A Thanksgiving dinner is meant to memorable, and believe it or not, a table setting plays a huge role in creating the right ambiance for your gathering. Whether you're the type to keep your decor traditional with neutral hues or experiment with more dark tones, we've rounded up some of our favorite sophisticated Thanksgiving tablescape ideas that are sure to keep guests talking longafter the party has ended.
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. Maison de Pax 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 Fashionable Hostess a modern twist. Piles of eucalyptus branches down the center of the table add the perfect finishing touch.
Nesting with Grace 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, Decor Gold Designs 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.
Add sweet, juicy flair to your holiday by centering your table decor around satsumas, as Annabode + Co. 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 Rose & Ivy 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 Just Destiny 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 tablescape from Celebrating Everyday Life, 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 Style Me Pretty Living did here, bringing in plenty of florals and wooden elements allows you to evoke the forest in the most glamorous way indoors.
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 Fleuropean did in this billowing centerpiece. Finish the vignette with a cornucopia worth of fresh fruits.
For this sparkling table decor, Design Improvised 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 tablescape, like this one by Thumbtack expert Chairs + Cups, 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 A Beautiful Mess 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 tablescape from Style Me Pretty Living, 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. Casa de Perrin designed this festive tablescape 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.
There's no doubt that the world has fallen in love with earthy-yet-mystical geod, and it's a trend worth incorporating into holiday decor this year. A Fabulous Fete discarded traditional color schemes in this tablescape, and instead took a moody turn with matte black, grey, copper and the perfect touch of geod nameplates for a fashionable table with natural, "unearthed" appeal.
Make your dinner table blush with just a whisper of pink in your floral arrangements and flatware (a ribbon to tie together silverware will do the trick!). This Thanksgiving place setting from Studio McGee is a simple approach to subtly noted feminism that appeals to any guest.
Thanksgiving is about celebrating the harvest season, so bring some of the Earth's bounties to your dinner table with branches collected from your backyard and any small gourds that didn't make it to your serving dish. In this lovely tablescape, Everyday Occasions follows that principle to a tee, even swapping traditional candlesticks with baby pumpkins.
A brass and pastel tablescape is ideal for adding a bit of relaxed elegance to a casual dining room, and this design by Rooms For Rent is proof. White candles tucked into antique brass candlesticks, brass shot glasses that double as votive holders, a bay leaf garland and heirloom pumpkins cast a note of laid-back romance onto the holiday table.
If you're a host who loves to impress in low-key ways, take inspiration from this effortlessly graceful tablescape from Finding Home Online. Rosemary plants in jars offer a centerpiece that feels as though it's home-grown (as it might just be!) and feathers accompany lavender for a delicate place setting.
For an unexpected touch to your holiday table, incorporate mini succulents. Here, Style Within Reach spray-painted the pots gold to add extra gilded flair. Mini cutting boards offer a resting place for bread, cheese or dips.
This table setting uses classic pumpkin orange on everything but the pumpkins. Try painting your pumpkins white and placing them in the center of your table for a chic contrast to the orange, as in this tablescape by Karin Lidbeck-Brent.