55 Thanksgiving Table Settings – Thanksgiving Tablescapes & Decoration Ideas
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Modern Table Setting
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Bright Blue Table Setting
Blue may not seem the obvious first choice when it comes to selecting a color scheme for your Thanksgiving dinner. But here, helped along by obvious autumnal touches (gourds, pinecones, and a vintage-inspired lantern), it makes perfect sense—and it's creative and interesting to boot.
Get the tutorial at It All Started with Paint.
SHOP BLUE NAPKINS
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Simple and Elegant Table Setting
Linen napkins, a small length of twine, and whatever greenery you happen to have on hand is all it takes to make this simple place setting come to life. Eucalyptus or even fresh sage would work beautifully, but so would twigs from your backyard.
Get the tutorial at Your Marketing BFF.
SHOP FAUX EUCALYPTUS
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Fuchsia Table Setting
Fuchsia works beautifully as an accent color on this Thanksgiving table (in fact, even the cocktails are colored in accordance with the fun palette!). It's not quite as bold as bright pink, nor is it as “been there, done that” as your typical fall red—and that's why we love it.
Get the tutorial at Redbook.
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Modern Rustic Table Setting
There's only one problem with this stunner of a table setting: It just might upstage the food itself. Copper silverware, earthy linens, and organic-looking bouquets create a look that's as lively as it is low-key.
Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
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Pine Cone Table Setting
With just a touch of neon paint and a few craft pine cones, you'll be well on your way to wow-ing your holiday guests. Select whatever colors work best with your home decor; this project is entirely customizable.
Get the tutorial at Camille Styles.
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Fun and Colorful Table Setting
A hot pink cornucopia centerpiece isn't the only outrageously fun thing that'll await your guests when they sit down at this colorful table. Dessert drumsticks, tie-dye napkins, and golden silverware complete the look.
Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
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French Country Table Setting
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Layered Table Setting
The best table decorations are the ones you barely have to think about. In this inspired setting, a trio of plates in various sizes is all it takes to provide a ton of visual interest with minimal effort.
Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
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Rosemary Table Setting
Not only is rosemary a delightful, seasonally appropriate addition to any tablescape, but it also smells delicious. A tiny ceramic pumpkin is the finishing touch.
Get the tutorial at The House of Wood.
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Mix-and-Match Plaid Table Setting
This playful setup features place cards fashioned from embroidery hoops, plaid-covered pumpkins, and layers of checked cloths. Feel free to mix it up with your favorite patterns—just be sure to stick with autumn hues for a cohesive look.
SHOP PLAID NAPKINS
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Wine-Inspired Table Setting
This elegant but relaxed palette was inspired by the colors of wine country, so it features plenty of pretty greens and rich purples. Our favorite part, though, has to be the burlap pouches, which hold fresh lavender and eucalyptus.
Get the tutorial at Two Ladies and a Chair.
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Black, White, and Gold Thanksgiving Setting
Simple and timeless, this is a look you can put together this Thanksgiving and then use year after year. Make your holiday guests feel welcome with layers of greenery and small slips of paper featuring their name right on their plate.
Get the tutorial at Stories of Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel.
SHOP GOLD FLATWARE
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Bright and Bold Thanksgiving Setting
This host's bright blue and coral table settings are made even more special by the addition of the sweet messages she left on each plate. Follow her lead and use the free printable to get the same look.
Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
SHOP BLUE PLATES
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Copper Thanksgiving Table Setting
Metallic charger plates and candle holders warm up this otherwise neutral Thanksgiving table. At each place, a kraft paper list allows each guest to write down what they're thankful for.
Get the tutorial at Bless'er House.
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Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape
There are so many things to love about this stunning setting, but that pretty pumpkin centerpiece and those personal-sized pies at each place caught our eye.
Get the tutorial at Shades of Blue Interiors.
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Thanksgiving Table Place Cards
Show everyone to their seats using salt dough place card tags tied to mini pumpkins.
Get the tutorial at Driven By Decor.
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Fall Leaf Place Card
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Personalized Place Settings
Use old family photos to help guests find their seats—and to inspire “remember when” banter.
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Punch out a delicate border along the edge of a kraft paper runner. Add a not-too-sweet pop of color with a green charger and top it with a complementary patterned plate. Sculptured flatware offsets an unapologetically bold floral napkin, which doubles as a place card.
For the runner: Cut an 18-inch-wide piece of kraft paper to desired runner length, then use an edge puncher to add a decorative touch along the edges.
For the place card: Tie linens with ribbon, embellish with foliage, and tuck in a decorative place card.
SHOP CRAFT PUNCHERS
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Simple Table Setting
Grab a white paint marker to create this “place card/place mat” combo on plain kraft paper. Round out the no-frills setting with a marble charger and an ivory-colored plate, then add a hint of sparkle with silver-flecked linens and pretty acrylic flatware.
For the paint marker place mat: Cut an 18-inch-wide piece of kraft paper to desired runner length. In pencil, lightly draw three sides of a 16-inch square, leaving the top side open. Write guest's name in the center of the open space, extending the lines on either side of the name to complete the square. Trace over the pencil lines with a white paint marker.
