3 Easy yet Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescapes

The only thing that can make your beautifully-browned bird look even more appetizing is an elegant tablescape. But let’s face it: with all of the preparations Thanksgiving requires, you don’t want to spend hours on end designing the perfect table décor. Keep things simple with these three easy yet elegant Thanksgiving tablescapes.

Classic White

Timeless and sophisticated, white linens with a hint of silver are the perfect starting point for your holiday meal. Continue the theme by serving all of your food on white dishes. It’s OK to mix and match styles—this adds visual interest to a monochromatic color scheme. For a personal touch, cut 18-inch-wide table runners out of kraft paper and place them horizontally across your table, making sure that the white linen is still visible between runners. Use a white paint marker to draw a square around each place setting and scroll each guest’s name at a spot. The kraft paper place mat does double duty by preventing small spills from staining your tablecloth.


Seasonal Hues

Start with a rich, chocolate brown table cloth then add a burlap table runner in the middle. Create a centerpiece with pears, gourds and small pumpkins to add pops of seasonal colors. Place a patterned brown napkin on the plate and top it off with a pear or small pumpkin with a handmade place card tied to the stem.

Contrasting Colors

Give your tablescape plenty of visual interest placing black and silver flatware on top of a linen napkin with a faint pink hue and setting off white dishes with deep burgundy table cloth. Glass goblets reflect light and, together with a few strategically placed candles, keep things from getting too dark. Add a floral centerpiece that sits low to the table and voila! You’ve got an ethereal tablescape that your guests will swoon over.

Find inspiration in any of these Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to make entertaining easy- and check out our holiday board on Pinterest. Feel free to add your own personal touches for something even more unique, and share your ideas below with other members of our UDR luxury apartment community.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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