Decor Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table

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Published on November 3, 2020

As you plan how to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, consider how to make your Thanksgiving table decor just as special as your menu. We all more than deserve a spectacular holiday after this wild year. 

That’s why our designers are here to provide inspiration for this year’s festivities.   

These designer-approved ideas for Thanksgiving tablescapes are stylish, inspiring and easier to perfect than store-bought rolls. 

Pomegranate Accents

For this project, Design Lead Heather Goerzen subs pomegranates for pumpkins as the fruit of the styling moment.

Acting as small sculptural accents, the richly hued pomegranates also inspire the tablescape palette, leaning into on-trend hues of terra cotta, blush and rust for a fresh twist on the classic autumn vibe.

Brass silverware adds a luxe contrast while earthen vases hold the bread for the table and serve as decor that is equal parts playful and functional.

Accessorize this look with pomegranate cocktails and pomegranate crostini.

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Wine Country Inspiration

In lieu of the traditional fall palette of warm tones, our VP of Creative & Design, Shelby Girard, incorporates neutral shades and a cornucopia of natural textures to create a dreamy scene inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley. 

She complements a simple linen runner with weathered wooden chargers, crisp white dinnerware and classic striped napkins, with sprigs of greenery scattered throughout. 

Wine bottles serve as decor and hold much-appreciated libations, the better to toast a menu that starts with prosciutto-wrapped persimmons and ends with Nutella pull-apart bread (can you even imagine?).

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Mad About Plaid

For a take on a more traditional Thanksgiving aesthetic, designer Kylee Trunck mixes classic plaid with contemporary elements. 

The burnt orange, neutral and black palette set the stage while wooden and brass accents add nuance and character. 

A vaseful of fall berries provides a delightful finishing touch to a bold scene.

Flowerpot Fabulous

This light and bright look was designed for a Thanksgiving brunch—champagne included, of course. 

Rather than build the tablescape around a large centerpiece, designer Shelby Girard incorporates mini flowerpots along a linen runner for a relaxed, natural aesthetic. 

Wooden accents add warmth to a neutral palette of ivories and creams.

Parisian Glamour

Shelby evokes the charm of a Parisian cafe in this magical tablescape. 

Black and white dinnerware features a Metro-inspired pattern alongside dramatic florals with moody burgundies, deep purples and blush. 

Colorful macarons and assorted pastries on a gilded cakestand complete the scene and finish a French-inspired feast of mushroom frittata and autumnal salad.

Boho Feast

For some, Thanksgiving is best enjoyed at the coffee table instead of the dining-room table. 

Heather created this bohemian feast with a casual, living room setting in mind. Set atop a vintage steamer trunk, rustic wooden platters gather together with terracotta bowls and blush, gold-rimmed glassware for a free-spirited style. 

For this casual take on Thanksgiving, tapas replace the traditional turkey and sides. 

And if you’re ready to get a jump on your Christmas tablescape game, Havenly has ideas for that, too.

Set your intention on creating a space you’re thankful to occupy every day. Start your collaboration with a Havenly interior designer by taking this personal style quiz.

Words by Staci Sturrock