Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas + 4 Inspiring Tips For Any Style

by Ashley

An Elegant, Rustic Thanksgiving Table

For me, this time of year is bittersweet. Gone are the long, hot days of summer filled with fun on the water and weekend hike trips. But on the other hand – here are the days of snuggling in front of the fireplace, yummy crock pot dinners and inviting friends/family into your home for a warm meal.

Once I accept that summer is truly over, I immediately begin to start planning for holiday festivities..  So let’s dive in – read on to see my rustic Thanksgiving tablescape ideas!

Thanksgiving Table centerpiece

Most years it’s just the two of us for Thanksgiving (three if you count our pup, Sage). But you can believe me when I say that we will still be busting out the good china and filling our bellies with turkey and pie in style.

It’s Thanksgiving tradition!

Rustic Thanksgiving Table (plus tips for creating your own beautiful table)

I teamed up with Keeley (our favorite Bozeman photographer) to bring  you today’s post all about how I created our Thanksgiving tablescape along with a few tips for creating your own!

Rustic Thanksgiving Table setting

How to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

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1. Start with a runner

I love the look of natural fibers and textures so this jute runner was the perfect choice for our rustic Thanksgiving table. Runners help ground your centerpiece, especially on long tables, making the decor look purposeful rather than random.

thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece

For smaller or round tables, try spreading out a blanket scarf (like this one) for a cozy look.

rustic thanksgiving centerpiece with tree slices and pinecones

2. Add pumpkins

Because what Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkins? I got these mini pumpkins from the craft section at Target.

I love the copper and off-white colors that are perfect for fall, but not your traditional orange.

thanksgiving table decor ideas

3. Make it cozy

To keep it classic and cozy, I added a mix of candles. A few chunky candles grouped inside of this gold lantern from World Market made a simple, yet beautiful centerpiece.

The birch wrapped candles inside added a rustic look to the grouping.

thanksgiving table centerpiece with candles

I then added some height with a couple of tapered candles in my brass candlesticks I scored for $1 each this summer at our local Goodwill. Thrifted finds for the win!

lighting a candle on a thanksgiving table centerpiece

4. Add natural elements

Get creative here! Grab some fall blooms, or go outside and collect foliage like tree clippings, fallen leaves, or even your favorite fall fruits like apples or pears!

The possibilities are endless. 

I used dried eucalyptus and pine cones that I already had on hand to give our table an effortless, whimsical feel.

thanksgiving table decor in a dining room

I also added a few tree slices to bring the perfect touch of rustic to my Thanksgiving Table spread.

closeup of a thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece

By bringing the outdoors in and pairing these with the metallic pumpkins, it keeps the table from looking too “perfect”. I then pulled it all together by adding a couple of leaves to each napkin.

thanksgiving dinner plate with napkin tied with twine

I love these grey linen napkins because they can be used for every season. Neutral colors are both classic and versatile!

thanksgiving table place setting with wine glass

Speaking of classic, I have to add a little note about our china. This china set is near and dear to me as it used to by my grandmother’s.

She was a firecracker of a lady and taught me from a young age the importance of being polite and proper (with a little wild sprinkled in 😉 ). She was always dressed to impress and felt the same way about the items in her home, everything was very fancy!

So this one’s for you Nana, I hope my fancy Thanksgiving table puts a smile on your face 🙂

thanksgiving centerpiece

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I love the way our table came together – a little rustic and a little fancy. I hope you found these tips helpful and are left feeling inspired to create your own beautiful tablescape! Whatever your preference – fancy or casual, traditional or modern – I hope your table and your Thanksgiving turn out beautiful this year!

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Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

Rustic Thanksgiving Table (plus tips for creating your own beautiful table)

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8 comments

Lizzie Green November 17, 2017 - 1:34 pm

What a beautiful table scape! Well done! Love the table runner, it’s very versatile. Do you think you will use it for Christmas as well? xxx Lizzie

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Ashley November 17, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Thank you! Ya know, I haven’t decided yet! It would definitely work well, so we will see!

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Cheryl November 19, 2017 - 6:50 am

Beautifully done tablescape. My favorite thing is that you used your grandmother’s china.

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Ashley November 19, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Thank you! That set is so special to me, I am so glad you love it too 🙂

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Joanna October 16, 2019 - 5:44 am

Is that table from World Market? I got a table from there that looks just like this one…I could swear they are the same!! I first saw your tablescape on Pinterest and loved it!! So gorgeous!!

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Ashley October 17, 2019 - 1:12 pm

Yes! Don’t you just love it?! Thanks Joanna!

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Anneliss Torres November 19, 2019 - 7:18 am

Love, Love, Love the Decor!!!! Gives a cozy vibe! I do have a question. What’s the diameter of the slice of wood you used?

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Ashley November 20, 2019 - 10:53 am

Thanks so much! They are all a little different in shape and size, but generally about 10″-12″ wide.

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