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Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

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9 Easy to Do Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas that Will Add Festive Fall Style

It is November. You know what that means, right?  The holidays are here – with Thanksgiving happening soon.  To help you prepare 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.

Thanksgiving dinner Table-setting-ideas

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.

Thanksgiving DIY and Thanksgiving dinner table setting place card idea

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

Simple Thanksgiving Dinner table place card idea

The easiest place card and holder – EVER!

Free printable Fall tablescape place cards

and more free printable place cards to use with the paper clip holders.

Thanksgiving-Sideboard Decorating Ideas

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

How to extend a dining room table for more seating

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

How to make a no-sew placemat using colored burlap.

Free printable Dinner plate place card

Banner Dinner Plate Place Cards

Brown Kraft paper place card on white plate for Thanksgiving table setting.

Pine cone and gift tag place cards

Looking for table setting ideas – you will find more over at my:   Table Setting Project Gallery


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  1. 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.

  2. 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.