Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

October 31, 2022

Simple Thanksgiving dinner tablescape ideas with pumpkins and candlelight!

Table settings for the holidays don't need to be fussy or hard to put together! I created two Thanksgiving table looks with a few small DIY touches to welcome your guests. 

I absolutely love how they turned out! Both are simple Thanksgiving table setting ideas that could easily be changed up just a bit for Christmas as well. 

We'll start with the colorful version -- I used a green and blue color palette that ties into our home decor, and then added some traditional fall colors to warm things up a bit. 
easy Thanksgiving tablescapes

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For the colorful look I started with this fall scarf draped over the table instead of a full plaid tablecloth: 
pottery barn hobnail dishes

Remember, you don't have to use traditional linens like a table runner! Add some texture to the display with a thin blanket or seasonal scarf draped over the table instead.    

I found those adorable little cutting boards at Hobby Lobby for $2 each, and decided to use them as place cards on top of the dishes. I had the paper tags in my craft stash, but you can find them here as well

I grabbed this chalky Krylon spray paint in the color Anvil Gray to coat a few of the fake bright orange pumpkins I have in my stash:
chalky finish blue spray paint

I LOVE this dusty blue color and am trying to figure out where else I can use it! 

I layered up my favorite beaded dinnerware on top of the round hyacinth chargers at the place settings -- those woven placemats fit in so well in every season!:

fall scarf on table

I've had those dinner and salad plates for at least ten years and they still look brand new! 

A few details about this Thanksgiving centerpiece:
  • I layered my olive branches and a few eucalyptus leaves down the center of the table. It turned out beautifully! 
  • Those brass candlesticks are a classic and I use them all year round. Mine are vintage but you can find similar brass candlesticks here
  • The "vase" for the floral centerpiece is a soup crock. (I found it at Meijer years ago.) Those colorful alstroemeria flowers last forEVER.
  • I like table linens that I don't have to worry about -- it's so easy to clean up this scarf in the wash!
  • I nestled some of the blue and green mini pumpkins throughout the greenery: 
brass candles Thanksgiving tablescape

I had to get a night shot! There's nothing better than candles for a cozy mood, right?

Here's a full shot of this colorful Thanksgiving tablescape. The pops of orange look so good with this cooler color scheme: 
colorful fall tablescape

Now for the softer, simpler tablescape! This version is much more neutral, but I kept the blue hues. 

I removed the scarf and left the table bare: 
brass candlesticks blue candles tablescape

I think the wood tabletop showcases the greenery even more! 

Have you ever used a baby's breath bouquet as a centerpiece? It's so beautiful...the simple beauty of these delicate flowers is underrated! 

I've done this a few times over the years and always love the look: 
Baby's breath centerpiece

I think white pumpkins would look lovely with this simpler Thanksgiving table setting as well!
olive Eucalyptus greenery centerpiece

Isn't that gold flatware so pretty? They were only $2 each at Target! Perfect when you don't really need a full five-piece set. 

If you're celebrating turkey day with your small immediate family or large extended group, it doesn't take much to dress up the table!

Both of these options are a comfortable and casual vibe that I love. Hopefully these simple tablescape ideas inspire you!: 
wood table wood chairs fall table

As I mentioned, this could easily be switched up for Christmas! That greenery works beautifully all year. 

You can save these Thanksgiving tablescape ideas for later by pinning this image: 

neutral and color thanksgiving tablescapes

What are you cooking up for your Thanksgiving feast this year? These delicious biscuits only need three ingredients and are  SO easy!: 
3 ingredient rolls

And if you're looking for more Thanksgiving decoration ideas, this long mirrored centerpiece is one of my all time favorite DIYs! I loved dressing it up for the seasons: 
long DIY mirror centerpiece tray

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  1. Looks gorgeous! I love how you use a scarf!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! What color are your plates from Pottery Barn....White or True White?

  3. I love baby’s breath! My wedding bouquet was ONLY baby’s breath and it was such a beautiful cloud to carry for our evening winter wedding.

  4. Simply gorgeous….. both of them. Where did you get the baby’s breath?

  5. I have the same candlesticks but have a hard time finding the smaller candles. Where are yours from?


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