How To Set The Perfect Thanksgiving Table

By Nov 13, 201718 Comments

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Holidays mean food in our household. And, not just any meal, a feast fit for a king. I love to try new recipes, and some that I wouldn’t necessarily serve for an everyday family dinner. If you are serving extra fancy food, of course you must have an extra fancy table to go with it! I love the holidays, because it is an excuse to over-decorate the table, and eat a meal how I always envision myself eating. Instead, most nights I end up rushing through my food, so I can help the kids finish eating theirs. Here is a fun inspiration for how to set the perfect Thanksgiving table.

Holiday Tablescapes | Great ideas for setting a beautiful table for Thanksgiving with deep, rich colors. Includes free printable placemats for adults and kids!

Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

This year I decided to switch it up and do something a little different for my Thanksgiving table. My normal go-to is to decorate using pumpkins and corn, red and oranges, and some candles. Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking this style of decorating, I just felt like I needed a bit of a change. I also got these amazing black and gold wine goblets 6 months ago, and have yet to use them. So they were the muse for my tablescape.

Beautiful Thanksgiving table idea - love these placemats!

I also am a sucker for matching. I naturally tend to like everything to be uniform and perfectly matched. A trick I have learned over time is that often the most beautiful designs are not always perfectly matched. I decided to test my theory and mix and match my plates and chargers. I chose a basic color scheme of deep eggplant purple, black, gold, and natural elements, and built from there.

Use different plates and chargers to create a dramatic effect.

We love mixing and matching plates and chargers.

I mixed cream chargers, gold chargers, and black chargers to create a deep romantic table, but I kept all the napkins the same for a cohesive element. Make sure you do not go overboard with mixing and matching, or it will become too messy.

Use these darling placemats to create an awesome table.

I am also in love with these printable placemats. The whimsical writing is the perfect addition to the romantic tablescape. For placecards I decided to use mini white pumpkins and spray just the tops with gold spray paint. The name cards are cardstock tags that I stamped with white ink.

Use natural elements and candles to create a romantic table.

My centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table was a combination of pumpkins, flowers, and branches. A good friend build this box for me to enclose everything, and then sanded it down to make it more rustic.

Use gold spray paint to create a beautiful table.

For the spray paint I used a gold glitter spray rather than a solid spray. I am not going to lie, but they look way more expensive and impressive than they are. I mean, it took minimal effort for an awesome effect! I mixed in some moss, faux acorns (which I also sprayed with gold glitter), and pinecones to give it a natural look.

Use mismatched gold candlesticks to create a dramatic look.

Candlelight is one of my favorite things to add to a table. My darling friend had these amazing gold candlestick holders which she lent me, and I might never give them back. The varying height, color, and shape are a perfect fit with the rest of my mix and match table.

Use cinderella pumpkins for a romantic tablescape. Spay them with gold glitter to transform them!

We love this moss runner.

The moss table runner is by far one of the best investments I have ever made. I have been able to use it over and over again. I love using a table runner as opposed to a whole tablecloth, especially if you have a great wood table!

Sit down and enjoy a meal at this beautiful Thanksgiving table!


Thanksgiving Table for Kids

Don’t count the kids out at Thanksgiving! Make sure the kids have a fun place to sit and eat, too. If they are entertained, they will give you a little more peace and quiet, and you might actually be able to sit and enjoy your meal! These darling printable Thanksgiving placemats are the answer. They even have a checklist of what the children have eaten. Have them check off their items as they eat, and show you their completed list when they are finished!

Create a fun table for kids to dine at this Thanksgiving.

For a “tablecloth” I used gold polka dot wrapping paper. It is the perfect thing to use for a kid’s table because you just roll it up and throw it away when you are done! Let’s be honest… kids are messy!

Don't forget the kids this Thanksgiving.!

To decorate the kids Thanksgiving table, I went with a more traditional Thanksgiving look. I used pinecones, oranges, golds, and corn to create a fun atmosphere. The wheat centerpiece came from my Thanksgiving mantle, and was the perfect addition!

Make cute placecards using pinecones!

I made the kid’s placecards out of pinecones, and glued a base on them to keep them steady.  See how cute the food checklist is?

Create cute placecards with pinecones.

Let the kid’s play tic tac toe and sip Sparking Cider out of these cute mason jars!


Whatever your holiday plans entail, do not forget that the best part of the party is always family. Create something special and memorable for your guests, and it will make your Thanksgiving even more amazing.

Make kids a centerpiece for their table using pumpkins, pinecones, and wheat.

It’s Leftover Time!

Our favorite part about Thanksgiving is always the leftovers. Make sure there are no discrepancies in whose bag is whose this year.

Be prepared for Thanksgiving leftovers with these cute, printable tags. They are the best way to make sure no one touches your turkey and cranberries.

We don’t want old Aunt Gertrude to steal your extra stuffing and pie. So save the day with these cute tags!

Checklist for your leftover bag - helps you remember what's inside, and warns other people to stay away from your food!

Keep calm and back away from my leftovers | Thanksgiving

Grab Your Thanksgiving Printables Here!

And, don’t forget to wear your pants with a stretchy waistband! We know we will!

Bon Appetit!

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.