Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

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Here are some festive and creative decorations for your Thanksgiving table.

As I mentioned last week, I’m going to start talking about the holidays now in hopes of getting ideas out there so you can implement the ones you like with less stress. So today I thought I would share some creative Thanksgiving table decorations if you wanted to add a simple festive touch to your Thanksgiving table. It really doesn’t take much to make it feel special and festive. Let’s get to it!

Look to Nature

With Mother Nature putting on a colorful show, let’s start there for inspiration.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Something as simple as a few leaves and acorns can dress up a plate for the season. The bold colors of autumn leaves will make your table pop; plus they are free.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Apples can also be used. I had great success with them on my table during my Fall Home Tour. What made them extra special was that the stems and leaves were still attached. I was lucky enough to pick these from my own yard, but you can visit a local orchard or even glue a stem and leaves on a store-bought apple.

Craft a Personalized Tag

I recently made these fun and unique DIY Tag Banners as fall décor. Once I was finished with them for fall and Halloween, I realized they would make great tags for my table.

Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving Place Setting

Each tag is simply adorned with a large foil alphabet sticker and tied to a rolled up napkin with twine. If you use letters that correspond to the initial of the first name of each of your guests, the tags can do double duty as place cards.

DIY a Cork Placemat

Speaking of DIY, if you’re looking to get more hands-on with your table décor, try whipping up these over-sized cork leaves. They can serve as placemats, a table runner, or even a trivet for hot foods.

Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving Place Setting

However you use them, this simple DIY project is guaranteed to give chic seasonal style to your table. Get the full tutorial for these as well as free leaf templates here.

Stamp a Graphic Napkin

As I shared in a post a few weeks ago here on Design Happy, you can personalize your napkins using rubber stamps and ink. Learn how to make them here.


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Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving Place Setting

Whether you spell out the names of your guests, add a holiday greeting, or simply use a seasonal graphic such as leaves or pumpkins, this is a fun and easy way to bring a completely original touch to each place setting.

More Thanksgiving Table Decoration Ideas:

Make a Mini Rosemary Wreath

If you still have rosemary in your garden, why not create a mini wreath. All you need is floral wire, twine, and a fresh sprig of rosemary.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Simply tie the rosemary to the floral wire using a small piece of twine. Then, wrap the floral wire around the rosemary and shape it into a circle. Snip off any excess floral wire and tie the twine into a bow. With that, your mini wreath is complete.

Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving Place Setting

These wreaths are beautiful, and so fragrant.

Add a Pop of Color with Wheat

If you prefer a more modern look for your table, try dressing up stalks of wheat with colorful embroidery floss.

You can find the full tutorial for how to create these.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Clustered in a vase, they make a colorful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Or you can lay one or two on top of a plate for a simple embellishment.

Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving Place Setting

Eye-catching, right? I think this idea might be my favorite.

I hope you found one or two or maybe more of these Thanksgiving table decorations ideas useful or inspiriting for dressing up your own table this Thanksgiving. What traditional or creative ways do you deck out your place settings for the holidays?

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  1. Michael, I made the skull cake and Italian roiiups for my husbands Halloween birthday party. They both came out delicious. The cake was really creepy looking. We really enjoyed them. Thanks for the great recipes.

    1. I’m so happy to hear you tried out both recipes and enjoyed them. That cake certainly adds a spooky touch to any Halloween party. Thanks for stoping back to share. 🙂

      xo Michael