Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

I cannot even believe I turned the page in my calendar/planner to November 5th today!  The temps outside have turned to November, too – I had to put on my Winter coat for the first time yesterday, no more sweater weather.   The days are still clear and beautiful, but we are on the downside of Fall now; it is darker earlier – thanks to the clocks going back an hour the past weekend. Getting cold and dark at 5:00 makes my mind start to think all things Thanksgiving.

Last week I took time off from my normal routine of creating to help my Dad, which I am sure you understand. I have many projects in the works, but none are finished. Until I get them completed, I thought I would gather a few of my posts on Thanksgiving table setting ideas that I did the past few years.

I serve pretty much the same menu every year; we love tradition, but I do like to change up the table setting.   When I worked in display – setting all the display tables was my favorite part of the job as I could use any or all of the merchandise the store sold to create colorful and exciting tables to entertain around.  At home, I have a limited amount of china, dishes, and platters to use so I have to get creative to make it look different year to year.


I know I am going to enjoy setting the table on the my new weathered driftwood finished table, burlap & polka dot runner, and chalkboard or glass tile place cards that I recently posted, but I still have to come up with a centerpiece, though.


Last year I made these brown bag place card holders. You use the bottom of the bag, presto-chango ! – a place card holder.


The easiest place card and holder – EVER!


I made use of the mantel and set it up as a side table and bar.


This is one of my Dads genius ideas. How to enlarge a table for extra seating. He not only made one for my dining room table, but for his and my sisters’ tables, too.


I like using the color brown at Thanksgiving and used Kraft paper to make these round placemats and leaf place cards.

Thanksgiving Candle Holders DIY

I created a few Thanksgiving posts over at Momtastic, too. It is where you will find the tutorial for these DIY candle holders.

Thanksgiving table setting ideas

For more table setting ideas – you will find more over at my:   Table setting project gallery






  1. says

    I love the candle holders you made. You are very creative, and all on a budget – congrats for all your hard work in sharing your ideas.

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I love them all. And the table top your dad made is priceless. I was planning to make my own rectangle farm house table, but gosh this is such a clever idea for the occasional large group.

    I think I forgot to compliment your gorgeous refinished floors….. they are spectacular.


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