10 Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas to Try

We’re not sure why, but food just tastes better when it’s served at a beautifully set table. In that vein, here are ten Thanksgiving table decor tricks used by the pros to elevate your holiday tablescape this year. (Heck, they might even make the peas taste appealing.)

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1. Print Thankful Cards

For a sentimental (and stylish) touch, take a page from Lauren Saylor and set a card at each place setting, have guests write what they’re thankful for and read aloud at the end of the evening.

2. Use Fall Fruits As A Table Runner

Take a page from Marina Delio and keep sightlines open and conversation flowing by opting for a sprinkling of fall fruits (like persimmon, pumpkin and pomegranate) in lieu of floral arrangements.

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Christina Williams

3. Fasten Painted Gold Leaves To Your Napkins

Sometimes the smallest detail makes a world of difference. Example A: Christina Williams added gold-dipped leaves to her simple napkin presentation for the loveliest pop of bling.

4. Keep Decor Neutral And Cohesive

Abby Capalbo’s favorite T-Day trick is to stick to a monochrome color palette (bring on the white pumpkins!), which allows for the colors of the harvest meal to pop. Plus, since it’s somewhat unexpected, your guests haven’t seen it a million times before.

5. Try An Artful Silverware Lay

Yes, formal place settings are Nana-approved and all, but let’s try for something more spirited. We love Lindsey Brunk’s whimsical fan presentation accented by simple “thankful” place cards.

6. Or Make Silverware Bundles

Erin Sousa of The Glitter Guide affixed raw-edged ribbon and simple script place cards to her silverware settings, and we will officially be using this trick for every dinner party in 2018.

7. Mix Candlesticks With Tall, Slim Greens

For rustic drama, take a cue from Erin Hiemstra and line your table with slender blooms and candlesticks of varying heights. Bonus points: Going for bud vases will save major buckage in the blooms department.

8. Add A Snack To The Place Settings

We’re swooning for the twine-wrapped baguettes accenting the place settings at Taylor-Rae Harrold’s Thanksgiving table. The best part about this touch? Edibleness.

9. Double Up Your Napkin Presentation

For a luxe detail, Rachel Hollis swears by grouping two napkins together. Unnecessary? Totally—but a super beautiful way to add layer, color and texture to your tabletop.

10. Dress Your Bird

Why not elevate the crown jewel of Turkey Day, too? Alyssa Rosenheck styles her turkey with seeded eucalyptus and fresh lavender (her greenery go-tos). Have you ever seen such a pretty presentation?


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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.