Setting the Table: Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas

As devotees to beautiful table decor and great design, we always hold an extra special place in our hearts for Thanksgiving. Setting the perfect table for your gathering is easier than it looks, and the right decor will set the stage for your meal and help your guests feel comfortable, festive, and at ease. Transform your table this November with these easy Thanksgiving tabletop ideas from Pomegranate.

Lay the Foundation with a Beautiful Tablecloth

A tablecloth is an easy way to transform your table in advance of your holiday gathering. For Thanksgiving, we particularly adore a printed tablecloth that adds visual interest, but is still somewhat neutral, allowing you to mix and match other table linens and dishware colors as you explore Thanksgiving table top ideas. Our suggestions for some beautiful basics include the lovely Davis Toffee Tablecloth or the Equestrian Sketch Tablecloth, which is perfect for equestrian decorated homes.

Add Color With Placemats and Table Runners

Placemats and table runners are an opportunity to add color and texture to your table. One of our favorite Thanksgiving tabletop ideas involves layering coordinated, complementary colors and patterns when choosing your table linens. The result will be eclectic but refined and the variety will create a sense of warmth and vibrancy. Pairings we love include the Davis Evergreen Tablecloth with the Equestrian Sketch Runner or the Provence Green Tablecloth with Snaffle Jute Placemats that evoke some of fall’s colors without feeling too on the nose.

Choose Elegant Napkins

We are firm believers that cloth napkins are ideal for both everyday use and special occasions, though when it comes to Thanksgiving tabletop ideas, we think they’re a must. If you’d like to keep it simple with a classic solid napkin, we recommend the Classic Linen Delft Napkins or the Madison Linen Napkins, which have a neutral base and a colorful border for a bit of contrast. For equestrian decorated homes, we especially adore the Vintage Racing Silks Set, or the elegant Horse and Snaffle Napkins.

Create a Polished Look with Napkin Rings

For Thanksgiving the details of your table decor matter, so why not add that final finishing touch to your table settings with refined napkin rings. Depending on the aesthetic of your home and your other Thanksgiving tabletop ideas, you can decide to go for a glitzier option or a low-key, earthier napkin ring. Napkin rings can be nice and neutral with a laid-back touch — or go for some glamour with a metallic napkin ring, such as our Baldwin Gold Napkin Rings, which look gorgeous while being durable and oh-so-easy to clean.

Use Printed Pot Holders to Present Hot Dishes

Chances are you’ll be serving your guests some dishes that are hot out of the oven, so present them in style with chic printed oven mitts that coordinate with your table decor. Protect those hard-working hands with oven mitts and pot holders that have a little panache. We guarantee your guests will admire your attention to detail.

Toast to the Holiday Season with Refined Glassware

Whether you plan on having a pre-dinner cocktail or a little nightcap before your guests depart, present them with stylish and sleek glassware in memorable, all-American prints. As Kentucky natives, we’re partial to a bit of bourbon in our Man O’ War Bourbon Glasses as a way to celebrate the spirit of togetherness that comes with the holiday season. Cheers!

Have Fun with Place Cards

While place cards aren’t strictly necessary at most gatherings, for Thanksgiving, they can be a fun way to help your guests feel settled and welcomed as they arrive at your table. If you are a DIY maven, there are loads of fun and creative ways to make your own place cards, or there are a multitude of sites that allow you to design and print your own. We think it’s a nice extra touch to include a place card with each guest’s name perched on their napkin or placemat, and if you are having a larger gathering, it will also help the dinner feel organized from the get-go.

Send Guests Home with a Thoughtful Favor

Send your guests off with beautiful memories of the evening, and a little favor to act as a sweet reminder of the holiday meal you’ve shared. Our most beloved favors for Thanksgiving tabletop ideas involve a tasty treat, like a small jar of candy or a miniature pie can be a fun touch that they can enjoy even after your gathering has come to an end. We also adore the idea of sending guests home with a seasonal item, like a small gourd, pumpkin or pinecone that they can use to decorate their own home. Get creative, but keep in mind the best favors are petite enough to sit on the corner of their placemat so they don’t get in the way of your dinner service.

Look the Part for Prep and Cleanup

If you’re hosting guests, your Thanksgiving dinner prep probably starts not long after breakfast. Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to some chef-worthy apparel with one of our adorable aprons or chefs coats. You’ll keep your outfit tidy while looking and feeling confident and coordinated. Celebrate your time in the kitchen with a pattern that feels distinctly you.

About Pomegranate

Pomegranate offers table linens, kitchenware, apparel, bags designed to make the most of occasions big and small. From our one-of-a-kind block printed linens to our resort wear, we’re all about artistry, craftsmanship, and quality, and we believe that great design should be joyful, fun, and never fussy. Shop our collection of table linens today to get started on your Thanksgiving table, and feel free to contact us with any questions about our products—we will be delighted to assist you.

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