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Ideas to Inspire Your Thanksgiving Tablescape

From elegant farmhouse to dramatic classic to casual chic, we’ve gathered the top decor and recipes together to help you create a beautiful Thanksgiving. Photo: stonegableblog.com.

An Inspired Thanksgiving

Creative tabletop ideas to make your holiday memorable

Each year, the holiday season brings the opportunity to host family and friends. Sure, there’s a lot of planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning—but the memories we create make it all worthwhile. I like to make each season special by changing up my décor and recipes just a little every year. Nothing drastic, and I don’t mess with the traditional favorites, but incorporating a few new ideas are just enough to keep things fresh. To save you time, we’ve gathered the top décor ideas and recipes together to help you create a casually elegant holiday.

An Elegant Farmhouse Tablescape

I’m a big fan of subtle color palettes, such as this Thanksgiving tablescape featuring soft natural hues. I love the country pumpkins in shades of white, green and orange, the taper candles in birch holders, the neutral dinnerware, and the individual bread loaves. Don’t miss the most creative part of this designthe use of an open book as a base for each place setting.

The Boheme Colibri Trestle Table is the perfect setting for a subtle color palette. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The subtle color palette of the elegant farmhouse tablescape would work perfectly on the antique grey-white finish of the Boheme Colibri Trestle Table Expandable to 88 inches, it offers plenty of room for a big holiday crowd.

The perfect place card for the updated farmhouse look, this minimal design features the simplicity of a single sprig of rosemary. Photo: House Beautiful Magazine

Another effortlessly elegant solution for decorating the center of a Thanksgiving dining table is to create an arrangement of small pumpkins and greenery in a natural wood vessel like this one. Then your arrangement can be easily moved and reused. Photo: French Country Cottage.

A Casual Chic Tablescape

Cream-colored linens and dinnerware really pop against the natural wood tones of this casually chic tablescape. A simple neutral table runner provides a backdrop for the pumpkins and greenery while balancing the overall design. Proto: livingwithlandyn.com

The look of warm wood tones created by the rustic, white oak seasoned veneers used in the Bandera table from the Hill Country Collection is ideal for a tablescape of soft creams and whites. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Casual yet chic, a gilded pear makes the perfect place card holder for this aesthetic. They can be made with real pears or fake. We suggest faux pears so you can use them next year. Photo: almostmakesperfect.com

Another elegant option for this look is the addition of a velvet ribbon around the silverware.

Creative Food Presentation

For the most inspired holiday, decorating the table is just the beginning. These creative food presentations delight the eye throughout the meal.

Try shaping your dinner rolls into festive pumpkin shapes with these simple directions. Photo: theidearoom.net

DIY your own one-of-a-kind bread cornucopia using ready-to-bake refrigerated pizza crust as shown here. 

Tap a pumpkin to create the most distinctive ice bucket ever for this holiday season. Photo: everydaydishes.com

Another yummy treat, this one made with Hershey’s kisses, these acorn treats will appeal to guests young and old. Photo: hersheys.com

The Transcend Buffet is the perfect place for displaying delectable holiday treats and beverages. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Pumpkin place cards will put a smile on your guests’ faces.

Check out many, many more creative Thanksgiving décor and recipe ideas—like the pumpkin place cards above from housebeautiful.com—curated for you on this Pinterest boardAnd, Happy Thanksgiving!


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