How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table in 15 Minutes?

Written by Kremena Ruseva

How to decorate your Thanksgiving table and make it look extra special without spending a fortune and a ton of time? It is very easy to upgrade a dinner table and give it a festive look. Here are the essentials that every Thanksgiving table needs!

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table – What Do You Need To Have

How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table in 15 Minutes


One of the best things you can do is set your Thanksgiving table in advance. An early start is great and save you from the stress when all the family and friends arrive. What is it that you need? Here is a list of the most important elements of table setting. You may use all of these or skip some depending on the type or style of your dinner and the food you are serving (for example, you may not need bowls).

  • Tablecloth
  • Placemats or chargers
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Napkin rings
  • Silverware
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Bowls
  • Bread plates

You do not need to shop for new items every year. Use what you already have. Whether it is a treasured china or simple white plates, when set properly, your table will look not only festive, but elegant and classy!

How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table in 15 Minutes?

thanksgiving table decorating essentials


When it comes to festive table setting, good organization is essential. There is no need to place every single piece of accessory that you have. Remember that in most cases less is more! Here are some useful tips that will help you decorate a Thanksgiving table in 15 minutes.

Textile is important

thanksgiving table setting plaid napkins and table runner

Whether you prefer formal or casual table setting, a tablecloth and napkins are must. From white tablecloth and contrasting color napkins, to a tablecloth in a fall color – the choice is yours. A table runner will add to the color palette. Textiles add texture to your table décor and you can combine different materials – linen, burlap, cotton, etc.

Place settings

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Place mat and chargers are especially handy! You can really get creative with colors and textures. Arrange your plates and flatware and add a special Thanksgiving decoration – a homemade napkin ring, place card holder, etc. Sometimes simply an apple or a mini pumpkin on each place is enough!

A simple centerpiece

DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece greenery candles

The centerpiece is what pulls the table all together. Keep it simple. Simple does not mean boring. Add natural elements. A composition of candles, florals, pumpkins or other fruits and other accessories will make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Decorate with food

Thanksgiving table decoration ideas with food

Arrange appetizers, salads and other dishes that you prepared. Decorating with food is a clever way to spice up a table! A charcuterie board, a loaf of freshly baked bread, a bowl of fruits – food is colorful, it looks nice and will help you decorate your Thanksgiving table in an instant!

 

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How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table in 15 Minutes

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