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Thanksgiving Table Ideas for Every Style


It's t-minus two days until Thanksgiving, and if you're anything like us you're still checking off your Turkey Day to-do list (or your Tofu Day to-do list, for all you non-meat eaters). There are groceries to buy, pies to bake, and a table to set. But not to fret! We've got you covered in the decor department with 8 Thanksgiving tablescapes to suit every style, from traditional to modern and rustic to vintage. The best part? You can easily recreate these table settings with plates, linens, and items you likely already have at home, or you can pick up a few festive extras like mini pumpkins, wheat stalks, and velvet ribbon at your local Target or grocery store. Below, check out our round-up of Thanksgiving table setting ideas and get your gobble on. 

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MINIMAL 

A black and white color palette is classic for a reason—it always looks chic and never goes out of style. Get a minimal, modern look for your Thanksgiving table setting with a simple white tablecloth and black table runner, layered white and black plates, glass goblets, gold flatware, and gold candlesticks with black taper candles. For the centerpiece, simply arrange wheat stalks in a variety of white pitchers or vases.  

Design + Styling: Patterns & Prosecco | Photo: M Jay Photography 

 

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TRADITIONAL (WITH A TWIST)

A white and gold palette is perfect for a festive Thanksgiving feast. Forgo the tablecloth and set a wood table with a textured runner in a neutral hue topped with an arrangement of greenery and white and gold pumpkins (use ceramic pumpkins or paint pumpkins with white and gold spray paint). Incorporate antlers for a mountain vibe, and weave twinkle lights across the table and throughout your greenery for a dose of sparkle. Gold-rimmed plates and linen napkins tied with ribbon and a sprig of greenery add the final touch. 

Design: Living With Landyn | Photo: Lindsey Grace Photography

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MODERN   

Add a pop of playful color to your Thanksgiving table with bold, hand-painted mini pumpkins in ombre hues. Paint your pumpkins shades of pink, peach, and yellow, and arrange them down the center of an all-white table setting. Finish the look with taper candles and a sprinkle of festive gold confetti. Top simple white plates with colorful napkins, and use disposal wood flatware dipped in coordinating paint hues for an extra pop of color and easy cleanup after your dinner. 

Styling + Photo: Amy Moss and Naomi Julia Satake for Oh Happy Day 

 

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URBAN CHIC   

Create a sleek, contemporary Thanksgiving table setting with a light gray linen tablecloth, slate-hued linen napkins, modern ceramic white dishes, and pops of copper like these copper soup bowls. Tall gray taper candles in crystal candle holders and a lush, romantic floral arrangement complete the look. Bonus points: Swap your regular dining chairs for luxe leather chairs.  

Design + Floral: La Fête | Photo: D'Arcy Benincosa 

 

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GLAM

Get your glam on this Thanksgiving holiday with a bold tablesetting, gold accents, and richly hued blooms. Start with a mirror-topped table or glass table, and layer with gold chargers, slate plates, and gold bread plates. Black flatware and extra tall black taper candles add a dose of drama. For the centerpiece, group flowers by color like these red and purple blooms, and arrange them in mirrored vessels down the length of the table. Incorporate gold and mercury glass votives for a warm glow. Bonus points: Use ghost chairs for seating and add dinner menus printed on black paper and accented with gold foil.  

Design: Fuse Weddings & Events | Floral: Decoration Inc | Photo: Heather Nan Photography 

 

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RUSTIC ROMANCE

For a perfectly fall Thanksgiving table, start with a wood table and wood cross-back chairs. Add a dusty blue linen runner down the length of the table, and incorporate glowing votives, wine-hued taper candles, and an autumn floral arrangement. For the place settings, layer gold chargers and white plates, and use gold flatware and vintage glass goblets in a gold or mustard hue. 

Design: Leslie Dawn Events | Floral: Plume Floral | Photo: Megan Robinson Photography 

 

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COUNTRY CHIC

Take the party outside this Thanksgiving, and set up a country-chic table setting with hay bales, as inspired by this alfresco scene spotted on Jenni Kayne's blog Rip & Tan. Use hay bales for your table and bench-style seating. Top your makeshift table with a natural linen tablecloth or linen runner, and make a naturally beautiful garland using pinecones and autumn leaves. For place settings, use stoneware dishes and mugs to continue the rustic vibe. Top each plate with a sprig of greenery or pine tied with velvet ribbon for the finishing touch. 

Styling: Amy Blessing | Floral: Ren MacDonald-Balasia | Photo: Melissa Gidney 

 

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VINTAGE 

For a classic Thanksgiving table setting, go for a vintage vibe with a lace table runner, mix-and-match patterned china, glass goblets, and silver flatware. Set the mood with tall taper candles (the more melted wax the better), and layer foraged greenery and flowers on top of the lace runner for a fresh-from-the-garden garland.  

Design: Holly Fowler | Floral: Urban Chateau | Photo: Alixann Loosle Photography 

Featured Photo: Alixann Loosle Photography