Thanksgiving Table Settings for the Ultimate Holiday Meal

An elegantly set dinner table can make even a simple meal more memorable. Long before you serve the appetizer, these gorgeous Thanksgiving table settings will make a terrific first impression on your guests. So go ahead and use the colors and textures of fall to make this year’s Thanksgiving party extra special.

Beautiful Thanksgiving table settings
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Thanksgiving Table Decoration Ideas

  1. The Magic of Nature
  2. If you are looking for an easy yet elegant way to dress up your dinner table, use easily available, natural elements for your Thanksgiving table setting. Turn to pumpkins and gourds for your centerpieces or use pears to top each place setting. Bring the beautiful colors of fall to your table to make a meal your guests will never forget. Floral centerpieces go very well with blue place mats "kitchen table set…" by Maegan Tintari is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  3. The Floral Touch
  4. Just like no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without turkey, no Thanksgiving table setting would be complete without a beautiful floral centerpiece. But if you want to make yours really stand out from the crowd, add mini pumpkins and berries to colorful yellow, orange and red fall flowers. Lend a nicely contrasting touch with a blue and white tablecloth or blue place mats and brace yourself for the oohs and aahs!
  5. It’s Harvest Time!
  6. This style of Thanksgiving table setting reflects the mood and vibrancy of the season in an understated but extremely classy way. Use vintage (or faux antique) china, creamware, amber glasses and beeswax candles to make the autumn shine through your meal. Scallop-edged place cards embellished in your best handwriting and laced with silk ribbons graciously invite guests to the table.
  7. Festive Fruit Tones
  8. For an intimate dinner with family or close friends, consider a Thanksgiving table setting filled with a range of rich fall fruits. Red pomegranates, apples and persimmons can be used to decorate the table and be part of the menu. Bring out their exotic beauty with old silver and simple yet pretty table runners, napkins and glasses.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Tips for Side Tables

  • The dining table needn’t be your only Thanksgiving-themed entertaining space. The dessert or beverage station can be moved to a side table or a desktop in another room.
  • Make your dessert table quirky and fun by mixing and matching different china and glassware sets.
  • Include dessert serving pieces of different sizes and heights. Cake stands, dessert plates, trifle bowls and footed compotes add visual variety and interest to your Thaksgiving table setting.
  • Put the glassware, ice bucket and drinks on a tray, so that they can be quickly removed before serving tea and coffee.
  • No holiday meal with your family is complete without one of these easy and elegant Thanksgiving table settings.

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