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How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays. It’s the perfect combination of fall, food, family, and apple pie. It’s a perfect time to remember all of our blessings and share our gratitude with our family and friends. My Thanksgiving table this year is natural and neutral with just a little hint of color!

To make your holiday a little smoother, I am sharing an elegant table setting that you can easily create! My suggestion is to start early and get the Thanksgiving table set a few days before Thanksgiving. There is always so much to be done in the kitchen, so why not get your table done ahead of time.




1. Start with a white table cloth, or any neutral color. I found this white table cloth from Pottery barn

2. Pick out your chargers. For my table, I used two different chargers that complimented each other. I had more people for dinner then I had chargers, and did not want to have to go buy more. Don’t be afraid to mix and match as long as they work together.



Here, the different textures of the white scalloped chargers compliment the simple silver charger in the middle.

You can no longer find these exact white chargers from Pier1, but you can find similar ones here.




3. Add your dinner plate, bread plate and stemware to the table. I am loving my dinnerware set by Vera Wang, that I received as a wedding present from Bloomingdales.


4. Next, use candles with varying heights to the center of your table. Here, I used vintage candlesticks paired with some new birchwood candlesticks from hobby lobby. I love the mixture of old and new.



5. Add your greenery. I really wanted to use eucalyptus for my tablescape but I unfortunately could not find any locally at the time. Instead, I improvised and used fresh flowers, paired with pomegranates and cranberries. I loved how the colors really popped on the neutral table cloth.


6. Using fruits and vegetables from the season for your table is a great way to add hints of color. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!




7. For a formal dinning set up, add a personalized touch by using name cards. I hand lettered everyones names on simple white tags, and added them to the corn bread skillet with a piece of rosemary. I placed the skillets in the center of the plates, on top of some sheet music to add an extra layer of depth.




Aren’t these little corn bread skillets the cutest things! My lovely friend Rebekah is an incredible cook. You can follow her along on Instagram @SamplesbytheSpoonful to see some more of her amazing dishes.


8. Don’t forget a simple cloth napkin. I added white cloth napkins I found at Homegoods. I  folded each napkin in threes, and placed them on the bottom of each dinner plate.


9. Add some color to everyones water by adding a simple holiday fruit. Here I used a few fresh cranberries.


DO’s and DON’Ts for setting your Thanksgiving table:

Do try your best to set a pretty table for Thanksgiving

Do use cloth napkins

Do use name place cards

Do make sure salt and pepper are on the table

Do make sure to say what you are thankful for

Don’t use scented candles

Don’t wait until the last minute to set your table

Don’t serve too many appetizers


A couple of other thoughts.

Do make some fun Thanksgiving Day games to keep the children occupied

Do make plenty of desserts

Do have food boxes ready for guests to take home leftovers



I have so much to be grateful for… my family, my friends, my health and all of YOU!  I am filled with gratitude to have such loving, supportive readers. I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!

What are you grateful for this year?




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  • Reply
    November 17, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! I love the use of fruit and fresh greenery together.

    • Reply
      November 17, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Tracy! I really loved the pops of color!

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    November 17, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Leanna your blog and this post are just beautiful!! I am in move with your tablescape! So well done my friend! I can’t wait to read more!

    • Reply
      November 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much kelly! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it!

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    Sharon Comly
    November 17, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Hi Leanna! I love this Thanksgiving table! I love neutral but I also adore color so this is perfect! I especially appreciate how you improvised when you couldn’t find eucalyptus. The pictures are gorgeous! Did you take them yourself? I’m Sharon from @houseonheatherfield on IG!

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      November 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Hi Sharon! Thank you so much! I did take them myself, I have been trying to learn how to use my camera a bit more. I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving holiday!

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    Meg Hardy
    November 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Wow Leanna, you’ve done such an excellent job! I love your new blog!!

    • Reply
      November 17, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you so much Meg! I appreciate your comments! Xoxox

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    November 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Love the pops of color and all the natural elements. So pretty, girl! I’m always impressed by the way you layer your chargers and plates!

    • Reply
      November 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Caitlin! Don’t be afraid to layer different pieces! I promise you will LOVE the look!

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    November 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Wow! Your table is gorgeous! I love how everything works together so beautifully.

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