Table Decorations & Dining Buying Guide

The holidays -- especially Thanksgiving -- inspire many people to create masterfully decorated tabletops for family and friends. There are a variety of table decorations and dining options that lend themselves to this food-focused gathering. Be sure what you select works at holiday time now and in the future.

Types of Table Decorations & Dining

Types of Table Decorations & Dining

Elaborate or simple, traditional or contemporary, Thanksgiving table decorations and dining arrangements can vary according to your needs, preferences, and whims. But if you have an overall sense of your style, it's easier to buy one or two pieces and build on your collection from year to year to create a coherent look. Start by reviewing the types of table decorations and dining pieces you want for Thanksgiving -- centerpieces, serveware, tableware, flowers, linens, accents, candles -- and then review which pieces work would well for your hosting and eating needs now, and which you can add from year to year as your family -- and your guest list -- grows and changes.

Centerpieces

The focal point of most Thanksgiving table decorations is the centerpiece. Often this is a sculptural element that evokes the holiday -- turkey, autumn leaves, or fall colors, for example.

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FTD
$324.99

Perfect for an outdoor wedding, this dcor is a bright and charming way to celebrate your love. Sunflowers with yellow petals and b...rown centers are brought together to create a sphere shaped arrangement set to hang from smilex strings to give it a garden gorgeous look. A wonderful way to dress up an outside tent or decorate a nearby tree. Approx. 11-inches in diameter. read more

Oriental Trading Company
$6.25 $2.27

He's breaking through your table! Paper. (3 pcs. per set) Head, 8 7/8" x 10 diam.; hand, 5 3/4" x 5" diam.; hook, 6 1/2" x 5" diam.... Simple assembly required. OTC read more

FTD
$549.99

A beautiful way to decorate a long table or to accent a smaller rounded table, this trio of centerpieces blossoms with color and l...ife to help you celebrate your wedding day. The first bouquet brings together lavender and burgundy roses, lavender spray roses, and plum carnations, while the second bouquet offers an array of orange roses, red garden roses, hot pink dianthus, hot pink ranunculus, and burnt orange gerbera daisies. The final bouquet ties the first two arrangements together with lavender, mango, and red mini calla lilies. Each bouquet is seated in a clear glass cubed vase to create easy sight lines for your guests while offering a splash of celebratory color. Two bouquet are approx. 9"H x 9"W. The third bouquet is approx. 8"H x 8"W. read more

FTD
$1044.99

Exhibiting a modern simplicity and sophistication to create a high impact look, this centerpiece consists of three separate arrang...ements that, when brought together, are stunning in every way. Each bouquet is designed to create a spherical shape, using a single type of bloom - red carnations, burgundy carnations, or burgundy dahlias - for a uniform color and texture unique to each arrangement. Displayed in oversized martini glasses in varying heights, this centerpiece is a richly romantic way to decorate your space for your wedding celebration. Approx. 34"H x 12"W. read more

Serveware

Serveware includes everything from large platters to specially patterned or colored bowls. Serving pieces need not be reserved just for the holidays; everyday items can work well to complement a holiday-table color scheme.

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Mikasa®
$99.99 $59.99

Mariah celebrates the visual aesthetics of living in the lap of luxury. Beautiful porcelain pieces are adorned with a feminine mon...ogram-inspired pattern of symmetrical swirl platinum bands. This collection will bring the height of elegance to your dining table at all your formal occasions. Dishwasher safe. Do not use in microwave. This generously sized platter is perfect for serving main entrees, but it's also great for special brunch dishes like savory slices of ham with scrambled eggs or flapjacks and sausage...even finger sandwiches for bridge club. Oval platter measures 14 inch long x 11 inch wide. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$61.00 $53.00

Serve appetizers and preferred snacks with an equal amount of ease and style on the Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board Set w...ith Utensils. Featuring a removable slate cutting board, as well as cheese slicer and server, this unique set is finished neatly when placed within its FDA-approved bamboo board. The unique blend of natural materials and convenience makes this cheese board the perfect addition to any kitchen. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$61.00

Serve appetizers and preferred snacks with an equal amount of ease and style on the Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board Set w...ith Utensils. Featuring a removable slate cutting board, as well as cheese slicer and server, this unique set is finished neatly when placed within its FDA-approved bamboo board. The unique blend of natural materials and convenience makes this cheese board the perfect addition to any kitchen. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$53.00 $50.35

Serve appetizers and preferred snacks with an equal amount of ease and style on the Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board Set w...ith Utensils. Featuring a removable slate cutting board, as well as cheese slicer and server, this unique set is finished neatly when placed within its FDA-approved bamboo board. The unique blend of natural materials and convenience makes this cheese board the perfect addition to any kitchen. read more

Tableware

The dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, glasses, and flatware used at your table settings are another type of tableware. Items may be used only on special occasions or pulled from daily-use dining items.

Flowers

Whether faux or real, flowers are a wonderful complement to Thanksgiving table decorations and dining. Use them to accent colors and styles.

