3 Unique Designer-Approved Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas (All $200 or Less)

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WORDS BY Kelsey Clark

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Published on November 1, 2021

As design lovers, we’d argue that the Thanksgiving tablescape is just as important as the meal itself. Don’t get us wrong — we live for turkey, stuffing, and pie — but the individual place settings, festive centerpieces, and twinkling candles are what bring the meal to life and make it feel like a truly special occasion. 

Case in point: the below Thanksgiving table setting ideas, curated by our design team. From the trending cottage aesthetic to classic Thanksgiving glam and even a boho twist, these elevated looks will add just the right amount of fanfare to your 2021 feast. The best part? We’ve hand-selected products for each, and you can set an intimate table of all three looks for just $200.

Without further ado, find three designer-approved Thanksgiving table setting ideas worthy of your 2021 gathering, whether you’re hosting the entire fam or throwing a small Friendsgiving.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas: Elevated Farmhouse

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Ivory Pumpkin // Sage Pumpkin // Wine Glass // Place Mat // Dinner Plate // Napkin // Salad Plate // Candle Sticks // Table Runner // Garland 

For an elevated Thanksgiving tablescape that doesn’t scream “FALL HARVEST,” consider embracing what we call the “elevated farmhouse” aesthetic. Complete with woven hyacinth place mats, striped linen napkins, eucalyptus garland, matte black accents, and pumpkin decor (foraged or faux), this understated look is just festive enough for your Thanksgiving soirée. Bonus: given the green and white color palette, you can easily repurpose some of these pieces for an elegant holiday tablescape come December.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas: Traditional Glam

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Fall Garland // Votives // Charger Plate // Dinner Plate // Salad Plate // Napkin // Napkin ring // Table Runner // Wine Glass

There’s something timeless about a classic gold, red, and orange Thanksgiving tablescape. Lean into what we’ve dubbed “traditional glam” with colorful fall garland as your table runner, gold charger plates and votives, and napkin rings emblazoned with the word “grateful.” Just add turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and you’ll have a Thanksgiving table straight out of Better Homes & Gardens. Better yet, leave the garland on your table from September through November to really get your bang for your buck.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas: Natural Bohemian

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Pampas Grass // Natural Grass Dried Bouquet // Vase // Charger Plate // Table Runner // Dinner Plate // Napkin // Salad Plate // Wine Glass // Candle Holder 

If you simply can’t fathom adding color to your otherwise neutral home this Thanksgiving, our “natural bohemian” tablescape has your name written all over it. Complete with a burlap runner, soft rose candlesticks, white dinnerware, tonal linen napkins, and a beautiful pampas grass centerpiece, this warm look is non-traditional in the best possible way. You can easily leave the centerpiece on display all season long, or move it to a console table, TV stand, or pedestal table post-dinner. 

From stylish decor to welcome the holidays to hand curated shopping lists for any season, our designers are standing by to help you refresh your space. Get started today with our style quiz.

Words by Kelsey Clark