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Fall Table Setting Ideas for Thanksgiving

Gorgeous fall table setting for Thanksgiving dinner with white and brown decor. Get ideas for place settings, fall flowers centerpiece, and easy place cards for entertaining.

fall table setting with white dishes on brown table cloth

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving at home, Friendsgiving, or a simple dinner party for friends, this fall tablescape is the perfect setting.

It’s modern with neutral colors like brown, white, orange, and rusty red. The design is simple but the overall result is a beautiful table for dinner.

thanksgiving table setting overhead view with white plates and bowls on brown tablecloth and flower centerpiece

Easy fall table setting

This table is easy because it uses minimal but thoughtfully curated items.

Start with a solid tablecloth. This brown one creates a rich earthy base to place dishes and other decorations on.

Use decorative paper place mats. This is something I typically use for larger events because it’s so economical. But the design on paper place mats is so pretty and complements the setting. They’re also disposable so cleanup is a breeze.

fall place setting with white plates and bowl on brown table cloth and fall flowers centerpiece

PARTY TIP: Every place setting doesn’t need to match exactly. Use plates and bowls that are the same color but have a different design. Or use a two-toned color scheme to mix and match complementary settings.

fall soup in white bowl on white plate with baby corn decoration

Place settings

White or cream dishes create a modern minimalist place setting.

Deep red or rust colored napkins folded and placed between the dish layers helps break up the monochromatic settings.

Bowls are perfect for adding butternut squash soup or pumpkin soup to the menu. They also make this table ideal for a soup dinner party.

I love to come up with unique ideas for place card holders, and the baby corn idea is so cute! Just write or print out guests names and tie them on to the husks for an adorable tabletop detail.

overhead view of place setting on paper place mat, white dishes, red napkin

How do you set a table for Thanksgiving?

When you set the table for Thanksgiving dinner you want it to be memorable and inviting. Here’s what you need.

  • Tablecloth or table runner
  • Place mats or plate chargers
  • Dinner plate
  • Salad or dessert plate
  • Soup bowls if necessary
  • Napkins folded, or gathered in napkin rings
  • Fork to the left of the plate, and knife and spoon to the right
  • Water goblets and wine or tea glasses
fall flowers in white vase on dinner table

How do you make a fall centerpiece?

You can get as creative or as traditional as you like when you’re designing centerpieces. But when it comes to fall centerpiece ideas there are a few classic items you may want to incorporate.

Fall flowers make a stunning arrangement in a simple white vase. Follow my secret to creating a flower arrangement on a budget to see how I made this one.

Pumpkins are the quintessential element for a Thankgsiving table. You can add just a few like I did here, and place them so they flank the flowers. Use different sizes and colors to add interest.

Add smaller vases with dried grasses or wheat to fill in any open space you want to fill.

white marble salt and pepper dishes with tiny spoons
cheese ball shaped like pumpkin on fall cheese board on dinner table

Table decorations

Finish off the table decor with items that are actually useful to the meal. A simple cheese board is a welcome addition and even the colors of the food complement the table.

Wine bottles, corks, and a pretty corkscrew add functional decor.

Pull out a vintage plate or platter you may have from grandma, and use it for serving. Place salt and pepper cellars on a small dish that’s easy to pass around when needed.

Candles always help fill a tablescape. Instead of reaching for tapers and candlesticks, why not add a pillar candle to a small bowl or dish?

baby corn place card holder, printed name tied on to husks

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