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Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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thanksgiving-table-decorationsWarm Your Home for Thanksgiving Day

While paper turkeys make from hand prints have their place, there are times when we want something more sophisticated for Thanksgiving. Perhaps the in-laws are coming or the family is older now. Whatever the reason, here are our favorite classic and chic Thanksgiving table decorations.

Tasteful Thanksgiving Decor

There is plenty of inspiration when it comes to elegant and sophisticated looks for the Thanksgiving table. The Autumn season is a wonderful place to start when looking for ideas for a serene setting. The brilliant colors and forms of fall are central to these two Thanksgiving table decoration themes.

Thanksgiving Table Theme 1: Autumn Leaves

One of the best things about this Thanksgiving decoration theme is that it is extremely inexpensive. All the materials you’ll need are readily available in your local woodland. You could even make gathering these elements a part of your Thanksgiving tradition by taking a walk in the woods the day before the big event.


  • Bare branches
  • Brightly colored autumn leaves of varying shapes and sizes
  • Burlap or other rough, un-dyed cloth
  • Cranberries
  • Apples


To set up this Thanksgiving table theme, first cover the table with a cloth that coordinates with the fall colors of your leaves. A deep red, brown, or orange would be ideal. Cut the burlap into a long 24” wide strip 1 ½ times the length of the table, sewing sections together if needed, and lay it along the middle of the table. Cut remaining burlap into 1 1/2” x 2” strips and sew or hot glue ends together to make napkin rings. Glue leaves onto napkin rings and place cards if using. Lay bare branches, cranberries, and apples down the burlap table runner, arranging in a random, organic fashion. If desired, use vases, cake stands, or upturned bowls to create variations in height. Scatter leaves among branches and fruit.

Thanksgiving Table Theme 2: Glittering Gourds

This look is a modern take on the traditional use of pumpkins and other squashes for Thanksgiving decorations. This is a wonderful Thanksgiving table theme for mixed company because it appeals to traditionalists and modernists alike.


  • Pumpkins, squashes, and gourds (the more variety, the better)
  • Spray paint and/or acrylic paint in several shades of the same color
  • Tulle or novelty sheer fabric in coordinating color
  • Silver accents like candlesticks and serving ware


First, choose a color pallet. Silver and gold, shades of purple, or greens and silver would all work well. The idea is to paint the pumpkins various shades of coordinating colors. Spray paint is faster, but acrylic paints offers more control. Monochromatic or two color schemes have the most impact. Simple white place settings and napkins work well with this look. Set the table with a white or neutral colored cloth and lay the tulle down the middle. Cover the table runner with the painted pumpkins/gourds and silver candlesticks or other silver serving pieces. For variety, you can also add other vegetables that match the shades of pumpkins. For example, accent purple Thanksgiving table decorations with dishes of grapes and red cabbages. Greens would work well with Brussels sprouts and heads of broccoli.

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