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3 Ways to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

A Thanksgiving table laid with creativity and care becomes a sumptuous feast for the eyes and sets the mood for the feast to come. Here are three decor ideas — from trendy to classic — to help inspire your Thanksgiving table settings this year. We've included easy DIY info and shopping tips so you can round up the makings of a beautiful, memorable table.

On-Trend: Vintage Thrift

Mid-century thrift store finds bring the fun to this eclectic table setting. Don't stress over mismatched flatware; it just makes each piece that much more special. Take a hike through a park to gather a basketful of leaves, branches, and acorns for a casual chic centerpiece courtesy of Mother Nature.

On-Trend Table

On-Trend Table

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Classic: To Grandmother's House We Go

Setting a classic table steeped in history and tradition could start with the kind of toile-patterned dishware popular during 18th-century colonial United States. Here, they're paired with pewter chargers and white linen napkins for an elegant flourish. To save the scene from visual overload, balance patterned plates with plain serving dishes — or the other way around.

Classic Table

Classic Table

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New Classic: Urban Farmhouse

This updated take on classic Thanksgiving style is a mix of clean, cool, and crafty. Here, a minimal color palette combines autumn warmth with sophisticated white to create a decidedly modern vibe; while natural elements such as leaves and branches bring the outdoors in, even if you're smack dab in the middle of a big city. If you've got a little time, let DIY embellishments showcase your creativity.

New Classic Table

New Classic Table

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  • Create a circle of gratitude with paper leaves your guests can write on and fasten to a plain vine wreath.
  • Use mini pumpkins for table setting place cards. Stencil or paint with names, or tie paper tags to the stems.
  • Serve soup in a whimsical pumpkin tureen from Williams-Sonoma.

Table-Setting Tips

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  • No need to spend a bundle on special Thanksgiving tableware; just work with what you already have and add touches of color and simple accessories to give it a harvest theme.
  • If you can, set your table the day before Thanksgiving to cross that task off your to-do list. If setting the table ahead of time isn't practical, you should at least gather the pieces you need to streamline the task come Thanksgiving day.
  • Keep your centerpieces at or below eye-height so people can see each other across the table.
  • It's tempting to go all out, but don't go overboard: fussy tables might be Pinterest-bait, but they can also take away from the friendly, welcoming vibe you're going for. It's all about balance, right?

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