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Setting the Table for Thanksgiving


I may be a few years away from hosting my own Thanksgiving dinner, but that has certainly not stopped me from dreaming up tablescapes and perusing my favorite stores for turkey day-worthy accessories. When it comes to the holidays, I love keeping things simple and understated, with a few sweet or cheeky nods to the celebration at hand–an idea that helped Dave and I so much as we filled our wedding registries with neutral, timeless pieces that can be dressed up or down. We’ll be heading up north to spend next weekend with his family in Syracuse, but if I was setting my own table for Thanksgiving, here are a few things I would love to include!

Thanksgiving table

1. The colors of magnolia leaves are a perfect starting point for a rich, rustic Thanksgiving color palette. I would hang this magnolia wreath on my door or lay it flat on my table with a pillar candle in the middle as a quick centerpiece.

2. These wishbone napkins have my heart–they’re subtle, but so fun, and I love the touch of burnt orange. They’re unfortunately sold out online, but I’m hoping to snap up a few at the Crate and Barrel store for future Thanksgiving dinners!

3. Confession: half my apartment is furnished/decorated in pieces from Target’s Threshold collection–I love that so many of their pieces look much more expensive than they are. Case in point? This chic bar cart, for just $130. A hostess has enough going on without having to bartend as well, so set up a drinks station and invite guests to mix up their favorites.

4. It might be the Texas alum in me, but burnt orange is my absolute favorite color for fall decor. This orange-dipped bowl would be just right for mashed potatoes, served family-style at the table.

5. Do y’all know that quote from Julia Child, “A party without cake is just a meeting?” I feel the same way about parties without a cheese tray. This wooden cheese plate is so unique, and the handles make it easy to transport around the house.

6. A simple table calls for a pop of something unexpected, and this patterned flatware certainly fits the bill.

7. I stock up on fun coasters that I can switch out and mix and match, and these sparkly gold ones might have to be the next addition–they’ll transition easily into Christmas and New Year’s!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? What are your must-have pieces for your table?






  1. Jadzia says:

    Ty Beanie Baby Turkeys of course!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I feel the same way about cheese trays, too! That magnolia wreath is a stunner – what a beautiful and natural accent. I love lots of taper candles and fall-inspired flowers for Thanksgiving tables!

  3. Dana says:

    Those napkins are presh!

  4. lena says:

    LOVE that magnolia wreath!


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