Tips for Decorating a Thanksgiving Table

 Thanksgiving, Holidays
on November 19, 2014
Tips for Decorating a Thanksgiving Table
Hometalker Marty’s Musings

Leaves are changing, days are getting shorter, and the excitement is building, because Thanksgiving is fast approaching! And there’s a lot of work to do before the day arrives. This Thanksgiving, solve your hostess stress, by checking off your preparations with our list of the Top 10 tricks to decorating the perfect Thanksgiving table.

1. The Centerpiece is Key

Until you bring out the turkey, all eyes will be on your set table, which means the centerpiece is the central focus. Catch guests’ attentions with a knockout centerpiece fit for a feast, like this illuminating piece of artwork crafted from a branch.

2. Uniquely Themed Name Cards on Each Plate

Make guests feel unique and treasured with mini festive pumpkins to mark each seat.

3. DIY the Perfect Table Runner

The table runner is the basis for your Thanksgiving table theme and design, so it’s important to know what you want and choose the right look. Pick some of your favorite Thanksgiving buzzwords, and create a unique burlap table runner, for a playful and vibrant design base.

4. Display the Menu

There are two very good reasons for this tip: First, a printed menu will get guests excited for your prepared feast. Second, a prettily printed menu card is a great touch to add elegance and class to your Thanksgiving table.

5. Include Natural Elements

Branches, gourds, leaves, and pieces of wood are an excellent way to add outdoorsy charm to your Thanksgiving feast.

6. Candles for a Cozy Glow

Bring warmth and light to your table with a sweet row of candles.

7. There Must Be Some Burlap Somewhere

Burlap adds just the right amount of toned-down rustic charm. You can use it plain or printed, flat or ruffled, as napkin holders or table runners—it doesn’t matter how or where, as long as it’s burlap.

8. Use a Fall Color Scheme

The right color scheme can make or break a holiday dinner. Accentuate warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns, to add that earthy charm to your table. For a fun contrast and changeup, mix in some subtle greens and purples.

9. Display Thanksgiving Messages as Decor

Thanksgiving is full of beautiful messages and sentiments. Fill your tablescape with thankful thoughts and grateful words, by adding banners, labels, signs, or notes throughout your design.

10. Set a Colorful Kids Table

If you are expecting children at your Thanksgiving meal, this tip might be the most important of all. Not only is it fun to go totally turkey-silly and color-crazy for a youthful Thanksgiving look, but having a special kids table will help keep your fancy china and crystal glasses safe throughout the event.

And there’s lots more where that came from! For more Thanksgiving fun, check out our Thanksgiving Decorations page on Hometalk.