Thanksgiving is approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll decorate this year’s table. Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite settings, from classic and woodland-inspired to simple and sleek, so that seasoned pros and first-time hosts alike can create a stylish, welcoming table for family and friends. Read on for our top tips and get set for your best Turkey Day yet.
Easy Ideas with Big Impact
Fashion a floral centerpiece. Few things signal a celebration more than flowers on the table. Make a simple centerpiece by leaning into the gorgeous bounty of blooms that are in season this time of year, including dahlias, tulips, hydrangeas, and ranunculus.
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Go for greenery. Though wreaths and garlands are most commonly associated with Christmas, it’s more than appropriate to break them out for Thanksgiving—especially on the table itself. Try draping a magnolia garland down the table in place of a runner, use an evergreen sprig as part of your place settings, or set a wreath down flat and place a few pillar candles in the middle to create a simple but statement-making centerpiece.
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Embrace seasonal tableware. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to use that autumnal tableware you’ve been storing away—or to invest in a set you’ll cherish for many seasons to come. Juliska’s Forest Walk collection features branches, feathers, and other whimsical motifs; Vietri’s handcrafted, Italian-made wares depict wildlife from quail and rabbits to wolves and bears; Spode’s Woodland collection, with its brown floral border, has been a Thanksgiving classic for more than 20 years; and Gien’s Sologne collection is inspired by the animals that inhabit the French region for which it’s named.
Incorporate natural materials. Complement your table’s florals and greenery with even more nods to nature’s beauty. Accents with organic textures—think woven place mats, linen runners, twine-wrapped napkins, or even the natural wood of your dining table—feel right at home during a Thanksgiving celebration.
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Break out the silver. Thanks to its festive luster and elaborate embellishments, silver lends an air of occasion to the Thanksgiving table. If your get-together is more on the casual side, incorporating silver accents (candlesticks, gravy boats, wine coasters, ice buckets) is a more accessible way to up the elegance.
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