Gif of two rotating place settings. One image having holly berries with a wood word saying grateful and the other with wheat and a wood word saying thankful.

Be the hostess with the mostess this Thanksgiving. A picture-perfect tablescape can be yours this holiday without any stress. Here’s how to create a cute tablescape all your guests will adore in just a few simple steps.

1. Add a Table Runner

Thanksgiving Tablescape with place setting, table runner, center piece, and white gourds laid around.

A table runner can totally transform any bare table by adding a pop of color and coziness. Pick a table runner with fall colors, like burgundy, gold, copper, or mustard. We love patterns, like plaid, stripes, and chevron. Don’t have a table runner or don’t want the hassle of storing it the rest of the year? A scarf works as a perfect substitute! You can use it as a decoration and wear it after dinner is over!

2. Create a Centerpiece

Close up of centerpiece. A wood box with white gourds inside and the word Thankful carved on the side.

Let your creativity run wild! From fresh greenery and flowers, to pumpkins and candles, there’s a million possibilities for your table centerpiece. Just keep a few things in mind:

  • Don’t overdo it, or your table can look cluttered. 
  • Choose a theme. Farmhouse? Modern? Minimalistic? Pick one and stick to it. Don’t worry, there’s always more holidays to try out different themes!
  • Leave some room for the cutlery and plates.

Need some inspo? Jane’s fall home boutique has all you need to create a beautiful centerpiece. We’re also swooning over these centerpiece ideas from Good Housekeeping.

3. Choose Plates that Match Your Decor

Close up of stacked plates and silverware, with a napkin and napkin wood ring that says thankful.

Make sure your plates are part of a matching set and that they match the theme you’ve chosen. It’s easiest to pick a neutral color for your plates, like white, cream, or beige. Neutral colors go with any theme. You can pick plates that have patterns or other designs, but be careful that it doesn’t overpower your centerpiece or drown out your table runner. 

4. Add a Touch of Napkin Detail

Close up of place setting highlighting the napkin placing with the wood words grateful styled with holly berries.

I don’t know about you, but this is something I’ve often overlooked when decorating my table. I often just place disposable napkins next to the plates and call it good. Don’t make that mistake! Use cloth napkins for a special Thanksgiving dinner. Fold the napkin and tie it with a ribbon. We like leather or burlap for a rustic farmhouse look. To give it just a bit more detail, tuck a fresh sprig of rosemary or even a pretty fall flower under the tie. Place the napkin on top of the plate.

Voilà! Your table is ready for a holiday to remember! Be sure to take lots of photos, and don’t forget to enjoy your Thanksgiving.