this by using high and low end pieces, plus using items that aren’t necessarily created for tablescapes. For instance, bed sheets make terrific tablecloths and a tea towel can be a great napkin. Also, thrift stores are a tablescape’s best friend.”
A creative affair
For a kid-friendly Thanksgiving table, look no further than this example! If you know me, you know that I love using kraft paper in lieu of tablecloths. Not only does it make it easier to clean up, but it’s cheap and pretty to look at too!
Nicole from Simply Whole used kraft paper for another brilliant idea: it can keep kids (and adults) busy throughout the meal by providing some interactive entertainment. Just supply your guests with markers so that they can doodle directly on the tablecloth and get ready for a Thanksgiving filled with fun!
About the hosts: As lifelong friends and moms, Nicole and Kara are very passionate about health and wellness. Together they run Simply Whole, a website on motherhood, beauty, ethical fashion, and more.
A quick tip: Nicole says, “I represent my personality through color and material choices. I’m not super fancy, so kraft paper and simple neutral colors is always my go-to. If I want to pop something, I love glitter but in neutral tones like gold, rose gold, and silver. I also love to source ethically-made products, and last year, I found beautiful artisan-made napkins from The Little Market.”
Go for green
Instead of a conventional fall table, set yourself apart by setting a scape in a beautiful and unusual shade of green. Although I personally associate green with spring tablescapes, I just love how bright this Thanksgiving table is, and how gorgeous all the herbs around the table look. I can also imagine that this tablescape smells divine, which is partly why I love using herbs on my settings.
Although this table lacks a traditional color scheme, the Thanksgiving theme is present thanks to the sign on the centerpiece—a great reminder to be thankful for all our wonderful blessings.
About the host: Cecilia enjoys decorating and gardening on a budget. She blogs about thrifting, her passion and lifestyle, on My Thrift Store Addiction. Aside from blogging, she also grows organic herbs which she sells through an Etsy shop.
A quick tip: Cecilia says, “My decor is characterized by repurposing and upcycling thrift store finds. For example, I found the mini cornucopias at a thrift store, painted them white, and added fresh thyme from my garden. (This particular photo is featured in the current holiday issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style). I love using vintage pieces—like the beautiful thrifted green transferware dishes in the post—to create simple elegance with a touch of whimsy.”
Gold and white
For a tablescape that’s dripping with sophistication, try a gorgeous gold and white color palette for your Thanksgiving meal. Beautiful neutral tones look so elegant when paired with pops of gold, and everything on the table looks so clean and glamorous. The color palette also brings to mind abundance and wealth, blessings we should be thankful for especially on a day like Thanksgiving.
A quick tip: Judith says, “The most memorable tablescapes are those that include the personality of the person who creates the design. For me, I include my personality in two ways. Most of the time, there will be a bit of my favorite design style, French Country design. Secondly, I love using natural elements in unexpected or unusual ways. I am inspired by all of the talent shared across the internet via blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram.”
A golden beauty
A beautifully patterned wall tapestry sets the backdrop for a wonderful golden table by Laura from Duke Manor Farm. Instead of colorful flowers, use greens for your centerpiece like the eucalyptus leaves in this example. Add some candles (atop gold candlesticks, of course), and you’ll be all set! BTW, if you find yourself lacking in gold design pieces, take a can of paint to your decor and go wild… your guests will be none the wiser.
About the host: Laura runs Duke Manor Farm, a website about home decor, gardening inspiration, and her lifestyle on a real life farm. On her site, you can also read about her numerous DIY projects along with shopping her home via her Instagram feed.