Creative Thanksgiving Table Settings

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for so many of us it marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of year: the holiday season! But if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving meal at your home, it can get easy to get caught up in wanting your table to be decorated as tastefully and beautifully as possible. 

Whether this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner or your twentieth, you’ll love to see some examples of beautiful table setting ideas. Here’s our guide to creating a great table setting this Thanksgiving holiday.

Classic American

Since Thanksgiving is a holiday as old as America itself, it’s only fitting to create a table setting with classic American themes. Create a tablescape themed after colonial America, with dishware that your grandparents and great-grandparents would have had handed down to them. Think of rich colors, Toile, gorgeous metals and china, and of course turkeys to really make this table setting pop.

Modern farmhouse style

If you’re going for a more contemporary style, why not try a modern farmhouse look? This is very trendy right now in home decor, but the simple colors and wood accents give it a modern twist. Think of how Joanna Gaines would decorate her table using her own Magnolia style and replicate that. 

Mix and match thrifted pieces

If this is your first time hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner in your home, don’t feel overwhelmed if you don’t think you have enough dishware and decor to satisfy a table full of guests. Instead, go for a more thrifted look. Hit up your local second hand shop and find mis-matched china and dishware. This will give your tablescape a very vintage feel, and you won’t have to worry about spending too much money on expensive table settings for your first Thanksgiving.

Play with color

Fall is such a colorful time of year, so why not add some bright colors to your tables? Play with accents of red, orange, yellow, brown, and even gold throughout the table. You can even mix and match the colors used in your decor by picking up various fall-colored dishware and decor pieces. Place them together to create a collage of fall colors to make your table look like a forest of fall foliage.

When in doubt, go for pumpkins

What screams fall more than pumpkins? Go for a neutral base for your color scheme by using your typical dishes, silverware, and napkins that you use everyday, and add some fall accents to your tablescape by picking up some pumpkins of varying sizes at your local market or pumpkin patch. Use miniature pumpkins as place cards by writing each guest’s name on the pumpkins in permanent marker, and scatter larger pumpkins and gourds throughout the table as decorations.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at

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