How to Set a Table for Thanksgiving
When you host friends or family for Thanksgiving, a decadent meal is only half the job. Enchanting guests with a festive and stylish atmosphere transforms a regular dinner to a true feast. To do so, your dining room table should be the center of your Thanksgiving celebration. From dinnerware to fall decor, there are several key elements you’ll need to pull together a gorgeous holiday spread. Use these simple tips to create a festive tablescape your guests will love.
Start With a Big, Beautiful Dining Set
Choose a Coordinating Tablecloth and Table Runner
Beautify the Meal With Classy Table Settings
- Center the plate in the middle of the placemat or table area where your guest will be sitting.
- Place the dinner fork to the left of the plate, and the salad fork to the left of the dinner fork.
- Set the knife on the right side of the plate, with the serrated edge facing inward.
- Next, place the dinner spoon to the right of the knife.
- Set a glass above the knife, so it is above and to the right of the plate.
- Finally, center a folded cloth napkin on the plate to fancy it up a bit.
Use a Festive Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Spruce up your tabletop with some seasonal decor that’s appropriate for the occasion. Scatter antlers, pinecones, and metallic or matte pumpkins to evoke nature’s beauty. Weave in ribbon and twine for more homey accents. Popular colors for fall decorating include neutrals, like tan and white, as well as warm, vibrant splashes of orange, red, and gold. If you have enough space at your table, you can even put together a Thanksgiving centerpiece. When exploring ideas for your fall centerpiece, imagine bouquets of autumn flowers, fall foliage, and overflowing cornucopias. Both are traditional centerpieces that add texture to your table. You can accent your festive Thanksgiving table further with candles and green ivy. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for what comes next.
Serve Food on Fancy Serveware
Believe it or not, the color and texture of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes will complement your table arrangement. Using neutral serveware prevents too many competing colors. Break out your bone china and stoneware to mark the occasion. Enhance the visual experience with rich glazed platters, gravy boats, and ladles. Or keep things rustic with a wooden cheeseboard. Serveware with seasonal embellishments, like fruit and acorns, add whimsy to your table setting. Once you’ve proudly displayed your Thanksgiving spread, you’re done! Just sit back and enjoy the compliments.
Get even more ideas in our guide to 10 Stylish Fall Tablescapes!
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