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Setting the Table: Welcoming Design for a Meal to Remember

Some of the very best memories are made around the dinner table, whether at a dinner party or maybe even just while chowing down on leftovers. Dining tables represent a place to sit down together and share a meal while also sharing time with one another: sit-down meals nourish both the body and the heart! With this simple truth in mind, we’re sharing a few of our favorite tips for creating a special dining environment on what is perhaps the ultimate in shared meals: Thanksgiving. The food is usually the centerpiece of this annual meal, but beautiful table settings can amplify the hard work you’ve put into that roasted turkey or sweet potato pie. Whether your decor taste leans rustic or elegant, keep reading for some seriously stylish ideas.

Tablescape Tips for Thanksgiving

A blue and white, rustic tablescape creates a welcoming vibe in an unexpected color palette. (Photo via Style Me Pretty)

A blue and white, rustic tablescape creates a welcoming vibe in an unexpected color palette. (Photo via Style Me Pretty)

If You’re a Rustic-Chic Chef

Stick to a perennially fresh color scheme of blue, white, and wood. Prints like ikats in blue and white create a warm and welcome basis for the rest of your tablescape, which could include items like natural white gourds, burlap or linen napkins, and simple white plates. We love the addition of natural spices here, too, like cinnamon sticks. Try tying up your napkins with twine and sliding a cinnamon stick through each for a cohesive look.

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Moody foliage and sumptuous fabrics create a posh and elegant vibe for Thanksgiving. (Photo via Rose and Ivy)

If You’re a Posh Partier

Add a bit of mystery by using deep, jewel-tone colors and rich textures. A velvet table cloth in an eye-catching shade like plum or emerald green is a great place to start. From there, try adding lux greenery like cabbage roses and ferns. Gold flatware and candlesticks are a must to tie everything together.

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Create a harvest theme using natural decor like pumpkins and herbs. (Photo via Casa de Perrin)

If You’re a Nature Lover

Go all out with a nature-inspired table! Start with a wood table and add a simple runner. From there, use glass vases and fill them with items like pine cones and acorns. Add fresh herbs like sage and rosemary into the mix, whether scattered across the table, in rustic mason jars, or even tied together and placed on top of each place setting. Branches, berries, and baby pumpkins all make sense within this serene tablescape, too.

Even More Ideas

  • Use LED candles for worry-free ambience.
  • Think of using fruits and vegetables within your décor: winter citrus adds a pop of color, while gourds bring in a traditional Thanksgiving vibe. Cinnamon sticks, pears, and oranges studded with cloves are all beautiful additions to the table.
  • Incorporate metallic elements beyond your flatware: mercury glass candleholders and glittered pinecones will create a glimmering vibe.