Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season for most people. It's the time of year when you gather with friends and family, reflect on what you're grateful for and most importantly, an excuse to eat delicious home-cooked food and desserts with the ones you love.
To make your home feel festive during your family gathering, decorating the Thanksgiving table is almost as valuable as the food you serve. Follow our Thanksgiving table decorating tips, from DIY ideas to budget-friendly store-bought ideas, that will elevate your Thanksgiving tablescape and are easy to execute so you can spend more time with your family and friends.
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A Mix of Vintage and New Pieces
You don't have to buy all new tableware to create a sophisticated table setting. Here, Isatu combined vintage and new pieces and paired them with foraged dried flowers and foliage from her garden to create a minimalist Thanksgiving tablescape.Continue to 2 of 52 below.
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Al Fresco Thanksgiving
If you live in a mild climate and have a beautiful outdoor backdrop, take your Thanksgiving meal outside. This stunning table setup features items from around the garden and house and even cozy blankets to keep guests warm when the temperature drops at night.Continue to 3 of 52 below.
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Mini Pumpkin Flower Arrangement
A hallow pumpkin makes a perfect vase for a fall floral arrangement. Here, Bonnie filled a mini pumpkin with a combination of foraged and grocery store fall florals for each place setting. The blue and white dishes help the florals stand out and are a nontraditional approach to a Thanksgiving tablescape color palette.Continue to 4 of 52 below.
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An Ornate Place Setting
Thanksgiving is a time to bring out your best china. From the embroidered napkin to the patterned dishes and robust centerpiece, Andrea of Lost Orchid Interiors didn't skimp when it came to decorating her Thanksgiving table. The orange and blue color palette brings a slightly different and visually-appealing look than the traditional fall hues.Continue to 5 of 52 below.
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Casual Thanksgiving Picnic
Enjoying an outdoor picnic is a nontraditional way to celebrate Thanksgiving with a large group. Use disposable (compostable, please!) dinnerware to make cleanup easy, and decorate with simple items like pinecones and a few florals to keep with the casual, laidback feel.Continue to 6 of 52 below.
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Rustic Garden Thanksgiving
A backyard pergola or gazebo is a great backdrop for an intimate Thanksgiving meal. Holly dressed her outdoor table, that sits underneath a big pergola, with a plaid tablecloth, fall florals, pumpkins and tapered candles. Bistro lighting hangs from the pergola so you can enjoy your family gathering well into the night.Continue to 7 of 52 below.
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Thanksgiving Gratitude Note
Thanksgiving is about gathering with friends and family and taking the time to think about what you're grateful for. Vicki Lowry did just that with a cute note written in calligraphy at each place setting that she embellished with ribbon. The rest of the table is dressed in off-white and gold accents for a simple yet elegant look.Continue to 8 of 52 below.
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Pink + Cranberry Table Setting
If the color orange isn't your jam but love the season, pink paired with cranberry and merlot hues will still bring the look and feel of fall to your Thanksgiving tablescape. Faux leaves and velvet and rattan textures add a cozy look that works for other winter holiday celebrations as well.Continue to 9 of 52 below.
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If you already have terrariums or glass domes for your succulents, give them a fall makeover by adding pumpkins to them. Here, Mrs. Barnes spruced up her terrariums with fresh ivy curled around the pumpkins, vintage-inspired candlesticks and she added height by placing vintage books underneath the terrariums.Continue to 10 of 52 below.
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When you go to the grocery store to buy ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal, keep your decor in mind while shopping. An easy way to add pops of color to your tablescape is through seasonal produce and florals. Here, Ana surrounded a pedestal bowl centerpiece filled with greenery with a few pomegranates that stand out from the rest of the neutral-toned tablescape.Continue to 11 of 52 below.
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Cake Stand Centerpiece
Some of the best decor pieces for your Thanksgiving table setting may be right under your nose. Mindy incorporated a wood cutting board and white cake stand from her kitchen to add height and visual interest to her Thanksgiving centerpiece. To give it a fall-inspired look, she added pumpkins, orange tapered candles and fall florals.Continue to 12 of 52 below.
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Leftover Ribbon Place Setting
Buffalo check pattern is ubiquitous with fall and holiday decor. Instead of using a traditional napkin ring for your Thanksgiving place setting, you can use leftover buffalo check ribbon from last year's Christmas gifts to tie around each napkin. When paired with faux leaves and mini pumpkins, it brings a fall farmhouse look to your tablescape.Continue to 13 of 52 below.
