Tips for the Perfecting the Thanksgiving Table Setting

Create a holiday to remember with personal touches and rustic elements


Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving at home in a while, or maybe you are used to hosting for multitudes and this year is looking smaller. No matter the scope of your plans for 2020, one thing is for certain: You can still enjoy setting a beautiful dinner table for Turkey Day. For many, this task can be the most fun part; after all, there’s no worry of the tablescape being overdone because with decorating, there are no wrong answers – it’s completely personal. Pumpkins and gourds, mums and dried flowers, fresh and fake – it’s all up to you. Once you get into the groove of setting a table, you’ll be ready for every occasion that comes your way this season.


Layer It On

With fall as the theme, let the foraging begin. Layers always give a professional look so start with a printed tablecloth – you can go high-end from a local decor shop or disposable from the seasonal aisle at your market. Next, bring out the dishes and assemble place settings. While seasonal plates are fun, mismatched pieces from what you already have can add charm. Knot fabric napkins or use short lengths of twine as holders for paper varieties – even squares of fabric will do. Scatter leaves, acorns, pumpkins – whether fresh or faux – and if using candles, be sure to keep clear of any flammable objects.


Beyond Brown

Unconventional color pairings are trending for the holidays this year: Think pink and purple pumpkins. Not sure what color to bring in as an accent? Pull a shade from the tablecloth, a plate, or simply a tone you find striking next to oranges and browns. For example, the muted blue leaf color in the tablecloth (shown) is carried over onto the porcelain plate settings. Navy blue velvet pumpkins, and a few glitter ones for texture, paired with the gold napkins, make it all work.


Go Nuts

While you might look at garlands and swag only for draping across surfaces, running them in a line across the table top is very effective. For pops of color, pull the heads off faux flowers and affix them to the garland with hot glue. Finally, dried fruits and nuts scattered about add a natural element that you can also nibble on – just keep nutcrackers handy.


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