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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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Oriental Trading Company

Dazzle the guests at your next Christmas party with these sparkling table pieces. Also makes great decorations to hang from the ce...iling to add to your other Christmas decor. Cardboard. 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 OTC read more

Oriental Trading Company

Glitter Snowflake Centerpieces. A fun 3-D way to dress up your party or dinner table for the Christmas holiday! Cardboard. (2 pcs.... per set) 8 1/2 - 9 1/4 Simple assembly required. 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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Lenox
$259.29
at Casa

This Lenox serving platter bears an ornate design with warm hues found in autumn's colorful landscape. The ivory fine china is han...d enameled and rimmed in radiant gold. Dimensions: 1.9 IN x 14.8 IN x 12.4 IN read more

Lenox
$39.95 $80.00
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With its generous size and festive Lenox Holiday holly motif, this is a serving piece you'll use over and over again. A band of 24... karat gold emphasizes the elegant rim of this lovely platter. read more

Lenox
$279.95 $400.00
at Lenox

A beautiful floral motif and autumn-hued flowers grace this versatile platter. Enamel dots are hand applied to form the floral and... fruit basket design. Use this platter on your dining room table or Thanksgiving buffet spread, and await the compliments. read more

Spode
$15.29
at Casa

Spode Christmas Tree Salad Servers Set 2pc Spode Christmas Tree has graced table's all over the world since 1938. The pattern has ...become a family tradition and feature's a traditional christmas tree design. Each year this beautifully classic pattern heralds the beginning of a season of family and friends gathering, and seasonal entertaining. Introduced in 2010 this 2 piece set is 9.5 long with stainless steel heads.One set 9-1/2-inch longEarthenware handle with stainless steel headChristmas Tree on light cream body with green bandDishwasher SafeMix and Match with Spode Christmas Tree Grove pattern 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.

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Sin in Linen
$30.70 $52.77
at Wayfair

Sin In Linen Flash Tattoo Gift Set Features: -Great as a gift.-Machine washable.-Includes one oven mitt, one pot holder, one apron... and one dish towel.-Product Type: Standard.-Design: Patterned.-Color: 1: Yellow.-Color: 2: Multi.-Collection: Flash Tattoo.Dimensions: -Overall Product Weight: 2. 016K-PACK read more

Sin in Linen
$32.30 $52.32
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Sin In Linen Ravens Dream Gift Set in Black and White Features: -Machine washable.-Includes one oven mitt, one pot holder, one apr...on and one dish towel.-Color: Black and White.-Product Type: Standard.-Design: Patterned.-Color: 1: Black.-Color: 2: White.-Collection: Ravens Dream.Dimensions: -Overall Product Weight: 2. 032-PACK read more

Violet Linen
$89.81 $99.37
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Size: 70" W x 120" D Violet Linen Seasonal Candles Tablecloth Features: -Material: 100% Polyester.-Add festive feel to your table.....-Machine washable.-Combines the soft, visual appeal of cotton with durability of polyester.-Dress up dinner or any meal with this appealing tablecloths.-Ideal for kitchen and dining room.-Perfect for party, Holidays and Christmas.-72'' Round, 1.5 lbs.-Seasonal Candles collection.-Product Type: Tablecloth.-Color: 1: Red.-Color: 2: White.-Distressed: No.-Material: Polyester -Material Details: ..-Pattern: Holiday; Texture/Embroidery.-Recommended Wash Type: Machine washable.Dimensions: -Overall Width - Side to Side: 72. Seasonal Candels Tablecloths read more

Violet Linen
$81.38 $90.94
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Size: 70" W x 108 D Violet Linen Seasonal Candles Tablecloth Features: -Material: 100% Polyester.-Add festive feel to your table.....-Machine washable.-Combines the soft, visual appeal of cotton with durability of polyester.-Dress up dinner or any meal with this appealing tablecloths.-Ideal for kitchen and dining room.-Perfect for party, Holidays and Christmas.-72'' Round, 1.5 lbs.-Seasonal Candles collection.-Product Type: Tablecloth.-Color: 1: Red.-Color: 2: White.-Distressed: No.-Material: Polyester -Material Details: ..-Pattern: Holiday; Texture/Embroidery.-Recommended Wash Type: Machine washable.Dimensions: -Overall Width - Side to Side: 72. Seasonal Candels Tablecloths read more

