5 Great Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table

November 17, 2010 at 10:14 am , by

Turkey PlatterThanksgiving is coming up fast, and I’ve barely started to think about what décor will grace my table this year. Luckily, there’s a great selection of holiday-themed products available online. Here are my top picks for a beautiful turkey day table.

1. Snap up a new platter

These serving dishes are from West Elm‘s collaboration with Sesame Letterpress, a boutique letterpress printing studio based in Brooklyn, NY. I especially love the Turkey Platter: it’s perfect for heaping piles of mashed potatoes or sliced turkey, and right now it’s on sale for $31.

Final Orange stamp2. Make homemade place cards

To avoid any drama when it’s time for my friends and family to sit down and tuck in, I’ll spend Wednesday afternoon making place cards and figuring out seating arrangements. Pick up rubber stamps and blank place cards from Paper Source—they have a wealth of Thanksgiving-themed options to choose from. If that’s not your style, try a simple floral design like the one at left. Use gold ink on a dark place card for extra impact.

AnaCandles23. Add mood lighting

The fall collection of Ana Candles works perfectly for Thanksgiving decorating. Try mixing and matching different stripe patterns, or displaying them with your favorite solid-colored tapers. Pick your colors right and they’ll work through the whole holiday season (the Amber-Oxblood version is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas). You can buy the candles—along with any other striped accessories you can think of—at Five Stripes.

Arabian Stripe Runner4. Dress your table

Cost Plus World Market has an incredible selection of budget-friendly table linens that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Experiment with a layered look by mixing a solid tablecloth with a patterned runner (like the Arabian Spice Runner, $25, at left).

5. Create a seasonal centerpiece

This low centerpiece of apples, chrysanthemums, and berries won’t interfere with conversation at dinner time. Check out our story from the November issue for more great Fall Flower Arrangements.

What will be on your Thanksgiving table this year?

One Response to “5 Great Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table”

  1. i have two thanksgiving dinners to go to. will take things to each one. a pumpkin cheesecake with sugar cookies crust. am going to mix up a cookie mix and pat into pan.

    am taking a turkey to one of them. will make a beer can turkey with bacon drapped on it. hope it works out. will have whatever the hostess serves at each of these gatherings.