Everything You Need For Setting Your Thanksgiving Table

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Some of you are already be in full Thanksgiving prep mode, which means you may or may not have started to panic over how to prepare for your guests. I’ve compiled a list of all the essentials for setting your Thanksgiving table like a pro this year.

Table Runner

The first thing to lay on your table is the table cloth or runner. I prefer a table runner so it doesn’t completely hide the table and get in the way. It’s the one item that will really pull together the “vibe” of the table so make sure to choose something you love. I really enjoy a plaid runner for a nice seasonal touch.


My husband likes to call these “2nd plates”. For me, a nice charger can dramatically change the look of a table scape. I love these wooden chargers as a nice contrast to the plaid table runner.

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Wine Glasses

As a wine lover, I think the wine glasses are the most important item at the dinner table. If you’r serving guests a combination of bubbles, whites, and reds, I recommend also having a combination of glasses available for them to use. There are a lot of great retailers who sell wine glasses but my favorites are the “Hip” collection at Crate & Barrel.

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Serving Trays

Don’t forget to have serving trays ready for your hot foods. I love the round wood tray for fall table scapes. It’s a perfect size for smaller sides like those mashed potatoes. I also love this iron feast platter and slate board for serving appetizers.

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The key to a good centerpiece is to consider playing with heights. I like to add some taller items to the table such as tall candle holders, flowers, or these lanterns from Crate and Barrel (which you can buy in multiple sizes). To make it more “fall-appropriate”, add some acorns or pine cones (just be sure not to light any candles in there).

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Fall Decor

There are a lot of fun fall items that can turn a table from meh to wow. I love to use fake pumpkins, leaves, and pine cones to really complete the full “Thanksgiving table” look.

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And that’s it for your Thanksgiving table scape! Now it’s your turn to set your table like a pro. Don’t forget to snap a photo and share with me on Instagram.

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