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How to Impress Your Guests with a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

November 20, 2018

Formal dining during the holidays can be a little tricky. Whether you have friends or family coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, the pressure is on. But impressing guests during dinner time can be incredibly satisfying when it’s all said and done.

We think it’s time to take the pressure off holiday dinners. Read on for tablescape tips and inspiration that will surely leave guests in awe! At the very least, a beautiful dining set may take the slightly burnt bread off your visitor’s minds.

Prepping the Table

First things first, we have to talk about dining etiquette. It depends on how elaborate you want the dining experience to be. Are you thinking a multiple coursed meal or a more casual feel?

Founterior does an excellent job at illustrating basic versus formal table setting.

3 Piece Tablescape

When it’s a table for two, just keep things simple. The last thing you want is for your table to be so full of decor that your meal doesn’t fit. A simple, small centerpiece with a fall colored tablecloth or runner will do the trick. We’re going to take notes from Good House Keeping for this one!

You can’t go wrong with a classic cornucopia. If you’re a crafty person, you can easily make one from scratch with a curved horn basket, some foam, and a few fake flowers like the picture below.

Festive candles are also a good way to go. Dress up pumpkin or fall leaf candles by placing them in a small mason jar filled with coffee beans. Oh, that smell has us swooning already. Finish it off by tying a rustic piece of string around the mason jar like the image below.


5 Piece Tablescape

A little more elbow room means a slightly bigger centerpiece. Country Living has us straying from the traditional looks of a Thanksgiving tablescape. Instead of traditional fall themes, we’re playing with different color palettes.

The first inspiration piece embraces warm colors like yellow and orange to accent cooler tones like blues and greens. We love the idea of using a flannel patterned tablecloth and the white candles just pull the look together beautifully!

This second image has a little more fall tradition. Use greenery to create a tablescape that runs through your table. Pair it with pumpkins, white pumpkins if you want a chic look, and gold tinted, tall candles to add an element of drama.


7 Piece Tablescape

Welcome your guests to the smell of a delicious turkey and a Thanksgiving table set to impress. For 7-piece tables, we’re taking inspiration from Elle Decor!

Our first example embraces cozy and casual. This simple, dotted runner can be used any time of the year, but when paired with green foliage, a few candles, and seasonal pumpkins, it becomes a wonderful modern take on Thanksgiving table decor. 

The second tablescape is a coastal beauty. This look takes advantage of raw textures like a woven, blue and white table runner, large wooden candlesticks, and seagrass placemats.


9 Piece Tablescape

If you are cooking for a party bigger than eight then you already have your work cut out for you. Our advice is to keep it simple with a festive table runner, candles, your best china, and let the meal do the talking.  

This inspiration is coming from The Kitchn! The best part? The Kitchn shows you how to set up a beautiful tablescape just like the one below on a budget.

Quick Tips!

  1. Bare tables are in for the win this year. Take advantage of placemats over a full tablecloth if you’re worried about messy eaters.
  2. If you have space, opt for a long display that runs with your table versus one big centerpiece.
  3. Lastly, go for greenery and natural elements but don’t be afraid to choose nontraditional colors.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Header Image from The Kitchn

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