Tips for Setting your Thanksgiving Tablescape

Each year, I love to share my Thanksgiving tablescape with you! This year, I pulled out my favorite turkey dinner plates and added in pops of brightly colored flowers in fall hues like orange, yellow and green.

Colorful Flowers on Thanksgiving Tablescape

Setting your Thanksgiving Table

I fell in love with this neutral block-print tablecloth on a recent HomeGoods trip (Cynthia Rowley brand, in case you’re hunting for a similar one). I love how it pairs well with the colors in my Thanksgiving turkey plates. Truly, a white tablecloth would work well too.

Easy Thanksgiving Table Decor

LAYER YOUR TABLE ELEMENTS: Tablescapes are all about layers. From chargers to napkins and florals too. Consider adding in different textures (wheat sprigs, rattan chargers, fringe napkins).

MIX AND MATCH: Don’t be afraid to mix the high and low. Bring out your grandmother’s silverware and pair it with inexpensive chargers or plates.

Turkey Dinner Plates

Tuck in some wheat sprigs to your floral arrangements. You might just surprise yourself with a beautiful, Thanksgiving tablescape!

Tablescape Tip: Balance

One of my favorite tips for styling tablescapes is to balance your colors. What do I mean by that? If you’re going with a very colorful and busy tablecloth, then keep florals simple. Have a simple, neutral tablecloth like I do here? Then there’s room to balance elements and jazz up your tablescape with a unique and colorful floral display.

Turkey Plates Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving Flowers

Thanksgiving Flowers

Ready for this? All of the flowers for this Thanksgiving tablescape came from Trader Joes, for less than $30. Yep! You don’t have to spend a fortune or higher a florist. You can create beautiful bouquets with grocery store florals. Below are my tips…

Some tips for styling Thanksgiving Flowers

  1. Variety! Pick at least 3-5 types of flowers. Some big, some small. This holds true even if you’re sticking to one particular color scheme. Roses paired with smaller carnations or tulips, for example. Variety!
  2. Greenery! You can find little greenery groupings at most grocery stores – and even your own yard. Magnolia leaves look fabulous, eucalyptus is another favorite. Remove most of the bulky leaves from your floral stems and then tuck in your fresh greenery.
  3. Fall Touches! Wheat sprigs are my go-to trick for adding a fall touch to any floral arrangement. I also like to add in berries (you can find them in many colors from dark orange to green and pink too).
  4. Don’t worry about having fancy vases, a variety of small vases (and even glassware) can create really pretty low arrangements (perfect so guests can enjoy each other’s company without being blocked by flowers).
Thanksgiving Placecards

Add a personal touch! I love to order calligraphy place cards in my family and friend’s names, tuck them away in my sideboard drawer and pull them out for every holiday occasion.

Where to buy calligraphy place cards? Etsy is my go-to! Here is where I got these shown, I have several sets in various colors. I recommend a gold on white, it’s the color scheme I grab most often!

Set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table and tradition ideas!

P.S. If you want to kick it up a notch, then one idea I love in lieu of paper place cards is framing miniature frames with your guest’s photos. You can see that in action here on one of my Thanksgiving tables from a few years ago!

Southern Thanksgiving Tablescape

I hope these tips help inspire you to set your own Thanksgiving table this year! If you want more inspiration, check out this tablescape (above) that I styled using the same turkey plates, but with a completely different look!

Need ideas for your Thanksgiving feast? You got it! I have some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes and ideas below.

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  1. Kathy Jones says:

    These table settings are beautiful. Any ideas for a sparkle table setting for Christmas?
    Thank you,

  2. Rebecca Payne says:


    1. Courtney Whitmore says:

      Thank you so much!!

  3. Kris Carnivale says:

    Would you share the source for the rattan chargers? So cute!

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