July 25, 2024

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My Easy Guide To The Perfect Thanksgiving Tablescape

Let’s start from scratch…shall we? Planning the perfect thanksgiving tablescape comes down to three essential steps: basics, layers, and the final touches. There’s no need to design an over-the-top table. It’s all about highlighting the focal points. Also, keep in mind that the table should be both beautiful and functional.

The Basics

Every table has standard requirements. Here are the key table elements that every tablescape needs.

  • A tablecloth, runner, or placemats
  • Dinnerware (plates, bowls, salad plates, etc.)
  • Glassware
  • Utensils
  • Napkins

Pro Tip #1

Decide prior to planning the tablescape if the food will be served on the table or at another location for a buffet-style experience. This will determine the type of decor that are placed on the table and the scale of serveware.

The Layers

Enhance the basics with unique layers to add dimension and character. This is the time to get creative and add personality to set the tone for the holiday.

  • Charger plates
  • Decorative accents
  • Napkin rings
  • Candles
  • Place cards for your guests (for more formal settings)
  • Menus for each place setting (for more formal settings)

Tip #2 – Fall Theme Tables

Include the following decorative accents to highlight the fall season: pumpkins + gourds, apples, & colored foliage. The color palette should include warm earth tones and harvest-themed prints.

The Final Touches

The final touches will bring the entire look of the table together. This is the time to make edits and switch out things that don’t complement the table. It’s important to pay attention to the proportions of the decor compared to the table. The centerpiece shouldn’t be blocking the guests’ view. Make sure nothing is too large or too small. The perfect finishing touch is a beautiful floral arrangement.

Pro Tip #3

To create a cohesive table, use the same texture and materials for most (not all) serveware. Stick to wood cutting boards and bowls for a more rustic look. Invest in ceramic dishware and serveware for an elegant tablescape.

Shop Coco’s rustic and simplistic tablescape here.

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