Hi guys! Are you ready? One week from now, most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. I think that you’d all agree that when it comes to celebrations, Thanksgiving is the one known for gathering people around the table. It is truly a day to indulge yourself in good food and good company. If you are like me, the dining table gets special attention on Thanksgiving. I love setting a beautiful table that will delight my guests and be a place where my loved ones want to linger long after the last piece of pumpkin pie has been served.

Setting a beautiful table is easy, once you know the basics. Today, I will share my tips on Thanksgiving Table Decor and show you lots of beautiful images of a Thanksgiving Table I did for a magazine editorial (credits below) for Westport Lifestyle magazine. I created the floral centerpiece for this magazine article, and Grace Rosenstein designed the table. All photos by Mindy Briar. A link to the free digital version of this issue can be found by clicking HERE.

The earthenware urn is from Terrain and I used autumnal colors for the centerpiece. The roses are Turtle Roses and have this fabulous butterscotch color! I have never seen a rose this color before, simply gorgeous. For some flightiness, I used a couple varieties of ranunculus, and butterfly lisianthus. The greens were mostly seeded eucalyptus, and passion vine. I added a handful of faux pomegranates for color, and chocolate cosmos (they smell like chocolate). The yellow (daisy like) flowers are from my mother’s garden – and I don’t remember the name. When I get stumped on the name of a flower, I tell people I am a florist, not a botanist. And I hope they laugh. Scroll down to see these incredible photos by Mindy. She has such a great eye and I never thought that my flowers could look this good.

Thanksgiving Table Decor

Here are my top five tips for setting a beautiful Thanksgiving Table:

  1. Start with flowers. Okay, I am a tiny bit biased. As the owner of Fresh Flower Bar, it is obvious that I have a passion for flowers. But, once you scroll through these images, you will see why flowers play an integral role in setting the mood for the table. Flowers are beautiful. They make people happy. They lighten the heart. They brighten a room. They can truly change the mood and welcome your guests, without saying a word.

2. Add a touch of personalization. Whether it is a place card, or something as simple as a few flower stems, make an effort to do something special at each place setting.

3. Embrace on the season. I always like to eat seasonally. I think that this goes way way back to the dark ages where our ancestors had no choice but to eat what was available at the time. You can also use seasonal fruits and vegetables as table decor. Above, a rustic wooden bowl is home to seasonal gourds in different colors and shapes.

4. Layer your place settings. Never underestimate the impact of a charger or placemat. It serves the same purpose as a rug in your living room by anchoring the space. For this project, we used woven placemats with simple white plates topped with napkins tied with a few sprigs of flowers and greens and a cinnamon stick.

5. Add Candlelight. With the exception of breakfast, I love adding candles to a table. They are so serene and I find them such a calming element.

Lots more photos below, I hope you found these tips helpful!






Thank you to Terrain for sponsoring this post.


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