Thanksgiving Table Settings and Centerpieces

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away?  How did it happen that it’s already November.  It seems like yesterday it was mid-August and we were enjoying the summer sun.  Well we can’t go back and have to keep on chugging forward.  And instead of planning and pulling together a Thanksgiving table at the last minute, it’s a great idea to plan ahead for this season of gathering and giving.  I have my table centerpiece planned for Thanksgiving, but am still in search of a few other table setting ideas to pull it all together for a stylish gathering spot for our family.

Let’s check out some creatively styled thanksgiving table settings, centerpieces, and vignettes.

Whimsical Centerpiece
Because of their imperfect style and free-flowing, anything-goes look, whimsical centerpieces are probably the easiest way to put together a table for any occasion.  Whether it be Thanksgiving with 20 or a dinner celebration for 2, a mix of natural elements will make for a stunning focal point for your Holiday table.  There are no rules, so have fun creating a stylish display.

Country setting with red and orange berries whimsically placed on the table via Better Homes and Gardens

Glass vases filled with birdseed and long branches with pumpkins hung by string via Better Homes and Gardens

Candles of varying heights with pumpkins, berries, and twigs intertwined throughout via Better Homes and Gardens

Focal Centerpiece
Whether your Thanksgiving table is set for a few or many, a focal piece in the center of the table, can be a beautiful and inviting display.  Consider using a grouping of candles or a bowl filled with apples or pumpkins, which are inexpensive and easy ways to create a gorgeous and elegant collection.

Multi-colored Indian corn stalks layed on a bed of wheat stalks.  A personalized place setting with an individual cob is a perfect addition for each person’s plate via Better Homes and Gardens

Gathered vignettes in the center of the table create for an engaging and intriguing display via HGTV

Simple glass vases are filled with white candles and grounded with acorns

Slender glass vases are filled with small ghords and pumpkins along the center of the table via Fall Weddings

Natural Centerpiece
Most of the centerpieces that we’ve seen above, all display elements from nature.  With the limited time we’re able to spend outdoors because of the winter months, bringing the outdoors in, is a great way to enjoy and experience mother nature.  Head out to your backyard or nearby park to collect twigs, branches, acorns, pinecones, leaves, and greenery.

Natural elements of berries, ghords, branches, and pinecones are used to create a table display via Better Homes and Gardens

Displayed in a wood box, elements from nature beautifully surround candle pillars via Country Living

A beautiful monotone display of natural white pumpkins via Martha Stewart

Other than elements from the outdoors, consider using fruits or vegetables in your Thanksgiving display.  This grouping of candles are surrounded with string beans, artichokes, and asparagus, then tied together with a satin ribbon via Better Homes and Gardens.

Peppers?  Are those peppers?  Yes, they are and filled with vibrant flowers and topped with a pepper cap via Better Homes and Gardens

Place Settings that Accompany the Centerpiece
Even though personalization may seem corny (to some), you have to admit, we all love to see our name.  A place card is a wonderful way to make your guest(s) feel special.  Most of the time you know the names of the people sitting around you, but it’s nice to add a little personal touch.

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Thanksgiving Table Diagram
Have you ever wondered the proper way to set a table? I have.  Does the knife go on the left or right?  Where does the salad plate go?  Here is a useful table diagram that will be sure to come in handy for Thanksgiving or your next dinner party.

Buffet Table Diagram
And have you ever wondered how it’s best to set up a buffet table?  This helpful diagram gives some great ideas and placement to properly lay out a buffet table so your guests can easily figure out the “flow of traffic”.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year?  Have you thought about how you will decorate your table?  What kind of centerpiece arrangement will you be displaying?  If you missed what I created for my table, head over and check out how I made my 5 minute Autumn Centerpiece.

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    • Jenna says

      Thanks Viv – you are so right, it’s amazing how many people get stumped by how to pull a table together! Thanks for sharing around the blogosphere :)))

  1. FABBY says

    Oh wow amazing ideas for Thanksgiving! I love the Indian corn centerpiece it’s fabulous! Thanks so much for coming and visiting me, sweet friend. Have a blessed week.

  2. Betty819 says

    I’m so glad you put up the proper way to set a table for formal dining. Do people from other countries set it the same way? I helped a friend from France set her table and she told me I was wrong and I knew it was the way I’d always seen it and how I’d learned it. I am glad to see the proper way to set a formal buffet table setting..I have always tried to set that as it made common sense as to flow of foot traffic and I was pretty good on that too, but will tweak a few things the next time I serve buffet style.

    One thing I’d like to pass along is don’t set buffet style when you have elderly guest as they can’t carry a full plate of food if they are having to use a cane to walk.