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8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

By Tamera Beardsley @tamerabeardsley
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
It's hard to believe Thanksgivingis only one week away!The season already seems to be going so fast -- it seems like November has barely started. 
In the spirit of the holiday,I've compiled 8 of my top tips for styling your Thanksgiving table!
Whether or not you already have a style in mind,these tips are sure to bring some fresh ideas to the table!
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
1. Set-up early
Creating a table scape is the most fun when you have the time to do it at your leisure! I like to start setting up about a week before Thanksgiving, since it gives me time to come up with a scheme, gather pieces, and pull it all together. This also gives you time to grab pictures before everyone comes over! For inspiration, I typically like to go back and look at pictures from my tables in years past, and then look on Pinterest for a few fresh ideas. Once I have a concept, it’s easy to start pulling from what you already have, and then can fill in the gaps with a few trips to the store!8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
2. Collect white plates and clear glasswareSince Thanksgiving is all about the food, white dishes ensure the meal is a focal point. I collect all different types of white and cream dishes throughout the year in sets of two, so every place setting is a little unique. Layering plates also gives the table more depth.

As for glassware, I like to pull from our collection of clear ware, such as our classic bubble glassand clear milk bottles which I fill with water for the table.

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

3. Use mixed materials on the tableThroughout the years, I have styled our table with both a tablecloth and without, sometimes opting to let it serve as the great wooden farm table that it is. When I do opt to cover it, I prefer to go to the fabric store instead of resorting to a traditional tablecloth, because there are so many more options and I can get a piece of fabric that fits our custom table properly! Felt, canvas, flannel, and fabric with natural cotton fibers are all great options that will give your table some extra texture. On top of that, I set chargers at each place setting, and choose either slate, wood, ceramic, or metal depending on the feeling I’m going with. If you’re looking for an easy charger idea, head to your local hardware store and check out their tile section.Our slate chargers were originally roofing tiles!

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

4. Incorporate fresh greenery and produce Integrating natural elements is always my favorite touch on the table. There are many different ways you can achieve this, such as adding herbs on each place setting, creating a succulent centerpiece, or incorporating potted bulbs on the table!

You can also incorporate fresh leaves, squash, or air plants --  it can be as simple as things you can pull from your garden or the grocery store. Since we live in Southern California, I like to add citrus to bring a bit of a socal vibe to the table. Kumquats at each setting are a great way to bring the element in without letting the color over power the table!

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
5. Use candles and twinkle lights for ambianceCandles are such an easy way to add drama to a table, and they create a beautiful light after the sun goes down. I like to keep a basket filled with extra candles on handso it makes using them often more doable.If you burn through the ones that are out, you always have backups! In addition, last year I used twinkle lightson the table which ended upbecoming a staple in my holiday decorating!

Incorporating them on to a tablescape is easy since they are battery operated, and can be easily woven between greenery or around candles!

The fine wires deem to disappear at night, leaving only a soft twinkly light that creates a beautiful ambiance.

During dinner, I prefer to keep our overheard lights dim, and let the candles and twinkle lights do most of the work!
8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

6. Add a bit of whimsyIn recent years, I’ve started collecting fun woodland salt & pepper shakers to be used on the Thanksgiving table. We have enough for each couple to have a set at the table, eliminating the need to pass across and adding some whimsy to the scape! Target and Crate & Barrel are great sources for fun salt & pepper shakers if you’re interested in adding them to your table this year!

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table
7. Create personalized place cards Place cards are not only utiltarian for helping guests find their spot (especially if you have a large crowd), but they also add another textural element to the table!

I typically pull out our miniature chalkboard canvases which are placed on little easels at each place setting, and each guest’s name is written in chalk.

You can also use roughly torn paper to add a rustic look, or even do calligraphy!

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

8. Have leftover boxes on hand At the end of the meal, there are usually so many leftoversand it’s fun to send everyone home with a bit to enjoy some more!

You can pick up craft or white bakery boxes to have on hand, and then everyone can make a little to-go pack! Festive stickers like these from Cost Plus are a fun addition, too.

8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

Wishing you and yoursa wonderful Thanksgivingand a lovely startto the holiday season!As always my friends,I wish you love and joyas you style your life


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