40 Thanksgiving Table Settings That Will Wow Your Guests
This one is a real showstopper: A table arrangement of grains celebrates the bounty of fall and a pristine satin bow gives it a touch of elegance needed for your formal dining table.
What could be more serene than a table inspired by colors like indigo, gold, and blue? We set the scene with indigo block-printed linens, a hanging bough of dried blue flowers, dip-dyed candles, and beautiful china.
A Virginia Family's Thanksgiving
The Nordt family of Charles City, Virginia, host their Thanksgiving feast in the barn. In lieu of chairs, they arrange bales of hay and drape them with handwoven blankets. The main table is set with small candles and antique 1920s Theodore Haviland china, in addition to the leaf-threaded wreath that hangs on the wall.
Thanksgiving is the time of year to show gratitude for all the things we hold dear. Therefore, this centerpiece — decorated with handwritten notes of gratitude — is the perfect reminder of the true meaning of this day.
Feel of Fall Thanksgiving Table
Bring rustic elegance to the dining room with a combination of store-bought and hand-crafted decor. Find instructions for bedecking a willow branch wreath with pom-poms and covering trivets with lush velvet.
Pear Place Card
Small pears hold paper name tags punched with holes and tied in place with ribbon or twine. Any small fruit or vegetable, such as crab apples or jack-be-little pumpkins, can be used.
Fallen Leaves Centerpiece
Want to add a gilded touch to your Thanksgiving table? Gather some branches, give them a spritz of gold spray paint, and arrange at the center of the table. It also works spectacularly at an entranceway or hallway.
Turkey Trivia Place Card
What year did the Mayflower arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts? What do you call a male turkey? What was the pilgrims' name for boiled-corn pudding? Stump guests with a little turkey trivia!
Felted Leaf Trivets
Large trivets in leafy shapes add seasonal style while protecting your dinner table from piping-hot plates.
Fallen leaves are abundant at this time of year, and their graceful silhouettes and tawny colors make them a natural theme for seasonal linens and decorations you craft yourself.
Wishbone Napkin Rings
To make "silver" napkin rings, save wishbones from roast chickens, wash and dry them thoroughly, and spray them with chrome paint. On each one, string silver cord from tip to tip; wrap it six times around the bone, and tie it off.
Fall Leaf Clippings
For a splash of style, adorn your table with autumn's brightest accessories: vivid fall leaves. Simply clip sprays of young leaves from a tree in your yard (ours are from a maple). Arrange the clippings at each place setting, and top with transparent glass plates. Come dinnertime, you'll be basking in the oohs and aahs of your guests.
A Modern Table
This distinctive contemporary table begins with an emphasis on light and form. A homemade Ultrasuede table mat adds color and interest; it's cut with a rotary cutter just smaller than the table to create the illusion of a border. Sleek hurricanes filled with fallen leaves show off colors that contrast with the otherwise monochromatic palette. The clear glass of the goblets and hurricanes keeps the look clean. A leaf in the folds of a napkin and a handwritten place card -- a strip of paper inscribed with a white-gel pen -- welcome each guest to dinner.
Wrapped in dried cornhusks, votives cast a soft glow and serve as a reminder that corn was part of the first Thanksgiving feast.
Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece
Give thanks with style. Here's a harvest of ideas for creating a festively dressed affair.
A Harvest Table
Set a celebratory table with bold splashes of color from the garden or farmers' market; gourds, fruit, and nuts come in golds, yellows, oranges, and a range of browns and greens.
A napkin and a handwoven sparkling favor echo the cornucopia's shape, while more gilded leaves and acorns festoon the napkin and the place card. Sugared almonds and pine nuts fill these favors.
Blue is not traditionally associated with the season, but highlight it with small touches of gold and the color can become a happy participant in holiday revels. These spray-painted miniature pumpkins and place cards written in gold ink do the trick nicely. A block-printed napkin and tablecloth and the marbleized plate add patterned richness, while a mix of mismatched contemporary glassware and classic flatware keep the feeling clean and modern.
A Natural Thanksgiving Table
Sometimes, simplicity is key. This was the thematic vision from Deputy Creative Director Ayesha Patel on this Thanksgiving table, which incorporates natural materials and textures: burlap for place mats, a leather tie for the carafe, and block-printed napkins.
Thanksgiving Place Mats
It's easy! All you need is a scroll of Kraft paper and some crayons to keep the kids occupied until the turkey is done.