Thanksgiving Table Decor

What is your Thanksgiving table décor style? Do you go all out or keep it simple? This month’s Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, is all about setting the table for Thanksgiving.

I really enjoyed our table from last year. It was simple and almost minimalist when it comes to me and table décor!

Thanksgiving table decor

Every table I set I have a different plan. Sometimes I approach it with a very specific plan that requires purchasing (or renting) some specific pieces to bring my vision to life.

This year I had zero plan and zero vision. That is like having writer’s block for table stylists!

As I rummaged through my collection of plates and table linens searching for idea, or least a color theme, I looked up and saw the flower arrangement I made last week. I love the silver dollar eucalyptus I used and started to wonder how I could use it for my Thanksgiving table décor.

Thanksgiving table decor

That’s all it took to get the wheels in motion. I took the grapevine pumpkin from the mantel, the cake plate from the buffet along with the eucalyptus created a centrepiece.

I used the natural, muted tones of the centrepiece to create my Thanksgiving tablescape!

Thirty minutes later, with no money spent, I stepped back to admire my table. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Thanksgiving table decor

One of the key elements in creating a beautiful table is layering. For example, the layers in the plate stack. One example of layer is the plate stack. My plate stack consists of 5 layers….

  • Round wicker placemat from Ikea
  • Simple white dinner plate
  • Vintage cream salad plate
  • napkin
  • vintage appetizer plate

Another example of layering in table décor is the table linens and center space of the table.

Thanksgiving table decor

A pale gray runner defines the centre of the table, but I felt it looked a little bland. I layered on wide burlap ribbon to create texture and bring in another natural element. It compliments the branches of silver dollar eucalyptus that I laid across the ribbon.

Thanksgiving table decor

Add a bit of texture always creates some warmth and interest.

Thanksgiving table decor

I love browsing Ikea’s Market Hall for things that I can use when styling a table. Their inexpensive glassware if always a good buy. I recently purchased these pale pink champagne flutes on clearance for under $10 for four. I love the subtle color, and twist pattern.

I paired them with another Ikea find. Bell shaped wine (or in this case water) glasses.

Simple everyday flatware complete the each place setting.

Thanksgiving Table Decor

The vintage appetizer plates could also be used as salad or dessert plates. I picked them up at a Church garage sale for 50 cents a piece!

Thanksgiving table decor
Thanksgiving table decor

A tall wood candlestick I recently picked up on clearance at Michaels adds on more natural element. At the opposite end, to balance the height of the tall candlestick, I placed a pitcher from target. It makes a great water pitcher that doesn’t need refilling over and over! I paired it with a candlestick I upcycled a couple of years ago.

Thanksgiving table decor

One last look at those pretty plates!

Well, I hope you have been inspired by my Thanksgiving table décor ideas. But, it doesn’t stop there! Be sure to visit all the other bloggers sharing their Thanksgiving tables today. And, check back every day this week as new links go live every day!

Thanksgivng table decor

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  1. Maureen, love your logic of how a table is styled and the dreaded mental block. Yours certainly didn’t last long, and the results are really nice. Your Ikea finds are great! We don’t have an Ike anywhere in my vicinity and while I suppose that’s okay, I love seeing their affordable offerings. Your use of layers is perfect for the table, down to the smallest thing as in layering the burlap ribbon over the grey runner. Your color choices are a nice segue between this season of thanks and blessings to come. Very nice!

  2. Can we just Talk about those gorgeous plates? I can never find a deal like that. I absolutely love those. Set another place because I think I might be coming to your house for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing all of your amazing tips!

  3. The deal you found on those beautiful dessert plates is unheard of! We do not have an Ikea store and I have only been once to the one in Atlanta but I understand there are great bargains so finding a clearance is a real thrill. Love your colors and the mix of nature to bring the outdoors in for our season of Thanks! You layering created such a warm and inviting Thanksgiving Table.

  4. Maureen, Your table came together beautifully! You’d never know that you didn’t have it planned from the start. I love the eucalyptus and twig pumpkin centerpiece. It all has a very relaxed feel. Those plates from the church sale are fabulous and add the perfect pop of color. I like how the pink flutes pick up the pink tones from the plates and napkins. Very well done!