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Put a 12- by 12-inch sheet of birch bark to work as a place mat atop a kraft paper runner with whipstitched edges. Next, create the wire leaf place card holder. A gingham napkin, ceramic plate, and wood-accented flatware complete the look.
For the wire leaf: Download our leaf template. Place template on foam block and insert pushpins along curves of leaf. Cut a 25-inch piece of 16-gauge wire. Starting at the stem, bend wire, using the template as a guide. (Loop wire at the back of the pins where the shape dips and around the front where it curves out.) Wrap excess wire around base to finish.
For the runner: Cut a piece of 18-inch-wide kraft paper to desired length. Punch holes with an 1/8-inch hole punch, ½ inch from edge and ½ inch apart along the length of the paper. Thread twine through holes; knot at end. (Tip: We used wine-colored twine to stand out against the kraft paper.)
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Create a basket weave pattern in the center of a kraft paper runner. Add a dinner plate with an earthy, exposed clay rim atop an intricately etched charger. A patterned napkin adds graphic punch, and rose-gold flatware brings warmth. The hand-crafted wishbone also serves as a party favor.
For the wishbone: Bend a 10-inch piece of armature wire into a “U” shape. Hammer curved end to make a point. Use pliers to bend the point and two ends of wishbone slightly upward. Wrap wishbone in copper foil tape and add place card.
For the runner: Cut an 18-inch-wide by 24-inch-long piece of kraft paper. Draw 1-inch lines the width of the paper, leaving a 1-inch border on the narrow ends and a ½-inch border on the long sides.
Use a utility knife and ruler to cut along lines. Thread 30 (½-inch by 23-inch) strips of paper through lines in a basket weave pattern. Secure ends with tape and cut off excess.
Cut an 18-inch-wide piece of kraft paper to desired length; position across table and lay basket weave mat in center.
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Natural Elements and Metallic Tablescape
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Dinner guests will be oohing and ahhing when they see this stunning DIY decoration.
Get the tutorial at Homey Oh My.
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Kids' Table Decor
To accommodate your youngest guests' abbreviated attention spans (and your desire to linger over dessert), cover the children's dining surface with kraft paper and set out pots of crayons for tic-tac-toe. Bonus: This tablecloth is a cinch to clean up. Stamped birch name cards ensure kids feel as special as grown-ups.
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Pumpkin Leaf Place Cards
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Modern Autumn Brights, Sweets, and Spice
Switch up your typical Thanksgiving decor for something more modern with satsuma mandarins and plain gray-and-white dishware.
Get the tutorial at Annabode + Co.
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13 Place Setting Ideas for Your Next Dinner Party
Whether you're having a low-key get-together or a formal fête, we've got you covered.
Spanning an informal place setting that's perfect for hosting an impromptu dinner party with friends on a Wednesday night to a formal place setting that's ideal for a modern Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings, we're confident that these place setting ideas will make having people completely painless. Keep scrolling for 13 'gram-worthy table settings that are sure to impress your guests. Now, all that's left to do is crack open the wine.
Allow Sarah Sherman Samuel to demonstrate how to set an understatedly elegant table. To get the look, follow the interior designer's lead and forgo a formal tablecloth in order to establish a casual, welcoming aesthetic. Then, set the table using a traditional silverware arrangement for an air of sophistication.
For a slightly more modern place setting, gain inspiration from this table, also designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel.
To get the look, edit your silverware down to the just the essentials (i.e. a dinner knife, fork, and spoon) and arrange them directly atop the salad plates in an offset pattern.
To set a formal table that doesn't feel overly fussy, start with a tablecloth in a relaxed linen fabric. As this table designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel demonstrates, a washed linen tablecloth effectively serves as a neutral backdrop that works with any table setting without looking too crisp or feeling too overdone.
If you're hosting an informal affair and you have a beautiful table to show off, make Sarah Sherman Samuel and opt for a table runner that will allow the natural beauty of the surface to shine through. For boho-chic vibes, select a runner with tons of texture, such as the macrame one pictured on the table here.
Of course, no table setting would be complete without candles. Take a page from Sarah Sherman Samuel and incorporate plenty of tapered candles into your tablescape. Pro tip: If you're hosting an outdoor dinner party, drape sheepskin rugs over chairs and benches for a warm and inviting setting that exudes cozy vibes.
When it comes to creating a showstopping centerpiece, channel your inner Sarah Sherman Samuel and think beyond a tried-and-true floral arrangement. Here, the interior designer makes a compelling case for embracing the bounty of the season by setting the table with a centerpiece that puts fresh produce on display.
If you're hosting a larger fête with an extensive guest list, forgo a traditional centerpiece and instead place a seasonal piece fruit at each seat, as inspired by this table shared by Sarah Sherman Samuel. Here, green pears act as place cards that help keep your guest list organized while doubling as décor accents. Win, win.
Take a cue from this table designed by prop stylist Cassandra Lavalle of Coco Kelley and mix and match tablecloths to create an informal place setting that's ideal for hosting a casual dinner party. By layering a patterned tablecloth atop a neutral one, you instantly double the texture and depth of your table, making it look and feel cozier and more inviting.
