17 Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

While it’s the food that usually steals the show, your Thanksgiving table setting can be just as important to create a beautiful background for the delicious meal. 

Use natural elements to create a simple, beautiful Thanksgiving table setting. Lush greenery, varying textiles, colorful fruit and scented candles create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Not sure where to start? Here are 17 ideas for a beautiful, fall tablescape.

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1. Greenery

 via By Tezza

Give your table a lush, green centerpiece by layering stems of seeded eucalyptus. Add in fall flowers and pumpkins for pops of festive color.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas: Use greenery such as eucalyptus or myrtle along the center of your table use as many or as few mini pumpkins as you’d like. / theanastasiaco.com

2. Monochromatic Pumpkins

via Fashionable Hostess

What screams fall more than an array of beautiful pumpkins? This set of white pumpkins provides a perfect array of sizes and may even leave you with a few extra to decorate other parts of the house.

What screams fall more than an array of beautiful pumpkins? This set of 12 white pumpkins provides a perfect array of sizes and may even leave you with a few extra to decorate other parts of the house. / theanastasiaco.com @theanastasiaco

3. Candlesticks

via Style Me Pretty

Give some height to your fall tablescape with a selection of gorgeous candlesticks. The key to this vintage-inspired look is to use candlesticks of varying sizes to give the look more dimension. Try using these brass candle holders available in three different heights or these in dozens of different styles. Local thrift stores are also a great place to find unique candlesticks and can make your tablescape truly one-of-a-kind.

Give some height to your fall tablescape with a selection of gorgeous candlesticks. The key to this vintage-inspired look is to use candlesticks of varying sizes to give the look more dimension.

4. Pops of Copper

via Modern Glam and Rooms for Rent Blog

Copper’s orange-gold hue is a beautiful compliment to the red, orange and yellow colors of fall. The shiny metal makes a statement so small pops are all it takes for it to stand out. Try using copper flatware or copper mugs like these here for just the right pop.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas: Copper’s orange-gold hue is a beautiful compliment to the red, orange and yellow colors of fall. The shiny metal makes a statement so small pops are all it takes for it to stand out. Try using copper flatware or copper mugs. / theanastasiaco.com

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas: Copper’s orange-gold hue is a beautiful compliment to the red, orange and yellow colors of fall. The shiny metal makes a statement so small pops are all it takes for it to stand out. Try using copper flatware or copper mugs. / theanastasiaco.com

5. Box of Fall

via 724 South House

If you’re looking for more structure in your table runner, using a simple wooden box is the perfect way to display your fall decor. Fill it with moss, greenery, candles, pumpkins, pinecones and whatever other hodgepodge of autumn items you have on hand.

Fall table ideas: If you’re looking for more structure in your table runner, using a simple wooden box is the perfect way to display your fall decor. Fill it with moss, greenery, candles, pumpkins, pinecones and whatever other hodgepodge of autumn items you have on hand.

6. Gifts at Place Settings 

via Alt Summit

Make your Friendsgiving dinner a little more meaningful with a homemade gift for each attendee. These homemade pickles are a fun idea, or use any other take-home snack that you can make yourself. For added sentiment, put a handwritten note on each gift sharing a little bit of why that friendship is important to you.

Make your Friendsgiving dinner a little more meaningful with a homemade gift for each attendee. These homemade pickles are a fun idea, or use any other take-home snack that you can make yourself. For added sentiment, put a handwritten note on each gift sharing a little bit of why that friendship is important to you.

7. Napkin Details

via Driven By Decor

The dainty details can make the biggest impact. Small, colorful sprigs of berries or flowers are all it takes to make the napkin the highlight of the place setting. Go for a vintage, rustic look with twine or a more polished look with simple white ribbon.

Place Setting Ideas: The dainty details can make the biggest impact. Small, colorful sprigs of berries or flowers are all it takes to make the napkin the highlight of the place setting. Go for a vintage, rustic look with twine or a more polished look with simple white ribbon.

8. Antlers

via Tone on Tone Antiques and Sand and Sisal

Antlers, similar to candlesticks, are a great way to add height and dimension to your Thanksgiving table. Whitewashed antlers are a modern take on the woodsy decor while the natural brown look is more rustic. Fill in the table runner of decor with pumpkins, candles and greenery.

Antlers, similar to candlesticks, are a great way to add height and dimension to your Thanksgiving table. Whitewashed antlers are a modern take on the woodsy decor while the natural brown look is more rustic. Fill in the table runner of decor with pumpkins, candles and greenery.

