How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table with Ease


Feeling the time crunch as Thanksgiving approaches? You're not alone. With busy work schedules and daily commitments, it can be challenging to focus on creating a stunning Thanksgiving table. But don't worry, we've got your back. This blog is dedicated to everyone who wants to decorate their Thanksgiving table with ease.

Step 1: Start with a clean table

Before diving into the Thanksgiving table decor world, begin with a clean slate. Ensure your dining table is free from clutter and any residue from previous meals. A clean table provides the ideal canvas for your festive decorations.

Step 2: Choose a simple tablecloth or placemats

When it comes to how to decorate a Thanksgiving table, keep it simple. Use a tablecloth or placemat as a base for your table setting. Opt for neutral or seasonal colors that complement your overall theme. Consider themes like sage, white, burgundy, orange, white, or classic beige. 

We offer an array of simple placemats, including Quang Thien and Hung Tien placemats, which effortlessly match various dining table styles. These placemats are made from durable materials and feature elegant designs that add a touch of sophistication to your Thanksgiving table. They are also easy to clean and maintain, making them a practical choice for any holiday gathering.


Gray tablecloth with neutral placemats from Artera Home

Step 3: Set up a minimalist centerpiece

Creating a festive table can be challenging when you're pressed for time. That's why we recommend keeping your centerpiece minimalistic. You can quickly achieve this by utilizing items you already have, such as white pumpkins, vases filled with fresh greenery, bowls of seasonal fruit, or an arrangement of candles. 

But here's where it gets even more accessible with making the most out of versatile decor items, like our Tan Thanh Pearl Charger. Its beautiful floral pattern and neutral beige tone complement various table styles. It can be used as a Thanksgiving centerpiece and an elegant addition to your living room decor. This way, you can effortlessly create a cohesive and charming ambiance for the holiday season without the added hassle.


Minimal centerpiece with pumpkins, candles, and Artera Home’s tray

Step 4: Place only essential glassware or dinnerware

Going for the maximum of everything on your Thanksgiving table takes forever. So we think the best is to keep things simple while maintaining an air of sophistication. So, when setting your Thanksgiving table, focus on what's essential. This means setting out the necessary glassware, with water glasses taking center stage. 

By opting for simplicity, you save time and effort and create a refined and uncluttered atmosphere for your guests to enjoy. After all, the heart of Thanksgiving is about cherishing moments and good company, and sometimes, less truly is more.


Pottery turkey dinnerware with three plates (Source: Williams Sonoma)

Step 5: Renew or add quick decorative touches

If you only have 10-15 minutes to spare for Thanksgiving table decorations, we suggest renewing the existing Thanksgiving table decor or adding quick decorative touches. Here is how to do it:

  • Add tea lights or small candles around the centerpiece for a charming table without spending hours on intricate decorations

  • Draw on the existing pumpkins or paint them with different colors for a new look

  • Create a cozy ambiance by tying a ribbon around each napkin

  • Scatter some fall leaves down the center of the table


A quick touch with scattered fall leaves and Artera Home’s wicker placemats

Step 6: Personalized place cards

We know that you’re busy, but having personalized place cards is a necessary part of the Thanksgiving table setting to show respect to the guests. You can create simple place cards using folded cardstock or small slips of paper. Write the names of your guests and place them in each setting. 


Use a cardstock or small paper as personalized cards (Source: Ashley Robertson & Glitter, Inc)

The key to a time-saving Thanksgiving table setting is to keep it simple and focus on the essentials. We believe a well-set table is the cornerstone of a heartwarming Thanksgiving celebration, where cherished moments and delicious food take center stage. Don’t forget to explore our Thanksgiving table decor for this season!