Anyone who has ever hosted a Thanksgiving dinner party knows that it's easy to overlook certain tabletop essentials until it's almost too late. You may be hosting a dinner for 12 but realize at the last minute that you only have nine steak knives or six red wine glasses. Unless you've accounted for all these tabletop essentials a few days (or even better, weeks) before the big day, you're left in a pinch—mixing and matching cutlery or asking a sibling to bring an extra serving platter or napkins.
One easy trick to avoid the last-minute panic is to do a test run of your Thanksgiving table decorations a few weeks before the big day to ensure you have time to order all the missing essentials—from a large serving platter to serve your turkey to enough linen napkins for everyone around the table. Think of it as a rehearsal—ensuring that everything will go off without a hitch on the big day. If you find out that anything is missing or if you simply want to upgrade a few things, we handpicked the best Thanksgiving table decorations you'll want to use over the holidays and beyond.
This elegant serving platter would be the perfect backdrop for your sweet potato casserole or green beans.
If you've chosen to forgo a tablecloth or runner this year, opt for these gorgeous oval placemats in moody tones instead.
Are you serving cake this Thanksgiving? If so, do it on this chic black marble stand.
Dried floral arrangements mean you can use your florals on multiple occasions, creating a chic timeless winter centerpiece.
There's nothing like a good holiday punch bowl, especially if it comes in a chic receptacle like this one.
Elevate your holiday table this year with this insanely chic black dinnerware from CB2.
Flutes are great, but we like to think that classic champagne coupes are that much chicer.
Get ready to take your charcuterie spread to the next level with this show-stopping marble serving board.
This matte black flatware set will turn heads at the Thanksgiving table and beyond.
Jump on the ribbed glass trend this holiday season with this etched barware from West Elm.
You'll never want to serve bread on anything else after you've tried these extra large Dutch breadboards.
There is nothing chicer than simple crisp white linen napkins, and Crate & Barrel has great ones at an even better price.
Serve your wine or water in these elegant tinted stemmed glasses from H&M.
You'll never want to serve any other way than family-style if you have these servers to show for it.
For a more modern Thanksgiving tablescape, opt for a raffia or linen runner instead of a formal tablecloth.