Sharing my simple Thanksgiving giving table setting and decor. Also includes additional Thanksgiving hosting ideas, tips & a favorite recipe!
Now that Halloween has passed, who else is in full-blown holiday prep mode? We’re hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, plus have two trips schedule between now and Christmas. So it’s safe to say, the rest of the year is going to fly by! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be flipping back and forth among Thanksgiving content, Christmas content, and day-to-day post and projects. Today I’m going to share our Thanksgiving table setting and decor for this year! At the end of the post, I have links to even more Thanksgiving content you may find helpful!
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Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting & Decor
If you’ve read here for any amount of time, you know I don’t like to overly clutter my tablescapes with decor. Although they may look pretty, they aren’t necessarily practical! Practicality wins out around here…at least when it comes to tablescapes. Because let’s be honest, food is always my number one priority! 😉
I kept most of the table decor fairly simple and tried not to buy much new. First, I started with this gorgeous navy blue velvet table runner. I love that Pottery Barn runners are so much longer than most I can find at HomeGoods and other stores! For a little height, I added these faux cypress topiaries to each end of the table. They’re easing to move when it’s time to eat but look pretty beforehand. I then layered in some bronze honeycomb candles I’ve had for a few years to make the vibe a bit more festive and special! These soft plaid pillows add the only fall pattern to the space, but I love the cozy vibe they bring!
For this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape, I compiled a huge charcuterie tray to stand-in for the Thanksgiving food. I wasn’t about to cook a full-blown Thanksgiving meal just for the photos 😉 I used this huge serving board and placed it on top of this marble lazy susan I bought during the Anniversary Sale. We’ve used this lazy susan more times than I can count and it’s great to have on hand for big meals! On “real” Thanksgiving, I’d ensure the serving platter were smaller than the lazy susan (or didn’t have a handle like this serving board) to avoid glasses being knocked over. But I wanted to be sure to point out how helpful items like this can be during big meals! You can just spin the wheel to reach what you want!
Needless to say, Kurtis and I gorged ourselves on this charcuterie tray all weekend. It’s one of my favorite “meals” ever! I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon on how I assemble my boards.
If your Thanksgiving celebrations are an all-day affair, it’s nice to have boards like this to snack on throughout the day! I love the fall spin, and the vibrant colors remind me of the overflowing cornucopias we all used to color as children! You can see a step-by-step tutorial on how I made it here. The mini pumpkins are also an affordable way to add a fall vibe without breaking the bank. You could also sprinkle them throughout your tablescape! Because there is so much color on this board (and most Thanksgiving food), I kept everything else on the table fairly neutral.
I re-used these wood chargers I bought for Thanksgiving last year. I love the darker vibe and richness they add to our light wood table. We’ve had our gold flatware for years and it works well for so many occasions. I paired it with simple linen napkins. If you’re hosting, set your table the day before your meal to lower stress levels and your to-do list the day of.
This turkey gravy bowl was one of my only new purchases for the year. It’s going to be perfect for gravy when I serve our “famous” mashed potatoes! If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re missing out! You can make them several days in advance and then just reheat them in a crockpot and they are so good! The more you can make or prep ahead of time when hosting, the better! And if you are hosting, I’d recommend checking my tips on how to prep your home for the holidays. Although it’s geared more towards Christmas, all of the tips and timelines are perfect to start prepping now for Thanksgiving!
On the other side of the room, I kept our buffet table relatively clear, but did display this “Thankful” canvas with the extra wine and water pitcher! When hosting, be sure to reserve a space in your dining room or kitchen for items you want within reach, but not on your table.
We’re nearly ready for one of my favorite meals of the year!
I hope you enjoyed this year’s Thanksgiving table setting and decor!
Additional Thanksgiving Inspiration
Looking for even more Thanksgiving inspiration? Be sure to check out each of these posts. The names are all clickable and will take you to the full post to read.
- How to Prep Your Home for the Holidays
- Guest Room Ideas & Prepping for Guests
- Pumpkin & Oak Leaf Thanksgiving Tablescape
- Blue Thanksgiving Tablescape
- Olive, Plum & Artichoke Thanksgiving Tablescape
- Blue & Green Thanksgiving Tablescape
- Quick & Inexpensive Fall Decorating Ideas
- Creative Thanksgiving Menu Display
- 20 Boozy Fall Drinks
- World’s Best Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Fall Planter Ideas & Tips
- 2019 Fall Home Tour
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