Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Outdoor Gathering ~ In good weather, set the table outdoors and offer plenty of treats. Place a rug beneath the table to create the illusion of an outdoor room.

Personalized Pumpkins Place Cards ~ Small details can make a big impact on your Thanksgiving table. Try tying handmade place cards to mini pumpkins for a personal touch that will make guests feel special.

Basic Burlap ~ Embellish a thrift store or hand-me-down tablecloth with strips of burlap or linen for a chic, budget-friendly update.

Turkey Time ~ Setting up a separate kids’ table is so much fun and a Thanksgiving tradition. It gives younger family members a chance to bond and make memories while the adults enjoy conversation and a peaceful meal nearby. To keep kids occupied, cover the table with brown kraft paper and provide drawing and/or writing utensils.

Flight of Fancy ~ A sophisticated way to signal the season: with rich russet-toned pheasant plumes. Continue the theme with feather-stamped name cards and tie it all together with a 2 1/2-inch-wide gold satin ribbon running from plate to plate.

Craft a (Cute!) Place Card ~ Not only is this clever place card adorable, it’s also a party favor your guests can nibble on during the Thanksgiving celebrations and (if there are any treats left) take home with them.

Bring the Outdoors In ~ Rustic, natural elements continue to be a popular choice for setting your table setting apart from the pack. Shop online for birch bark sheets to use as a charger and cut birch rounds to top plates — or scavenge your own backyard to see what freebies Mother Nature is offering up.

Offer a Pop of Color ~ Bright radishes supply the inspiration for these sweet little place cards. Use small salt cellars or ramekins lined with a cabbage or kale leaf. Place a radish, cut with a shallow slit, on top of each leaf; insert a place card.

Photo Centerpiece ~ Photo Display: Before the holiday, invite your guests to send you copies of family photos that you can then spray-mount to card stock. To age contemporary color digital photos, print them in sepia. Pear Placecard: At each place setting, set out a Bartlett pear. From cream-colored card stock or manila file folders, cut out strips and write guests’ names in gold or brown ink. Affix each with a ball-head sewing pin. Candle Tray: A collection of brass candlesticks in varying heights also provides visual interest. The placement of the photos, which are nestled in a tray of nuts, is varied, too. Keep the candles the same length.

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