20 Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas That'll Wow the Whole Family

Nobody needs to know how easy these are to make.

personalized photos thanksgiving table setting idea
Brian Woodcock

If there's one thing to be thankful for at Thanksgiving, it's how beautiful your table is about to look (and how many compliments you'll receive) thanks to these stunning decorations.

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orange themed thanksgiving table setting idea
Aimee Herring
All-Out Orange

Pick your favorite fall hue and weave it into the various elements of your decorations, from napkins to runners to dishes. Another pro tip: Make the most of a single bouquet by placing blossoms in multiple vases around the table.

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chalkboard placemat thanksgiving table setting idea
Kate Sears
Chalkboard Placemats

Keep the kids' entertained by painting canvas panels with chalkboard paint and placing chalk within reach.

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Tools you'll need: chalkboard paint, $7, ; chalk, $5,

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fall leaf thanksgiving table setting idea
Kate Sears
Scattered Leaves

Grab some foliage from the backyard — or grab reusable parchment leaves — and sprinkle them all around the table for a festive touch.

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kids' thanksgiving table setting idea
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Paper Turkey

Kids will love this paper version of a turkey leg. Just stuff a lunch bag with popcorn and tape it shut — if they finish dinner, they get to open their surprise.

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mini casserole dishes thanksgiving table setting idea
Alison Gootee
Homey Additions

Make your guests feel right at home with individual casserole dishes, porcelain mugs, or wooden stemware.

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Tools you'll need: Le Creuset Petite Stoneware, $75,

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Fall napkings thanksgiving table setting idea
Steven Randazzo
Festive Napkins

Give your basic linens a fall refresh by painting a leaf or other seasonal motif on them.

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kraft paper thanksgiving table setting idea
David Hillegas
Simple Settings

Using white paint marker, draw a "placemat" over plain kraft paper. Then fill the surrounding area with lots of lush greenery.

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Tools you'll need: paint marker, $5, ; kraft paper, $13,

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floral thanksgiving table setting idea
David Hillegas
Frills and Florals

Spruce up a kraft paper table runner with a fun border puncher, then add bold colors and plenty of greenery to keep it feeling seasonal.

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Tools you'll need: border puncher, $13, .com; kraft paper, $13,

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kraft paper tablecloth thanksgiving table setting idea
Country Living
Kraft Paper Tablecloth

Make sure the kids' table stays entertaining (but mess-free) with a kraft paper tablecloth and lots of marker and crayons.

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Tools you'll need: kraft paper, $13, ; Crayola core pack, $10,

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Blue leaf thanksgiving table runner
Mikkel Vang
Shades of Blue

Download this and use it to cut shapes out of pretty blue felt. Hand-stitch the pieces together for a dreamy table runner and adorn the rest of the table with matching plates and glasses.

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acorn cap candles thanksgiving table setting idea
Mikkel Vang
Autumnal Favors

Send guests home with festive acorn-cap candles as a thank you for attending dinner, or sprinkle them around the table as easy decor.

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Tools you'll need: acorn candles, $10;

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country thanksgiving table setting idea
Courtesy of UrbanStems
Perfect Picnic

Take a summery gingham table runner into fall by topping it with pinecones, pumpkins, and gourds. Use golden silverware to make it feel extra festive.

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personalized photos thanksgiving table setting idea
Brian Woodcock
Personal Touches

Make your mismatched china feel purposeful by setting an old family photo on each place setting to spark some nostalgia (or a good laugh).

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fuchsia thanksgiving table setting idea
Johnny Miller
Unexpected Elements

Fuchsia may be the last color you'd think of for fall, but that's exactly why it works! Pick flowers, place mats, and even cocktails in the pinky-purple hue for a surprising setting.

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pumpkin place cards, thanksgiving table settings
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Personalized Pumpkins

Take ordinary place cards one step further with sentimental notes from the host telling each guest why they're so special. Using a craft knife, cut a triangle in the end of a paper strip, then make a slit in the stem and slide it in. For the polka-dotted pattern, place small glue dots around the pumpkin and sprinkle with glitter. For the double-dipped pattern, apply spray paint to the pumpkin, then brush the bottom half with craft glue and gently press into a bowl of glitter.

Tools you'll need: artificial pumpkins, $17, ; spray paint, $8, ; gold glitter, $5,

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rustic thanksgiving table setting idea
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Rustic Flair

Fill a long wooden board with your favorite fall fruits and veggies, add some candles, and tell the family to dig in.

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garland centerpiece thanksgiving table setting idea
Courtesy of Studio Choo
Garland Runners

Skip traditional centerpieces in favor of a long garland that makes a statement all on its own.

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fall leaf place card thanksgiving table setting idea
Paul Costello
Leafy Place Card

Send the kiddos on a mission to find the biggest leaves, then script your guests' names on them for an easy-as-pie place card. Finish the earthy look with a plaid tablecloth.

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golden candleholders thanksgiving table setting idea
Lucas Allen
Golden Candleholders

Glam up a plain red tablecloth with these golden accents on 5-10 vases:

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Measure height of vase and subtract 1"–2", then measure circumference and add 1". Cut a rectangle of wrapping paper to these dimensions.
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Wrap paper around vase so that the exposed areas on the top and bottom are even. Place double-stick tape under overlapping edge to secure.
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Wrap raffia 2–3 times around center of vase and tie in a knot; trim ends. Insert candles.

Tools you'll need: tape measure, $6; ; gold wrapping paper, $12, ; double-sided tape, $4, ; raffia, $4;

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napkin folding pocket thanksgiving table setting idea
Erika Lapresto/Studio D
Folded Napkin Place Card

Make napkins feel fancy with this easy folding trick:

1. Lay the napkin flat. Fold in half vertically from right to left, then bring the bottom up to fold in half again.
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Fold the top layer of the upper left corner down to the bottom right corner. Repeat with the second and third layers, tucking the corners underneath each previous layer about 1½" to create the folds.
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Flip the napkin over to the back. Fold the right side back over a third of the napkin, then do the same with the left side.
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Flip back over to reveal the finished napkin. Tuck a flower sprig and a name tag card in the folds.

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