10 Fresh and Colorful Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table
How to better your table setting game this year.
By: Anna Kocharian
Published on November 6, 2017
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you haven’t already started on a game plan, now’s the time. While the culinary aspect of the day is essentially set in stone, the tablescape and party decor is where we really have the liberty to get a little more creative by skewing from the traditional. Whether you’re throwing your first Friendsgiving or hosting the entire extended family (and then some), here’s your opportunity to wow guests with a table setting so stunning it just may overshadow the food. Read on for a few of our favorite ideas: from lavish floral arrangements—such as this stunner—to DIY placemats and more.
Blush table linens only seem fitting for Thanksgiving this year. Not only is it a much-needed departure from the typical palette of moody burgundies or reds but, when paired with the appropriate florals and dinnerware, it has the ability to complement the traditional hues of the season. In this inspired setting, lustrous metallics and a quintessentially autumn-colored centerpiece are instantly elevated by the hue of the table linens.
Here’s a project the little ones can get in on. If you’re lucky enough to find mini pumpkins by Thanksgiving, create a wow-worthy centerpiece—in an ombre effect, no less—by lining the center of the table with a colorful assortment. Fill the holes in with bright florals of a complementary tone or take note from this setup and add in tall candle holders for added height.
Standout table moments don’t necessarily have to embody the decor on the tabletop, per se. Wall decor, lighting, and even select furnishings can double as high-impact statements, which can completely transform a setting. In this colorfully vibrant dining room, bright blues steal the spotlight, effortlessly complementing the florals integrated in the centerpiece.
When all else fails (hey, not all of us are well-versed in the realm of floral arranging) opt for an edible one instead. The best part? Everyone will be too concerned with munching on the goodies to pay attention to the actual arrangement itself, so rest easy.
We’re all for occasionally eschewing tradition in lieu of a little something outside the box. Tired of the same old Thanksgiving color scheme? Take note from this colorful setup from Designlovefest, where a vibrant and overflowing centerpiece arrangement establishes a lush dynamic against its otherwise minimalist backdrop.
Small-space dwellers, this one’s for you. When hosting in a space with limited square footage, distract the eye with a beautifully homogenous palette elevated by leafy greens and a subtle hint of pattern. Case in point: this mini vignette, which boasts a hue so iconic, no one will notice the tight space it lives in.
Have you ever seen a more stunning arrangement? Utilize this handy tutorial from floral designer extraordinaire Anna Potter of Swallows & Damsons, and you’re guaranteed a centerpiece that’ll wow. Bring in saturated fall flowers, filter in bright greens and an eclectic assortment of texturally dynamic pieces for a well-balanced finish.
Gourds and pumpkins in such inspired shades were more or less made for a Thanksgiving table. We can’t think of a more seasonally-fitting setup than one that features such a display, conveniently paired with a bare rustic table and delicate tableware. Crystal wine glasses, fine linens, and polished silverware lend an elegant touch that’s simply unparalleled.
Switch up your typical set of place card holders for this festively leafy bunch, which you can easily DIY. It’ll lend a colorful detail to the table setting—ideal for those who prefer setups that are more on the monochromatic or minimalist side.
These DIY color-your-own placemats are essentially guaranteed to keep the little ones occupied for at least the first course of the meal. Line the kids’ table with these printables and pair with an abundant array of coloring utensils—stickers and three-dimensional add-ons are also highly encouraged.