10 Stylish, Tasteful Thanksgiving Tabletop Decor Essentials

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When you imagine a Thanksgiving table setting, your mind might be overrun with images of garish orange tablecloths and turkey motifs as far as the eye can see. And while we do appreciate a subtle nod to the bird we build an entire meal around, there are so many more ways to channel the festive colors and mood of the holiday without compromising your taste level.

To help you prepare to set the Thanksgiving table with style, we've rounded up 10 festive tabletop items that can coordinate together or integrate seamlessly into the linens and dinnerwares you already own.

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    Plaid Napkins

    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    It's no secret that we all tend to lean heavily on plaid patterns in the fall and winter. However, this warm and not-over-the-top design from Pottery Barn is a nice nod to the season at your Thanksgiving table without totally overdoing it.

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    Festive Napkin Rings

    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    Metallic gold details are one of the easiest ways to add some shine to your Thanksgiving color palette of oranges, yellows and reds. The warm tones all play well together. We happen to think these simple and sweet "Give Thanks" napkin rings are a great one-two punch of elegance and festive flair.

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    Tastefully Fun Place Card Holders

    Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

    Whether the group gathering at your Thanksgiving table is big or small, we love using place cards for special events of any size. This way you can keep bickering relatives far apart or make sure you get to sit by your favorite cousin.

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    Turkey-Centric Salt & Pepper Shakers

    Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

    We will admit, these turkey salt and pepper shakers from Williams Sonoma lean almost too traditional and "on the nose" for us. However, when interspersed with tabletop elements that are more focused on color and texture than pilgrims, turkeys and cornucopias, they add a cheeky, playful element to your tasteful spread.

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    Neutral-Yet-Celebratory Placemats

    Courtesy of Nordstrom

    The battle over placemats versus a table cloth is one we won't get into right now, but in our minds, placemats feel formal but more modern. So, to create a neutral backdrop for your Thanksgiving table that allows you to play with all kinds of dinnerware, glassware and tabletop decor, go with a muted metallic, like these Levtex mats from Nordstrom.

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    Color-Coordinated Salad Servers

    Courtesy of Nordstrom

    Salad tongs? Chic? Who would even imagine? Well, leave it up to the design team at Nordstrom Home to dream up these dipped utensils in white and gold—the perfect combination for your candlelit, warm tone-filled Thanksgiving table.

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    Faux Berry Arrangements to Add Color

    Courtesy of Target

    While this little bouquet of faux winter berries might not look like much on it's own—picture four or five of them on your table. Interspersed with metallic candlesticks, tea lights and other festive elements, this simple arrangement becomes the burst of color that draws the whole tablescape together.

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    Varied, Vintage-Inspired Votives

    Courtesy of Target

    One large floral bouquet or one tall candelabra just doesn't feel stylish anymore. We love the look of smaller, shorter decorations on the table that allow people to talk and make eye contact while still creating a pleasing ambiance. Fill these fun metallic glass votives with tea lights and candles to give your whole Thanksgiving table a glow.

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    A Dessert Plate Worthy of Your Prize Pie

    Courtesy of Anthropologie

    Ah, the Thanksgiving pie(s). Whether you go apple or pumpkin, you'll want to be sure that this prized dessert has a setting worthy of its greatness. This plate from Anthropologie features gold lace in clear glass, which strikes a retro-modern vibe we love. 

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    Chargers to Frame Your Dinner Plates

    Courtesy of Anthropologie

    Want to know the secret to making any piece of dinnerware look more expensive and more luxe than it is? Place it on top of a charger. These large plates serve as a frame for your regular dinner plates, adding an element of elegance and formality—even if your plates are plain white ceramic circles you bought on sale. With beautiful chargers like these—we love the gold edging—no one will be the wiser.