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Contemporary Color Palette
If your style is more contemporary than traditional, your Thanksgiving tablescape can reflect that and still stick with a fall-inspired theme. Instead of incorporating traditional fall hues into her tablescape, Ana decorated her table with pink-hued pumpkins paired with black-and-white table linens in variety of complementary patterns. This refreshing color palette creates a more modern take on fall decor.Continue to 14 of 52 below.
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DIY Farmhouse Style Centerpiece
To add a farmhouse look to her table, Michelle filled an old wooden box with fall foliage and a row of taper candles for an easy DIY centerpiece that sits low so guests can converse easily with the person sitting across from them.Continue to 15 of 52 below.
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A Colorful Centerpiece
If you spent all your time coming up with your Thanksgiving menu and don't have time to decorate, it's not too late to bring a festive look to your home. A vase full of colorful fall flowers is all you really need to liven up a Thanksgiving tablescape. The metallic vase and candlesticks bring a much needed touch of glam.Continue to 16 of 52 below.
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For the Love of Pumpkins
The perfect complement to this traditional pumpkin dishware is a matching pumpkin centerpiece. Carli Heringer filled a vintage wooden box with a variety of mini orange and blue pumpkins and paired them with a buffalo check table runner for a tablescape you can keep up all season long.Continue to 17 of 52 below.
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Cozy Backyard Thanksgiving
If you have a green thumb and take pride in your garden, gathering in your backyard is the perfect scenic spot to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with family. You can decorate the table with planters from your yard, and use a combination of indoor and outdoor furniture for a charming look. If Thanksgiving day is chilly where you live, warm blankets and soft pillows will keep guests comfortable while they eat their meal.Continue to 18 of 52 below.
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Pumpkin Place Card Keepsake
When you think of fall, pumpkins and fall leaves are probably the first to come to mind. Here, Samantha Ann made a simple yet festive place setting by adding a faux leaf topped with a personalized wood pumpkin place card that guests can take home with them.Continue to 19 of 52 below.
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A Krafty and Inspiring Table Runner
Kraft paper is a versatile table runner option and works well for any Thanksgiving tablescape design, whether it's neutral or colorful. Plus it's a budget-friendly decor idea yet has a high-end custom look once you personalize it. If you have calligraphy skills, you can write Thanksgiving sayings on the end of the table runner that will look gorgeous cascading down the table.Continue to 20 of 52 below.
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An Understated Tablescape
Sometimes you want the food you spent hours cooking to be the star of the show, so keep the table decor to a minimum. Finding the right balance between minimalistic and bare is tricky but can be done with simple yet elegant touches. Use simple white dishes, a linen table runner for texture and vintage dishware for an understated table setting that will stand the test of time.Continue to 21 of 52 below.
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Plaid Inspiration Piece
Shannon used this fall checkered table runner as the inspiration piece for the rest of her table decor. The complementary faux fall florals, velvet orange and white mini pumpkins and large candles are all items she already had around the house.Continue to 22 of 52 below.
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A Seasonal and Edible Centerpiece
Think of all the fall vegetables and fruits you love to eat—arthichokes, squash, apples, to name a few. The colorful produce can satisfy both your palate and your tablescape color palette when combined with florals and greenery. It sets the tone for this seasonal meal and will blend seamlessly with the surroundings if you're enjoying Thanksgiving dinner al fresco.Continue to 23 of 52 below.
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Simple and Clean Palette
Sage and white is also an unexpected color palette for fall that has more of a beach-inspired feel. Here, Courtney paired a white pumpkin dish with rattan chargers and sage pumpkins with matching glassware that adds a relaxes coastal feel. The design is simple, clean and something you'll want to keep up all season long.Continue to 24 of 52 below.
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Elegant Embroidery Detail
If your Thanksgiving dinner is a formal affair, your tablescape should match the theme, and a formal tablescape is all in the details. This monogram embroidered napkin in blue gray and marigold adds a beautiful fall color palette to the table and is paired with a simple velvet ribbon tied into a bow that's elegant and visually-appealing without being over the top.Continue to 25 of 52 below.