  5. I wish I had your magic touch when it comes to setting a table. This is gorgeous Maureen. It looks so elegant and earthy (not sure that’s the right word – but it’s this best one that comes to mind right now). All the colors work so well together

  6. Maureen, I can relate to you when you say creativity sometimes doesn’t come along so easily. However, I think you are correct when you say that it takes one inspiration piece (your silver dollar eucalyptus branches) to get the rest of the tablescape design in motion. I guess it can be a challenge as it is fun. I love your use of pastel and neutral colors for this holiday table and your 50 cent vintage salad plates are stunning as they are a bargain! Your colored stemware is so soft and delicate and a beautiful contrast with the grapevine pumpkin. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  7. Maureen, sometimes no plan is the best plan; it let’s your creativity come out. Layering is really important and you illustrated it beautifully. Love the IKEA items. It’s on my to-do list. The pink plates are wonderful and the pattern is so fall.

  8. What a beautiful table, Maureen. Incidentally, some of my favorite tablescapes have been inspired after I first felt “stuck!” The grapevine pumpkin is the perfect centerpiece. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you Linda! I am glad I went a little softer with the colours this year! Have to admit our Canadian Thanksgiving table was a bit more traditional this year!

  9. I’m the same as you! Sometimes I have a big plan and vision and sometimes I just let going through my things inspire me! I love the pinks with the eucalyptus!

  10. Maureen, you styled that lovely table in only 30 minutes?! Wow! I spend that much time just trying to remember where I stashed and stored everything, LOL! My favorite parts are that gorgeous grapevine pumpkin centerpiece, and the fab vintage plates that really pop on the table.

  11. Writer’s block for table stylists is a great way to put it, and you’re not alone. I love the pop of red and the dusty rose napkins. You’ve styled a gorgeous table and shared very useful tips. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Maureen, I understand when you have no inspiration and then as you gather things it all comes together so beautifully! I love the vintage plates and the IKEA flutes. The grapevine pumpkin is the perfect centerpiece! It is a pleasure to blog hop with you this week!

  13. I would say your lack of vision did well for you, your table came out wonderful! I like the unconventional color pallet of red and pink mixed with your natural grapevine pumpkin. I wish I had an Ikea near me, although it may be a good thing, I would be in there all the time! Love those pink champagne flutes!! Always a pleasure to hop with you, Maureen.

    1. Awww! Thank you Ann. Our Ikea is just far enough away that I don’t make regular trips, but close enough to pop there a couple of times a year! I could be in big trouble if it is was any closer!!

  14. Your tablescape looks lovely! I love the dishes and the eucalyptus. I often get that blogger/decorator block that you described, and then find one accessory or vintage find that sparks creativity again just like your eucalyptus. Your use of layers is wonderful and the simple grapevine pumpkin with eucalyptus is stylish and elegant.

    So fun to join you on this hop! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. I think the best tables come with shopping your home and all of a sudden, bingo, you get an idea! Such a wonderful feeling to set a beautiful table without a shopping trip! I love love the soft pink glow that your flutes add to the table, sort of like a shadow from the beautiful plates! The grapevine pumpkin looks wonderful sitting on the eucalyptus leaves and the soft pink napkins look so pretty tucked in the plate stack. This is a unique and wonderful fall table, Happy Thanksgiving Maureen!

  16. OOOH, I love the mix of colors and textures here. It feels both polished and cozy. A perfect combination for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Happy Holidays,


  17. Isn’t it interesting how we come about our ideas for styling a table? You may not have had an idea to start with, but it turned out beautifully. I love the red/pink accents, especially the gorgeous pink stemware! Thank you so much for joining another hop!

  18. Your table is beyond lovely. I like that you used what you had and your color theme is gorgeous. Oh my, those plates are perfect! The grapevine pumpkin is the perfect centerpiece and the pink fluted glassware is my favorite thing, well…so are the plates, the charge, the …okay let’s just say I love it all! Pinned and it’s a pleasure to hop with you xo