We've never met someone who didn't like Thanksgiving-the long weekend, the quality family time, the turkey, the mornings spent sleeping in. Every aspect of the holiday is designed to help you slow down, relax, and indulge. But for the hosts and hostesses, it's an entirely different ball game. Preordering the turkey before it sells out, delegating tasks to family members, coordinating menus, shopping lists, and sleeping arrangements can get exhausting fast. The least weВ can do isВ help you set your Thanksgiving table. While they may seem weeks away,В the holidays are fast approaching, so if you haven't yet started dreaming up a picture-perfect Thanksgiving tablescape, now is the time.
From simple styling with your favorite dinnerware and beautiful floral arrangements to more elaborate looks with calligraphed menus and layered table linens, there's always a way to make your table feel festive, no matter how much time and money you want to spend. We turned to our favorite hostesses and entertainers to provide us with a healthy dose of tabletop inspiration, along with some tips to get you started. Pick your favorite, and re-create the look-these Thanksgiving tablescapes are deceptively simple.
Keep It NaturalKathryn Page for Jenni Kayne
We love the natural color palette of this table by Jenni Kayne. Re-create it at home by filling a pottery vase with dried florals in earthy tones like queen protea, banksia, pampas grass, cattails, red broom corn, and bromeliad. Finish off the look with rustic hand-thrown plates, seagrass tumblers, and a pretty feather atop each plate. Keep everything else light to avoid looking too rustic.One Kings Lane Sea Grass Highball Glasses $19Shop
Add a Touch of GlamCourtesy of Sarah Sherman Samuel
Black isn't a color we often think of when it comes toВ holiday dГ©cor, but Sarah Sherman Samuel proves it can look gorgeously festive and modern in this Thanksgiving tablescape. We love her use of mixed metals-gold and brass-and her produce-filled arrangement using artichokes, pears, and a baby watermelon. Using fresh produce in your centerpiece is a great way to repurpose it after your dinner and save costs.
Make It BountifulCourtesy of Apartment34
Eggplant-colored napkins, persimmons, and a lush magnolia leaf garland bring this vivid Thanksgiving tablescape from Erin Hiemstra of Apartment34 to life. We love the mixture of green glass goblets; gold napkin rings; and black, white, and gold dinnerware-the look is fresh and elegant without feeling stuffy.
Embrace MinimalismSarah Elliott for EyeSwoon
For a chic and edited tablescape, look no further than Athena Calderone's dinner parties for inspiration. This gifted hostess has given this holiday table a decidedly glamorous look by pairing dainty, modern flatware with unfinished textures like natural linen and slate cheese boards. It's all about the juxtaposition.West Elm Gold Cake + Knife Set $49Shop
Revisit Your ClassicsCourtesy of Rose & Ivy
Purple cabbage is an unexpected and gorgeous option for a floral arrangement-and it is juxtaposed beautifully with pears in this Thanksgiving tablescape by Rose & Ivy. Meanwhile, a deep dark velvet tablecloth mixes with antique dinnerware, and gold and marble accents createВ a moody, romantic vibe.Michael Aram Pear Salt and Pepper Set $100Shop
Use Found ObjectsKara Rosenlund
We love the balance of warm and cool colors in this table setting byВ Kara Rosenlund. Belgian linen, strips of upholstery tape, and a bowl full of walnuts give the tablescape a rustic Scandinavian style, and a sprig of herbs with a small feather taped to each plate makes a chic place card.CB2 Bolt Grey Linen Napkin $8Shop
Make it SeasonalNicki Sebastian
To create a rustic centerpiece for her fall backyard bash, Jenni KayneВ called on the help of floral designerВ Moon Canyon, who used seasonal veggies and blooms to give the table a lush, bountiful feel. In the centerpiece, she incorporated artichokes, kale, tomatoes, and even butternut squash.West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Napkin Set $24 $15Shop
This story was originally published on November 12, 2017, and has since been updated.