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Posted by In Bloom Florist on November 17, 2017 | Last Updated: May 4, 2023 Holiday

5 Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Have you thought about your tablescape decor yet? Don’t fret! We’ve got some simple ideas and tips to make your table look stunning for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast or Friendsgiving gathering.

Here’s an example of a tablescape we put together with materials we had on hand:

What we used for our tablescape:

Here’s 5 tips for achieving this simple look and suggestions for how to make them your own!



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This is a simple DIY project and a fun substitute for a traditional table runner. All you need is a roll of kraft paper, which is available at most craft stores (we happen to use kraft paper to wrap our loose flowers, so we had that available), scissors, markers, and some creativity!

For our kraft paper table runner, we kept it the width that it came in and cut it longer than the length of the table so it cascaded over the edges of the table.

We also wrote the name of each of our guests above their plate. First, we traced the top of each plate with a pencil to act as a guide to write each name. Then, we used a nice brush tip black marker to write each name (we find these are easier for writing pretty cursive script than a regular sharpie). We love how this simple script made our meal personal, but still kept it very clean and classy.

Another fun idea that we’ve seen is to leave the markers on the table and encourage guests to write what they’re thankful for. This is a fun and easy interactive activity and a gentle reminder to be thankful for everyone and everything at your feast.

We kept the ends of our kraft paper straight and neat, but you can get creative and cut different designs on the ends to add your own flair!


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What better way to get that fall look than gathering some autumn foliage for your table decor?

Although going outside and finding these materials sounds like a simple (and free) task, we found it a bit hard to find pretty fall foliage in Florida. For our tablescape, we used preserved pine cones we sell in our storefront. You can certainly find other items such as fall leaves and wooden twigs at most craft stores, as well.

Spray paint fall leaves and use them as name cards. Gather twigs and use them to make an old candle holder new! We love the rustic chic feel these little touches give to the table.


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Don’t have enough matching plate ware to accommodate your guest count? Make your mismatched plates intentional!

For our tablescape, we decided to mismatched our chargers (gold and wooden), but you can take it a step further and mismatched all your plate ware!

If you need more plates than you have off-hand to achieve this look, we recommend hitting up your local thrift store for this project. You can keep the look clean but still achieve that mismatched aesthetic by choosing all white plate ware with different designs, or choose all different colors and designs for a more boho look.


Photo credit (from left): In Bloom Florist, Pinterest (Michelle @ Ten June), Pinterest (Hey Wedding Lady)

Don’t want to go out and spend a lot of money on new seasonal decor? Look around and see what you have around your home that you could modify for your Thanksgiving table!

We spruced up our bronze geometric pyramid decorations with a rustic wooden candle and pine cones to make it fit the occasion more.

Have glass containers? Grab some pumpkins or other fall decor and display them in the glass, or reuse an empty wine bottle as a candle holder!


Now that you’ve got all the little details together, don’t forget the most important decor item for your tablescape: a beautiful floral centerpiece to give your table the final touch and a lasting impression! We’ve got you covered on that end!

Check out our fall centerpieces here (we can even make a one-of-a-kind custom centerpiece to match your decor style perfectly!).