Thanksgiving Buffet Table Decorations

Don’t leave the Thanksgiving buffet table looking sparse. We’ll show you how to fill in the blank spaces with some festive décor using seasonal vegetables (yes, vegetables), candles, pumpkins and objects you can find in your own backyard. You can also learn how to make Thankful Frames either from scratch or by using our free printable Thanksgiving sayings.

Add Candles to Your Thanksgiving Buffet Table to Brighten It Up

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What you need:

  • 10 white candles with flat ends
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Hemp twine

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Group the candles together and hold them upright. Next, place the magnolia leaves around the candles and fix them in place with the hemp twine. Simply wrap the twine around the candles 5 times and then tie a bow. At your next Thanksgiving gathering, light your candles to enjoy some natural ambiance.

Pillar candles are another easy option for Thanksgiving buffet table decorations. You can purchase them in varying heights, as well as in multiple colors. One uniform option is to use white or cream colored candles, lighting them to make the serving area glow. For a more interesting and fun look, consider using candles in different fall colors. You could even tie some hemp twine around them to give an added element of design. To go one step further, slip some fall colored leaves or feathers into the twine.


Decorate with Pumpkins

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Personalized Pumpkins

What you need:

  • Pumpkin (or pumpkins, if you plan on making more than one)
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Gold metallic paint pen
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Printout of an initial in a font you like

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Cut out the letter with your X-ACTO knife, using the ruler to help you achieve a straight line and make it as precise as possible. Next, tape your letter to the pumpkin. Trace around the pumpkin with a sharp pencil to create an indentation for the outline of the letter. Fill in the letter with the paint pen.

Tabletop Pumpkin Decorations

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If you want to add some height to your buffet table, sit some Pre-Lit Grapevine Pumpkin on the table and lay some sunflowers, leaves and smaller pumpkins around them. You can also use them as a focal point for your table decorations and place your shorter, tray dishes all around the arrangement. If you want some additional lighting in your table display, but you don’t want to use candles, place some Lighted Glass Pumpkins around your food trays and anywhere there’s empty space on your table. These glass pumpkins also make a great centerpiece if you have a small, quaint Thanksgiving gathering.


Add Some Nature to Your Table

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What you need:

  • Nature items; we used leaves, cranberries, pine cones, stones, twigs, moss, and driftwood
  • Clear vases

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Perhaps the most inexpensive way to decorate your buffet table for Thanksgiving is with natural elements that can probably be found in your own backyard. Take a nature walk around the neighborhood and collect items such as acorns, pine cones, fall leaves, interesting twigs, dried flowers, and seedpods. Arrange the items in your glass vase any way you like for a beautiful and natural centerpiece or buffet table decoration. Or you can skip the vase and spread your nature items around the serving dishes, right on the table itself.

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Try a Simple Flower/Vase Trio

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What you need:

  • Fresh seasonal flowers
  • 3 small vases of varying heights and shapes

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Choose flowers that are red, gold, and the other colors of the season and cut the flowers to different heights. Arrange the shortest flowers in the smallest vase, and so on. Add some water to keep them fresh throughout the night.


Make It Personal with Family Photos

What you need:

  • Family photo of each guest
  • Free-standing frames

Ask each family that will be attending the Thanksgiving feast to bring some family pictures in free-standing frames. Arrange them on the buffet table so that when everyone is up getting food, they can think about each other and see the fun things that everyone did throughout the year. If you are having dinner with your small, immediate family, you can still use family photos, perhaps even putting out old ones that you haven’t seen for many years. Not only will it be fun to take another look at them, but it will open up some fun conversations of days that may have been forgotten.


Show Your Gratitude with Thankful Frames

What you need:

  • Multiple 8×10 and/or 5×7 frames
  • Thankful quotes
  • Fall-colored ribbons (optional)
  • Fall decorations (optional)

Purchase multiple self standing 8×10 and 5×7 frames. Print or write down the following thankful quotes and place them in the frames. Now it’s time to decorate the frame. You can tie fall-colored ribbons around each frame to make a bow or glue on some fall decorations. Place each frame between the serving dishes and you have an easy-to-make Thanksgiving buffet table decoration. If you don’t want to write them down or your just not a fan of your own writing, you can print out these free printable Thanksgiving quotes in 5×7 or 8×10.

  • “There is always something I can be thankful for”
  • “There will always be a give and take. Take nothing, but forever give thanks”
  • “Those who are thankful are the happiest”
  • “I am thankful for this day”
  • “Living a thankful life gives me so much to be thankful for”
  • “Be thankful. Then be thankful again”
  • “What makes you thankful?”

Use Vegetables as Buffet Table Decorations

Faux Vegetable Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Decorate your Thanksgiving buffet table with fall vegetables from the garden, as well as any you may have picked up on sale at the grocery store. Various shapes and sizes of pumpkins, fall squash, gourds, and Indian corn are easy to arrange between dishes on a buffet table, and are just enough that you won’t have to add anything else to it. The more vegetables that you can fit on the table, the better. If you don’t feel like purchasing real vegetables, you can buy faux vegetables and pumpkins and mix them around on your table. The benefit of using fake vegetables is that you can use them again next year.


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