Setting The Table: Thanksgiving Dinner Inspiration

Thanksgiving is a distinctly American holiday and that could explain why I love it so much, especially living where I currently do. Celebrating an occasion such as this helps us feel connected to our friends and family back home even though we sit half a world away!  Though it can certainly be a lot of work to pull together the dinner aspect of things, in the end what better reward is there then to sit around a table full of good food with the people you love and discuss all the things you’re grateful for?

While we plan out our place settings and centerpieces, I thought a little Thanksgiving tablescape consideration was in order. You can find all the details on how to recreate that beautifully rustic display of gourds, including how to DIY some of those delightful pumpkin pillar candles, over at Everyday Occasions for starters.

Click through the gallery below to find more inspirations on how to dress up your feast in style!


  • Perfect Persimmons 1 of 20
    Perfect Persimmons
    Look to your seasonal fruits and veggies for inspiration, love the persimmons scattered down this table.
    Inspiration via Simply Suzanne's
  • Pear Place Cards 2 of 20
    Pear Place Cards
    Doesn't get more simple and rustic than this.
    Inspiration via Country Living
  • Natural Candles 3 of 20
    Natural Candles
    Incorporate your food into the tablescape as well. Wrap your candles in gorgeous produce to achieve this lovely scene.
    Inspiration via Happiness Is
  • Tree Branch Centerpiece 4 of 20
    Tree Branch Centerpiece
    Certain trees and bushes have the most delightful berries this time of year. Snip a few and arrange them in a vase for your centerpiece.
    Inspiration via Sweet Paul Mag
  • Simple Glass Bottles 5 of 20
    Simple Glass Bottles
    Another simple and stylish idea for table decor. Twigs and branches in glass bottles with small gourds or pumpkins.
    Inspiration via Sweet Paul Mag
  • Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece 6 of 20
    Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece
    You saw an earlier tutorial on how to make mini pumpkins into candle holders. Take it a step further and group them into these eye-catching centerpieces.
    See the full tutorial at Martha Stewart
  • Harvest Centerpiece 7 of 20
    Harvest Centerpiece
    Made using dried grasses and other natural elements easily found in craft stores.
    See the full tutorial at Martha Stewart
  • Twig Wreath and Pumpkin Centerpiece 8 of 20
    Twig Wreath and Pumpkin Centerpiece
    Pull this woodsy centerpiece together using a craft store twig wreath and some white pumpkins. So pretty!
    Details here from Decorating Ideas Made Easy
  • Nature’s Table 9 of 20
    Nature's Table
    Use what you've got. If there are any fall branches laying around, gather them up and display them proudly. Add a few mini pumpkins and you've got it!
    Inspiration via Better Homes and Gardens
  • Delightfully Simple 10 of 20
    Delightfully Simple
    Take an unused trifle dish and fill it with pinecones and citrus. Simple and stylish.
    Inspiration via The Cilantropist
  • An Apple A Day 11 of 20
    An Apple A Day
    Is this a gorgeous looking table or what? Love the use of apples as a centerpiece.
    Inspiration via Apartment Therapy
  • Candles And Cream 12 of 20
    Candles And Cream
    So basic, but stylish and chic at the same time.
    Inspiration via Apartment Therapy
  • Gold Pen Personalized Pumpkins 13 of 20
    Gold Pen Personalized Pumpkins
    You can even write names directly on the pumpkin as well, love this idea.
    Inspiration via Pepper Designs
  • Okey Dokey Artichokey 14 of 20
    Okey Dokey Artichokey
    Artichokes not only taste delish, but they're interesting to the eye as well. Use them in your tablescape for some added texture and fun.
    Inspiration via Apartment Therapy
  • Fall Leaves Inspire 15 of 20
    Fall Leaves Inspire
    Feeling inspired by fall colors? Here's a beautiful table with a similar theme.
    Inspiration via Martha Stewart
  • Rustic Farm To Table 16 of 20
    Rustic Farm To Table
    So gorgeous right? Who wouldn't want to spend their Thanksgiving at such a scene?
    Inspiration via Mod Vintage
  • Mayflower Centerpiece 17 of 20
    Mayflower Centerpiece
    Love the idea of adding in a little history to the dinner table, this Mayflower centerpiece is just the trick.
    See the full tutorial at Martha Stewart
  • Muted Fall Colors 18 of 20
    Muted Fall Colors
    Such pretty pale oranges and reds found here. Butternut squash sets the scene for this Thanksgiving Feast.
    Details here from Apartment Therapy
  • Pumpkins and Birdseed 19 of 20
    Pumpkins and Birdseed
    Suspending mini pumpkins from a tree branch kind of acts as a chandelier for this gorgeous table setting. So lovely!
    Inspiration via SAS Interiors
  • Nut Filled Candle Holders 20 of 20
    Nut Filled Candle Holders
    These are quite elegant and rustic, not to mention easy enough! Unshelled nuts can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores for a good price.
    Details here from Good Housekeeping

P.S. — Do you know how to get the perfect pie crust? Here’s a tutorial.

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