45+ Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

Table your traditional layout, and try one of these easy and beautiful settings instead.

thanksgiving table settings
Brian Woodcock

Surprise your guests with a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape this holiday season. From rustic centerpieces to pretty place cards, there are so many ways to set the Thanksgiving table in style. Steal one of these crafty ideas, or use them as inspiration to dream up Thanksgiving table decor that's uniquely you.

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plaid fall thanksgiving table setting
Brian Woodcock
Mix-and-Match Plaid Table Setting

This playful setup features place cards fashioned from , plaid-covered pumpkins, and layers of checked cloths. Feel free to mix it up with your favorite patterns—just be sure to stick with autumn hues for a cohesive look.

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rustic thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Two Ladies and a Chair
Wine-Inspired Table Setting

This elegant but relaxed palette was inspired by the colors of wine country, so it features plenty of pretty greens and rich purples. Our favorite part, though, has to be the burlap pouches, which hold fresh lavender and eucalyptus.

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black and white thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Stories of Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Black, White, and Gold Thanksgiving Setting

Simple and timeless, this is a look you can put together this Thanksgiving and then use year after year. Make your holiday guests feel welcome with layers of greenery and small slips of paper featuring their name right on their plate.

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colorful thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Sugar and Charm
Bright and Bold Thanksgiving Setting

This host's bright blue and coral table settings are made even more special by the addition of the sweet messages she left on each plate. Follow her lead and use the free printable to get the same look.

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copper thanksgiving table decor
Courtesy of Bless'er House
Copper Thanksgiving Table Setting

Metallic charger plates and candle holders warm up this otherwise neutral Thanksgiving table. At each place, a kraft paper list allows each guest to write down what they're thankful for.

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blue and white thanksgiving tablescape
Courtesy of Shades of Blue Interiors​
Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

There are so many things to love about this stunning setting, but that pretty pumpkin centerpiece and those personal-sized pies at each place caught our eye.

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thanksgiving table pumpkin place setting
Courtesy of Driven By Decor​
Thanksgiving Table Place Cards

Show everyone to their seats using salt dough place card tags tied to mini pumpkins.

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thanksgiving table chair markers
Courtesy of Shades of Blue Interiors​
Thanksgiving Table Chair Markers

Make every guest feel special with a chair marker at each place setting.

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fall leaf place card simple place setting
Paul Costello
Fall Leaf Place Card

A simple leaf and pretty penmanship make the perfect place card.

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personalized place settings
Brian Woodcock
Personalized Place Settings

Use old family photos to help guests find their seats—and to inspire "remember when" banter.

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floral napkin thanksgiving table setting
David Hillegas
Floral Napkin

Punch out a delicate border along the edge of a kraft paper runner. Add a not-too-sweet pop of color with a green charger and top it with a complementary patterned plate. Sculptured flatware offsets an unapologetically bold floral napkin, which doubles as a place card.

For the runner: Cut an 18-inch-wide piece of kraft paper to desired runner length, then use an to add a decorative touch along the edges.

For the place card: Tie linens with ribbon, embellish with foliage, and tuck in a decorative place card.

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paper thanksgiving table setting
David Hillegas
Simple Table Setting

Grab a to create this "place card/place mat" combo on plain kraft paper. Round out the no-frills setting with a marble charger and an ivory-colored plate, then add a hint of sparkle with silver-flecked linens and pretty acrylic flatware.

For the paint marker place mat: Cut an 18-inch-wide piece of kraft paper to desired runner length. In pencil, lightly draw three sides of a 16-inch square, leaving the top side open. Write guest's name in the center of the open space, extending the lines on either side of the name to complete the square. Trace over the pencil lines with a white paint marker.

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rustic leaf thanksgiving table settings
David Hillegas
Rustic Leaf

Put a 12- by 12-inch sheet of birch bark to work as a place mat atop a kraft paper runner with whipstitched edges. Next, create the wire leaf place card holder. A gingham napkin, ceramic plate, and wood-accented flatware complete the look.

For the wire leaf: Download our leaf template. Place template on foam block and insert pushpins along curves of leaf. Cut a 25-inch piece of 16-gauge wire. Starting at the stem, bend wire, using the template as a guide. (Loop wire at the back of the pins where the shape dips and around the front where it curves out.) Wrap excess wire around base to finish.

For the runner: Cut a piece of 18-inch-wide kraft paper to desired length. Punch holes with an 1/8-inch hole punch, ½ inch from edge and ½ inch apart along the length of the paper. Thread twine through holes; knot at end. (Tip: We used wine-colored twine to stand out against the kraft paper.)

