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9 Thanksgiving Place Settings That Will Impress Your Guests

I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving this year and while I’m super excited to indulge in amazing food with some of my closest friends, I am also acutely aware that I don’t really have a Martha Stewart bone in my body. I want my place to look like autumnal perfection, but where do I even begin? Well, considering all the good stuff is going down on the table, that’s my focus: creating a cute space that awaits each delicious morsel my guests and I will gobble up! In my search for place-setting perfection, I came across some cute ideas that even us none Martha Stewart folks can pull off. Which is your fave?

Chances are everyone you know is on Instagram, so I love this DIY idea of printing a pic from their year and using it as a conversation-starter for the evening. It’s also a great ice-breaker if you have some guests who don’t know each other.

Pick a cute set-up.

Reds and oranges are often the “Thanksgiving hues” but this set-up still screams fall, but with a much chicer palette IMO.

Sometimes simple is better.

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I love the simplicity of this look. Mixing woods is totally acceptable and gives a clean rustic look. Also, consider having a wine glass and water glass so no one gets too wasted, too fast!

Don’t underestimate the power of being minimalistic.

Minimal can still look great! I can’t get enough of these white pumpkins and how cool are the tree trunks where the plates are resting?!

A good center piece makes the table.

Sometimes the turkey takes center stage on Thanksgiving, but if you’ll be sans turkey (yes, vegetarians can still have fun on Thanksgiving too), consider this simple, yet chic center piece. You can take any type of vase or glass bowl and fill it with gourds and flowers.

Mix and match.

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Don’t go out and spend a fortune on plates. Mix and match what you have and you can end up with a super funky one-of-a-kind design.

Try name cards.

Name cards at the seat might seem super formal, but I think it’s a great way to personally welcome each guest into your home. You can create DIY tags in twigs or in wine corks too!

Incorporate fall leaves.

The best part about fall are all the changing leaves – don’t be afraid to add a little outdoor foliage to your festivity.

Get fancy.


I’ve really been thinking about the idea of having linen napkins – it just doesn’t seem like a worthwhile expense, but I have to admit, it makes place settings look gorgeous!