6 New-Fashioned Ways to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

By Sarah Koller

We’re in the midst of all things pumpkin, harvest and fall-related. And as easy as it is to love all these seasonal faves, sometimes, it’s nice to switch things up. So let’s start with your Thanksgiving decor.

This year, instead of your traditional rustic spread, take a new approach to your tablescape. Anything from a vibrant color duo to a unique food and drink station will keep your home feeling fresh and unique — while keeping guests on their toes. If you’re seeking some inspiration of your own, check out these 6 non-traditional decorations to try in your home this Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to snag a few pics to share!

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  1. Ditch The Tablecloth. Typically, this is when you pull out your best linens. This year, try something a little more temporary that also encourages creativity at the table. To do this, cover your table in butcher’s paper, then set it as you normally would. Add in festive designs or written place cards, then scatter a few sharpies around to encourage others to contribute. The most creative designer goes home with extra dessert!

  2. Serve Dessert Differently. Speaking of dessert, switch up how you serve your sweets this year. Instead of a seated pie and coffee hour, position an old piece of furniture — like this rustic bookshelf — as a self-serve station. Situate disposable serveware and all of your gourmet goodies on top, and let your visitors help themselves. No guilt in going back for seconds!
Fern and Maple
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  1. Consider a New Color Combo Fall decorative colors typically include everything in the warm range of hues. As much as we love this palette, there’s something more fun about going with a new duo. Consider copper and plaid as welcome contenders to keep your table feeling warm and cozy, without the typical maroon placemats and turkey accents involved. Get the full party plan to try this here.
  2. Try a Tasty Tablescape Instead of your usual candle display, take a fresh approach to your decor. This apple votive candle DIY is a festive way to add some seasonal color to your table without straying too far off-theme. The key is to working with produce in a few different colors to create an ombré effect that’s stunning once all assembled.
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  1. Revamp your Place Settings. Ready to refresh your place settings? A DIY thanksgiving banner is an unexpected way to garnish your plates while welcoming people to their seats. The best part? It’s super easy to do and can be customized in a variety of fun phrases and names tailored specifically to your hungry guests.
  2. Play With Pink. Pink is just about the last color they’d expect to see on their Thanksgiving table — but that doesn’t mean it’s off limits. In fact, we welcome the bright hue that adds extra cheer wherever it’s used. To incorporate tastefully, paint harvest items (like pumpkins or candles) in the vivid tone. Then, position these pieces front and center on the table for an arrangement they won’t be able to stop talking about.

Which of these unique Thanksgiving decor ideas do you want to try? Don’t feel like you’re limited to only one!

If you’re looking for more ways to style your home for the season, check out all of our inspo in our Party Plans.

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