23 Easy Thanksgiving Table Decorations That Will Take Center Stage

Create a magical centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.

muted colored honeycomb paper pumpkin table centerpiece

Greg Scheidemann

Our Thanksgiving table crafts will set the decor for any occasion. Whether it's a feast for the whole family or a simple Thanksgiving lunch for a few, easy embellishments can turn any meal into a festive holiday affair.

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Farmhouse Thanksgiving Table Decor

fall decorated table space pampas grass center

Better Homes & Gardens / Jay Wilde

For a quirky twist on your Thanksgiving table decor, add plaid pumpkin soup bowls to each place setting. The little homage to farmhouse style is an easy way to bring a pop of rustic charm to your decor without fully having to buy a lot of new pieces. Create mood lighting with multiple candles in rustic holders and accessorize with a neutral centerpiece.

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Magnolia Leaf Place Card

Natural Beauty leaf name rag
Carson Downing

Practice those DIY calligraphy skills and put them to good use with this simple place setting. On the underside of a magnolia leaf, use a metallic paint pen to write the name. Display the leaf on a simple folded white linen napkin.

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Use Dark Thanksgiving Decorations

muted colored honeycomb paper pumpkin table centerpiece

Better Homes & Gardens / Greg Scheidemann

Skip over the bright reds, yellows, and oranges, and choose a unique color palette that'll wow your Thanksgiving dinner guests. Dark and moody tones are one of this season's most popular decor trends. Plus, this arrangement couldn't get any easier. Stock up on dark paper party decorations of various shapes and sizes, then scatter them across the middle of the table. Add a few paper leaves or pumpkins for a seasonal touch.

Editor's Tip: Pair a dark-hued table centerpiece with dark dishes for cohesion. Add a pop of orange or gold to really give your table a moody Thanksgiving feel.

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Magnolia Table Garland

thanksgiving table setting with gold utensils and greenery centerpiece

Better Homes & Gardens / Marty Baldwin

This DIY magnolia garland takes the place of a traditional table runner. Craft your own using seasonal greenery and decorative accents like fresh clementines. This centerpiece works best as a day-of project but can be stored in the refrigerator over night.

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Wine Cork Place Card

thanksgiving menu place setting cutlery

Better Homes & Gardens / Adam Albright

Create a rustic Thanksgiving tablescape with this Thanksgiving craft for adults. To make these adorable wine cork place cards, cut a horizontal slit across the top of the wine cork and slide in a place card. To make the place card stand on its own, cut a thin slice from the bottom of the cork so it sits flat on the tabletop. Finish your Thanksgiving place setting with printable cards designed by artist Esther Clark.

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Use Gold Accents


Better Homes & Gardens / Kritsada Panichgul

Give your next Thanksgiving gathering a sense of luxury with glittering gold elements on your table. Use a cake stand to showcase mini white pumpkins with painted gold stems. Arrange a garland across the table with natural elements and painted gold accents to tie the look together.

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Decorate with Jewel Tones

teal pink purple fall thanksgiving tablescape centerpiece place settings
Marty Baldwin

Typically, warm colors are used to decorate for Thanksgiving. Switch things up this year by adopting a jewel toned palette with blues, greens, and purples. Use natural seasonal elements—like kale, mini pumpkins, and flowers—to create a show-stopping centerpiece.

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Floral Napkin Ring

Floral Napkin Ring

Better Homes & Gardens / Marty Baldwin

A quick trip to the crafts store is all it takes to put together these faux floral napkin rings. Style your finished place settings with neutral plates, napkins, and dishware so the flowers are the star of the show.

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Clementine Place Card Holder

DIY thanksgiving menu

Marty Baldwin

Add a pop of traditional fall color to your fall table decorations with this adorable clementine place card holder. Cut a slit in the top of a clementine and add the place card. To prevent the card from becoming soggy, fold a piece of clear tape across the bottom of the card before inserting into the fruit. Tie the look together by adding orange slices to your favorite holiday sangria recipe.

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Mini Pumpkin Place Setting

chalkboard and pumpkin place setting

Marty Baldwin

A mini pumpkin makes big impact when filled with fresh seasonal flowers. To create your own pumpkin place setting, slice off the pumpkin's top, scoop out the seeds, and fill with soaked floral foam. Insert cut flowers like roses, mums, and decorative berries so they fall loosely over the top of the pumpkin. Finish with a small chalkboard sign.