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A Classic Table Setting
The patterned plates paired with clear glassware, gold flatware and a black table backdrop give this table a classic and formal look. Ann-Marie dressed the table with patterned plates and knotted napkins to balance out the look and add a more laidback feel. The white pumpkins at the center of the table are a beautiful contrast from the black table.Continue to 26 of 52 below.
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A Cheery Friendsgiving Color Palette
Friendsgiving is a great excuse to have a potluck celebration with friends. Even though most Friendsgiving celebrations are casual gatherings, you can still set the table like a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Here, Jenny went with a playful color palette of light pink, peach, marigold and black and white for each place setting that makes each guest feel welcome.Continue to 27 of 52 below.
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Not Your Traditional Centerpiece
If you want to try something different with your table setting, forgo a traditional table centerpiece. Instead, decorate both ends of the table with over-the-top vases, like these hydrangeas. This allows you to go big with your decor while allowing guests to easily converse with others sitting across the table.Continue to 28 of 52 below.
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Kale Planter Centerpiece
Sometimes the perfect centerpiece is right in your backyard. Leafy greens and other colorful vegetables in planters are an easy centerpiece idea that will add color and texture to your tablescape. This kale-filled planter looks beautiful when paired with pumpkins, greenery and candlesticks. To keep with the produce theme, you can top each place setting with a single pear.Continue to 29 of 52 below.
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Incorporating Fall Textures
Fall decor isn't only about incorporating fall hues and patterns; it's just as much about bringing a variety of textures into a space. This dining area features plenty of textures through the macrame table runner, pampas grass centerpiece, natural wood dining table and the rattan pumpkin decoration.Continue to 30 of 52 below.
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It's okay to create a tablescape that requires minimal effort—cooking up a delicious meal and spending time with family is the most important part of Thanksgiving, afterall. You can still create a timeless look even with minimal items with simple touches like a greenery centerpiece and copper and glass tableware for that bring texture when paired with a soft linen tablecloth.Continue to 31 of 52 below.
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Mini Wreath Place Cards
A mini wreath makes an adorable place card and can even work double duty as a napkin holder. Here, Simone spruced up plain mini wreaths from the craft store with faux berries and leaves and added wooden name tags for each guest. The colors of the berries carry through to the mustard colored pumpkin centerpiece and matching drinkware for a cohesive look.Continue to 32 of 52 below.
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Versatile Green and White Color Palette
Sticking to just one or two colors can be anything but boring when you bring in different textures and heights. These hurricane glasses filled with pillar candles at varying heights are paired with small green and white pumpkins on a simple white table runner for an elegant and visually appealing look that can work for either a formal or casual Thanksgiving gathering.Continue to 33 of 52 below.
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An arrangement of petite roses brings just the right amount of bold color to this simple Thanksgiving tablescape. Greenery elevates the centerpiece and the pink floral napkins and scalloped plates are timeless additions you can use for years to come.Continue to 34 of 52 below.
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The combination of textures, like the raffia placemats and linen napkins on this table setting, adds character without the use of bright colors. The juxtaposition of the black pillar candles and the neutral table setting is a timeless look that you can use year-round.Continue to 35 of 52 below.
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A combination of greenery and plaid and a plethora of pumpkins is a traditional approach to your Thanksgiving tablescape. Alyssa added a vintage touch to her traditional table setting by using old book pages as placemats.Continue to 36 of 52 below.
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All Pumpkin Centerpiece
Real or faux, nothing says fall or Thanksgiving like a bunch of pumpkins down the center of a Thanksgiving table. The variety of colors against the bold orange tablecloth bring a traditional Thanksgiving feel to this outdoor feast.Continue to 37 of 52 below.
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Pumpkin Floral Arrangement
For a fall centerpiece idea, hollow out a real pumpkin or use a faux pumpkin and fill it with colorful florals like sunflowers, gerbera daises and even berries. This over-the-top arrangement can stand alone to make it the focal point of your table setting, and it's a great hostess gift idea for fall.Continue to 38 of 52 below.
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Don't Forget About Navy
Navy is an often forgotten fall hue when it comes to decorating for Thanksgiving, but it's on the opposite side of the color wheel from orange making it one of the most stunning color combos. This navy table runner is the perfect backdrop for the orange pumpkins and squash soup and deep red wine on this outdoor Thanksgiving table.Continue to 39 of 52 below.
