To really make an impression on your guests at Thanksgiving, you have to think about every element of the place setting. Whether this is your first time hosting the feast, or if you are looking for something a little different this year, there is always something fun that you can set up. From simple Thanksgiving table settings to some fun table setting ideas for the kids, we’ve got you covered this holiday season.
The Simple Thanksgiving Table
Sometimes a simple Thanksgiving place setting can make a big impression. If you have a beautiful table, take advantage of it and don’t use a tablecloth. Put a fall-colored table runner down the center of the table. Place 3 pumpkins down the center of the table runner. Use woven, circular placemats for each of your guests.
Set a cream dinner plate on top of the mat and a gold salad plate on top of the dinner plate. Wrap your silverware in a burnt orange napkin, and put a dark wooden napkin ring around it. If you don’t have a wooden napkin ring, you can print out these free Thanksgiving napkin wrappers and tie them together with some twine or Thanksgiving ribbon. Place the silverware setting on top of the plates. Set each place with a clear wine glass with a gold rim. Add a place card in front of each setting so your guests know right where to sit. We’ve created these free Thanksgiving place cards that will match the above setting perfectly. Just print them out, fold them and write your guests name in the designated area.
Thanksgiving Table Setting for the Kid’s Table
If you have kids at your party, be sure to cater to their needs or you will end up disappointed with dirty tablecloths and stained napkins. You can either purchase some fun, vinyl Thanksgiving tablecloths that will be easy to wipe down or you can make your own Thanksgiving placemats. Simply print the file, laminate the pages and set up a little bucket next to each setting with dry erase markers – the kids can color while waiting for their meal. Not only will these free printable Thanksgiving placemats keep them entertained, they’ll be easy to clean up.
Don’t worry about using your best dishes. The kids will grow up fast enough. Get some heavy-duty clear plastic plates, good quality plasticware, and paper napkins. Sprinkle candy corn and candy pumpkins in the center of the table.
Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting
For a truly formal event you can go all out and have some fun decorating. Use a dark colored poly/cotton tablecloth that will look nice and wash up well. Use your most formal dinner dishes. If you have a setting that is gold or silver trimmed, that would be the elegance you are looking for. Just make sure your dishes are stark white against the dark-colored tablecloth.
Set the table with the dinner and salad plate, matching formal silverware, and crystal goblets. For the center of the table, spray paint some pumpkins to match the dishes. If your dishes are gold trimmed, paint the pumpkins gold, etc. Lay a table runner down the center of the table in a coordinating color to the tablecloth. Periodically place the pumpkins along the runner. Pack red poinsettias into 3 vases and add them to the table center. With pillar candles and coordinating gold or silver candle holders, arrange them down the center of the table as well. Gather bunches of fall leaves and sprinkle them all around the pumpkins, candles, and vases. Using 6″ strips of gold or silver fabric, tie a big bow around the back of each chair.
Casual Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas
Thanksgiving table settings can be casual, too. If your family is pretty laid back and you don’t want to do too much work, go ahead and ask for help. Purchase some inexpensive cotton fabric for tablecloths and cut it to length. Use masking tape to secure the edges underneath the table so that it won’t pull when people get in and out of their seats. Ask each individual family to bring their own dishes and silverware and come early to set up their spots. In addition, ask all those attending to bring some decorations from their homes to use as centerpieces. It will be fun to see what others bring and what decorations are important to them.