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Your Guide to Decorating for Thanksgiving

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE Christmas. Snowfall, twinkly lights, hot chocolate, and presents. And we totally understand if you’ve already put your tree up, it’s been a tough year. But we don’t want our second favorite holiday to get overlooked! Which is why we decided to make a guide to help you perfect your Thanksgiving table setting. (Plus a few other turkey day decor tips.)

We like to break the table up into three parts; the centerpiece, the place setting, and the linens.


Repurpose an old wreath for an easy centerpiece, or use a mirrored tray. You can add candles, a vase, or some beads to complete the look. Add in a few functional centerpieces such as breadboards, pitchers, or servings trays to save space and make the table feel natural. For a finishing touch bring the outdoors in with a little bit of greenery which can be a great addition to a plain table runner. Consider using wheat or cotton stems as a natural touch to your table.

Place Settings

Neutral colored dishware can make it easier for you to match the rest of your decor, but we also like to mix it up with fun colors! With neutral dishes, we recommend using patterned napkins! These are our favorite, they add a festive and textured look to your table. Bold napkin rings can also be a beautiful statement piece, try for something seasonal or in autumnal colors. We like to use these leather napkin rings. Don’t be afraid to mix metals with your place setting, various metals can add warmth and texture to your table.


We recommend a neutral table runner and a textured or patterned tablecloth, or vice versa. We love this new table runner! Match any other linens to your table runner and tablecloth, such as napkins or dishcloths.

Other tips!

- As always, don’t be afraid to play with color! Orange, yellow, and brown tend to be Thanksgiving staples but adding in blues and greens (complementary colors!) can add a whole new dimension and freshen up the look.

- Get creative with pumpkins! Mini pumpkins are adorable and easily transition from the fall season in your Thanksgiving decor.

- Color scheme is everything. Pick a few colors that you feel comfortable using and match everything to that.

- Add in candles for a more rustic feel. They will be a beautiful centerpiece and can have a functional purpose in lighting up the table.

Need help decorating for the holidays? We offer full holiday design services! Click here for a free holiday design consultation!

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