Your guests are invited, your recipes are planned and your to-do list has been made—now all you need to do is map out your Thanksgiving tablescape.
This season, don’t wait until the last minute to set the table. Instead, gather inspiration from these elegant, somewhat out-of-the-box ideas that are sure to impress you friends and family. From punchy colors to unexpected floral arrangements, here’s how you can wow your guests:
1. Use a non-traditional color palette
Yellows, oranges, red and browns have been used time and time again for Thanksgiving decor. Opt instead for bright hues, like the table setting above from Casa de Perrin. Earthy embellishments and powder-blue pumpkins give this tablescape a festive touch.
2. Eat outdoors
In the chance that the weather is just right, set your Thanksgiving table up outdoors for an intimate turkey dinner. Accent your place settings with vintage glassware and rustic wood chargers to enhance the look and feel of a neutral table. Mix and match your chairs for an eclectic, woodsy feel your guests will love.
3. Say “yes” to pattern
Plaid, checks, houndstooth: Don’t be afraid to incorporate pattern into your holiday decor. Crisp kelly green napkins add a preppy feel to this tablescape, which uses a black-and-white-checked tablecloth as a background. Add woven place mats for a hint of texture, light a few candles, and you’ll be ready for dinner.
4. Liven’ it up
Bring your Thanksgiving table to life with fresh floral arrangements, succulents or plants. Not only will they act as great centerpieces, but they can also be a great budget-friendly option if bought in-season.
5. Don’t forget the kids
Often an afterthought, the kids’ table could also use an upgrade this holiday season. Turn their tablecloth into an activity by using materials that can be colored or drawn on. Whatever you do, make sure they’ve got plenty of activities so you can eat your pumpkin pie without interruption.