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Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Joanne Lee

It is the week of Thanksgiving!!!!! Just 2 days to go! We, here at Dowel, are so pumped for Thanksgiving; the holidays are our favorite time of the year. We love family/friend feasts of any sort and can't wait for the rest of the holiday meals to unfold. 

As we suggested in Our Ten Best Thanksgiving Host Tips & Tricks, try to set your table the night before the big day so that you don't have to worry about it while preparing the actual meal. It gives you some breathing room and instantly wows guests as they enter your dining area.

Have you checked out our Pinterest board on what table settings have inspired us?

Here are some fun ideas we've learned along the way on creating the perfect Thanksgiving table setting:

1. We love mixing styles at Dowel - we think the contrast really makes everything pop. Check out our post on how contrast really gives your home that wow factor. Imagine using this strategy for your Thanksgiving table setting as well. Pair simple with sophisticated; maybe have a gorgeous low floral arrangement and keep all the other items on the table fairly simple. Maybe even go for a multi-level centerpiece. Make sure that there is some theme to tie it all in though like a color palette or a style! 

Image via MyDomaine

Image via MyDomaine

2. Use a runner instead of a tablecloth - this allows the table to shine and highlights the beautiful centerpieces that you have arranged. Also saves on clean up!

Image via PotteryBarnKids

Image via PotteryBarnKids

3. Write your own place cards. There is just something so perfect about handwritten place cards. 

Image via MyDomaine

Image via MyDomaine

4. Try out some funky colors that aren't orange, red, brown or any of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey day colors.

Image via Sand&Sisal

Image via Sand&Sisal

5. Do not use any tall centerpieces. A gorgeous flower arrangement in the middle of the table may sound like a good idea but not when it blocks conversation between people. 

Image via Style me Pretty

Image via Style me Pretty

6. Plate setting 101 - our handy dandy cheat sheet!

Image via eBay

Image via eBay

7. Use candles thoughtfully! They add ambient lighting as well as beautiful decor depending on what holders you have them in. Using candle sticks are more formal whereas using tea light holders are more casual and try and think outside of the box. Use hurricanes, mason jars, and even hollowed out fruits/veggies.

Image via Indeeddecor.com

Image via Indeeddecor.com

For more inspiration - check out our Pinterest board on table settings we have fallen head over heels for!