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rose-gold wishbone thanksgiving table settings
David Hillegas
Rose-Gold Wishbone

Create a basket weave pattern in the center of a kraft paper runner. Add a dinner plate with an earthy, exposed clay rim atop an intricately etched charger. A patterned napkin adds graphic punch, and rose-gold flatware brings warmth. The hand-crafted wishbone also serves as a party favor.

For the wishbone: Bend a 10-inch piece of armature wire into a "U" shape. Hammer curved end to make a point. Use pliers to bend the point and two ends of wishbone slightly upward. Wrap wishbone in copper foil tape and add place card.

For the runner: Cut an 18-inch-wide by 24-inch-long piece of kraft paper. Draw 1-inch lines the width of the paper, leaving a 1-inch border on the narrow ends and a ½-inch border on the long sides. Use a utility knife and ruler to cut along lines. Thread 30 (½-inch by 23-inch) strips of paper through lines in a basket weave pattern. Secure ends with tape and cut off excess. Cut an 18-inch-wide piece of kraft paper to desired length; position across table and lay basket weave mat in center.


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metallic thanskgiving tablescape
Courtesy of Home Stories A to Z
Natural Elements and Metallic Tablescape

You can still keep your dining room cozy for Thanksgiving even when using bright colors at the table.

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fall flower thanksgiving table setting
Courtesy of Homey Oh My
Fall Tablescape

Dinner guests will be oohing and ahhing when they see this stunning DIY decoration.

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thanksgiving kraft paper tablecloth
Ikaroo Staff
Kids' Table Decor

To accommodate your youngest guests' abbreviated attention spans (and your desire to linger over dessert), cover the children's dining surface with kraft paper and set out pots of crayons for tic-tac-toe. Bonus: This tablecloth is a cinch to clean up. Stamped birch name cards ensure kids feel as special as grown-ups.


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paper place mat thanksgiving setting
Brian Woodcock
Paper Placemat Setting

For each place setting, cut a 18" L x 14" W piece of kraft paper. Use a decorative edge punch on all four sides to create a lace-like border. We used . To create this gilded napkin, dip a corncob in gold paint, then roll it onto a basic linen napkin—it's that easy!

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thanksgiving pumpkin leaf place cards
Courtesy of Ella Claire
Pumpkin Leaf Place Cards

These personalized pumpkins will bring your table and your family together.

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fruit thanksgiving table setting
Courtesy of Annabode + Co
Modern Autumn Brights, Sweets, and Spice

Switch up your typical Thanksgiving decor for something more modern with satsuma mandarins and plain gray-and-white dishware.

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coastal thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Sand and Sisal
Coastal Thanksgiving Table

Wish you were at the beach instead of hiding from the cold? This tablescape is inspired by the ocean's natural elements.

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rustic plaid thanksgiving setting
Courtesy of City Farmhouse
Rustic Plaid Thanksgiving Tabletop

Give your table an extra dose of color with a batch of vibrant flowers.

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neutral thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Stone Gable
Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape

Keep things soft and simple this holiday.

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gilded thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere
Gilded Harvest

The gold shine on these miniature pumpkins is so dazzling, guests won't have any difficulty finding their seats.

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rosemary wreath thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon
Rosemary Wreath

Soak the 7-inch sprigs of rosemary in water to make them more pliable. Then, simply form the stems into circles and attach with floral wire. Cover the bindings with twine, and glue the printable place cards.

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clothespin thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Centsational Girl
Clothespin

An easy and inexpensive way to decorate your tabletop, simply spray-paint clothespins and glue faux berries for a pop of autumnal color.

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feather thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Carolyn's Homework
Cork and Feather

Purchase a few feathers at your local craft store and center them in tiny corks. Tie lace ribbons or tulle for a refined, delicate finish.

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rustic arrangement thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs
Rustic Arrangement

Using wood slabs as both a placemat and place card holder are an easy way to make a Thanksgiving table feel like a woodland gathering.

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burlap thanksgiving table settings
Courtesy of I Heart Naptime
Burlap Utensil Holders

Craft your own napkin holders with burlap and a chevron pattern for an easy, reusable table decoration.

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thanksgiving turkey feather place cards
Courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect
Turkey Feather Place Cards

Put old corks to good use by using colored paper to turn them into place cards that look like turkey feathers.

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