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Simple Thanksgiving Table Ideas You’ll Love

Learn how to style your dining room with our simple Thanksgiving table ideas. We share budget-friendly holiday tablescapes that anyone can do.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. 

Can you believe it? 

We usually host friends for Thanksgiving dinner at our house.

Of course, Anne and her family will join us too, as we’ve spent Thanksgiving together for years. 

Traveling to visit our families is difficult for Thanksgiving since we only get a few days off from work and school.

We usually head north to visit our parents and families over Christmas when we have more time.

So, Thanksgiving is spent at home in North Carolina with friends.

Well…friends who we consider family…we like to call them framily.

Do you have friends in your life that you consider family?

And I do love to host parties but I also like to keep it super simple with the décor. 

Today I’m sharing my dining room table styled in three different but very simple ways! 

Let’s get started…

full view of thanksgiving table set

Simple Green Rustic Thanksgiving Table

overhead view of green rustic tablescape for thanksgiving

For this simple look, the centerpiece sets the tone for the table.

It was easily created with mini white pumpkins, greenery, and white wood candlesticks that I’ve had forever. 

I love these burlap chargers and the green napkins from World Market. Using my everyday white plates kept the table setting fresh and simple.

thanksgiving table with green napkins and grapevine mini pumpkin
close up view of place setting with mini grapevine wreath and tag on folded napkin

I also picked up these cute grapevine mini pumpkin picks at Hobby Lobby in the seasonal floral section. 

After snipping off the actual pick, they sat perfectly on each place setting.

view of thanksgiving table with greenery, mini white pumpkins and placesetting

DIY Kraft paper tags tied on each mini pumpkin with twine finish the look. 

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overhead view of place setting with burlap charger and mini grapevine pumpkins and tags that read give thanks

I didn’t even feel the need to use a table cloth or runner for this table. 

Since we host a large group we will also be using folding tables on Thanksgiving day, so I would just use white tablecloths to cover those.

close up of mini grapevine pumpkin and kraft paper tag

Pretty Neutral Gray and White Thanksgiving Table

overhead view of thanksgiving tablescape

Here is another simple tablescape with our everyday plates that we got from Pottery Barn several years ago. 

The tablecloth was a Home Goods find and the napkins are from World Market. 

I love these napkins and you can’t beat the price!

Plus, they come in so many colors you will definitely find one to match your décor.

I’ve used these linens that last few years for Thanksgiving because I just love the neutral colors.

view of table set for thanksgiving with candle sticks and mini pumpkins in center

Those awesome chunky grey wood pillar candle holders are also from World Market. 

A few DIY chalk painted pumpkins around the candles and that’s all that’s needed.

Super easy centerpiece!

view of center tablescape with three large candle sticks and small mini pumpkins

I picked up a pack of mini grapevine wreaths at Hobby Lobby to use with the table place settings cards

This is such an easy way to customize your place settings. 

I just love how those wreaths pick up the goldish color in the table cloth. 

It’s such a pretty but slightly modern look.

overhead view of place setting with folded napkin with mini grapevine wreath and thankful tag
close up of folded napkin with mini grapevine wreath and thankful tag

A Timeless and Classic Thanksgiving Table

overhead view of simple thanksgiving table with diy napkin rings

I pulled out our wedding china for this final tablescape. 

We’ve been married 23 years, so although some may say our china is a bit dated, I still love the classic style with the gold and black bands. 

The tablecloths and napkins may just be as old as our china. 


Can anyone relate?

Seriously though, not everyone has newer dinnerware and linens, so I wanted to put together a table with a mix of old & new décor pieces.

full view of thanksgiving table set

Pillar candles on my mom’s Lenox cake stand in the middle of the table is the perfect sentimental centerpiece.

I added a few pinecones sprinkled around the cake stand. 

And obviously, I love those white pumpkins because there they are again! 

As you probably noticed in all three tablescapes I’ve kept the middle of the table super simple. 

I don’t like to overcrowd the table with a huge centerpiece on Thanksgiving Day so that there is room for serving dishes and wine & water glasses.

close up of centerpiece on classic thanksgiving table

I’ve been using these DIY napkin rings for the past 2 years. 

I can’t take credit for these because I first saw them here On Sutton Place

Making these my own with changing up the font to my favorite.

I just printed out the word “Thankful” on kraft paper, cut the rectangle shape, then punched holes at either end and thread a piece of ribbon through.

So simple!

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place setting with napkin folded on plate with homemade thankful napkin holder
napkin folded on plate with homemade thankful napkin holder

The white pumpkins and pinecones along with the DIY kraft napkin rings help bring some updated elements to our traditional table. 

Even though our wedding china and linens are decades-old the tablescape feels stylishly classic now.

full view of thanksgiving table set

So, there you have it one dining room table styled three different ways. 

Which one is your favorite? 

Now I have to decide which Simple Thanksgiving Table Idea we will use this year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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