5 Thanksgiving Table Setting Decoration Ideas You Need To Try

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So, you have company coming over for Thanksgiving dinner and have to prepare most of the food; the mashed potatoes, the turkey, the pumpkin pie and other small desserts and finger food. To top it off, you still have to get your home decor in order just in time for guests to arrive! Luckily for you, the dining room table, better known as the main focus point of the holiday, is easy to decorate in style. And you don’t need to break the bank to do it. Here are five gorgeous, wallet-friendly Thanksgiving table setting decoration ideas you absolutely need to look into this year.


1. Autumn Table Setting

What says Thanksgiving more than autumn shades, leaves, candles and foliage? That’s right, nothing. And this classic Thanksgiving table setting collection from Crate & Barrel completely agrees! Begin by using a muted tablecloth as a backdrop for the hurricane candle holders, harvest bunches, magnolia garland, and multicolored berry stems. Large items first, small ones to fill. The idea is to convey the colors associated with this time of year, while simultaneously creating warmth and atmosphere that’s sure to please.


What makes this an ideal thanksgiving tablescape is that it doesn’t take long to put together, and it certainly doesn’t involve rocket science. You can go back to what matters the most on this beloved holiday - the food!


2. Naturalist Table Decor

Think captivating magnolia garland, scented herb braids, traditional cornucopias, and tapered candles. Williams Sonoma has a table setting collection that revolves around iconic foliage, with minimal additions in the form of tapered candles for mood lighting. The idea is certainly “less is more”. What makes this look so exquisite is that it's even easier to create than a fiery autumn table setting, making it the go-to choice for many hosts and hostesses who want elegant table decor but need to focus on the food.


To complete the look, simply place the cornucopia in the center, one tapered candle on either side, and fill the rest with herbs and garland. The herbs can even be tied in bunches, to make designing quicker. As for the tapered candles, it helps to get some simple holders in white, silver, copper, gold or black. Bring in some warmth and color with the candles themselves, letting them be the statement piece for your thanksgiving tablescape.


3. Forest Table Theme

If you want to be remembered for your decor, then you need the help of some adorable woodland creatures. Anyone can have a table covered in leaves, baby squash and candles, but few manage to have squirrels in plaid button-down shirts. This collection by Pier 1 Imports is just what you need to make your table come alive. It features raccoons in canoes, bears wearing crowns, hedgehogs with baskets, standing chipmunks and of course, glorious turkeys.


Even the dishes are colored in vibrant oranges, greens and reds. And don’t worry about placing them in a way that seems grown-up, rather than strange. As long as you use thick, beaded, or autumn-colored table runners, you have the perfect backdrop. Then place the woodland critters randomly around, with some blown-glass acorns and pumpkins, fireside potpourri, green and beige natural moss and faux birch nesting pedestals for height.


This is a look that will surely be the highlight of the night, and leave your guests in awe for a long time to come.


4. Shining Table Setting

For the 20, 30-something host, there’s another home decor style to consider: the shining setting. This decoration style focuses on random object placement, but everything is festive and stylish. For instance, consider the Urban Outfitters holiday collection, filled with shimmery candles, pastel napkins, decorative vines, iridescent flute glasses and string lights.


If you’re interested in playing on the unexpected this Thanksgiving, start by removing your table cloth or runner, and swapping it for soft-glowing string lights with small, interesting bulbs. Randomly place shimmery candles throughout, and surround it all with confetti. For an added touch of the unexpected, try using star banners hung off buffet tables, and unconventionally printed dishes.


5. Rustic Holiday Table Decor

If shiny, forest, or standard autumn styles aren’t your thing, there’s still hope yet. As this Urban Barn collection shows, a good table setting features bowls and dishes, ornate glass balls, wooden accents and eye-catching table runners. For this look, start by selecting a busy table runner that doesn’t adhere to the standard autumn color palette - think white, black, grey and beige. The dishes should be in keeping with the colors, and focus on a more hand-painted style. From there, place wooden bowls and leaf dishes in the center of the table. Fill each with blown glass balls, cylinder candle holders wrapped in twine, and organic foliage, like pinecones and berries.


Just let it be known now, this style is the least organic on the list, which means it’s predominantly focused on porcelain, glass and ceramic interpretations of nature. Although accompanied by garland or sprigs of berries is more than welcome, it is not the focus of this style. Instead, the objective is to produce a tablescape that resembles nature with less of a mess.


Additional Decor Tips

Remember, not everyone’s Thanksgiving decor is the same. As such, always select a table setting that is keeping with the rest of your style. For instance, if you have a colorful, autumn Thanksgiving decor in your home already, you may want to opt for the fiery table setting, which resembles falling leaves. Furthermore, don’t try to do too much, especially on a small dining room table. Although it's tempting to fill the table with interesting pieces and dishes, it’s important to consider personal space. No one likes to feel claustrophobic while they eat.


Finally, leave space for the food, which usually means leaving a prepped space in the center of the table, with some additional room on either side. This is where you can place your turkey and side dishes.

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