Wouldn’t you like to almost effortlessly set a Thanksgiving table? Today I’m sharing 10 EASY ideas for setting a Thanksgiving table you will love and so will your guests. Actually, these 10 amazingly easy tips can help you set almost any table but since Thanksgiving is just around the corner they are perfect for right now! Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or hosting a dinner these ideas are worth pinning so you can refer to them easily! Let’s set a beautiful Thanksgiving table…
Here are some easy to do ideas for YOUR Thanksgiving table!
PICK A COLOR SCHEME
One of the biggest designer secret for setting a beautiful table is to start with a color scheme. Choosing two or three main colors will go a very very long way for set a cohesive and attractive table.
Starting a table by thinking of “color” is a great way to start a successful table!
My Thanksgiving table this year has lots of white, a little bit of green and some shiny silver! Very serene, organic with a little bling… well, maybe a lot of bling!
MIX AND MATCH TABLEWARE
I think using the same pattern dishes, glasses and flatware is just a tad boring! Mixing your tableware up is a fabulous way to use them in fun and fresh ways. Play and try different combinations. I like to do this with my flatware too!
There are three different silver-plated flatware patterns at each place. How interesting, right?
Repeat, repeat, repeat! Another BIG secret of a fabulous table! And make sure these elements are repeated around the whole table.
Repeated elements for this table are…
- the color green
- wood slices
- white plates
- ornamental cabbage
- mercury glass candlesticks
- baby boo pumpkins
- and more!
Like most tables I set I think of the word “juxtaposition”. It’s when two things (or more) are placed next to each other with contrasting effects. Think lux/rustic, high/low, formal/comfortable. I love the creative tension juxtaposition creates.
Silver/rough wood is evident on this table.
DON’T USE A TABLECLOTH
Okay, this is just a personal thing. I love a crisp white tablecloth but I don’t like ironing them and I really don’t like trying to get stains out of them and I really, really don’t like to pay for dry cleaning them! Saying that, If I ever did use a tablecloth it would probably be for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
I often opt for a runner and placemats or chargers! So much easier and I think a nice bridge between formal and comfortable.
FIND INTERESTING PLACEMATS/CHARGERS
This Thanksgiving I’m using these really well made and fun log slices as chargers. They even have tiny feet to get them up off the table.
I use them in the fall every year! They also work great under plants and as risers. Don’t you love things with multiple uses?
Every table you set should have something organic on it! Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving. Combine some of these into a pretty centerpiece or have them run down the center of your table! Just use them!
- willow balls
- seeded eucalyptus
USE LOTS OF CANDLES
Since it gets dark early, let’s let candle glow be part of the beauty of a Thanksgiving table! And don’t be shy about using them especially if they share a common element, like these mercury glass candles sticks. I’ve been collecting them for several years now. They are really very reasonable and give a table a bit of bling!
SIT EVERYONE ACROSS FROM ONE ANOTHER
If you are having a smaller gathering or have a very long table, forgo the head chairs and seat everyone across from each other. I LOVE this seating arrangement. And when you do, s-t-r-e-t-c-h the centerpiece from one end of the table to the other.
PURCHASE SMALL THEMED PLATES OR BOWLS
This tip has allowed me to set so many different tables. I love white plates. White dinner plates! And because I mostly set a white table I can add some very interesting salad/dessert dishes or small bowls in different colors, designs or motifs to a table. So my dish closet has very few “dinner plates” and lots of really nice accent plates!
I’ve used these white turkey salad plates for 5 years. I do have a few other salad plates that would work nicely for a Thanksgiving table but I just love these little turkeys.
GIVE A NOD TO THE SEASON OR HOLIDAY
One of the beautiful things about setting a Thanksgiving table is the ability to use the best of the fall season as part of our decor! Celebrate it, and use it liberally!
Here are some really nice natural fall accents to use on your Thanksgiving table…
- pumpkins, all colors and shapes
- Indian corn
- ornamental cabbage and kale
- deer sheds
- candy corn
USE THE FORMULA BELOW FOR A BEAUTIFUL TABLE
This is a good rule of thumb to follow: The more elaborate the centerpiece on your table is the simpler each place setting should be. And vice versa. If you use this easy tablescaping formula it will help your table have balance!
Here are some pretty Thanksgiving things for your table…
If you are setting a Thanksgiving table this year I hope these easy ideas have helped.