12 Thanksgiving Table Designs That Will Leave Your Mother-In-Law Speechless

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Images: (Left) Pepper Design Blog, (Right) Media Cache

Thanksgiving table scenes produce some of the loveliest holiday vignettes. Because Thanksgiving has a theme of abundance, most anything can be placed on the table to create a homey, cozy scene. It’s hard to go wrong! With these tips, you can create an extra special table scene to remember!

Thanksgiving Table Centerpieces
Images: 1) Stapleton Moms, 2) Martha Stewart, 3) Martha Stewart, 4) The House That Lars Built, 5) Martha Stewart

  1. Outdoor feast. If you have the luxury of good weather for the holidays, try taking your feast outside. Hang candles in jars for a truly memorable event.
  2. Thankful tree. Create a branch tree where guests can hang leaves that state what they are grateful for. It’s a wonderful way to remember the reason for the season and decorate at the same time. Double whammy!
  3. Use the produce of the season. Gourds are still a major decor theme. Turn them into a centerpiece for the table!
  4. Moss table runner. This is a table scene I styled for the holidays. I used moss as the table runner and placed little birds into the moss. I thought it turned out so lovely!
  5. Colorful produce. I love the deep colors of purple kale. Spread it along the table for a colorful scene.

Thanksgiving Table Decor
Images: 6) By Stephanie Lynn, 7) Anne Sage, 8) Martha Stewart, 9) Homeward Found Decor, 10) Media Cache

  1. Natural palette. Use non-orange gourds along the table with a natural linen tablecloth to create a modernized cornucopia.
  2. Candle centerpiece. Place a series of candles along the length of the table for a magical atmosphere.
  3. Paper leaves. Cut paper leaves out of various shades of paper for a handmade feel.
  4. Branches. Collect some fall-ish branches and place them in vases along the table for a full effect.
  5. Mums in pumpkins. This is one of my favorite looks. The orange of the mums sits beautifully against the blue dishes.
  6. (Top Left) Succulents. A variety of succulents placed en masse creates a luscious look on the table.
  7. (Top Right) Real Leaves. Weave in real leaves into a variety of autumn squashes.

How do you usually style your Thanksgiving table? Any fun tricks? Do tell!

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.