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Scrabble Place Card
Whether you're having a traditional Thanksgiving or a Friendsgiving celebration, using Scrabble letters as a place card is sure to make any guest smile. Pair it with plaid table linens and a knotted napkin for a casual look. Plus, you can play a game of Scrabble while you enjoy Thanksgiving dessert.Continue to 40 of 52 below.
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A timeless color palette can bring a formal look to a tablescape even when you use your everyday dishware and simple decorations. Amanda added simple dishware and paired it with gold accents and beautiful florals for an elegant take on Thanksgiving table decor.Continue to 41 of 52 below.
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Thanksgiving With a View
If you're lucky enough to have a beautiful backyard view, dining al fresco for Thanksgiving is a must. To allow the backdrop to shine, keep the table decor to a minimum but incorporate elements that complement the surrounding nature, like pampas grass, vintage lanterns and candles.Continue to 42 of 52 below.
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Thanksgiving Dessert Table
Thanksgiving isn't just about the turkey and stuffing—dessert (read: homemade pumpkin pie) is just as important. The dessert deserves its own table, and Lori did the dessert justice by decorating a separate table with colorful balloons, tassels and bold florals.Continue to 43 of 52 below.
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Outdoor Thanksgiving Fun
If playing a game of touch football is a Thanksgiving day family tradition, it's never a bad idea to keep the food close by. An outdoor dining area or kitchen is the perfect spot to set up a buffet-style Thanksgiving meal. Dress up the space with pumpkins, mums and plaid table linens. And, even better if you can watch the game on an outdoor TV while enjoying food with family.Continue to 44 of 52 below.
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Post Thanksgiving Meal S'Mores
The party doesn't have to stop after Thanksgiving dinner is done. A great post-meal activity with the family is bonding over roasting marshmallows for s'mores. You can roast them over a fire pit in your backyard or use a s'mores kit if you don't have an outdoor space like this one that doubles as a cute table decoration.Continue to 45 of 52 below.
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Mixing Patterns and Textures
An easy way to create a tablescape that makes a big statement is mixing patterns and textures. This tablescape by Host to Perfection includes a variety of patterns in similar hues through the table linens and plates. The hydrangea centerpiece and rattan chargers bring texture while the white tablecloth anchors the table setting.Continue to 46 of 52 below.
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Rich Velvet Pumpkins
The dark navy and purple velvet pumpkins elevate the look of the simple white table runner and white pumpkins. Jacqueline dried hydrangeas from her garden to soften the overall look.Continue to 47 of 52 below.
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Simple White Pumpkin Place Setting
To keep your tablescape clean and simple yet festive, place a white pumpkin at each place setting and pair it with other natural elements like acorns and linen napkins. At the end of the celebration, each guest can take their pumpkin home to display for the rest of the fall season.Continue to 48 of 52 below.
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All Natural Elements
An outdoor Thanksgiving meal should have table decor that matches its surroundings. If you're setting your Thanksgiving table outside, use wooden plates and rattan chargers lieu of traditional tableware, and decorate each place setting with dried palm leaves you can buy online or make on your own using card stock.Continue to 49 of 52 below.
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Floral Wreath Centerpiece
A wreath isn't only used as decor for the front door or mantel, but it also works as an unconventional table centerpiece. Here, House Queiroz placed a fall floral wreath at the center of the table and placed a ceramic pumpkin in the middle for a truly festive look.Continue to 50 of 52 below.
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Candle and Pumpkin Combination
Not only do candles make a cozy and intimate table decor option, but they also fill the room with scents of the holidays to help make guests feel welcome. Here, Sheila added plenty of candles to her centerpiece along with pumpkins on a vintage wood stand for added height and interest.Continue to 51 of 52 below.
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Dramatic Black Tableware
Thanksgiving dinner is a chance for your black tableware to shine. When paired with natural elements and fall hues—like in this centerpiece Liz put together from foraged leaves from her backyard—the tableware stands out yet feels timeless.Continue to 52 of 52 below.
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Flower Forest Centerpiece
This abundant floral centerpiece by The Floral Frontier, along with the grass table runner, runs all the way down the table and makes guests feel like they're dining in the middle of a garden. The pops of pink and lavender trickled in with the fall hues brighten up the tablescape.