Want to create a festive Thanksgiving tablescape that reflects your decor and is warm and welcoming? You can go simple with minimal styling using your favorite dinnerware and easy floral arrangements. Or you can create a more elaborate design with curated menus, table linens, and name cards written in beautiful calligraphy. It’s all about layering your table and making your table feel festive, no matter how much time and money you want to spend. Here are some ideas and tips to inspire you to decorate your Thanksgiving table that will wow your guests.
Instead of traditional fall colors, try a new color palette like grey, beige, and cream with metallics such as rose gold, bronze, and silver. Metallics are a popular trend right now and is seen everywhere. You can spray paint miniature pumpkins, pinecones, or twigs and place them around a floral bouquet. Incorporating organic elements with geometric shapes and patterns also creates a modern look to your tablescape. Consider a white faux deer antler as the centerpiece surrounded by air plants, mini cacti, or succulents to give a twist to the traditional table setting. It works perfectly with the mood of a modern Thanksgiving table.
Rustic & Natural
If you love the look and feel of natural materials, consider a rustic table setting. Use weathered wood chargers, leaves for a place card holder, burlap or wool table runner, and hand-blown hurricanes filled with dried pomegranates, nuts, and cranberries. Gather items from nature such as branches, leaves, acorns, and pinecones to create warmth and texture around the base of your centerpiece. If you want to glam it up a bit, add gold or brass as accents.
Speaking of glam, if you want to make your table setting sparkle with some hollywood sophistication, metallics will do the trick. A black and white color scheme works beautifully with all kinds of metals from gold to silver to copper. Sprinkle gilded leaves, spray paint pumpkins in gold or silver, use shiny black and white dinnerware or flatware, and add a touch of color with a bouquet of lilies and hydrangeas in a rose gold cornucopia as the centerpiece to create a glam tablescape. Or, instead of a floral arrangement try a produce-filled arrangement using artichokes, pears, and a baby watermelon. Using fresh produce in your centerpiece is a great way to re-purpose it after your dinner and save costs.
Having a monochromatic or single color scheme for your table setting makes things simple and easy. Plus, you get a minimal and fresh look when your tablescape is all one color such as white. White gives a modern, chic, and stylish look. Create an all white tablescape utilizing white in every element as much as possible from the tablecloth to the dinnerware, napkins, candles, and floral arrangement to accents such as gourds twigs, pinecones, and branches. If all white is too much, add color such as berries and sprinkle floral petals around your centerpiece.
Live by the beach or just love the coastal look? To create a coastal tablescape, incorporate a soft and serene color scheme of blues, browns, creams, and greens. It’s definitely not your traditional fall colors but the calm colors are soothing and relaxing. Place seashell name card holders on white and blue plates. Add soft green candles, napkins, and beachy accents such as starfish, clam, seahorses, seaglss, and scallop shells to your table setting.
Colorful & Eclectic
If you love color, determine a color scheme that blends in with your existing decor. Some color combinations to think about are green/purple, blue/orange, yellow/purple, green/pink, blue/yellow, and more. There so many different color combinations. I would select 2-4 colors, so I recommend starting with a color you absolutely love as the primary color and use the second, third, or fourth color as an accent. Include patterns and texture. If you have bright floral napkins, use them! Add a colorful bouquet of flowers, eggplant, squash, and fruit to your centepiece. Incorporate metallic chargers and a vibrant runner with your vintage collection of dinnerware and mini pumpkins and berries to provide additional color.
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