For a rustic table setting, skip tablecloths and table runners and instead go with natural fiber chargers, as inspired by this table shared by Erica Chan Coffman of Honestly WTF. Here, the braided jute chargers perfectly complement the mismatched glass jar vases, the wildflower centerpieces, and the bucolic surrounds.
Greenery isn't just for centerpieces — and this table designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel is proof. Take style notes from the interior designer and swap standard chargers with leafy greens instead. Here, palm fronds lend tropical vibes to a table punctuated by polka dot napkins and gilded flatware. Natural wood vases complete the look.
Honestly, who knew a scrunched table runner could look so effortlessly chic? To get the look, as inspired by this table shared by Erica Chan Coffman of Honestly WTF, gather the runner in the center of the table. Complete the look with tall tapered candles and forged foliage (think pine cones, evergreen branches, and dried leaves).
Further proof that greenery isn't just for centerpieces, this table by Sarah Sherman Samuel features a table runner fashioned from sprigs of evergreen branches. Arranged along the center of the table, they make for a striking display.
Swap your tablecloth for kraft paper to make clean up a cinch, especially if you're hosting a kid-friendly dinner party.
Be the hostess with the mostess by putting an artfully curated graze board at the center of your table à la Bri Emery of Design Love Fest. After all, what's better than beautiful, delicious food that doubles as décor at a dinner party? (Spoiler alert: Nothing.) Your hungry guests will be eternally grateful.
13 Wedding Place Setting Ideas For Every Style
Place settings are more than just plates and flatware — they're an extension of your wedding decor. Check out these wedding place setting ideas to find the right one for your style.
Anna Perevertaylo Photography
Place settings are a practical — and essential — component of your wedding reception.
But other than serving their main purpose (the celebratory meal, of course), place settings are an important part of your wedding decor, showcasing your style as a couple and making your guests feel welcome as they take their seats. We're sharing our favorite wedding place setting ideas to highlight more than a dozen unique and beautiful ways to adorn your tables.
Mix-and-match patterns create an eclectic feel that's perfect for a whimsical wedding. if your style is more laid-back, don't be afraid to combine multiple patterns and color palettes. Add playful elements painted china, geometric woven runners and floral napkins for a pieced together effect.
Antonia Christianson Events
Greet guests at a seaside wedding by placing a steamed crab and mallet atop each place setting. If you're not totally in love with this idea but the beach-inspired concept, consider empty clam shells, oysters, or driftwood instead.
Create an oh-so-sweet vibe by pairing a crocheted lace tablecloth with vintage floral china and coordinating glassware. Blue and white is a classic combo that's gorgeous at an outdoor summer wedding, but pastel hues in general are ideal for vintage style. Add a sprig of fresh green viburnum for measure!
Iridescent details put a psychedelic twist on your wedding place settings. Gold flatware, dark purple linens, and votive candles are just some of the elements you'll need to recreate this cool bohemian look.
Vivid Vibes Event Planning
Botanical wedding style is one of our favorite of-the-moment trends. This modern tropical aesthetic is perfect for beach weddings, destination weddings and summer weddings. We love the bright colors and fresh fruit accents in this island-inspired setup!
Classic wedding place setting ideas don't have to be boring. Make monochromatic white china feel less “stuffy” by adding an elegant silver pear and subtle greenery as unexpectedly chic accents.
Adorn your place settings with air plants that double as eco-friendly wedding favors. Stick to a slightly neutral color palette — pale green, beige, ivory — for the most natural effect.
Melanie Paige Events Design
Pale pink stoneware and sheer floral linens are an undeniably ethereal combination. Accent your place settings with gold flatware, lush greenery and colored glassware for a romantic tablescape that's worthy of a fairytale.
Rooted & Wild
For a rustic-meets-modern vibe, start with bold black charger plates and striped napkins in a charcoal gray hue. Incorporate gold details (think flatware and candlesticks), greenery centerpieces and geometric details for an ultra-trendy spin. Triangular stationery with hand-lettering is the perfect finishing touch for this farmhouse-style setting.
Matthew Lim Photography
Sometimes, the best wedding place setting ideas are also the simplest. Couples who love minimalist wedding style will appreciate this no-frills place setting that includes only the essentials — plus a touch of greenery for decorative flair without being over the top.
Kate & Company Events
Old World Elegance
White china with an ornate pattern is an excellent starting point for place settings that evoke Old World flair. Finish the look with hand-painted watercolor menus, pastel table linens and unique wedding place cards, such as this one written on an ivy leaf.
Mini baguettes are sure to please your guests upon arrival, and they're also one of the best wedding place setting ideas for any couple getting hitched at a vineyard or restaurant. Turn the baguettes into decorative accents by adding baker's twine and rosemary sprigs. Voilà, instant appetizer!
Arte De Vie
Go for gold (literally) with dramatic place settings featuring black, white and metallic details. Opulent pieces, such as menus with laser-cut filigrees, are key to pulling off a grand tablescape that would impress even Gatsby himself.