How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table

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Today I am going to help you create a picture perfect Thanksgiving table. If it is a formal table setting or a casual dinner, you want your Thanksgiving tablescape to be special.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table

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How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Formula For Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

First Let’s Measure

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table-start with measuring

Start With A Tablecloth

If you need to protect your table, start with a tablecloth. Not only does it provide protection, but it also adds color. If you have a natural-looking wood table that does not need protecting, you might consider leaving it natural and letting the wood.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table-add a colorful tablecloth to protect your table and add interest

Don’t pick a tablecloth made out of a material that you will have to spend hours ironing, nobody has time for that.

Let’s bring the beauty of fall into our homes through natural elements and fall colors. Look for a table cloth in oranges, rust, browns, tan, or even green. If you want to add a pattern, a fall plaid will make a gorgeous tablescape.

Gorgeous plaids in orange, reds, greens are great to use for your Thanksgiving table
Gorgeous plaid tablecloth sets the color palette for this Thanksgiving tablescape

Add A Runner

I love adding a runner to my table. It serves not only as an element of layering and texture but also as a place to have fun with table decorations. Your table runner can be a color or even a texture such as burlap, jute, or linen.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table- add a runner to your table
Add a table runner in texture fabric such as jute or burlap

If you are not using a tablecloth, a runner helps create interest in a table setting.

Placemats Or No Placemats

This is a personal preference just like tablecloths. I am not a huge placemat because they are so big and occupy so much of the table. Instead, I like to add chargers to a table to define the place setting.

Add placemats to define the space
Woven placemats define table setting space.

Now, if you like placemats, there are so many options to chose from. I love the placemats that are round that define the space but are not too big. Seeing lots of placemats in jute, burlap, and natural elements.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table- add interest with placemats, chargers in wooden textures
Layered elements including wooden placemats and round twig placemat.

How To Set A Table Properly

As a child, I was assigned the task of setting the table. I always seem to need a refresher course on where everything went. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pull out your wedding silver and china and show it off.

Review the proper place settings for china, crystal, and silver
Review the proper place settings for china, crystal, and silver
This shows a small table with a very simple place setting.  All you need for your Thanksgiving meal
This shows a small table with a very simple place setting. All you need for your Thanksgiving meal
Bring out your china, crystal, and silver to set an elegant table setting for the holidays
Bring out your china, crystal, and silver to set an elegant table setting for the holidays

Napkins And Napkin Rings

If you are setting a formal table, you will want to use cloth napkins. So many great color choices out there for your table beside white. Also, you can find fun and interesting napkin rings that add an additional layer of interest to your table.

Add sparkle and shine with these napkin rings from Bed Bath and Beyond
Add sparkle and shine with these napkin rings from Bed Bath and Beyond
Napkin rings with fall decor from Target
Napkin rings with fall decor from Target
Burlap silverware holders that can be used each year.
Burlap silverware holders that can be used each year.
Printed or handwritten napkin ring holder with ribbon
Printed or handwritten napkin ring holder with ribbon
Personalized paper napkin ring holders from Etsy
Personalized paper napkin ring holders from Etsy
Simple raffia tied around colorful napkins are perfect for dinners served buffet style where sitting is not designated
Simple raffia tied around colorful napkins are perfect for dinners served buffet style where sitting is not designated
Cute DIY project for kids to make napkin ring holders for kid's table
Cute DIY project for kids to make napkin ring holders for kid’s table

Create A Centerpiece

Bring In The Beauty And Bounty Of Nature

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bounty of nature. Beautiful color displays of leaves, gourds, pumpkins, seasonal flowers can all be combined to create a gorgeous centerpiece.

Styling a table has moved away from the traditional flowers in a vase to more of a runner type arrangement. This keeps the heights down lower so people can converse during dinner

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table- bring the bounty of the season into your home with flowers, fruits, berries

Bring in wood elements from nature such as sticks, twigs, vines, and pinecones.

Use natural elements such as wood in unexpected places such as this candle holder

Try non-traditional colors for your tablescape. Softer hues with greenery such as eucalyptus and white/light green pumpkins create a softer look to your Thanksgiving table.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table- don't be afraid to experiment with colors

For a touch of elegance, go gold. Spray paint pumpkins, pinecones with gold spray paint. Look for floral pics with gold color berries.

Gold creates a very elegant tablescape

Add interesting and unique collectibles to your tablescape such as this turkey. Also added to this table are interesting colored corn and nuts.

Add interesting and unique collectibles to your tablescape such as this turkey. Also added to this table are interesting colored corn and nuts.

For a buffet table, use a carved out pumpkin as a vase for fresh or faux flowers. I have used ones from Michaels and fill it with interesting greenery, flowers, berries, and cattails.

For a buffet table, use a carved out pumpkin as a vase for fresh or faux flowers.  I have used ones from Michaels and fill it with interesting greenery, flowers, berries, and cattails.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table-Add Lighting

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table-add lighting

Lighting is such an important element for a Thanksgiving table. Even if your meal is held during the day, lighting such as candles creates a mood that says “this is a special event”. Use candles at multiple heights. I love the thick, chunky candles under glass domes.

Make Sure You Table Is Family Friendly

A too-tall centerpiece can block family members from being able to see and converse at the table. Scented candles can mix with the scents from the food and make people nauseous. If you have little ones at the table, consider flameless candles. These are especially good if you have a buffet table. You can fill the dome with nuts and fruit to add an extra element.

use glass jars with fruits or nuts at varies size for centerpiece or for buffet table

There are great options for flameless candles you can use also. I love adding the flameless candles to the mantle in my home along with additional natural elements to my home for fall decor.

Flameless candles for safety and to create a glow for your holiday table or even for fall/winter home decor.
Flameless candles for safety and to create a glow for your holiday table or even for fall/winter home decor.

Create A Personal Touch

Create a personal touch with your Thanksgiving tablescape by having individual place setting cards. Many families have a traditional “what I am thankful for ” time.

I Am Thankful For gratitude cards for Thanksgiving activity
I Am Thankful For gratitude cards for Thanksgiving activity
Tent style Thanksgiving place setting cards helps with pre arranged seating
Tent style Thanksgiving place setting cards
How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table-add personal touches such as these pumpkin place card holders in gold
Pumpkin place card holders in gold

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table-Create A Special Kid’s Table

Don’t forget the kids. Make a kid-friendly table with paper or plastic plates, and glasses. A tablecloth that they can color helps to keep them occupied while the adults enjoy their meal.

How To Create A Picture Perfect Thanksgiving Table- make the kid's table special
Thanksgiving  coloring tablecloth from Amazon
Thanksgiving coloring tablecloth from Amazon

Shop For Thanksgiving Tablescape

*** Thanksgiving linens and decor will sell out quickly. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy what you need for your table.

Tomorrow we are going to plan your Thanksgiving outfit. Don’t wait till the last minute to scramble for what to wear. In the meantime, let’s review Shopping Strategies For The Holidays, Prepare Your Home For Fall/Winter, and spruce up your guest room Make Your Guest Room Warm And Welcoming

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