Get inspired to set a gorgeous Southern Thanksgiving Tablescape with these tips and tricks from a magnolia and cotton garland centerpiece to mixing and matching your grandmother’s silver with your own dinnerware!
Southern Thanksgiving Tablescape
My Grandmother and Mom always set the most beautiful Southern Thanksgiving tablescapes, and I am so excited and honored to continue carrying on this tradition with my own family. I wanted to share the inspiration behind this tablescape and how I pulled it together in hopes of inspiring you and your Thanksgiving table this holiday!
My Mom always taught me to use what you have to decorate your table. We love adding new pieces to our collections, but you can actually mix and match many items to pull together a gorgeous table. You can also add garden clippings of your own to create a beautiful centerpiece. She tells me stories of her own mother adding fresh florals and greenery right from her yard as well!
Magnolia & Cotton Centerpiece Garland
For this centerpiece, we cut fresh magnolia leaves right from my garden and tucked them in with fresh eucalyptus (which smells amazing) and cotton stems. Fresh magnolia clippings will last about one week so it’s a great alternative to flowers if you want a more natural, greenery design.
To create the garland effect, tuck the cut stems in towards each other and add extra clippings on top to cover the stems. Some will show, and that is just fine! I also tucked in fresh pinecones down the center of the table. You can also use acorns as well as any natural element will add a gorgeous touch! Almost all craft stores will have pinecones and fall decor elements.
Lastly, we added cotton stems throughout. They were the perfect finishing touch to this Southern centerpiece!
If you prefer more traditional floral arrangements, add in cottom stems and wheat to tie in the Thanksgiving/fall elements. I usually try to keep arrangements and centerpieces low for Thanksgiving so it’s to chat across the table! You don’t want to block off your auntie on the other side of the table! … or maybe you do? Ha!
Add votives or candle holders into the garland by separating the clippings to create an opening. Tuck the stems right back in, easy!
I love to mix old and new so we paired my new turkey plates and Juliska champagne flutes with my grandmother’s silver and my mother’s Waterford crystal stemware. Classic silverware and crystal glassware looks beautiful with simple white dinnerware or more decorative Thanksgiving plates.
I placed the plates on wood slice chargers! I love mixing the casual chargers with the silver and crystal! You can absolutely mix high and low and new and old. That’s what makes setting a table so fun!
While I typically lean towards beiges and neutrals with tablecloths and runners for Thanksgiving, I chose a sea-foam green check runner to pull out the gorgeous soft green hues in the turkey plates. I actually used this runner for Easter in the past. This goes to show you can truly mix and match linens for various seasons with a little creativity!
The pinstripe napkins are a favorite of mine and pair so beautifully with the natural elements of the table. I tucked them in bamboo wood napkin rings and added a sprig of wheat, mini magnolia leaf and quail feather. Any piece of greenery or natural touch would create a similar look. It’s these little elements of a table that truly make it unique!
Tall taper candles are a classic touch that will give ambiance to your table setting and a bit of height, visually. I chose white but you could use various shades of oranges, yellows and golds for a different look. Always make sure to select “dripless” candles so you avoid a mess on your candleholders.
This place setting reminds me of the mountains with the wood table and wood chargers. I always want guests to feel comfortable so we opt for a Thanksgiving tablescape that’s elegant but not fussy! What about you? Do you dress up for Thanksgiving or stay casual? Stretch pants are a must, either way, right? :)
What do you always have on your table for Thanksgiving? We most definitely always have pumpkin pie, parker house yeast rolls, and of course the classic turkey and cranberry sauce! We also make my grandmother’s Southern dressing. I must share the recipe soon!
I hope you’re inspired to set your Thanksgiving table with a few charming touches whether it’s pulling out your grandmother’s silver or adding fresh magnolia clippings to your table centerpiece!
Looking for Thanksgiving recipes? Here are a few faves…
- Southern Brown Sugar Pie (we never have Thanksgiving without this pie)
- My Favorite Thanksgiving Appetizers
- The Perfect Cranberry Sauce
- The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu