How to create warm and inviting Thanksgiving Table Decor. Using neutral colors, candle light, and natural elements.
I’m hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner this year and I’m so excited to be gathering together! I haven’t figured out my menu yet, I do have one part of the festivities covered – the Thanksgiving Table Decor.
I’m so happy to partnering with Crate and Barrel again to set a beautiful Thanksgiving table. We did our wedding registry for our very first set of dishes and glassware there. They remain my favorite spot to shop when it comes to quality dinnerware. From these beautiful charcoal dishes, to these realistic faux stems, they have everything you need to make your Thanksgiving table decor memorable.
I thought I would walk you through my process when it comes to setting a table today.
Decide on a Theme
First I like to come up with a theme or game plan for the table decor. I wanted to keep things earthy and warm this year, so I opted for a lot of neutral colors and texture. The wood napkin rings, Hyacinth placemats, and Faux Willow Eucalyptus stems really bring the outside in.
Crate and Barrel has so many different styles of placemats, napkins and accessories they can fit any decor.
Placemats vs Tablecloth
Next I start from the bottom of the table and work up.
Do I want a more formal look with a tablecloth or let my table shine with placemats?
I usually opt for placemats for a more casual approach, but I mixed it up by including this Craft Cotton Fringe Runner. I like the layered look of the linen with the more natural element of the rattan.
I love classic white dishes, but for special occasions it’s fun to mix it up. These Craft Charcoal Coupe Dinner Plates feel a little rustic. The dramatic charcoal color works well with my darker dining chairs.
Layering always adds interest to a table. I like to layer a round placemat, dinner plate, and salad plate. This combination always works nicely.
If you’re like me, and your kids/spouse constantly take your flatware out into the world for lunch and magically it never returns, hosting Thanksgiving may be the perfect time to upgrade your flatware.
I chose this simple Emerge Satin Brushed Flatware. I love the modern shape and style, they pair so well with the charcoal plates.
Wine is always a must with Thanksgiving dinner at our house, I typically serve a red.
I know there are a lot of opinions on centerpieces. Too high and it blocks conversation, too low and the table can look a bit boring.
I like to compromise and do a layered look. It’s fun to have the drama of a large centerpiece for when your guests arrive. I then typically remove it to make room for serving dishes at meal time.
We usually opt for a buffet style for Thanksgiving to give guests more room at the table, so I layered in plenty of candles as well.
Candlelight always makes a meal feel more special. These gorgeous Sona Hurricane Candle Holders create such a pretty glow. The candles are all contained which is a nice safety option if you have an enthusiastic 10 year old boy at your table like I do.
Lastly I add a few finishing touches. In this case these pretty Craft Frost Fringe Napkins wrapped in wood napkin rings. I love how versatile these 3 ring napkin rings are. They are perfect for fall, but would work great in summertime too.
I also like to address the rest of the room.
Since our dining table faces the living room and fireplace mantel I added some touches of fall there as well.
I’m obsessed with these Vantaa Taper Candle Holders and they will be staying here for Christmas as well. I mixed up the black and wood tones to keep the earthy eclectic feeling.
Thank you to Crate and Barrel for partnering with me to create the perfect Thanksgiving Table Decor. I’m so looking forward to gathering with our friends and family in this space. I’ll link all my sources below and be sure to check out Crate and Barrel for any of your holiday entertaining needs.
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