Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Looks like this year is our turn to host our (really big) family for Thanksgiving dinner! I love our family Thanksgiving gatherings; They start with a messy game of football (or a “burn the turkey” workout for the more tackle-averse) and end with everyone gathering for a dress-up sit down dinner.

Over the years my amazing mother-in-law, aunt, and cousins have started raising the bar pretty high when it comes to setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table. So this year is our turn and I have been searching the net for some pretty Thanksgiving tablescape ideas that I might be able to adapt and use in our home. Here are some photo inspirations that I just love, plus some ideas for things you might add to your own Thanksgiving tablescape.

pumpkin divider

When I began to think about putting together a festive table I started by keeping in mind the color of our china. Like most people, we don’t have a specific set of plates just for Thanksgiving, but we do have our “good china” that comes out for special occasions. If yours is plain white then you are lucky and can create any color scheme that you like. Our plates have some blue in them, so I try to work with that when deciding on what would be the best table complements. Here are some great fall decorating accents to consider:

  • Pumpkins and gourds

    Pretty way to display your utensils at a THanksgiving buffet table


  • Lanterns with candles
  • Fall flowers
  • Wheat
  • Fall branches and leaves
  • Votives
  • Glass hurricane lamps with acorns or corn anchoring a seasonal candle
  • Grapes
  • Greenery and woody vines such as winterberry
  • Pinecones
  • Oranges or persimmons
  • Apples or pears
  • Indian corn

pumpkin dividerDo you love some of the images at the top of the page? Here is where you can find out more about them…

How to fold napkins for your Thanksgiving table


  1. White Buffalo Styling Company
  2. The Frosted Petticoat
  3. Setting for Four
  4. Take the Side Street
  5. Marcus Design

About Caroline Preble

I'm a gal who thinks that there is always a reason to celebrate! I am a wife and mom to two great girls, and a former elementary teacher who has turned my love for all things fun and creative into a website to share with friends everywhere.

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