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Easy and Elegant Place Setting Ideas for the Best Thanksgiving Table

easy-thanksgiving-place-setting-ideasWith the holidays quickly upon us, I’ve joined with a talented group of designers to bring you 30 Thanksgiving entertaining ideas, hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm. All full loop list is included at the end of this post. This might be my FAVORITE blog post ever! I got to do what I love to do most, play around with dishes!  Today I’m sharing 6 easy and elegant place setting ideas for the best Thanksgiving table! For some fall home decor inspiration you can visit my Fall Home Tour here.

Planning your table ahead will relieve some entertaining stress and let you focus on cooking that yummy meal you have planned.

Thanksgiving is the biggest, most anticipated meal of the year. It deserves to be set on a table that showcases it’s importance and makes your friend’s and loved ones feel special. Each of these place settings are easy and elegant and will make your Thanksgiving turkey proud!

 Pink and Gold Place Setting





Pink and gold are an elegant, unexpected color scheme for Thanksgiving. Gold rimmed plates and stemware, paired with gold flatware give this place setting a glamorous feel. Use these gold crown chargers instead of traditional chargers for a sophisticated twist.

For the centerpiece, use white and pale pink roses mixed with a few fresh white baby pumpkins. Easy and elegant!

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Elegant all White Place Setting

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You can never go wrong with an elegant white tablescape.  Try mixing cream and white dishes with silver flatware for a stunning blank canvas. Dress up the center of your table with fresh or faux white pumpkins placed on top of a silver cake stand with some silver sage and white berries.

For a table cloth, I used some velvet cream damask fabric. This adds the texture a neutral table needs. Remember texture is key when using a neutral color scheme.

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Heirloom Pumpkin Place Setting

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When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of heirloom pumpkins. They are the dreamiest pumpkins! Use them for an easy and elegant centerpiece along with some baby white pumpkins and some eucalyptus. White berries soften the greens.

Wicker chargers look amazing for Thanksgiving {found here}! They look earthy and pair beautifully with the pumpkins. Pops of white via linens and dishes make this place setting shine. These gorgeous ruffled napkins and napkin rings are from here.

Try adding a “I am thankful for.. ” paper to the center of each place setting for a special touch.


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Burberry Inspired Thanksgiving Place Setting

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Plaid and Thanksgiving are like a match made in heaven! Plaid is all the rage this year so you should have no trouble finding some to add to your table. I used a plaid throw as a table runner. Then added some pinecones, and fall foliage for an easy, elegant centerpiece.

I used black toile plates for my place setting but plaid plates would look fabulous! Plaid mixed with more plaid, I’m getting goose bumps!

The napkins have words of gratitude printed on them in elegant cursive writing! I love that they give a subtle nod to Thanksgiving.

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Elegant Blue and White Place Setting




Blue and white. It’s a classic. My mom’s china is blue and white. My wedding china is blue and white. So, this blue and white themed Thanksgiving table brings sentiment to the table. Sentiment and tradition are something that make gatherings really special. Try to add something to your table that has a special meaning for you and your guests.

This place setting is so simple and so elegant. Simply combined blue and white china with a beaded gold charger topped with a baby white pumpkin. You could use any fruit. For the centerpiece, keep it simple too. Use large with pumpkins nested on top of fall leaves. Tuck in smaller white pumpkins and gold votives for mood lighting.

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Rose Gold Place Setting




Finally, a rose gold inspired place setting. I am crushing on rose gold majorly this season. You can see how I incorporated this coppery pink in my fall decor and fashion here and here.

I used a plain white table cloth topped with a rose gold, sequin runner.  For the place setting use white dishes with copper chargers. These rose gold glasses from Anthropoligie are my favorite purchase this season. They are stunning. I used them on my rose gold fall tablescape here.

For the centerpiece, use rose gold candle sticks, votives and sprinkled with white pumpkins. So easy and elegant.

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I hope these easy and elegant Thanksgiving place settings help inspire you to get a jump start on your Thanksgiving table this year! Check back for full tablescape ideas coming soon!

For more inspiring Thanksgiving entertaining ideas, click on the links below…


Monday’s posts:

Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour | Day 1

Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Kelley Nan | Bless’er House | Maison de Pax

Tuesday’s posts:


Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal
Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers

Wednesday’s posts:


Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design
Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home

Thursday’s posts:


Shabbyfufu | StoneGable | Savvy Southern Style
Maison Decor | On Sutton Place | The Enchanted Home

Friday’s Posts:


Sunny Side Up | Finding Home Farms | The Wood Grain Cottage
Setting for Four | Becky Cunningham

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32 thoughts on “Easy and Elegant Place Setting Ideas for the Best Thanksgiving Table

  1. Randi!! Theses are just amazing! I can’t pick a favorite – although that blue and white is pretty special 🙂 I love that you’ve shared so many options and that they’re all so different – I’ll be using this post as a resource for ideas for sure! You are so talented my friend! xo

    1. Thank you Tamara! You always bring a smile to my face a and add a pep to my step with your sweet words! Thank you for being such a wonderful friend! The world needs more Tamaras! xo

    1. Thank you Bree! You are always so kind to me! I’m off to check out yours. You always knock my socks off! xo

    1. Jennifer thank you so much! This was so much fun to play around with my dishes. I’ve got to run and check out yours. xo

  2. Randi! I think it might be my favorite blog post of yours too!!! So many beautiful ideas. I’m still in love with that plate halo…what a brilliant addition to a holiday table!

    1. Thank you Jen! It was such a fun post to do! I’m equally in love with yours. Have beautiful day my friend! xo

    1. Thank you Kelly! Yes, the heirloom pumpkin one is one of my favorites too! Thanks you for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Enjoy your day! xo

    1. I adore you Kel! thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so excited for our Christmas plans! xo

  3. Wow, this is incredible! I LOVE all them but I especially love the Heirloom pumpkin setting, the all white setting and the pink and gold setting. Can I just move in?? How fun! So great being on this tour with you.
    Hugs, Jamie

    1. Thank you so much Jamie! This was such a fun tour! I’m looking forward to our Christmas loop! xo

  4. Randi, these are all so gorgeous, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite!! I’m a huge rose gold fan too, but the toile, the pink and gold, the all white… I love them all!! Beautiful presentation on each and every one… 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Lory! Thank you so much for including me in this fabulous loop! xo

  5. Randi you are truly amazing and so talented friend!!! I loved each and every setting, they were all so different yet all stunning and perfect for the season! xo

  6. What an ELEGANT and GORGEOUS tablescape! I’m sharing it today on my HOLIDAY GROUP Board on Pinterest. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,

    ciao ciao!

    1. Thanks so much Tana! You are so good to me! Let’s get together again soon! xo

  7. All of them are beautiful! Love your blog! On your blue and white table setting, what color of tablecloth do you suggest?

    1. Thanks Lorna! I would use a crisp white one. The blue and white dishes would pop on it! Happy decorating! xo

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