Gorgeous Inspiration for Your Thanksgiving Tablescape
We've never met someone who didn't like Thanksgiving—the long weekend, the quality family time, the turkey, the sleep-ins. Every aspect of the holiday is designed to help you slow down, relax, and indulge. But for the hosts and hostesses, it's an entirely different ball game: Preordering the turkey before it sells out, delegating tasks to family members, coordinating menus, shopping lists, and sleeping arrangements can get exhausting fast. The least we as home editors can do is make the process of setting the Thanksgiving table a lot easier. While it may seem like weeks away, Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so if you haven't yet started dreaming up a picture-perfect tablescape, now is the time.
From simple styling with your favorite dinnerware and a beautiful floral arrangement to more elaborate looks with calligraphed menus and layered table linens, there's always a way to make your table feel festive, no matter how much time and money you want to spend. We turned to our favorite hostesses, bloggers, and entertainers to provide us with a healthy dose of tabletop inspiration, along with some tips to get you started. Pick your favorite and recreate the look—these Thanksgiving tabletops are deceptively simple.
We love the natural color palette of this table by Jenni Kayne. Re-create it at home by filling a pottery vase with dried florals in earthy tones like queen protea, banksia, pampas grass, cattails, red broom corn, and bromeliad. Finish off the look with rustic hand-thrown plates, seagrass tumblers, and a pretty feather atop each plate. Keep everything else light to avoid looking too rustic and keep the look fresh.
Courtesy of Sarah Sherman Samuel
Black isn't a color we often think of when it comes to Thanksgiving décor, but Sarah Sherman Samuel proves it can look gorgeously festive and modern in this tablescape. We love her use of mixed metals—gold and brass—and her produce-filled arrangement using artichokes, pears, and a baby watermelon. Using fresh produce in your centerpiece is a great way to repurpose it after your dinner and save costs.
Courtesy of Apartment34
Eggplant-colored napkins, persimmons, and a lush magnolia leaf garland bring this vivid Thanksgiving tablescape from Erin Hiemstra of Apartment34 to life. We love the mixture of green glass goblets; gold napkin rings; and black, white, and gold dinnerware—the look is fresh and elegant without feeling stuffy.
For a chic and edited tablescape, look no further than Athena Calderone's dinner parties for inspiration. This gifted hostess has given this holiday table a decidedly glamorous look by pairing dainty modern flatware with unfinished textures like natural linen and slate cheese boards. It's all about the juxtaposition.
Courtesy of Rose & Ivy
Purple cabbage is an unexpected and gorgeous option for a floral arrangement—and it is juxtaposed beautifully with pears in this Thanksgiving tablescape by Rose & Ivy. Meanwhile, a deep dark velvet tablecloth mixes with gold and marble accents create a moody, romantic vibe.
We love the balance of warm and cool colors in this table setting by Kara Rosenlund. Belgian linen, strips of upholstery tape, and a bowl full of walnuts give the tablescape a rustic Scandinavian style, and a sprig of herbs with a small feather taped to each plate makes a chic place card.
Courtesy of Homey Oh My!
For the Scandi-loving minimalists, nothing creates a chicer Thanksgiving tablescape than layered white tones mixed with black and brass accents, like in this table décor by Homey Oh My! Greenery and a turquoise band on the crisp white napkins give the table a fresh look.