thanksgiving table & decor ideas

Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays I don’t host. In fact, I’ve never even cooked my own turkey. But while we will be at my in-laws home for Thanksgiving as is tradition, I can’t help by collect lots of great ideas for Thanksgiving decor. Just filing these away for the future! Enjoy!

Nothing says “Happy Thanksgiving” like a beautifully roasted turkey and friends and family, but this festive banner is a close second. This is part of a FREE printable collection by The TomKat Studio, which also includes templates for menus, place cards and buffet labels.

give thanks printable

My Thanksgivings usually don’t have much of a tablescape since there is so much food (not complaining at all! we are truly blessed!) but if we COULD squeeze in a centerpiece, I love the idea of using pine cones and thistle. We typically see a lot of orange pumpkins, but this swaps out the orange for pale gourds. It’s lovely! By Finding Home:

thanksgiving tablescape



In some ways, kraft paper is the perfect choice of linen for Thanksgiving – who cares if you ruin it with dribbles and spills? I love the writing on this one by The Chic Site – she even has a FREE printable for the lettering available. I’ve also seen a kraft paper (or butcher paper) table runner where you write names on it as place cards – you could even ask guests to write what they are thankful. The possibilities are endless!

Thanksgiving table runner



Or you could go the place card route and put these Thankful For cards at each place. No matter how you do it, thinking about what we’re thankful for at Thanksgiving is such a nice thing to do. I’m guilty of skipping this as I’m too busy or distracted. Try this FREE printable via Feeling Lovesome:

Thankful place cards



For a simple place card you can simple have mini pumpkins with a name label or sticker – or you can paint the pumpkins. I love this blue because it’s so unexpected for Thanksgiving! Via Design Improvised:

painted pumpkin placecard



This little guy is one of my favorites. Not only do I love cork crafts (maybe because we always have them lying around since we have so many great wineries nearby?) but this adds a little color (and a little levity!) to your table. Instructions at Almost Makes Perfect:

cork place card


I’m really into painting wine bottles right now (as I write this I have plans this afternoon to spray paint some bottles for Christmas) so I love this idea for Thanksgiving. So simple! This was originally sold by Etsy seller Unbottled Home Decor – it looks like it’s no longer available but you could easily DIY this.

thanksgiving painted bottles

BONUS: If you are giving away treats for Thanksgiving, I LOVE this gift tag! Find the FREE printable over at She Wears Many Hats:

Thankful gift tags


You can find even more Thanksgiving inspiration over at last year’s post – even more great tabletop ideas!  Which of these ideas is your favorite? How do you decorate your Thanksgiving table?




  1. Tara Joy says:

    I love the paper table cloth with Thankful painted, and the I am thankful for cards! Can’t wait to host our own Thanksgiving so I can use some of these ideas!

  2. michelle says:

    These all look great! I have a question. How do you paint your wine bottles and get them so smooth? I find that mine either run or bubble. Any suggestions?

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