Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Thanksgiving is just a bit more than a week away so I thought I would offer some inspiration and ideas about the table. This year we will happily join dear friends for dinner, but when home I really enjoy pulling out all the stops when it comes to setting the table. Apparently so do others, because below are wonderful table settings, some simple, some quite complex, but all achieve the ultimate goal – expressing to family and friends that Thanksgiving is really about being grateful for them and for the many blessings that have kept us safe, healthy and happy.

Candles make any table welcoming and here the use of tall goblets grouped in 3’s with silk leaves drifting around them and smaller candles is lovely.

This table contains a unified color theme with green accents. Dried flowers and greenery from the gardens always add interest.

I really like this……tradition taken outdoors. The centerpiece is made from a pumpkin “vase” hollowed out to contain sunflowers, apples, artichokes and leaves. The tableware is set on a plaid wool cover and creates warmth with all the texture and natural elements on the table itself.

A simple long wood box with scattered mini pumpkins, twigs & berries in between a row of candles. I like these lower centerpieces because you can visit with folks across the table a bit easier. It sits on a linen table runner.

Simple homemade placemats that could begin a tradition. Wonderful idea. After dinner you can sit and eat coffee and desert while the hosts read aloud what guests have written.

A hunt board laden with natural and mercury glass pumpkins intertwined with dried grass or straw, silver candlesticks and a gorgeous backdrop of pewter and silver trays.

An easily assembled decoration fo natural elements….pine cones stuffed with moss, wax pine cone candles sitting on a bed of pine boughs atop a linen runner. Simple white dinnerware makes a simple but perfect setting.

Here the setting is more formal atop a more informal dining room table. It is a layered look that you can easily assemble with whatever you have available.

Another outdoor table scape. Quite an impact using only larger cream toned pumpkins with dried vines. The earth toned napkins and runner are perfect.

Continuing with using what is available, here the clever assemblage of vegetable wrapped candles atop a large white platter with berries and mum flowers tucked in between.

Another outdoor tables cape that makes uses of lots of texture from the tablecloth, to the dish chargers, complimented by the centerpiece.

Using a brightly red patterned tablecloth as a beginning, this host topped it with all natural fruits and vegetables, with pomegranates and red goblets adding an additional punch of red.

I like the black and white tablecloth with the colors and texture of this centerpiece. An unusual choice but very effective.

So welcoming and cozy looking…..

I am really liking the white and gray colored pumpkins and gourds.Set on oak leaves, simple yet pretty.

I use feather quite a bit in containers. I think they add an effective foil to the more expected elements. Organic and pretty as well.

Simple, easy to put together, inexpensive and very pretty. This sits on a marble board for additional color.

Bright, cheery and again uses what’s available from your garden or from the market. A burlap runner completes the setting.

Grapes and gourds set among pillar candles always works.

A more formal setting with lots of gold….pumpkins, chargers, candlesticks. I am sure with just the candle light the room glows.

You can’t get much simpler than this. The addition of a satin ribbon makes an elegant statement.

What kid or adult wouldn’t smile at a line up of these down a table?

The above photos are wonderful examples of how with simple or already available items you can put together a beautiful table with very little effort. I hope you found some ideas here. Feel free to send me any ideas you have or photos of your tables………Thanks for reading. Laters, charisse









  1. Thanks for sharing this amazing decoration. I love it so much

  2. Lovely ideas. What IS that picture of the gutted boar in the background of the tablescape with the pomegranates. It is awesome !


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