The best Memories are made around the dinner table.

Whether you are cooking for 1 or 2 or 20 or 30 Thanksgiving is a great reason to decorate a beautiful table to enjoy a beautiful meal.

Let’s plan our tablescape for Thanksgiving.

To get started think about these 4 things.

  1. How many guests will be attending?
  2. Serving the meal family style or buffet?
  3. What do you already have that can be used?
  4. Color/theme?

Depending on how many guests you have will depend on if you have a family style or buffet. If you have a big dining table, you may have space to have a beautiful tablescape and have a family style meal. If your table is small keep your table decorated beautifully and have a buffet.

Think about what you already have in terms of dishes, linen, glassware, silverware, and décor.

Here are some themes to get to get your creative juices flowing


Great Harvest Bounty– The great thing about this idea is mostly everything is consumable. Think modern day cornucopia

  • Go to your garden, farmers market or favorite grocery store and get a mix of fruits and vegetables, the more variety of textures and color the better.
  • Start with a bare table with a burlap table runner or something alike to ground the table
  • Add Natural grass woven chargers and set your table as you want.
  • Add a large wooden board as an extra layer of interest and to keep the fruit and vegetables from getting away
  • Use cake stands in the middle of the board to gain different heights.
  • Then start arranging your fruit and vegetables on and around the cake stands.
  • Lastly use a piece of fruit for the name cards, (a little something to make your guests feel special).
  • What I like about this idea is that you can add a bit of Christmas without it being Christmassy. Peep the water glasses in this photo.


Mixed Metal BOHO

Mixed metal boho is a beautiful combination of color and textures.

  • Start with a colorful table runner this can have a print like mine or it can be solid.
  • Next add something that will create ambient lighting, like candles or lanterns
  • Next add glass like a vase
  • Then add texture with some stems
  • Now  something with metal like the bells in the picture
  • Finish your centerpiece with a cute sign or two.
  • I used gold splattered chargers and my silver wedding china with gold flatware.
  • Then I repeated the color in the runner in my glassware for a cohesive look.



Fall around the house

This Idea is quite literally what you can find around your house that will make a chic and beautiful table

Things to gather

  1. Table runner, even if its wrinkled, this gives a relaxed effortless vibe.
  2. Placemats
  3. Charger
  4. Any candle sticks in the same color a variety of shapes and sizes
  5. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and textures
  6. Miscellaneous décor that you think will add texture and interest.

Now start with the largest pumpkin and candle stick in the middle of the table and build out from there.


5 bonus tips

  1. Don’t stress this is supposed to be fun.
  2. Its ok to use what you have and not buy anything new
  3. Think outside the box, as far as what you do with your flatware and napkins
  4. Don’t have time to iron your linen? No worries use it anyway, no one will care.
  5. What ever you use as a centerpiece keep low-ish so your guests can see each other.

Happy Thanksgiving from Iolanda Gillins, Event & Décor Concepts