How to Create a Thanksgiving Tablescape

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

One of my favorite things during the fall season is receiving holiday magazines and catalogs from various food and home décor companies. I love to browse the beautiful tablescapes filled with fall colors and sumptuous food for inspiration. I realize that the photos in these magazines can seem a little intimidating, but decorating like a pro is not as difficult as it looks. You can create your own festive Thanksgiving tablescape with a few of these tips and tricks.

Create Layers

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

Use table runners, dishes, and decorative items like candles and florals to create layers on your table. For my first tablescape, I layered a burlap table runner with gray scroll paper that I found at Hobby Lobby in their paper crafting section. It looks like a small roll of wrapping paper, but it’s perfect as a table runner. I also found copper gilded leaves on clearance at Michael’s, as well as gold-sprayed eucalyptus from TJ Maxx. The dishes I used were from the Pioneer Woman Collection at WalMart—pretty, affordable, and fun to mix and match. I topped each with mix and match napkins, and finally with autumn-inspired bowls, which are perfect to fill with a delicious butternut squash soup.

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

For the second tablescape, I also layered table runners. Again, I used the burlap as the base and topped it with a lovely bamboo-edged runner. I filled the center of the table with pumpkins and gourds in various sizes, as well as candles. For the dinnerware, I used the gold and cream plates as the base and added pretty pumpkin and leaf-inspired salad plates that I found at Pier1. For a festive touch, I stamped wooden tags with the word “thankful” and tied those to strands of wheat.

Vary Heights and Textures

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

A variety of height and texture can do wonders for your table, and on both of mine, I used candles of varying heights, and pumpkins of different sizes. The burlap table runner and the addition of the foliage provided the texture needed to complete the setting.

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

Add Color

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

To settle on color themes, I often start with magazines and Pinterest for ideas, shop my house, and finally set out on a shopping trip. For these tables, I shopped the day after Halloween and hit some great clearance sales! This year, I am drawn to the deep, rusty oranges mixed with gray and was excited to find foliage, napkins and tableware to match.

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

Again, I pulled in color in a variety of ways, using gray napkins with burnt orange scroll designs on table, and deep orange lace-trimmed napkins on the other. I also used cream, gold, and orange mercury glass votives for the candles. For my second tablescape, I pulled in more greens with the bamboo table runner that I accented with gourds, and finished with the pumpkin and leaf salad plates.

Creating a warm and festive Thanksgiving tablescape can be easy and stress-free. What are your plans for your Thanksgiving table? Do you have any decorating tips you’d like to share?