Bring the outdoors in. Nature’s bounty adds the perfect touch to rustic Thanksgiving tablescapes. It’s easy and economical to gather items from nature that will help you create the perfect autumnal season, from branches to fall leaves, acorns, and pinecones.
Fresh greenery works well in rustic Thanksgiving tablescapes. Add magnolia leaves and branches, evergreen boughs and nuts to create texture and color around the base of your fall centerpiece.
Visit your local fruit & vegetable market. Pumpkins and squash are a perfect fit for a fall table setting, as well as artichokes, cabbage, pears, persimmons, and pomegranates. Don’t worry about creating a perfectly asymmetrical display as imperfections lend a cozy, casual feel to a table.
Play with texture, pattern, and elevation. An alternative to a classic white tablecloth is adding a textural woven runner, such as burlap or wool or incorporating earth-tone plaids or stripes.
Be sure to add some height with dessert stands or wooden chargers. Try removing the stems, and stacking pumpkins in varying shades and graduated sizes to create a beautiful rustic topiary.
Remember that a long, narrow runner can get lost under a centerpiece, and extra-wide runners really stand out.
Rustic glam. If you want a more glamorous rustic Thanksgiving tablescape, consider adding gold, copper, and marble and keep greens to a minimum. Accent with a few raw touches, such as cinnamon sticks, rosemary or sage bundles and twigs in the napkin rings.
Incorporate layers. Create an elegant table by layering plates in different finishes. Layer chargers, dinner plates, folded cloth napkins and small bread or dessert plates in different colors or textures to add dimension and interest to the table.
Charges make a huge difference in creating a finished table, and they are also very versatile. Silver, gold or woven chargers can be used over and over for an infinite number of special occasions.
Turkey-themed dinnerware in rich colors and patterns also provide the opportunity to bring in rich colors and patterns.
Create balance. Don’t forget to add fall touches to surrounding elements in your dining room, such as your chandelier, buffet or hutch to pull the look together.
Be creative. Consider adding chic glass pumpkins, luminous string lights, a sprinkling of fall foliage, patinaed metal vessels as well as faux blooms and foliage. Create an enchanting autumnal moment with vintage-inspired lanterns, soft colors, and touches of romantic botanicals.