How to Win Thanksgiving | Table Decor & Fresh Recipes

 11/5/2017 10:12 pm
By Grace Pawlowski

Creativity and a little foraging go a long way this Thanksgiving. Set the table in style with materials from your craft drawer and goods from your local market to celebrate the best fall has to offer. We’ve been out and about collecting ideas to get your imagination flowing, so grab your Urban Market Bags and start planning.

Napkins & Place Settings

Every good host has a few napkin folding techniques up their sleeve. Take it to the next level with one of these seasonally-inspired place settings.

  • A new twist on a go-to shape, this triple-pocket napkin fold creates space for neatly tucked botanicals or three utensils.
  • Celebrate fall foliage in the warmth of your own home with a napkin folded in the shape of a leaf. Bonus points for incorporating it’s real life counterpart (video tutorial).
  • Alert: quick and easy printable templates can be found here. Super simple kraft-colored tags look elegant with creamy white ribbon to hold them in place. Flag your guests down with pennant-inspired name tags or run your average mail tag through the printer for a rustic yet luxe update.
  • Sometimes things look better a little “undone.” We love the height and texture that this messy, rectangular-folded napkin brings to the table.
  • Awaken the senses by incorporating fresh and seasonally scented elements into your place settings like sage, rosemary, eucalyptus or cinnamon.


Table Décor

Set the scene with a bountiful display of seasonal greenery or opt for a gratitude-inspired centerpiece. Let your creativity shine by utilizing easy-to-find materials from your backyard or the grocery store.

  • Create a lush tablescape using a mix of leafy-green plants and artichokes paired with colorful persimmon and watermelon radish to complement a rustic table setting. Dainty enoki mushrooms are the finishing touch to create an al fresco dining experience indoors.
  • A large tray and a trip to the farmers market are all you need to wow your guests with a garden-like table display of pale yellow gourds, cabbages, kale and bright-green foliage. Choose a color palette and go wild with fresh ingredients like this citrus-infused cornucopia of fall fruit.
  • A few household items and some clean branches can be transformed into a tree of thanks with the help of your guests and the kids table. Have everyone write down a few things they are thankful for and read some aloud as you sit down to enjoy your meal.
  • Want to mix things up this year? A whimsical, ombre pumpkin table setting is your quickest route to instagram fame. #nontraditional
  • If you have a porch or a yard, consider moving your meal outside. A little more than a DIY, this orchard setting is what dinner party dreams are made of.


Beyond the Table

Add a few inspired finishing touches to the big meal and you’ll be on your way to superhost status.

  • These gorgeous DIY ice buckets will steal the show and only take 10 minutes to make. Drinks will stay chilly and beautiful all evening.
  • Let the menu shine. Greet guests with a hand-painted pumpkin menu that will whet their appetite.
  • Thanksgiving is an all-day celebration that’s perfect for entertainment. Print off a few copies of this Thankful bingo game or have the kids make candy turkeys for the crew.
  • Send guests home with an extra slice of pie in this DIY printable box that looks like a cartoon version of the beloved holiday treat.


Check out our Pinterest board Thanksgiving Inspiration to see these ideas come to life.