Linens

From napkins to place mats, table runners, and tablecloths, Thanksgiving linens supply versatile elements to table decorations and dining.

Accents

Various accents can be part of Thanksgiving table decorations and dining, such as name place tags, votives and candles, and other pieces that can help create a coordinated flourish on your tabletop.

Product Features

Product Features

Many products for Thanksgiving table decoration and dining are often used for multiple special occasions, such as during other holidays or events. That's why it's important to review all of the product's features before adding it to your collection. For example, colors and patterns are common distinguishing factors in all types of table decorations and dining elements, from linens to serveware. Material choices are important product features, too, as is flexibility of use. Use this guide to product features to start creating your own picture-perfect holiday table.

Colors and Patterns

Many items used at holidays such as Thanksgiving are patterned or colored just for the occasion. For example, a turkey platter might have an edge decoration that replicates the shape of a bird.

Materials

Table decorations and dining items for Thanksgiving can be made of durable materials. Still others may be created with more delicate, and less durable, materials because they are used less often.

Flexibility

Many Thanksgiving table decorations and dining items may be best used at specific times of the year. For example, a dozen white buffet plates have more flexibility of use at various times of the year than plates detailed with autumnal scenes.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before making any purchase, consider how you like to celebrate the holidays as well as your family's needs. Are your celebrations casual and thrown-together? Or is formality a prized trait? All these things should affect your purchase considerations for table decorations and dining pieces. Cost is a factor, as is storage of pieces. How you are able to care for and clean items must be reviewed, as should replacement. Use this guide to purchase considerations to get started.

Cost

Cost for table decorations and dining elements vary widely based on product features and type. Think about your total budget and how many items you will need to accommodate your potential guest lists now and in the future before making a purchase.

Storage

How items need to be stored -- and whether you have the space to store them -- should also be a consideration. Some items may need special packaging for protection from sunlight, for example.

Care

Some items need delicate care such as dry-cleaning or hand-washing. Think through your time and schedule before committing to pieces that may be too fragile for your needs.

Replacement

Plates get broken, glasses get cracked, linens get stained: Accidents happen during boisterous holiday gatherings. Investigate how easily your table decorations and dining pieces can be replaced.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$19.99 $12.99

Cornucopia Thanksgiving House Flag . Measures 28"x40". This autumn house flag welcomes friends and family with style. This fall ho...use flag will slide easily onto any standard flag pole via a pocket at the top. Printed on durable 100% polyester, this fall house flag will last thru many seasons of vibrant display. Text correctly readable on one side of this decorative flag. New to our inventory and sure to be popular... better grab your autumn house flag today! read more

MailWraps
$15.99 $14.99

Grateful mailbox cover is a cute and colorful way to accent your home for Thanksgiving and even all autumn long. This decorative m...ailbox cover shows a line of large pumpkins under the text 'Thankful' 'grateful' and 'Blessed' which gives it a... read more

Surya
$38.99 $33.14

Decorate and personalize your home with holiday pillows that embody color and style. Add this stylish pillow to a sofa, bed, nook,... or anywhere else you want instant, unique style and soft comfort. The design is versatile enough to suit any room in the... read more

Christmas by Krebs
$29.82 $23.86

This beautifully delicious Thanksgiving Christmas Turkey Dinner Ornament makes a great addition to your holiday décor - use it to ...decorate for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! read more

Reflective Art
$69.99 $34.99

Bring a touch of the wilderness into your space with this Autumn Strut Reflective Art wall clock. Turkey design adds rustic charm.... Attached keyhole makes display simple. 16H x 16W x 1.5D Requires 1 aa battery (not included) Attached hanging hook Plastic/glass Model no. 29005 Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Glass/Plastic. read more

Marmont Hill
$64.99 $38.99

Watch how your little one grows with this precious Marmont Hill Peanuts growth chart. Sweet pilgrim details 42H x 12W x 0.25D Canv...as, MDF Vertical display Ready to hang Wipe clean Model no. MH-PGC-21-C-42 Size: Medium. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Infant. Material: Canvas/Mdf. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$99.99 $74.99

Make hosting this Thanksgiving a little more festive thanks to this Cathy's Concepts rustic turkey engraved serving tray. Engraved... turkey and "Gobble Gobble" graphics Two sturdy metal handles Perfect for serving appetizers, drinks or as autumn decor Construction & Care Fir wood Wipe clean 15.75-in. diameter Model no. HT16-2296-TU Size: One size. Color: Brown. read more

Metaverse Art
$89.99 $53.99

Showcase your love for the outdoors with this charming Metaverse Art Open Season Turkey framed wall art. Rustic design 13.25"H x 1...3.25"W x 1.5"D Paper, wood, glass Vertical display Attached sawtooth hook Wipe clean Manufacturer's 30-day limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Model no. 689860415669 Size: 12"X12". Color: Brown. Gender: Unisex. Material: Framed/Glass. read more

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