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how to set a table for Thanksgiving

7 fresh ideas for a beautiful Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it—which means it’s time to start thinking about the menu, of course, but also your decor and table settings! Whether you’ll be hosting your extended family or sitting down for a small party of two, there are so many creative ways to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

This year, try out these fun and festive ideas. They’re a simple way to bring joy and extra style to your gatherings—something we can all be thankful for.

1. create an elegant (and edible) centerpiece

For a striking display, fill platters and cake stands with a bounty of beautiful fruit and charcuterie. Choose foods in rich autumnal hues like olives, sundried tomatoes, endive, and purple grapes, and casually arrange them in small stacks that look elegant—and are easy for guests to eat! Bring depth to your centerpiece by adding candlesticks in varying heights: these Bee & Willow™ ceramic styles are warm and welcoming, while brass and golden metals offer an elevated touch.

2. add runners, napkins, and linens in a seasonal palette

A simple switch of your color palette brings instant Thanksgiving vibes to your table decor. Think earthy hues like rich oranges, browns, terra cottas, and reds layered against pure white. These linen napkins and table runners look lovely on a wood dining room table, and add an extra touch of Thanksgiving spirit with classic fall scenes and the reminder to always “give thanks.”

3. try these easy and elegant table decor ideas

When your guests sit down for dinner, impress them with an individualized place setting. Try topping each plate with a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme, or, if you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, clip a small branch or flower from your yard. Tie them together with jute twine for a simple and stylish touch. Want to add an extra personal element? Create a DIY place card for each guest: Try your hand at calligraphy (if you dare!) or ask the kids to design cards in their own unique, super cute way.

4. set the table with festive platters

Make your Thanksgiving table feel a bit more special by serving food in dishware designed especially for the holiday. Turkeys have long been a leitmotif for Thanksgiving decor, but in simple white with a subtle pattern, these platters are an elegant way to bring personality to your table.

5. celebrate outside

If the forecast in your neck of the woods calls for sunshine and mild temperatures, try setting your Thanksgiving table al fresco. Nature is the perfect backdrop for the special day and brings a breath of fresh air (literally!) to your decor. Keep linens, glassware, and dishes simple in muted and earthy tones, and add a throw pillow or blanket to each chair for a warm and cozy touch. If you’re expecting chilly weather on Thanksgiving, you can still bring the outdoors in by adding beautiful branches, blooming buds, and fragrant herbs to your table centerpiece.

6. include seasonal elements from nature

All the good feels of Thanksgiving are on full display in this festive and cozy centerpiece. For a striking display, bring natural elements from the outdoors in with squash, pinecones, pears, and autumnal leaves. Intersperse the scene with candle votives for a warm and modern farmhouse look. If you prefer a more luxurious feel, simply add an elegant table runner and brass candlesticks to the mix.

7. add a touch of shine to the table

Bring an inviting glow to your Thanksgiving table setting with dishware in striking metallics. These charger plates from Simply Essential™ come in silver, gold, bronze, and rich red: Try one hue or mix them together for a fun and festive touch. Add even more shine with shimmering candles, or juxtapose the look with more casual dishware for a cozy, welcoming appeal.