Setting a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is one of those large, family meals that strikes fear into the hearts of newlywed couples every year. Not only do you have your own family traditions, but now you are incorporating the family traditions of your in-laws as well. Not always an easy task to do! 

My nana taught me at a young age that setting a beautiful table is half the battle. If your table is pleasing to the eye, a turkey that is a little on the dry side or a gravy that’s not quite as thick as your great grandmother’s, will usually get overlooked. 

Celebrating Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, about being grateful for the blessings our families have received throughout the year. It’s a celebration of family, of perseverance, of being able to withstand all that life throws at us and still make time to come together and celebrate our triumphs and comfort through the storms. 

With that in mind, our table setting should be about being thankful. Thankful for a fall season and cooler temperatures. Thankful for family members who have come home after being away for so long. Thankful for friends who have weathered life’s storms with us this year. 

Your Thanksgiving Table Decor

I love checking out all the beautiful tablescapes (if that’s not a word I totally just made it one) that you can find online to use for inspiration for your own table settings. I personally prefer a table runner over a full table tablecloth. A table runner is smaller, easily stored after the holiday is over, and easy to clean. Not to mention you can mix and match the rest of your decor to bring out the colors in the table runner. Here are a few of our favorites:

natural burlap runner and thanksgiving decor

Thanksgiving Tablecloth, Ivory Linens, Napkins and Fall Decor with Natural Burlap Runner are all included in this ready-to-set collection. All you need to do is supply the plates and food!

cornucopia basket setting

  • One ivory white tablecloth 120 x 72 inches
  • One natural burlap table runner
  • Ten 20″ x 20″ ivory white dinner napkins
  • Decorative harvest vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, cornucopia basket and maple leaves
  • Proper table place setting instructions included

I love that this collection includes setting instructions!!! How awesome is that? Just because we are women doesn’t mean we were born knowing how to set a polished table decor that looks like it came from the pages of a magazine!

Here are a few more of our fav runners for Thanksgiving!

Table Place Settings

One of my most endearing memories of holiday dinners at my nana’s home were the dishes. She had specific dishes, flatware, and glasses that were only used during the holidays. Absolutely stunning, she had place settings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with all of the matching side dishes and serving trays. This beautiful Pfaltzgraff Plymouth place setting for 12 is just right for your Thanksgiving meal.Pfaltzgraff Plymouth Place Setting for 12

Now, as I said, Nana always had matching everything to go with her dishes. So we’re sharing a variety of other items from the Pfaltzgraff Plymouth table setting line to truly make your set complete!

Just imagine all of those beautiful serving trays, glassware and flatware adorning your table in two weeks! We hope that we’ve helped you with some ideas for your Thanksgiving table this year!

Have a Great Week!

Love and Blessings

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About Kimberly Miller 3486 Articles
Kim is the CEO of Life in a House, proud mother to two great sons, and 2 beautiful granddaughters. She loves spur-of-the-moment road trips and weekend getaways to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. She has been blogging for over 17 years and focuses on family, home, and lifestyle topics. She loves hosting giveaways and putting together great gift guides for likeminded grands looking to spoil their grandkids. Her dream is to retire to a little cottage on the beach and spend her days collecting shells with her granddaughters.
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