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Have a Thanksgiving Table You Can Be Proud Of: 23 Beautiful Ideas

In this post: Set a beautiful table with these Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas from 23 home decor bloggers. Ideas and inspiration for any style.

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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. 

Our Styled & Set crew is together again so make sure to take a look at the links at the end of the post. If you are coming over from Lory’s blog, Designthusiasm, I’d like to welcome you to our dining room!

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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

thanksgiving tablescape ideas round placemat with white plate

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. 

thanksgiving tablescape ideas white pumpkins in long dough bowl

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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thanksgiving tablescape ideas mini pumpkin flower arrangment

Other options for plate arrangements:

thanksgiving tablescape ideas round placemat ivory plate

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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 • Pillows on corner chairs • Botanical prints • Small Pedestal (similar) • Glasses are vintage • Window shades are custom.

Before you enjoy the rest of the links, I want to send you along to the French country decor website, Shabbyfufu. Janet has such a lovely touch with neutrals and soft colors. She can magically make them look sophisticated and welcoming at the same time. Please stop by, because Janet is sharing more beautiful ideas for designing a Thanksgiving tablescape you can be proud of. 

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Craftberry Bush


MONDAY’s posts: 

Monday Thanksgiving 2018

Life on Virginia StreetCedar Hill FarmhouseTaryn Whiteaker | So Much Better With Age | Town and Country Living

TUESDAY’s posts:

Tuesday Thanksgiving 18

Designthusiasm | On Sutton Place | Shabbyfufu  | French Country Cottage | Julie Blanner | Craftberry Bush

WEDNESDAY’s posts:

Wednesday Thanksgiving 18

CitrineLiving | StoneGable | Maison de Cinq | Maison de Pax | Setting for Four | My Soulful Home

THURSDAY’s posts:

Thursday Thanksgiving 18

Happy Housie | Ella Claire | Sand & Sisal | Zevy Joy | Styled with Lace | Dimples & Tangles

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  1. Ann , Your table settings are always so pretty . My problem is I always have to undress the table to serve the food , any suggestions? Thanks Susan

  2. I love your placemats and those pumpkin floral arrangements are so pretty, Ann!
    Hugs, Jamie

  3. Ann, I too, grew up with three brothers and no sisters so my mother and I have always been very close as I know you were with your Mom. My mom will be 92 in February and yes, I was always the kitchen helper which I enjoyed. My mother also taught me about setting a pretty table and incorporating a center piece of some sort, often just a few feesh flowers. . I so enjoy and use many of your lovely ideas for centerpieces as well as your other decor ideas and recipes! Thanks for sharing your stories and creativeness!

  4. Julie Blanner says:

    I adore the individual place settings. Those pumpkins are so sweet!

  5. I love those napkins – the colors are so pretty. And the dough bowl is perfect with the pumpkins and eucalyptus. Your table looks welcoming and effortless — thank you for these ideas!

  6. I love the more simple settings, doesn’t scream Thanksgiving so good for all fall. Going to Amazon I to have been looking for a dough bowl that was sooo expensive.Enjoy your holidays.

  7. Sandi Cowan says:

    Love your floral arrangement, especially since you have a bit of Australia in it. The eucalyptus is the Tasmanian Argyle Apple . It is great for in arrangements. Can you tell me if the white berry is one commonly called Snowberry as I don’t think I have seen it here. Did a Google search and that’s what came up.
    Always interested in your site. Keep up the good work.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sandi! Yes they are snowberries but they are also sometimes called ghostberries. My grocery store doesn’t always have them but I’ve seen them in red, green, and white. Thank you!

  8. cindy n, hardin cty, tx says:

    Love Love Love !!!

  9. What a beautiful table! Just love the colors and the mini white pumpkins.
    I also grew up with three brothers and no sisters so I can totally relate Ann!!!

  10. Love the simplicity of your table,the dough bowl is just the right size.I am a fan of the white pumpkins and the floral arrangements are just darling.

    1. Christy Montgomery says:

      I tried to leave a comment but that field registered Error. I also liked the looks of your table setting but was wandering how you clean the placemats. Please let us know so we can place our order. Thanks also for listing the sites where we can locate similar items.

      1. Ann Drake says:

        Hi Christy!
        I’m hoping the placemats don’t get spilled on, but I’m sure they will. I plan to just wash them with a damp rag with a little dish soap. I have washed wicker many times. I’ve even completely dunked some of my baskets. I hope this helps! Thank you so much…Ann

  11. Ann,
    Your Fall table is beautiful. Although French country is my very favorite style, all the “French” girls are using pinks, blushes, and lavenders this year. This reads Spring to me. Your table says Fall and quite beautifully.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much Joan…what a nice thing to say!

  12. Very beautiful and yet simple enough! I was wondering how to clean the placemats if food is dropped on them.

  13. Mary Michelle says:

    Absolutely lovely, Ann! Nice to see a tablescape that doesn’t cost a fortune and has ideas that can be used by anyone.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Mary! I’m hoping the placemats don’t get spilled on, but I’m sure they will. I plan to just wash them with a damp rag with a little dish soap. I have washed wicker many times. I’ve even completely dunked some of my baskets. I hope this helps!

  14. Janet (Shabbyfufu) says:

    Love the idea of a mini pumpkin arrangement on each place setting Ann…beautiful! Thanks for mentioning me and enjoy your day!

  15. Very pretty and yet very home. Gentle colors.

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