Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Holiday Table Ideas

Thanksgiving will soon be here and it’s the perfect time to bring out the big ideas for Table decorations.  A tablescape is a term used to describe the decoration of the entire table top.  The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to get creative with your table decor. These Thanksgiving Tablescapes and holiday table ideas are so earthy and warm too, with all the colors of fall.

From a full Thanksgiving tablescape to simple place card ideas, these 20+ Thanksgiving table ideas will make this year's holiday table the best yet.

Decorate your Holiday Table with Thanksgiving TablescapesRound up of 9 Thanksgiving centerpiece and place setting ideas.

It includes the centerpiece, linens, dishes, flatware, glassware and any other decor that you use to set a theme.  Sandra Lee of the Food Network features tablescapes in her cooking show Semi Home made each day.  The holidays are the perfect time to decorate in special ways and tablescapes are one way to set the theme and put people in a festive mood.

I thought it would be fun to feature some of my favorite tablescape and centerpiece ideas from around the web. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy them. And be sure to check back soon. I’ll be adding new tablescapes each day.

Thanksgiving tablescapes do not need to be elaborate. Sometimes, just the colors can set the mood. This lovely Thanksgiving table setting features a combination of brown and cream ribbon, napkins and plates to set a warm and inviting mood.  The autumn leaves under the brown ribbon on the napkins add a simple festive touch.

Brown and cream table scape

What a perfect way to show your Thanksgiving guest what will be on the menu!  This easy to make Thanksgiving dinner menu plaque is put together in just a short time with supplies from your garden and the Dollar store.

This table scape is perfect you want a rustic look to your table.  It uses natural garden items and seeds and beans such as acorns, split peas, berries and small pumpkins.  See more of this idea at Celebrations at Home Blog.

Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape with Acorns, split peas and pumpkins

I love the rustic look of this easy Hurricane Lamp Fall Centerpiece. Don’t worry if you don’t have a hurricane lamp.  This one is made from a thrift store glass vase and tumbler for less than $2! The dried beans, popcorn and green split peas give it a warm homey look. Add the clay pot pumpkin and some gourds and you have a lovely coordinated table that is perfect for Thanksgiving.

Hurricane lamp centerpiece vignetteThanksgiving is a time to be thankful.   This place setting does that just beautifully and incorporates some fall leaves too. has personalized ribbons that you can use to wrap your napkins.  Then, just use a permanent marker to write your guests names on dried or fresh autumn leaves as place cards.  Idea shared from BHG.Be thankful ribbon wraps a napkin. I love the names on the leaves!This simple table scape makes use of store bought Thanksgiving napkins with a simple table runner.  Add some glass hurricane lamps with pillar candles that have acorns at the base.  Then tie it all together with some acorns in the wine glass and simple leaf accents.  Napkins and plates are available from

Thanksgiving tablescape with colorful napkins and leaves in wine glassesThis lovely centerpiece features a long silver serving tray filled with acorns. This base pairs beautifully with a simple vase filled with branches that have been  decorated painted acorns.  Idea shared from BHG.

DIY Acorn Tree made from painted acorns attached to rustic branchesThe colors are what make this lovely place setting.   The purple is just perfect with the colors of fall.  To make this just trace your leaf with heavy card stock and use it as a shape for your sugar cookie dough.  Place the cookie on the leaf and then tie it all up with your ribbon and napkin.  Idea shared from Doberman’s by the Sea.
Maple Leaf, sugar cookie, ribbon and napkin. Love the color combo!
This DIY idea combines napkin rings and place cards in one.  It turns everyday cloth napkins in to something special.  Just place a shaft of wheat in the center of a rolled napkin and tie it with a piece of jute.  Attach name cards made by printing guests’ names on decorative paper and then cutting them to fit on metal pendant frames. Glue the paper tags to the back of the frames and attach with another piece of jute.  (can get the pendant frames at any craft supply store .)  Idea shared from BHG.
Napkin rings and place holders in one. So rustic with the wheat!These white faux pumpkins can be hollowed out and used as vases. Add some cat’s tails for height and fill in the lower part with berries, fall leaves and autumn colored flowers.  Image shared from Better Homes and Gardens.White Faux pumpkin used as a vase for cat's tails and fall greenery and flowersThese Thanksgiving Tablescape ideas can be put together in minutes but will add a lovely autumn look to your holiday table.

More Ideas for Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Still looking for more ideas for your Thanksgiving table? Try one of these pretty ideas.

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What do you use for Thanksgiving tablescapes for your holiday table?

  5 comments for “Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Holiday Table Ideas

  1. Tina W
    11/16/2015 at 6:08 am

    I love the idea of hollowing out the faux pumpkins to use as a vase!

    • Carol
      11/16/2015 at 7:30 pm

      That is one of my favorites too Tina.

  2. Cindy Goode
    08/05/2017 at 11:38 am

    Love the Thanksgiving ideas! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! 🙂

    • Carol
      08/05/2017 at 3:41 pm

      Me too Cindy. It’s a shame it always gets overtaken by Halloween and Christmas. Carol

  3. 11/16/2017 at 5:23 am

    These tablescapes look so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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