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8 Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas for the Perfect Holiday Dinner

Thanksgiving is the holiday of gratitude, friendship… and going all out while entertaining loved ones with spectacular dinners. But while the food is undoubtedly the real centerpiece of the show, the table decor has to match the meal’s deliciousness. So whether you’re planning a big family reunion or a small gathering with your closest friends, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight  Thanksgiving table decor ideas that’ll help you wow your guests with a festive atmosphere:

Minimalist Autumn Tablescape

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If you want to design a Thanksgiving table that’s both stylish and unassuming, Nick + Alicia’s traditional fall tablescape should be your go-to tutorial. This elegant design uses a plain white table runner, seasonal flowers and a few understated pumpkins to create an elegant autumn atmosphere with a clean design.

Perfect for: relaxed dinners with your friends and family

Modern Farmhouse Fall Decor 

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This beautiful and neutral fall table by Modern Glam brews the perfect blend of rustic and trendy. The result is a layered, eye-popping design that will make you want to settle in for a while. Freshly cut plants and candles create the perfect mix of warm light and playful textures, while the repurposed breadboards and copper mugs add some eclectic notes to the design. 

Perfect for: a lively dinner party with your friends 

Blue + Earth-Toned Fall Tablescape 

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If you’re looking for something a little different with your table design, The February Fox’s blue and earth-toned theme puts a new spin on classic fall colors. Adding dark blue tones to a rustic, earthy design will make your dinner table pop right out of the mold, while the dried plants create layers of cozy texture that beg you to linger a little longer. 

Perfect for: a charming lunch or early dinner with the kids 

Rustic, Elegant Thanksgiving Table 

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Joyfully Growing expertly adds a festive spin to a rustic table. This design adds gold to the classic fall colors, making for an exquisite dinner table that still keeps its rustic charm. Sliced wood, pinecones, candle stands and miniature pumpkins draw the eye in without overcrowding this breezy design, while the cleverly repurposed lantern makes for an understated centerpiece. 

Perfect for: joyful dinners that stretch into the night   

Relaxed and Playful Fall Tablescape 

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We love fall colors, but sometimes we want to mix the theme with something new. That’s why we love this eclectic table by 2 Ladies and a Chair — instead of opting for classic earth tones, they were inspired by the grape harvesting season. This playful design mixes muted greens with rich, dark fall colors and then sprinkles some festive notes on top with gold cutlery and textured plating. 

Perfect for: a food-centered afternoon with close ones 

Velvet Pumpkins DIY Centerpiece 

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Once you’ve got the overall style for your Thanksgiving dinner table figured out, it’s time to personalize it with a DIY touch by Maison de Pax. These velvet pumpkins will look great with any design since you can choose the fabrics that’ll fit best with your mood board. Whether you’re going for simple elegance, a rustic look or a party atmosphere, mix and match colors to add some beautiful textures to your holiday design. 

Perfect for: dinner parties and living room fall decor

Mini Wreath Place Card DIY

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Small details really set a dinner apart from the rest, and these mini wreaths by Spoon Fork Bacon will certainly wow your friends and family. All you’ll need for this quick and easy DIY tutorial are some bunny tails, a glue gun, some metal rings and some printed or handwritten name tags. The end result will make any guest feel special in your home.  

Perfect for: master-planned fall dinners that aim to impress

DIY Pumpkin Vase

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This beginner-friendly DIY tutorial by A Pumpkin and a Princess is the perfect finishing touch for your Thanksgiving dinner table. It’s easy to shop for, easy to make, and endlessly customizable. Just grab a faux pumpkin, some styrofoam and the fall stems of your choice and get creative. This pumpkin vase is especially worth the work since you can incorporate it in your home throughout the season, not just for Thanksgiving dinner.

Perfect for: festive lunches, relaxed dinners and overall home decor

What are your Thanksgiving decorating tips? Got any festive DIY tricks up your sleeve? Let us know, and we might include them on the list!

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Irina Lupa
Irina Lupa is a creative writer for several Yardi publications, where she covers real estate market trends and industry news. Her work has been cited in Forbes, Globe St. and CNBC, among others. Irina has an academic background in journalism and media theory. You can connect with Irina via email.

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