Elegant Thanksgiving Table Decor You Should Try This Year

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I love this holiday because it’s a simpler, but just as meaningful holiday as Christmas or other gift giving celebrations. In fact, instead of giving gifts, we reflect on the gifts we have already received, in so many ways. I also enjoy it because it allows me to focus on pretty Thanksgiving table ideas and decorating, and creating a wonderful space for my family to enjoy what may be the most important meal of the year, before the holiday madness starts. But who wants to spend big money on a one day holiday? So use these elegant Thanksgiving table decor & ideas to inspire you to DIY your own decor… We even have a few tutorials for you, so now you can spend time on the turkey!



Easy & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Decor & Ideas

This year I want to do something a little different (not that that is new, lol) so I have been searching for some inspiring but inexpensive Thanksgiving table decor ideas that are fresh, new, but just as special. I think we have some great one’s here, and I hope you try at least a couple of new ideas. And don’t forget to be thankful for creativity!


Inexpensive Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Try this easy and inexpensive holiday trick for the table… Use apples as candleholders! Apples are very “fall harvest” but are different from using the expected pumpkins and gourds. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) Find out how to make them at ‘Country Living‘.


Craft DIY Thanksgiving Table “Trees”

This one is a little over the top for most of us, but bring it down a notch and it has real potential. Find branches and plant them in tin buckets filled with rocks to keep them stable. Add moss over the top of the rocks (buy it in bags at the craft store) and simply use floating candles in clear glasses. You could use the “trees” to create thank you leaves! Use silk fall leaves and paint pens, and write a word of thanks on each leaf, then hang from the branches. Fun! Or skip to the next photo for a DIY tutorial!

Branches Thansgiving table


This DIY gratitude tree from ‘The House That Lars Built‘ is perfect for a family gathering like Thanksgiving! We love the acorns!


Easy Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

This gorgeous holiday table from ‘Gal Meets Glam‘ is just an example of how you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have elegant Thanksgiving table decor. Pumpkins, candles, and some pretty eucalyptus make this table just this side of perfect.


White Pumpkins Table

Let ‘Modern Glam‘ show you how to create this simple, but lovely Thanksgiving table decor for less than $30! This inexpensive DIY table was made with candles, white pumpkins and pretty cloth napkins. She has a complete list of how to recreate her look straight from the grocery store!


Warm Up Your Decorations

If you need the warm fall colors to feel like Thanksgiving, this is a great alternative to the usual. Clay pot saucers are great natural chargers, hollowed out mini pumpkins create vases for a little sprig of Mums, and natural place-mats complete the look.

Fall table settings


Modern Rustic Thanksgiving Table Decor

Using fall blooming flowers in white and green, and adding some succulents bumps up the modern vibe. Recycled brown bottles as vases keeps the vintage “homey” feel. Burlap table runner, and everything else for these Thanksgiving table ideas are simple DIY ideas. This could be reproduced on a small or large scale. Please email if you know the original source.

Elegant DIY Thanksgiving Table Decor You Should Try This Year


Minimal but Elegant Thanksgiving Table Settings

Want simple? This look is a simple and minimalist look for Thanksgiving table ideas, but it lacks NOTHING in elegance. Candles, and white! Photo by ‘Martha Stewart‘.

Elegant DIY Thanksgiving Table Decor You Should Try This Year


Modern Thanksgiving Ideas

Finally, this table setting by Urban Grace Interiors is simple, yet striking. Love the use of fresh herbs. Simple metallic chargers and spray painted gold mini pumpkins add the color and sparkle to this table.  One table runner, and you’re done! (No long table cloths to iron either!) Photo by ‘Urban Grace‘.

Modern herb table setting

Elegant Thanksgiving table decor & ideas don’t need to be boring, and you can have a traditional dinner and still freshen up the feel.  Anyone have a favorite? If you enjoyed this post, you might want to check out our post on classy fall decorating! Or checkout our posts How To Warm Up Your Thanksgiving Decor and DIY Christmas Mantel Decor And our very own DIY Mason Jar Luminaries over at TBD!



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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Lorna
    November 26, 2014 / 6:23 am


    • Skyy
      February 5, 2016 / 6:39 am

      Normally sized adult people could easily see over the row of candles. Seems as if they are only an inch or too taller that the stemware.

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