Antlers, similar to candlesticks, are a great way to add height and dimension to your Thanksgiving table. Whitewashed antlers are a modern take on the woodsy decor while the natural brown look is more rustic. Fill in the table runner of decor with pumpkins, candles and greenery. 

9. Personalized Plates

via Sarah Sherman Samuel and Ruffled Blog

A personalized place setting lets your guest know “I did this just for you!” Assigning seats yourself even gives you the opportunity to try and set up two friends — and what’s more fun to be thankful for than a budding romance? The simple hand lettering on this brown paper is simple yet chic and these hand-lettered tags double as decor for a napkin tie. Set off each setting with gold-plated flatware for an elegant pop.

A personalized place setting lets your guest know “I did this just for you!” Assigning seats yourself even gives you the opportunity to try and set up two friends — and what’s more fun to be thankful for than a budding romance? A personalized place setting lets your guest know “I did this just for you!” Assigning seats yourself even gives you the opportunity to try and set up two friends — and what’s more fun to be thankful for than a budding romance?

10. Painted Pumpkins

via Casa de Perrin

Forget the table runner, just use pumpkins! Take a different approach by adding in non-traditional colors. A group of 30+ mini pumpkins in varying sizes is an easy way to make a big statement.

Forget the table runner, just use pumpkins! Take a different approach by adding in non-traditional colors. A group of 30+ mini pumpkins in varying sizes is an easy way to make a big statement.

11. Layered Plates

via Home Stories A to Z

The secret to creating a full, finished Thanksgiving table? Layers. Layering the charger, dinner plate, salad plate, and a fun topper is a quick way to add visual depth and bring the table to life. Use a textured charger as the base to include a natural element.

The secret to creating a full, finished Thanksgiving table? Layers. Layering the charger, dinner plate, salad plate, and a fun topper is a quick way to add visual depth and bring the table to life. Use a textured charger as the base to include a natural element.

12. Pumpkins

via Ella Claire Inspired

If in doubt when decorating your fall table, the answer is pumpkins on pumpkins. This table features pastel orange, white, and green pumpkins of various sizes and shapes. Use tree stumps to add levels, and mix in candles for an element of warmth.

If in doubt when decorating your fall table, the answer is pumpkins on pumpkins. This table features pastel orange, white, and green pumpkins of various sizes and shapes. Use tree stumps to add levels, and mix in candles for an element of warmth.

13. Textiles

via In Honor of Design

Using patterned textiles is a great way to give your tablescape personality and color. Fabric and tea towels are an inexpensive ways to give your table character and create a color scheme.

Using patterned textiles is a great way to give your tablescape personality and color. Fabric and tea towels are an inexpensive ways to give your table character and create a color scheme.

14. Nature

via Cherished Bliss

God’s art provides the best inspiration. Look outside for an array of natural pieces you can work into your table. Think about incorporating different stems, antlers, fruit, vegetables, pinecones, and wood to bring the outdoors to you table. Tree slabs are an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving table – if you don’t have the resources to cut down a tree, these are an affordable option.

God's art provides the best inspiration. Look outside for an array of natural pieces you can work into your table. Think about incorporating different stems, antlers, fruit, vegetables, and wood to bring the outdoors to you table. Tree slabs are an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving table - if you don't have the resources to cut down a tree, these are an affordable option.

15. Pattern

via House on Longwood Lane

If your style is more boho modern, these DIY mud cloth painted pumpkins may be just what you need. Get creative by painting different patterns in a bold, consistent color scheme.

If your style is more boho modern, these DIY mud cloth painted pumpkins may be just what you need. Get creative by painting different patterns in a bold, consistent color scheme.

16. Gift Tags

via A Thoughtful Place

Add a thoughtful touch to your table with words of the season. Some ideas could be: gather, together, grateful, family. These sweet sentiments can be handwritten calligraphy, or you can print the words out and cut the paper into the shape of a tag if handwriting isn’t your specialty.

Add a thoughtful touch to your table with words of the season. Some ideas could be: gather, together, grateful, family. These sweet sentiments can be handwritten calligraphy, or you can print the words out and cut the paper into the shape of a tag if handwriting isn’t your specialty.

17. Feathers

via Kara Rosenlund

In keeping with the theme of nature, consider pairing together a faux feather and a piece of greenery for a simple, delicate plate detail.

In keeping with the theme of nature, consider pairing together a faux feather and a piece of greenery for a simple, delicate plate detail.

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