10 TIPS FOR SETTING THE BEST THANKSGIVING TABLE EVER!!!! A must read if you are hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I thought we would talk tablescapes! I don’t know about you, but I get weak in the knees when I see a beautiful tablescape. Whether simple and relaxed or fancy and elegant… well thought out tables with fun surprising touches are a delight to sit down to! So, I’m sharing 10 easy and doable tips that will help you set a memorable table for Thanksgiving.

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Did you know that you have a virtual mega-store in your own home? Yes, you do! How about shopping your home and pulling things from other rooms to add to your Thanksgiving table. Do you collect something that might look great down the center of the table? 

I shopped StoneGable and collect pieces of blue and white… many from my bedroom. You never know what will look great on a table till you give it a try!

SG Tip: Blue, white and orange look FABULOUS together!  You might want to try this gorgeous color combo on your table this year. 



Step outside of the box and use inexpensive grapevine wreaths as chargers this year. They bring such an organic and rustic feel to the table! Like a Thanksgiving walk in the woods… well, sorta! Just remember to give them a good shake and hearty dusting with a rag. If you are worried about any “fallout” spray them with a matte poly. Don’t forget to tuck a couple of leaves in between the wreaths and your plates. 

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Even the most rustic tables can benefit from a little sparkle and glitz! But use the sparkle sparingly! A little goes a long long way! Find fun places to tuck a little glam into your tablescape!

I put some glitzy acorns on the ledge of a candlestick along with some oak leaves. I love that rustic/luxe look! 




Why not add some whimsy to your Thanksgiving table? How often are you able to use those squirrel salt and pepper shakers that Aunt Billie gave you. Show off your fun side by adding some fun touches to your table!

Even though my table is not “cutsie” it still has room for a little squirrely fun!




Use your everyday white dishes and set a very pretty, casual table. Don’t fuss! All white looks so clean and so elegant you really don’t need to be fancy! What an easy way to set a table that everyone will remember!

I found these white turkey plates at our local POTTERY BARN OUTLET last year on sale. You bet I grabbed up a bunch! See the newer version of these pretty turkey plates HERE.

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One of my very favorite things to do when I set a table is to give every person at the table a little surprise! Something as simple as a cute little pumpkin or a handmade gift or a sentimental memento can bring a smile to your guest and make them feel extra special!

I tucked a little orange pumpkin into a blue and white footed bowl. Guest can take them home and put them on their desks, bedside table or where they need a little bit of fall!

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Burlap is white hot right now and it’s the perfect texture for Thanksgiving! Use it as a runner, or make easy no-sew placemats and napkin rings like the ones below.  Burlap looks incredible with leaves and pumpkins and all things Thanksgiving! Use burlap liberally!!!!

I made these very easy no-sew placemats and fun button napkin rings for my table last year. Click HERE to see the tutorial.




Put a small bowl of mixed nuts in their shells and a nutcracker at every place at the table. Not only does it look beautiful, and gives a nod to the festive season, and tastes delicious…  but it’s also so much fun!!!

It’s been a Tradition in our home, passed down through the generations, to have a bowl of nuts and a nutcracker on the table between Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is a very addictive tradition!

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You don’t need lots of formal flowers on the table this holiday… just lots of natural elements. Pinecones, acorns, pumpkins, feathers, deer sheds and moss look great cascading down the table or all caught up together in a bowl or on a pedestal. Keep it natural and simple and inexpensive!

I used what I had in my fall stash and backyard to make this fall inspired centerpiece. I even used a nest and some faux eggs that worked with the color of the table.

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Make an effort to get everyone joining in the table conversation.  Use table talk questions, a Thanksgiving quiz, a game or let everyone tell what they are thankful for!

Every year we put 5 kernels of corn at each person’s place. Each corn represents one thing that they are thankful for. We go around the table and everyone shares. It’s a wonderful, sometimes funny, sometimes serious time of remembering the Source of our blessings!

To see the story of the 5 Kernels and how we celebrate, click HERE

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Now it’s your turn! Do you have an idea or inspiration that will help us set an easy and meaningful Thanksgiving table? Please share!!!






You might want to pin this to your Thanksgiving Pinterest board. You can follow me and see what I’m pinning for Thanksgiving and Christmas HERE.

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  1. Karen VanLoo says:

    Just the inspiration I needed for today! I have my main centerpiece set up, but want to add some taper candles. Well I ordered two of those realistic battery ones that are on timers. I have a lot of those candles around the house and everyone thinks they’re real. That way it’s safer and no dripping on my beautiful velvet pumpkins! Next is getting out the chargers, washing the crystal, and pressing the napkins! I’m excited for Thanksgiving!

  2. Oh Yvonne you always set the most beautiful tables no matter the season! I really love your style and I am learning so much from you! Your blog is a lifeline to creativity and style! Thank you!

    1. Music to my ears, Karen!!! I love to inspire my readers!!! Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Maria Nozzi says:

    I am planning my tablescape for Thanksgiving and I have received tons of inspiration from you. Thank you so much! I love how you layer the plates! Do you use one for each course or do you just use what looks pretty?

    1. Hi Maria,
      I use stacked plates for “pretty” and for courses. Either way, works for me. I love to hear that you are inspired!!!!!

  4. Beautiful ideas for tablescapes and would love to sit down at one of your tables for dinner. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year.

  5. Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, this is such a timely and useful post. The examples are lovely!

  6. Norma Rolader says:

    I just love all your ideas for the Thanksgiving table …just awesome

  7. Wonderful ideas for beautiful Thanksgiving tables! I don’t do Thanksgiving at my home, but I’ve forwarded these ideas to our wonderful friends that we celebrate with. Thank you!

    1. How nice of you Carol! Look for a great post next week about great hostess gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  8. Theresa at Winterberry Lane says:

    Your tablescapes look so inviting. I just want to know one thing do you serve your meals family style or buffet? I’m always impressed by your creativity Yvonne. Have a great fall weekend?????

    1. Always buffet!!! I have a big island and all the food goes there. Desserts are served later in the evening on the buffet in the dining room. Hope this helps.

  9. Enjoyed the tablescapes love the 5 kernels of corn idea.

  10. Linda Ann says:

    Such great ideas! I really love the blue and white with the orange pumpkins….just beautiful! I have inherited some really lovely Delft from my great aunt and will definitely incorporate some of it into my fall decor with my little pumpkins. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, but with the little grandkids I have to be careful how I set the table. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I will be visiting Lancaster County next week and always think of you when I’m there. Hoping to start collecting some Christmas decor items. I need some new places to shop….some of my old standbys have closed I need to step up my game!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Linda Ann,
      Try Cocalico Designs on rt. 30. And don’t miss the Old Millhouse Shoppe on Strasburg Pike, The Treasure Place in Intercourse and The Candle Barn there too.

      Downtown Lancaster has amazing shops on Queen Street! Hope this helps.

      1. Linda Ann says:

        Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve never been to Cocalico Designs and will definitely check it out! Love the Old Millhouse, which I only found because you mentioned it a couple of years ago! Can’t wait to get there and shop!

  11. I love all your ideas, everything looks beautiful.

  12. kathy olson says:

    I always come to your blog for ideas when it is time to have guests over.
    I really like the orange against the blue pottery piece. Thanks so much for always having fresh ideas and beautiful photographs.

  13. I so LOVE your beautiful table settings. I also like what you said about going to other rooms to collect “things” for the table. Great idea. I’m looking forward to hostess gift ideas. I always take something wherever I go so to get fresh new ideas excites me. Thank you for sharing your God given GIFTS. xo