18 Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas for a Simple Holiday

by | Holidays, Home

Looking for some ways to set a simple table this season? Check out 18 Thanksgiving table decor ideas you can easily create this year!  Keep reading for lots of Thanksgiving decor inspiration!

“Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.”

-W.T. Purkiser

The fall season has flown by and it is definitely hard to believe that Thanksgiving is coming so soon!  Today, I have 18 beautiful Thanksgiving table decor ideas that can help you get ready for this special holiday.  

After all, one of the best ways to show our Thankfulness this season is by creating a welcoming atmosphere of love to share with our family and friends!  It’s one way we can “use our blessings”, as my favorite quote from Purkiser so eloquently says.

I am joining up with some blogging friends and we are excited to share our favorite Thanksgiving tables with you, along with everything you need to create your own.

As always, I say the best way is to pick and choose your favorite details, using the pieces you already have, and create a cozy and welcoming gathering space for your own family and friends for Thanksgiving!  There are so many gorgeous ideas in today’s post, so you will definitely get plenty of ideas to help make your Thanksgiving decorating less stressful and EASY!

I will share and link all of the tables below.  At the same time, I highly recommend following along with these talented blogging friends too:

Here is a peek at some of the ideas coming your way today:

  • How to use textures in your Thanksgiving table decor ideas
  • How to find free decor for your Thanksgiving table
  • How to mix in winter elements with fall pieces for a seasonal, Thanksgiving look
  • Easy ways to set a Thanksgiving table
  • How to set a Thanksgiving table on a budget
  • How to create an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece 
  • + much, much more!

18 Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Ideas for a Simple Holiday

Add touches of gold for elegant Thanksgiving table decor ideas.

What do you put in the middle of the table for Thanksgiving?

Centerpieces can be so fun to create!  For this Thanksgiving table decor idea, I added simple touches of gold with my flatware, thrifted brass candlesticks, and some pretty gold leaf stems from the dollar spot.  On their own, they would feel a little skimpy for the table.  However, I added them to a full base of winter greens.

Next, I added a few pheasant feathers for an extra Thanksgiving touch.  Lastly, I spread some small, dried gourds throughout the centerpiece.

Here’s what I used to create this simple, yet elegant, Thanksgiving table decor idea:

Add touches of whimsy with vintage pieces for your Thanksgiving table decor ideas!

This tablescape was so fun to create with some of my favorite vintage pieces.  Mixing metals, such as copper, silver, and brass, is a great way to bring those vintage looks and add a cozy look to the table with the reflective quality of the metal too!

To create this table, I used the same base of greenery: realistic pine and eucalyptus.  Next, I added vintage vessels in copper and silver.  I tucked in brass candlesticks and add some whimsy with uniquely shaped dried gourds.

You could create the same look with pumpkins too!

For extra elegance, I used an extra long table runner and a 180″ pine garland.  I needed 3 eucalyptus garlands for this tablescape but I think it was worth the effort!  The extra length on the ends adds a really dramatic and elegant look!

To dress up the flatware in a really simple way, I tied this velvet ribbon around each set.  The little details add so much to the tablescapes you create!

Here’s what you need to create this tablescape:

Are you noticing some repeat items from the first tablescape?  Of course!  In fact, this is one of my favorite ways to create budget-friendly table settings.  I often reuse the same pieces, mixing and matching them a little differently and adding in different inexpensive accessories.

Pro Tip: Invest in neutral basics that can be used year round!


Incorporate velvet into your Thanksgiving table decor ideas for an elegant look.

Since November is so late into the season and tends to blend right into the winter months, velvet is a perfect choice of material to add some elegance to your Thanksgiving table decor ideas.

Even though we are actually pretty informal for our holiday dinners, I love for our Thanksgiving dinner to have some elegant touches.  At the same time, it’s important for the table to be comfortable and inviting for everyone!

For this Thanksgiving table decor, I combined winter greenery and velvet pumpkins.  This allows for a low centerpiece where everyone can see the family and friends across from them.  At the same time, however, it feels full and elegantly layered.

Here’s what I used to create this table:

Here are a few ways you could use velvet on your Thanksgiving table:

Use natural elements and a mix of textures for inviting Thanksgiving tablescape ideas!

What should be on the table for Thanksgiving?

One of my favorite spaces to style are tables, where we gather with friends & family to create memories over a delicious meal.  On THIS post, you’ll find easy ways to use natural elements on your Thanksgiving table!

Ali, from Country Chic Homes, created three Thanksgiving Tablescapes to share with you today.  She used Fall’s natural decor & a mix of textures to create a cozy ambiance.  

At the same time, Ali focused on creating centerpieces that are beautiful & still grand but in a way to keep the conversation flowing without having the centerpieces be in the way.  At the same time, the centerpieces are still a beautiful focal point. 

Get some great details and ideas from Ali on THIS post!


Forage in your yard for Thanksgiving table decor ideas!

How do I decorate my Thanksgiving table on a budget?

Who loves free decor?!  Emily from LeCultivateur is sharing some quick and inexpensive ways to create a table that your family, friends, and guests are sure to love.  You can create these beautiful table ideas using natural elements that you can most likely find right outside, in your own yard.

Not only will your tables look gorgeous, but these ideas will help your budget too!  You can find more ideas from Emily on THIS post!

Keep your Thanksgiving table light, bright, and simple!

Shannon from My Little White Barn has such a gorgeous style.

She admits, Thanksgiving is one of her favorite holidays, but let’s be honest it can be very stressful for the host.  Shannon has some great tips to keep it casual and stress free. First of all, she always serves their Thanksgiving dinner in a buffet style.

She has some great tips for setting your table, too.  Check out the details here that will help you prepare for the big day, and impress all of your guests at the same time.

Use easy ideas for a quick and simple Thanksgiving table this year!

How do you set a simple Thanksgiving table?

Who loves simple and easy decorating?!  Jess from A Charming Mess Blog is sharing a few simple ways to create a welcoming table for you, your friends, and family!  Thanksgiving table decor ideas don’t have to complicated or time-consuming in order to be beautiful!

Head on over to her post, HERE, and take a peek at three easy ideas to style your table this holiday season!  From gourds to greens – your table will be a stunner!  I know you’re going to love how Jess easily styled these tables and she is giving you all the tips and tools you need to recreate them too.

Get the details HERE!

Use budget-friendly elements in your Thanksgiving table decor ideas!

How do I decorate my Thanksgiving table on a budget?

The holidays don’t have to be stressful.  Pam from Junk Tales is giving details of 4 different ways you can create a cozy Thanksgiving tablescape.  (She even guarantees the pickiest guests will love these!)

Are you having a huge party or just a few close friends over for a quiet dinner? Junk Tales has some ideas for you that they will love and won’t break the bank!  Find her budget-friendly Thanksgiving table decor ideas HERE!

How do you decorate a table for Thanksgiving?

I hope these 18+ Thanksgiving table decor ideas have helped you pull together ideas to create your own beautiful and inviting table for friends and family this year!  Overall, here are a few of the “must-haves”, gathered from all of our tables:

  • natural elements, even free from your own yard
  • touches of seasonal color
  • simple dishes
  • candlelight
  • winter greenery
  • wood tones
  • mix and match vintage pieces
  • layer elements for a textured table

From all of us, we wish you and your family an amazing holiday, gathered around the table together.  Most of all, we wish you many moments of reflecting on your blessings, both past and present.  At the same time, giving thanks for the blessings to come!

Happy Thanksgiving from our homes to yours!

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