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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2nd Ave Lighting
$1,755.00 $4,387.50
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Finish: Autumn Leaf 2nd Ave Design Bordeaux 3 Light Billiard Light Features: -Kitchen island pendant.-3 Light.-Bulb type: Incandes...cent.-Socket type: Medium.-Mount type: Flush.-Suspension: Single.-Line voltage: 120V.-Incandescent wattage: 60W.-Fixture Type: Kitchen island pendant.-Style: Traditional.-Shade Material: Glass -Shade Material Details: ..-Shade Shape: Cone.-Finish: 1: Black.-Finish: 2: Bronze.-Finish: 3: Brown.-Finish: 4: Copper.-Finish: 5: Gold.-Finish: 6: Iron.-Finish: 7: Silver.-Finish: 8: White.-Material: Metal -Material Details: Stainless steel..-Sloped Ceiling: Yes.-Room Use: Bedroom; Bathroom; Kitchen; Entryway; Living room; Dining room; Office; Game room; Hallway.-Bulb Type: Incandescent.-Transformer Required: No -Transformer Included: .-Transformer Voltage: .-Transformer Wattage: .-Transformer Type: .-Compatible Transformer Part Number: ..-Distressed: No.-Swag Light: No.-Bulb Included: No.-Adjustable: Yes.-Dimmable: Yes.-Connection: Junction box.-Light Direction: Down.-Plug-In: No read more

2nd Ave Design Bordeaux 3 Light Billiard Light 05.0807.48 Finish: Autumn Leaf
Oriental Trading Company

Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece. Give your Thanksgiving table a delightful decoration. Set the table with this traditional-looking... Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece and welcome guests to a Happy Thanksgiving. Paper. 9 x 8 1/4 diam. OTC read more

Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece - Party Decorations & Centerpieces
Oriental Trading Company
$11.98 $20.00
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Harvest Platter. An embossed turkey and pretty basket weave design make this platter a must at your Thanksgiving table. Use this T...hanksgiving platter to serve turkey rolls appetizers and other Thanksgiving treats your guests will love. Ceramic. 19 x 14 read more

Harvest Platter - Party Tableware & Serveware
Frontgate
$21.00 $26.50
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100% medium-weight European linen with our classic hemstitch detailing. Earthy hues coordinate with our solid-colored Festival Tab...le Linens and Filetto Table Linen. Machine wash gentle cycle with gentle detergent; tumble dry on low heat; iron for best results. Our Tilton Table Linens bring harvest spirit to our ever-popular Festival linens. Woven in Europe and sewn with an elegant hand thread-drawn hemstitched hem, Tilton transforms autumn leaves into a modern, graphic pattern, set against a crisp white background. . . . Made in Italy by SFERRA. read more

Set of Four Tilton Cocktail Napkins - Frontgate
Frontgate
$43.00 $54.50
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100% medium-weight European linen with our classic hemstitch detailing. Earthy hues coordinate with our solid-colored Festival Tab...le Linens and Filetto Table Linen. Machine wash gentle cycle with gentle detergent; tumble dry on low heat; iron for best results. Our Tilton Table Linens bring harvest spirit to our ever-popular Festival linens. Woven in Europe and sewn with an elegant hand thread-drawn hemstitched hem, Tilton transforms autumn leaves into a modern, graphic pattern, set against a crisp white background. . . . Made in Italy by SFERRA. read more

Tilton Table Runner - 90L - Frontgate
Windham Fabrics
$14.99 $29.99
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Autumn flora adorns the Windham Rusts to Autumn Tapestry Runner. Front: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton. Back: 90% Polyester, 10% Cotton.... Spot clean only. Size: 13 x 70. read more

Windham Rusts to Autumn Tapestry Runner Multi
No Brand
$14.99 $34.99
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Vogue Paisley tablecloth. 100% Cotton. Machine wash. Tumble dry. Size: 60 x 84.

Vogue Paisley Tablecloth - 60x84 Autumn/Gold
No Brand
$14.99 $34.99
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Vogue Paisley tablecloth. 100% Cotton. Machine wash. Tumble dry. Size: 60 x 84 oval.

Vogue Paisley Tablecloth - 60x84 Oval Autumn/Gold
No Brand
$14.99 $29.99
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Vogue Paisley tablecloth. 100% Cotton. Machine wash. Tumble dry. Size: 60 Inch round.

Vogue Paisley Tablecloth - 60 Round Autumn/Gold
No Brand
$14.99 $24.99
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Vogue Paisley tablecloth. 100% Cotton. Machine wash. Tumble dry. Size: 52 x 52.

Vogue Paisley Tablecloth - 52x52 Autumn/Gold
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