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.
- Hunt down wildlife-themed salt and pepper shakers at a thrift store, or find some at Pottery Barn or Pier 1 Imports.
- Add retro design touches, like these Mr. Turkey table linens from World Market.
- Show how well you're adulting when you pour water from a pitcher instead of straight from the tap. Try this stylish Textured Glass Pitcher from H&M Home.
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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.
- Bring a touch of tradition to the table with a Plymouth Turkey Toile Platter from Williams-Sonoma.
- These Happy Turkey Kraft Paper Placemats from Crate and Barrel give the kids' table a fun distraction. You can easily DIY this idea with a roll of plain brown paper cut into place mats or laid down the table like a runner.
- Turkey Salt and Pepper Shakers from Pottery Barn will become one of those quirky accessories you unearth for your T-Day table every year.
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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.
- 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.
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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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