Get ready for Thanksgiving with a beautiful, simple tablescape. See how we made this Thanksgiving Table Decor Idea down below. You don’t need a lot to create a beautiful space, just a few key ingredients.
Thanksgiving Table Decor – Simple + Elegant
Happy Thanksgiving! I know many of us are ready to see the end of 2020! It’s been a year of everything you think wouldn’t happen, happen. And while we may ready to run to January 1st, let’s pause for a moment. Despite our losses, ups and downs, and collective heartaches as a country, we still have a lot to be thankful for this year. And if you’re reading this and lost a loved one this year due to the pandemic, I am so sorry. The unexpected losses I witnessed friends go through this year because of this virus makes me sad.
We’ve had our share of losses over the years, and the number of people at our Thanksgiving table gets smaller and smaller. I can’t tell you it will get better. I can’t tell you that one day you’ll stop grieving. All I can do is tell you is to take it one day at a time. And remember the time you had with those loved ones.
We can still be thankful, despite 2020
I am thankful for the years I’ve had with my parents, grandma, and favorite aunt. I need more time, but I’ve learned to appreciate them even more, as well as the people I still have around me. Speaking of being thankful, let’s talk about how to decorate your table for Thanksgiving (because that’s what you here for, not my rambling).
While Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday, I show up for the food and pretty decor. I mean, who wants to celebrate the original tradition of Thanksgiving? Not me.
And while we are thankful every day, pausing to come together as a family with tons of delicious food is okay by me. If you’re reading this, that means you made it through this year. Despite the trials, unrest, personal struggles, virtual learning, and being stuck with kids 24/7, you’re still here. You didn’t give up. There were days you probably wanted just to let it all go. I’ve had those moments, and I allowed myself to have those moments. Then I got up, wiped away my tears, said a prayer, and got back to work. So here’s to us for making it through this year.
A few years ago, I loved to use fake flowers in my tablescapes. However, in the past two years, I love the idea of adding fresh greenery and real flowers. For this Thanksgiving centerpiece, I’m using fresh eucalyptus (although my store doesn’t have fresh-looking eucalyptus, so they look kinda sad) and mini white pumpkins. I’ve used real pumpkins in a few tablescapes, and it’s something about the real thing that does it for me: Fall Tablescape With A Pumpkin Centerpiece, Friendsgiving Party Idea.
What you will need for this centerpiece
- 8-9 eucalyptus | Farmer’s Market (or local grocery store) (the amount you will need will depend on the length of your table. Our table is about 70 inches long)
- 7-8 mini white pumpkins | Kroger (because the season is almost over, the pickings were slim.)
- 4 small green glass pumpkins | HomeGoods
- Mini battery-operated lights | Craft store
- 2 Tall glass pumpkins | HomeGoods
- Gold Candlesticks | TJMaxx
How to put it all together:
I started by laying the stems of eucalyptus down in the center of the table. From there, I added the four small green pumpkins across the table. I spotted these at HomeGoods and grabbed four. I love the shape of them, and the gold stem works with most of our home decor. The two tall pumpkins went in the middle of the table. I scattered the mini white pumpkins across the center of the table, on top of the eucalyptus. I added the gold candlesticks, then weaved the mini lights through the centerpiece. That’s it! It’s a simple but elegant want to dress up the center of your table for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Table Setting
Let’s set the table. For this Thanksgiving table setting, I started by shopping at home. I always recommend shopping your home before going to the store to buy new stuff. The only thing I purchased for this tablescape was the pumpkins, eucalyptus, cloth napkins, and glass pumpkins.
- gold chargers
- basic white dinner plates
- basic white salad plates
- vintage mini plates (found at a local antique store)
- gold silverware
- cloth napkins
Lay the gold charger down on the table, followed by the white dinner plate, cloth napkin, salad plate, and small mini plate. Next, add the gold silverware, fork on the left of the plate, knife, and spoon on the plate’s right side (next to the knife). The blade of the knife should be pointed towards the plate. Feel free to add salad forks, soup spoons, etc.
For our glassware, we’re using three different sets of glasses for a cocktail (the small pumpkin-shaped one), a water glass, and a wine glass. Check out our holiday punch to make for a Thanksgiving drink! More ideas: Cranberry Tea Punch Recipe | Holiday Mocktail Pom Cranberry Mocktail Holiday Cocktail | Rosé Sangria
You can add personal touches such as a small gift or a customized name card.
Create a Thanksgiving Table Decor with priceless memories
Whether you have one or a few people at your Thanksgiving table this year, please be safe! Use our Thanksgiving Table Decor idea to inspire you to set up your table. And just because there may be fewer people at the table, you can still create a simple yet elegant tablescape. We are just having dinner with the five of us (and Chance!). We plan to connect virtually with our family.
If this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving, be sure to check out my entertainment tips, and find some recipe ideas here: 40+ Basic Thanksgiving Recipes For A Simple Thanksgiving Menu.
And grab these free Thanksgiving printables to use on Thanksgiving Day:
Check out these Fall Tablescapes for more ideas:
Published 11/2014 | Updated 11/2020