Stacy Ling
How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

November 14, 2020 2 Comments

Yay it’s almost Thanksgiving! No matter how big or small your gathering will be, make the holiday feel extra special. Prep now and learn how to set a Thanksgiving table with these tips and fall table decor ideas. 

I realize this has been an odd year in terms of getting together with our loved ones.

And we may need to adjust our typical Thanksgiving party plans.

But it’s still important to make the day feel special, no matter how large or small the gathering will be.

Because happiness is something we can give ourselves.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

And I for one am not missing out on a good Thanksgiving celebration, even if it gets scaled down a bit this year.

We need to have something to look forward to.

So if you find yourself hosting yourselves this year, make the holiday feel special by doing things different from the everyday.

Check out these thanksgiving table setting and centerpiece ideas to help make the day feel more special for YOU and whomever you are hosting.

Beautiful Fall Table Setting Ideas

Prep Now to Set a Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table

  • Determine party size and make adjustments to Thanksgiving dinner menu.
  • Plan to decorate your table with fall decor and a gorgeous centerpiece.
  • Organize and plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

No matter how big or small your gathering will be, it is really important to set a pretty table for yourself. The very fact that you went out of your way to use a beautiful centerpiece and add other table decor ideas will help make the day feel more special.

So DO NOT SKIP this step!

Centerpiece Ideas for Every Season

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table

Thanksgiving centerpieces don’t have to be an elaborate event. You can purchase live ones from local businesses or you can easily make them yourself.

And if you decide to do DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece, prepare now so you are ready to go before the big day.

Because I host every year, I love to create beautiful faux centerpieces that I can make well ahead of time.

It’s one less thing to think about while I am setting the table and prepping food.

Plus I get to enjoy these gorgeous creations throughout the fall season and not just for a few days around Thanksgiving.

Easy Fall Centerpiece for the Dining Table

I used to make my own live centerpieces using fresh cut flowers. But the last time I did that, I made an arrangement using live pumpkins as the container. We went on a ski trip the next day and when we returned a few days later, the pumpkins rotted on my dining room table, ruined the finish and stunk up my house. LOL

It was pretty bad.

I’m sure I’ll go back to doing live centerpieces someday, but for now, I’m loving the faux because I can set and forget.

Here are a few ideas for you!

Easy Fall Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

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While I typically gravitate to more neutral tones, a photo on Pinterest inspired me to use orange and blues in this Thanksgiving table setting idea. Check out this super simple centerpiece idea. And wait until you see what I used as a table runner! It is super cool.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Rustic Fall Centerpiece for the Dining Table

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Choosing a fun and unique container for a centerpiece is half the fun! See how easy it is to make this vintage toolbox centerpiece using faux greens, florals and pumpkins. It takes minutes to create, but will last all season long.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Beautiful Fall Centerpiece Idea That You Can Make in Minutes

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Another version of this vintage toolbox centerpiece is adorned with gorgeous faux greens and beautiful fall florals. Learn how to choose realistic faux greens and florals to start building your supply with these simple tips.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Transitional Centerpiece Idea Mixing Fall and Winter

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You want to decorate for the holidays but still want to keep some semblance of fall? Try this transitional centerpiece idea that mixes both fall and winter elements. Out of all my Thanksgiving table decor ideas, this one is my favorite.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Centerpiece Ideas for Every Season

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How gorgeous are these fall cabbage roses? I swoon every time I see them. Learn how to make this gorgeous centerpiece two ways creating a whole different look with one simple change.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

I love setting a pretty table.

It’s really fun to be creative and I enjoy my guests’ reactions when they see it.

A beautifully set table makes gatherings feel more festive and cozy.

I’m a big believe in using what you have.

But I’ve also bought a few key items that I use ALL THE TIME.

Here are some fun ideas to try.

Easy Fall Table Decor Ideas

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This Thanksgiving table setting ideas was inspired by these adorable little cutlery pouches. I love the additional texture it adds to each place setting and is a nice way to organize your cutlery.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Simple Fall Tablescape Idea

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I love how this tablescape idea turned out. Don’t those moscow mule mugs look perfect with the cabbage roses, pumpkins and gourds?

How to set a Thanksgiving Table

Neutral Fall Tablescape Ideas

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I’ve been on a huge neutral decorating kick over the last year. Here are two more ideas using neutral, natural elements.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Rustic Fall Tablescape Ideas

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This rustic fall tablescape idea uses a lot of natural, organic elements with things you may already have. Whether you use faux or real organic elements, this table setting idea is perfect for Thanksgiving.

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Fall Tablescape Idea

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If you are fortunate to have the kind of weather where you can set a Thanksgiving table outside, this was a fun one! And wait until you see what I used as the table runner!

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

I hope you found some great inspiration to set a Thanksgiving table.

We are looking forward to reconnecting and spending time with our family this year. I am thankful that my girls will be home from college and we’ll have the whole family back under one roof.

Each day is a blessing.

What are you thankful for this year?

From our family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Our family at Thanksgiving Dinner

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How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

2 Comments

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    Rachel Harper

    November 14, 2020

    Stacy,
    I love all the table ideas. Great post.
    Rachel

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      November 14, 2020

      Thank you Rachel!! xoxoxo

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