15 Festive Fall Tablescapes











Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that doesn’t require gift giving; just enjoying friends, family and good food… The last thing you want, is to stress about your table presentation.  Table runners, tablecloths, place mats, chargers, cloth napkins, napkin rings and colorful plates are all options for creating an eye catching display.

Several elements add to a festive table setting:

Color scheme.  Choosing a beautiful color scheme is half the fun of holiday decorating. Holidays like Thanksgiving lend themselves to the colors of the season. A good rule of thumb is, if your colors can be found among the turning leaves, they’re perfect for your Thanksgiving table.


 Use desgn elements for a balanced presentation: Use the design technique of layering. You can layer fabrics with table runners and cloth napkins. Layer the place setting by using a charger, dinner plate and salad plate topping the layered look off with a personalized place setting. Put the rule of 3 to work. Pick one element and repeat it three times. For example the same plum color can be used in place mats, napkin and centerpiece, creating a pulled-together look.

These georgeous tablescapes wil undoubtedly inspire your Thanksgiving celebration.

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Indigo Blue & Brown

Feathers, indigo blue plates, and brown cloth napkin are complimented by the laurel patterned tablecloth.

Jewel Tones

Bold jewel tones of purples, greens and fuchsia accented with the gold and orange of the flowers.

Elegant Gold

Elegant gold patterned plates compliment the gold placemats. The napkin is folded in a cornucopia’s shape, which echoes the theme.

Blue & Gold

Blue with touches of gold in the pumpkins and gold ink on the place card create a unified theme.

Plum and Birch

Plum tablecloth and plum flowers compliment the white runners and the birch floral vases. Buy the birch vases online here.

Persimmon & Oak

Persimmon color plates and an oak charger add an organic yet festive look.  Buy the oak charger here.

Purple & Orange

Deep purple is complimented when other rich tones are added like  orange pumpkins and yellow squash.  Add to the layered look with a amber burnished pear sitting on the napkin.

White & Pumpkin

Plates with fall colors instantly add pizzazz and define the color scheme. Repeat the colors in your table display for a pulled together look.

Avacado and Teal

World Market not only sells specialty foods, you’ll also find gorgeous place settings complete with plates, chargers, cloth napkins,   and centerpiece ideas.  Get this layered look with a festive salad plate, avocado dinner plate and a rattan charger.  The teal napkin and table cloth add additional layers of color. Shop this look at World Market here

Black and White

Get this elegant black and white theme by adding white pumpkins, chunky candles, gilded gourds and black place mats.

Budget Friendly Deco

Use budget friendly decor to add a sense of drama and style.  On this table  notice the floral vases are simple, but add drama with the plum Babies Breath. To get this look…simply wrap soup cans in a stylish fabric.  For an easy place card use seasonal squash and fruit, tagged with your guests name.

Natural Beauty

The pumpkin is a quintessential symbol of fall and Thanksgiving and can be used to decorate the table throughout the holiday season.  This table setting from ZuHaus at Home brings together natural elements just like the first Thanksgiving. The use of organic elements like ornamental cabbage (wrapped in burlap,) nuts, apples and small white pumpkins give this table lovely bounty.  See more great photos here. 



Miniature Mayflower

Kids will love a table all to themselves. Use this handcrafted mayflower to set sail. Get complete how to from Martha Stewart here. 

Rustic Tablesetting

Decorative turkeys takes pride of place at the center of this table, with their fan–shaped tails crafted from real turkey feathers.  A cornucopia of gilt pumpkins adds a festive sparkle, and a pair of clear glass taper hurricanes adds height to the display, without impeding lines of sight.  Shop this look at Pottery Barn.  As of this posting you can shop this look at deep discounts…click here.

Cranberry & Pewter

A setting fit for Abraham Lincoln.  Nothing is more perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape than the color of Cranberries.  For this easy look stop by your nearest craft store to purchase faux berries. While  there buy a yard of fabric, for an easy to make table runner.  Cut the fabric down the center lengthwise (making it twice as long).  Instead of sewing the pieces together, you can use fabric glue.  For matching napkins purchase an additional  yard and cut the fabric in 8″ squares. Roll them up and tie with jute twine, stick in a berry sprig.


Hopefully, you have gained some insight on creating a lovely table setting. Remember, what matters most on this wonderful holiday, is the people.  Focus on the fun stuff and don’t sweat the small stuff.  Because after all,  what matters most is the love of family and friends as you come together to celebrate this wonderful national holiday!

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