5 Gorgeous Thanksgiving Place Settings Ideas

posted: 11/11/15
by: Blythe Copeland

You don't have to be a decorating expert to take your Thanksgiving table from boring to breathtaking: All it takes is a few simple, personalized elements, and you've got a gorgeous table setting. From cloth napkins to natural elements, use these five looks as inspiration. And don't worry about an elaborate centerpiece -- you have the food for that!

1. Metallic pumpkins (or leaves)

Shimmering metallic paint adds a fancy finishing touch to leaves, pumpkins, and nature's other autumn staples. Vicky Barone used silver paint to dress up tiny pumpkins and attached stamped name tags to each; then paired them with gray, silver, and white dishes and placemats and brightly edged napkins for a hint of bold color. Michaels craft store came up with a similar project, relying on gold Krylon spray paint to add shine to leaves collected from outdoors. Use a permanent marker to write each guest's name on a leaf and pair with green, burnt orange, or red linens and plates.


2. Kraft paper napkin rings

Print these simple brown-paper napkin rings from AKA Design on a Silhouette machine (or from a Word document) for a fast and festive addition to your Thanksgiving table. Choose from one of the fonts suggested in the tutorial or tweak it to your own style; then print, cut, and attach with a small piece of tape. Use them with mismatched napkins and dishes for a more casual holiday meal, or add them to your grandmother's heirloom linens and china for a modern touch.

3. Painted burlap

Kimberly Sneed at A Night Owl created these painted burlap place settings using craft paint and small burlap bags. The fall color scheme and natural textures complement the simple white plates and gold handwritten "grateful" tags, while keeping each guest's silverware and napkin in a pretty package. She used tape for crisp bands of color, but a freehand line would work, too -- giving the end result an organic charm.

4. Clothespin placecards

Placecard holders don't get much easier than this clothespin version from Centsational Girl: Blogger Kate used gold spray paint on basic clothespins and glued a small sprig of fake berries inside. Include a written or printed name card and you have an easy, last-minute way to make a basic place setting a little more festive.

6. Coastal Thanksgiving

Bring a little bit of your beach vacation to your Thanksgiving table with these simple ideas from Sand and Sisal; it's as easy as swapping your orange pumpkins for white. A burlap runner, light blue plates, white chargers, and floral napkins set the tone, while white pumpkins and brown paper nametags add a seasonal update. A centerpiece of white pumpkins, dried hydrangea, and tall white candles ties the whole table together.

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