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Tassel Napkin Rings

tassel-wrapped napkins

Better Homes & Gardens / Jacob Fox

Match each place setting to your existing decor with this easy Thanksgiving craft. Buy yarn or string in a color that matches or compliments the rest of your tablescape. To make the tassel, cut several long pieces (make sure they're all the same length) and fold so all of the ends face downward. Tie the top loop off with an additional piece of string, and attach to a small braid for a pretty napkin ring.

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Succulent Napkin Ring

Succulent Napkin Rings

Better Homes & Gardens / Steven McDonald

If you're going for a less traditional look this Thanksgiving, consider succulents! Real or faux, these pretty plants bring a pop of greenery with a modern spin to Thanksgiving table decor. To make succulent napkin rings, simply cut a wine cork in half and attach a few faux succulents with hot glue.

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Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece
Peter Krumhardt

Create the ultimate Thanksgiving centerpiece by using pumpkins to spell out a fall phrase. Use paint and alphabet stencils to add the letters to the pumpkins of your choice. They can be orange, white, or a mix of both. Then various faux fall leaves around the tops of each pumpkin to add more color to this classic white and black motif.

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Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

white pumpkin succulent planter

Better Homes & Gardens / Matthew Clark

A gorgeous succulent centerpiece will be the star of the show this Thanksgiving. Plus, this pumpkin centerpiece craft is easier to create than you might think! Since succulents can last for years if well taken care of, make this ahead of time to enjoy all season long.

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Rosemary Napkin Ring

Rosemary Napkin Rings

Better Homes & Gardens / Tria Giovan

Pull inspiration from natural elements and make rustic Thanksgiving table crafts this year. A full wreath of rosemary around crisp napkins will add a pop of nature to your tablescape this year. Plus, it smells amazing!

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Tabletop Greenery Garland

tabletop garland

Better Homes & Gardens / Adam Albright

Wow your guests with this stunning DIY greenery garland. It's an easy Thanksgiving table decoration that adds a pop of freshness. Create bundles of eucalyptus and other greens, and attach the bundles to each other with floral wire to create a long garland. You won't believe how quick and easy it is to create this beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece.

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Acorn Napkin Ring

plate yellow napkin pumpkins

Better Homes & Gardens / Marty Baldwin

Add some fun to Thanksgiving dinner this year with a set of felt acorn napkin rings. This easy Thanksgiving table decoration is the perfect way to incorporate a little color while still keeping the decor seasonal. To make the acorns, brush glue onto the tops and attach a pom-pom, then attach to a wood napkin ring.

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Cupcake-Liner Turkeys

Thanksgiving craft turkeys made of cupcake paper

Better Homes & Gardens / Ryan Liebe

Your kids will love making this easy Thanksgiving craft that doubles as a fun place card. Attach small white cupcake liners to larger pattern liners to create a fun paper turkey. Glue to brown paper place cards and use markers to add the turkey's feet and your guests' names.

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DIY Copper Napkin Rings

DIY copper napkin rings

Marty Baldwin

Give your Thanksgiving table decor a polished style with napkin rings made from copper tape. These luxe napkin rings are one of our favorite Thanksgiving crafts for adults! Use our free pattern and instructions to make your own in minutes!

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Acorn Pom-Poms

a DIY napkin ring

Better Homes & Gardens / Ryan Liebe

Have fun with your Thanksgiving table decor. Create a festive fall napkin ring by hot-gluing pom-poms and ribbon to the top of an acorn. Tie the ribbon around cloth napkins for a quick and easy place setting.

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Paper Name Tag

overhead blue and rose party place setting with nametag
Jason Donnelly

A simple place card helps make this bold napkin pop. To create your own, write a name on a plain paper gift tag. Use twine or string to tie it around a printed cloth napkin.

Editor's Tip: Try making your own hand-dyed napkins—it's a great way to dress up white cotton or linen.

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White Pumpkin Centerpiece

Table setting with white pumpkins
Kritsada Panichgul

This easy pumpkin centerpiece echoes the classic colors of fall. Wrap white pumpkins with real or faux bittersweet better vines and secure with hot glue. Display the decorated pumpkins on a bold plaid table runner. Try to find one with rich orange tones to match the vines.

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DIY Planter Box

Centerpiece made of white box with fall décor

Better Homes & Gardens / Marty Baldwin

This Thanksgiving, create your own spin on a cornucopia. Style a DIY planter box with your favorite fall bounty. Use dried flowers, gourds, pumpkins and Spanish moss to create a showstopping centerpiece.

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