Thanksgiving Tablescape and Centerpiece Ideas

by Shelley SmithNovember 16, 2012

Since Thanksgiving is getting so close, I thought it would be a good time to share some inspirational photos of a few beautiful table-settings, along with unique, simple Thanksgiving table centerpiece ideas that you can easily implement this year in your home!

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Whenever I think of Thanksgiving I think of family, yummy food and colorful decor all in a cozy warm setting. That being said, one of the best ways to create a welcoming tablescape for your dinner guests is to light a few candles.

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The great thing about candles is that they come in all shapes, sizes and colors, to match your specific Thanksgiving table decor. They also act as sort of a blank canvas for other items to be featured on, like leaves, citrus slices or even vegetables. In one of my past posts where I talked about decorating with nature, you can also see some other great ways to use candles.

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Nothing really says Thanksgiving more than pumpkin pie, am I right? So naturally, decorating with pumpkins themselves is almost a must for this time of the year.

Traditionally you can find pumpkins for sale in various shades of orangey-yellow and white, but painting a pumpkin, or adding a little something around or inside of it, like garland or flowers, can transform your table into something really special.

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One of the neatest ways that I’ve seen pumpkins used as centerpieces has been either hollowed out and stuffed with gorgeous flowers, like a vase, or simply covered all over on the outside with flower blossoms, using simple sewing pins to adhere them. This eye-catching centerpiece is more like a work of art, but it will definitely get your guests attention.

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If you’re looking for simpler, less fussy, yet equally seasonal and dramatic table flair, then you might want to consider a bundle of wheat. You can cut it down to whatever size you need and most of the time you can find it for very cheap or even free. A centerpiece made from wheat only takes a few minutes to assemble and is perfect for a beginning DIY’er or crafter.

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Now that you’ve got some ideas for your centerpieces, don’t forget place cards! I have to say that the smaller details are usually my favorite when it comes to a table setting. Little things like personalized name tags in front of or on each plate adds the perfect finishing touch. Most people think that they are too time consuming and “fussy”, but really, just finding a colorful fruit or natural element from the great outdoors and attaching a personalized name card to it, is all you need.

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And lastly, for those of you who love the tradition of Thanksgiving, but aren’t very traditional in style, no worries! You can still pull off a beautiful tablescape, complete with interesting centerpiece and a unique color scheme, by just thinking outside the box.

Try using feathers, stacked teacups or even hallowed out peppers for a funky, unique centerpiece. Choose non-traditional colors like purple, pink, blue or even black & white to dress your table. Finding uncommon, creative ways to set your table for Thanksgiving just gives your space a big punch of personality and individual style that your guests will love!

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