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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

In this post: Set a beautiful table with these Thanksgiving tablescape ideas. Includes inspiration for place settings, flowers, linens, and more.

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As the only girl growing up in a home with three brothers, “setting the table” for supper, more often than not, was my job. My mom trained me well and to this day, I enjoy the simple task of making a table beautiful. Tablescapes don’t have to be grand or expensive to be charming. All that is needed are your favorite dishes, a few accessories, and a lovely centerpiece.

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas: Neutral Colors & Texture

You have to start somewhere, so begin by choosing a jumping-off item. It should be one of the main elements of your table setting. I usually begin with the linens, but this Thanksgiving tablescape began with the placemats…which is a rather odd place to start. I’ve seen these round hyacinth placemats around Pinterest and I think they are the perfect combination of a charger and a placemat. Even though they are neutral in color, they add delicious texture…and that’s always a good thing. The neutral theme continues with the table runner, plates, and flatware. thanksgiving tablescape ideas straw placemats ivory flatware

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A bit of color was added with the napkins, that are a soft floral pattern in the colors of autumn. I actually used these same napkins last fall, and decided to use them again. No need to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to!

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas: White Pumpkins in a Dough Bowl

One of my favorite things about this tablescape is the centerpiece. It’s so simple, but makes quite a statement. I’ve looked and looked for a dough bowl that would fit my table, and that didn’t cost the moon. Believe it or not, I found this one on Amazon. It’s not authentic, but it looks like it is, and that’s good enough for me.

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All I did was place some eucalyptus in the bowl and then nestle in more white pumpkins. I prepared my pumpkins first, so they should easily last until Thanksgiving. The long, narrow shape of the dough bowl accomodates the shape of the pumpkins and again, even though it’s neutral in color, there is great texture.

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas: Mini White Pumpkin Arrangements

The last little touch is this set of mini pumpkin flower arrangements. You can see a detailed tutorial by clicking {HERE.} I made these little arrangements for our guests only, so the end place settings got a simple white pumpkin. Along with the red pears on the little cake pedestal, the russet mums add a small pop of fall color.

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Other options for plate arrangements:

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fall Tablescapes

Here are some questions people often ask about setting up and planning fall and Thanksgiving tablescapes. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

What is a tablescape?

A tablescape describes the design of a decorated table. This includes elements like a centerpiece, linens, place settings, and even the food and lighting elements.

Just like you landscape a yard by adding flowers and removing weeds, when you tablescape your dining room, you are creating a beautiful area that enhances moods and creates a festive atmosphere.

What makes a great tablescape?

A great tablescape will have a variety of textures, a unified color scheme, and one main focal point. Your guests should be drawn to the main focal point (usually the centerpiece) and feel like all the other elements are supporting it.

Where can I find items to add to my fall tablescape?

Finding items to add to your fall tablescape is the fun part! Go shopping at your local flea market or antique shop and look for unique items that you can repurpose.

Bring in elements from the outdoors, and bring in things from other rooms in your house. With a bit of creativity, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on a stunning fall tablescape.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas: Sources

Table runner • Placemats • Napkins • Plates (similar) • Mini Pumpkin Arrangements • Long dough bowl • Flatware • Chandelier • Board and Batten • Fabric on chairs • 8 x 10 Rug (beige/ivory) • Pillows on corner chairs (no longer available) • Botanical prints • Small Pedestal (similar) • Glasses are vintage • Window shades are custom.