Coordinating the timing of the turkey and the sides is always my goal. A  Thanksgiving place setting falls way down the list. 

Thanksgiving Place Setting 

Now, it is time for all of you to see how one inspirational photo can generate so many ideas. Hopefully, this leaves you with some ideas and helps you plan your Thanksgiving table in advance. 

The unexpected joy about a Thanksgiving place setting is that my dining room table is taking center stage.

With an equal number of children and adults, I want to keep my table settings simple, festive and kid-friendly.


Thanksgiving Place Setting 

With our kitchen demo running over budget, I did not want to spend money to create 20 place settings.

I created a place setting with textured layers and color.

I also had a little help from my friends:

Adding one layer at a time turned an ordinary salad and dinner plate into a family-friendly and pretty seasonal place setting.


I began with brown craft paper for a table runner. It was an easy way to protect the table and give the table an earthy, organic feel.

The added bonus was kraft paper makes for easy cleanup.

Last fall, I purchased these galvanized chargers  on a visit to see my sister in Knoxville.

I think galvanized chargers are a southern thing, but this Colorado girl loves them.


My favorite set of plates was from World Market. They were a Pottery Barn knockoff find a few years ago.

And, like my galvanized chargers, the dinner plates work year-round.


I used cotton gingham napkins I found online this summer. Usually, I think of gingham as a summer pattern, but I loved the contrast between the blue and orange pumpkins.

I tucked a paper napkin as a safety net for spills and sticky fingers.

And, I added a pumpkin to each plate with a note to pumpkin up.

My husband bought me new silverware for an anniversary gift. I found this pewter finish at Pottery Barn. The finish has an understated vibe.


With the place setting done, I turned my attention to the table. And, the limited real estate remaining on the table.

With my solid wood dining room table, I used this repurposed centerpiece to add some much-needed greenery.

For this place setting, I used my upcycled Anthropology candle jars and added new votives. The glass-painted pumpkins are oversized votives too.


Thanksgiving Place Setting 

This is what I love about Pinterest. With just a few changes one pinned image can inspire a table that fits my life and style. 


ENJOY AND HAPPY FALL DECORATING FRIENDS! Would love it if you pinned this image! Or follow me on Pinterest.

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  1. Your table looks fabulous, Laura! The galvanized chargers that you have are unique and they look great with your white dishes, blue and white checked napkin, and the orange pumpkin at each place setting. I love the tag that you added to the pumpkins. I also love how you tied a bit of berries around your silverware. It looks so nice and adds some color to the silverware and white napkin combination. Good luck with hosting 20 people for Thanksgiving!

  2. Laura your table is beautiful. I love the dishes, napkins and those cute place cards. I bet your family and friends will enjoy sitting around the table come Thanksgiving. You have set a beautiful Thanksgiving table. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. I like how you kept your table setting kid friendly. I think so many times we totally forget about that! You color choices are so cute as are the printouts and the way your tied up your flatware. Great job! Glad you could join in. Happy Fall!

  4. I LOVE those chargers… and the colors give a simple and casual look that is sure to please this Thanksgiving, Laura! Lovely tablescape all the way around! Love hopping with you… and pinned!

  5. Hi Laura! Your table setting really pops with its vibrant colors! That combination of the blue gingham and orange pumpkins immediately caught my eye. I love those galvanized chargers, too! It all works together in perfect harmony.

  6. Love your new pewterware, Laura! It’s nice to get some new tableware every once in a while. And I love how you styled your table. I’m sure you’ll have a fun time decorating your tables for your family this year and they will look so pretty with the blue checks popping out!!!

    Happy fall to you,
    Barb ??

  7. I love the brown kraft paper as your tablecloth, Laura. Just sets off all the colors and elements beautifully. And so practical, too. I always forget about that option; thanks for the reminder! Love the combo you put together here!

  8. Love the colors, I would enjoy sitting down and eating at that table! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinning!

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