When guests walk into your home and see a Thanksgiving table arranged with care, you're conveying a message of gratitude, peace, and welcome—exactly the tone you want to set for the autumnal feast. Lush floral arrangements, fall-appropriate color schemes, creative place cards, and mismatched plates are just a few ways to add personality to a Thanksgiving table.
Get inspired by these gorgeous Thanksgiving table decor ideas that range from moody and lush to sparse and minimal. Step outside of your comfort zone and consider experimenting with a more thoughtful holiday set-up this year. Each of these designs are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner.
According to designer , Thanksgiving table settings are about a combination of pretty china, silverware, and crystal accents. Low centerpieces, which can be as simple flowers or herbs from the supermarket, can work as a foundation for a display of everything from gourds to acorns and fall branches.
"Definitely use place cards," says designer . "I love the way they look and it helps, especially when there are 'difficult' situations. I like to mix the teenagers with the older folks and it usually ends up in Modern Family-funny stories later!"
An arrangement of white roses with touches of berries and greenery serves as the highlight of this traditional and elegant Thanksgiving table set-up from . Smaller floral arrangements in vivid orange hues balance the look, while patterned plates add a playful touch.
If your goal is to make a statement, go for a maximalist look, as seen in this design by . Eye-catching glassware, an oversized floral arrangement, succulents, and crystal candle holders complete the look.
For a Thanksgiving table display to remember, go rustic. Dress up tree branches with colorful flowers and berries for a nature-inspired arrangement like this design from .
Sometimes, less is more, and this understated Thanksgiving table design by is proof. A classic red and white striped napkin, and an elegant white plate topped with a festive pomegranate, are all that's needed to make a holiday dinner extra special.
Erin Hiemstra of Apartment34 paired mismatched plates (white and gray), napkins (gray and deep fuchsia), and glasses (green goblets and vintage coupes) for this smartly cohesive set-up. "An eclectic Thanksgiving table let’s you mix and match and play with color. It also means you don’t have to have a complete set of china," Hiemstra says. A magnolia leaf garland laid down through the center and punctuated with persimmons makes for a unfrilly and seasonal arrangement.
Bittersweet branches, apples, and pears are a warm and cozy counterpoint to turquoise plates and raw-edged slate linens, courtesy of the design gurus at . Cooler tones like jade and blue provide a nice complement to the innately autumnal tones of the Thanksgiving meal.
went for a bohemian chic outdoor table display filled with copper accessories and pretty pink hues. Simple white tableware paired with copper tumblers and an arrangement of pink, purple, and white blooms add interest to the distressed wooden picnic table. And to ensure that guests felt cozy outdoors, h throws and pillows were kept on hand.
created an unexpected blue and white table set-up with simple touches of greenery and layers of textures and patterns, from a woven blue table runner to seagrass placemats.
's ideal Thanksgiving dinner table set-up feels elevated, but still cozy and comfortable. To make this happen, she covered chairs in h textiles and dressed the table with striped cloth napkins, simple place cards, and flameless candles. No-fuss foliage found outside served as the finishing touch.
For an elegant tablescape, used a generous grouping of seasonal accents—white and orange pumpkins, berry garland, and pinecones. A neutral table runner added balance to the dark wood table, while white candles and antique silverware provided an extra special touch.
For a simple, but beautiful, table display, chose to dress up a large farmhouse table with a combination of fresh eucalyptus, white pumpkins and candles, and water hyacinth placemats topped with striped linen tea towels.
Celebrate the beauty of simplicity by keeping the focus on the food. If you live in a warm-weather climate, opt for an outdoor affair that complements the beauty of nature. used a few gourds and flowers from the grocery store to balance simple raw wood and copper accents.
A variety of faux and real white pumpkins give this Thanksgiving tablescape by the a modern twist. Piles of eucalyptus branches down the center of the table add the perfect finishing touch.
chose plates and a tablecloth in white, along with leaf wood placemats and teak wood bowls paired with gold flatware, for an inviting Thanksgiving gathering.
For an elegant look, let gold dinnerware, which adds the perfect contrast to a white linen tablecloth, serve as the statement piece of her Thanksgiving tablescape. A floral garland of eucalyptus, berries, flowers, fruit, and baby boo pumpkins completes the look.
This Southern-inspired tablescape, which created for , incorporates deep tones and earthy elements. Gold napkin rings add the perfect amount of polish to complete the elegant aesthetic.
Add sweet, juicy flair to your holiday by centering your table decor around satsumas, as did here. The citrus fruit adds an unexpected, modern element to a day typically associated with gourds, and offers contrast to most dining room tables—making it the perfect way to put a spin on Thanksgiving if you're craving a different style this year.
For an intimate affair with an air of mystery, mix rich colors with a dark base as did in this luxurious tablescape. The emerald green velvet tablecloth is striking against white and gold plates, while purple cabbage rosettes create a centerpiece overflowing with texture.
Even if you live in the middle of a bustling city, Thanksgiving is your chance to get rustic with your decor. A simple gold and white color palette keeps this tablescape from simple, yet sophisticated, with just the right amount of rustic glam. It's perfect for letting the meal take center stage.
Mix up the traditional fall color scheme with what's bound to be many of your guests' favorite color—blue! In this gorgeously sophisticated table settings from , the sky-blue decor is free of flowers but incorporates chocolate brown accents with pinecones. The autumnal cones double as handy place card holders for each setting.
Even if you're not able to dine al fresco this Thanksgiving, as did here, bringing in plenty of florals and wooden elements allows you to evoke the forest in the most glamorous way indoors.
Go green and whimsical with a dinner table setting that is decked with lush garland. Here, via highlighted the earthy look with white candles, gold flatware, and a chandelier draped in flora.
For a relaxed look that's perfect for last-minute entertaining, tuck a series of pink, yellow and cream-colored flowers (like dahlias and roses) into a vase without much rhyme or rhythm as did in this billowing centerpiece. Finish the vignette with a cornucopia worth of fresh fruits.
For this sparkling table decor, created copper-tinted candles by wrapping copper foil tape around flameless, battery-operated LED candles. For Thanksgiving decor that illuminates the holiday with a playful glow, pair the DIY candles with greenery covered in a light coat of copper spray paint and a striped table runner.
Not ready to come down from Halloween quite yet? Go for an all-black table design scheme, like this one by , accented only by blood red blooms (to match the red wine, of course) and gilded flatware. For some natural elements, add a bundle of twigs and mini pumpkins that are spray-painted black.
How do you combine a historic holiday with modern style elements? The way does: Pair "Hello My Name Is" place cards with pretty paper flowers, gilded geometric vases and add simple jars filled with treats (like honey butter!) to accent each place setting.
A stick of cinnamon is all it takes to instantly top off this cozy Thanksgiving table setting from , which features a homey blend of denim blue, chocolate brown, and crisp linen white.
Even if you don't love orange, you can never have too many pumpkins in the fall. designed with pumpkins of various sizes in matte blue, matte black, white, gold and just a touch of glimmering orange. To balance the colorful centerpiece, the place settings are kept simple with earthy tones and seasonal herbs tied in twine.