Whether you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner or you’re a seasoned expert, everyone could use some helpful tips on setting a beautiful, modern and chic dinner table. While you’re busy preparing the turkey and the stuffing, let us help you come up with ways to enchant your guests with an attractive Thanksgiving table that is festive, yet also elegant. Here are two different tables that showcase ideal décor for big parties that many older generations may be hosting versus small, intimate gatherings that many millennials are likely to be hosting. Which are you having this year?
More the Merrier for the Seasoned Host
Are you the type of person who believes the more the merrier? Do you have the house that family and friends congregate to for holidays, special occasions or just to hang out? If so, your home is likely the go-to spot for Thanksgiving dinner this year—which means you’ll have to set a grand table to accommodate all your guests.
Use bold colors. We covered our long table with a beautiful gold tablecloth, and a maroon table runner with a lovely floral pattern. You can really use any color combination to make a beautiful, vibrant table—orange and purple, orange and cobalt, burgundy and orange. We like the idea of incorporating classic fall colors. Also, bring some sort of pattern onto the table, but not too much. Pair a plain tablecloth with a patterned runner, or vice versa.
Since the meal is one of the main attractions, use crisp white fine china—bring out your very best dishware—so the food stands out on the plate and looks its most appetizing. If you don’t have white, choose a solid color that compliments your tablecloth. We also included a gold charger to go underneath each place setting, and a deep maroon cloth napkin to set on top of the plates. Napkin rings add a classic touch to the place setting as well, like this adorable orange flower napkin ring. Or you can make your own napkin ring—with some burlap and a few fall flowers—to make a pretty statement.
The centerpiece is really the pièce de résistance of the table, and can tie together a complete fall look. For a large table, we recommend the Deluxe Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece, with fresh, fragrant Christmas greens, maple leaves and faux pumpkins. Any natural fall centerpiece would look gorgeous—just choose one that is big enough for everyone at the table to enjoy, or choose several smaller bouquet centerpieces to scatter across the table. Add embellishments, like votive candles, natural pinecones and mini pumpkins—you can even spray paint some gold for a beautiful and unique presentation.
Less is More for the Millennial
Do you prefer more intimate get-togethers? Perhaps you aren’t going home for the holidays and want to invite a few close friends over to celebrate. Make your table modern and fresh but also give it a warm, homey feel.
For a small table, keep the décor simple and sleek, so it doesn’t appear cluttered. We set our table with a crisp white tablecloth and used everyday white dishes. You can really use any color dishware that you have on-hand, although it’s best to stay away from busy patterns if possible, or it will be displeasing to the eye. If you have the option to add a little color to your table, choose lighter combinations incorporating fall colors, like gold and white or silver, orange and white.
Although your table is small, it’s still important to include some interesting and pretty elements (besides your first home-cooked turkey, of course). Choose a centerpiece that is short and stylish, but also with a seasonal look, like the Seasonal Splendor Centerpiece, with blooms in bronze, orange and red. Also sprinkle some votive candles across the table to set a magical mood, along with some fall sprigs, mini pumpkins and fall leaves.
Don’t forget to include some fun details. Have everyone write down what they are thankful for on a piece of paper you provide, or on cute printable tags tied around your cloth napkins. This creates a fun, relaxed atmosphere, which is one of the great things about having a smaller party.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones. Make it a memorable occasion with special embellishments, like a fall centerpiece, cute place cards, a chalkboard welcome sign or by bringing out the fine china. All generations love Thanksgiving just the same–the delicious food is nice, but it’s the company and the warm ambience that matter most.