This is the dining room where I’ve sat for a zillion Thanksgivings.

The Thanksgiving where I rolled my eyes and wore my Flock of Seagulls bangs.

The Thanksgiving where I held hands with my almost-husband under the table.

The Thanksgiving where I watched my father and his twinkling eyes carve the turkey.

The Thanksgiving where my oldest child who is now in college try sweet potatoes for the first time.

So many heart moments.

So many laughs.

So many thankfuls.

And now?

I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year in this same room.

And I want it to be extra cute.

You, too?

Oh, good.

Let’s get inspired together with these clever ideas for the cutest Thanksgiving table setting on the planet.

There are so many people coming for dinner that I’m creating an adults table that sits 12 and a children’s table that sits 10.  I think I’m going to use elements of this centerpiece for the table and then I’m going to use this setting that I found on Southern Living as my inspiration.

It has layers and layers of mismatched blue and white dishes which may or may not be my specialty from all my yard sale shopping.

Westleigh is also calligraphying tags to be tied onto the silverware for all the place settings for the family.

Here’s my entire Pinterest board of Thanksgiving table ideas if you want to follow along.

I’m also thinking about adding in a few of these ideas from my other Thanksgiving tables.

Like the year I tied fresh florals to each place setting (wouldn’t that be so cute with Westleigh’s calligraphy tag).

And created these wood leaf chargers.

And added magnolia leaves to the centerpiece.

And randomly talked about humming.

Or maybe putting one of these pumpkins on each person’s bread plate.

Or in a little mini-flower pot with a blue and white napkin tucked into it?

I wonder if I could add a bread leaf to it?

I also found this cute idea from one of my past Thanksgivings to put the silverware under leaves.

And this cute wood slice tag will work perfectly for the children’s table.

I think Westleigh can calligraphy them and we can add a holder to the top, tie on a ribbon and they can take it home as an ornament.

And maybe I’ll put a blue and white ribbon between the two mismatched blue and white plates.

I used a grapevine wreath as a charger here, but what about using a gold leaf wreath or a white berry wreath as a charger instead.

(total aside:  I’m not using this idea—but isn’t the idea of a pinecone as a placeholder perfect, too?)


There are too many ideas and too little Thanksgiving table.

I can’t decide.

I want to do it all.

It’s like I have Thanksgiving table ADD.

Good thing.

Good thing because I’m going to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner here for years and years.

And years to come. 🙂

PS  I can’t help it.

I had to share this idea for a simple, stamped spoon napkin ring.

Or this simple boxwood letter mason jar centerpiece.

I’ll stop now.

Maybe. 🙂

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  1. Image for denise8689 denise8689

    oh. my. Absolutely adorable. I think someone has asked before, but where did the wooden pedestals come from? I think I'm going to make the pumpkin shaped breads this year. :)

  2. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Oh boy! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and table settings always make me happy (my favorite part of entertaining)! So many great ideas here! This year we'll be celebrating our big family Thanksgiving for the 28th (and last) time in our current home, which we're putting on the market after the holidays. Want to make it extra special, so this is extra helpful! Thank you!

  3. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    I love your ideas. Sigh. I would love to host Thanksgiving, but we're the one's who moved 60 miles away from the homestead, therefore we go to my husband's older brother's house. It's nice, but I hosted ONE TIME and haven't gotten it out of my system! I'm trying to con my mother into letting me have Christmas dinner at my house! LOL!

  4. Image for Colleen Colleen

    So beautiful, so many ideas. Can you do a post someday on how you store all your props and staging materials? My home is really pressed for space so I don't have much in the way of adorable extras but with your inspiration maybe I could squeak some in there.

  5. Image for Peg Peg

    This is all so, so pretty! It truly IS the most wonderful time of the year...being thankful, gathering and sharing (and spreading) joy!! xoxoxo

  6. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    These are all so adorable, it's hard to decide which one (s) to do! I'd better make a choice this week! One thing we have always done, when we've hosted Thanksgiving at our home, is a thankful book. I enter the menu and those around our table and ask each one to write something they are most thankful for that year. It's the sweetest thing to go back and see what relatives shared who are no longer with us, or my daughter's big and shaky little girl handwriting saying she was thankful for her bed and air that year! I LOVE Thanksgiving too!

  7. Image for Michelle Michelle

    All the ideas are gorgeous! I know you'll come up with an inspired combination that's just perfect. I used to love cooking /decorating for Thanksgiving -- well, any holiday really. I always had the whole kitchen to myself (everyone knew I was a woman with a spoon and wasn't afraid to use it). Two or three pies and shrimp cocktail appetizers made ahead the night before. Classic sides like candied yams, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce (yes, from a can lol), garden salad, waldorf salad, heavenly hash, sage dressing and giblet gravey. And while all this was being prepared I was roasting the all-important turkey. So much fun! Can't wait to see how yours turns out :-) I know its going to be fabulous!

  8. Image for Sue Sue

    I LOVE your table with those blue velvet pumpkins! You really do have an eye for color and layout. What plant do the pretty red branches with the blue berries come from?

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