Thanksgiving Centerpieces & Decor

It’s so easy for this great holiday to get overlooked. When we decorate for Halloween in August & Christmas the day after Halloween, where is the love for Thanksgiving? Even as I am thinking these things, I am listening to my Pandora Christmas station, watching Miracle on 34th Street, and slowly transforming my home into a winter wonderland. I’m not hosting any thanksgiving festivities this year, so I can get away with it! But maybe you are and need some fun and festive inspiration for this beautiful and often passed over holiday. We always think of the great food for feasting, but rarely do we think of it for decor. I’m going to change that today by sharing some of Salt & Life blog’s favorite Thanksgiving centerpieces & decor. There is still time to incorporate these ideas into your own home for your turkey day festivities.


There are so many different, beautiful options for centerpieces. We are a little obsessed with all things bright, white & rustic. Throw a little gold in for some subtle glam and you have our current style in a nutshell. These are just a few that we found that highlight some of our favorite aspects of Thanksgiving table decor.

Wood slices in all sizes are pure rustic charm and these large ones used as as base for the centerpiece or even as a place setting are perfect! Pine cones, either au naturel or dusted in gold as they are here, make an easy rustic addition.


Never in a million years would I have imagined that antlers would be something I would add to my favorite items for decor. I thought antlers were stictly for Gaston in Beauty & the Beast. Then suddenly, styled with white pumpkins & hydrangeas here, they are stunning!


These wheat bales tied with satin ribbon make me swoon. Paired with the copper bin filled with cotton blossoms and it’s a gorgeous, yet understated Thanksgiving display. I love everything about this. Check out more great photos and instructions on how it was put together by clicking on the photo.



Place Settings

Nothing makes your guest feel more special than a little decorative touch at their place setting. It’s in the details, every time. Here are some simple things to add charm and personalize¬†each place at the table.

Here the wood slices are used at each place setting. The napkin tied with twine, greenery & a cinnamon stick is a perfect combination of pretty & festive. The cinnamon could even be used to stir some hot apple cider from your cider bar. Please click on the photo above for a more extensive look at the gorgeous table setting and beautiful photography from Jacque Lynn Photography. Originally for a winter wedding, it is breathtaking!


This rosemary tied to the napkin is another gorgeous touch of green. Why are green & white so pretty together? It’s clean, simple elegance. Follow the link on the picture above to go the source and find a free printable for your holiday napkins. You could even alter it to say each person’s name in place of “give thanks.”


Chalkboards are a sweet spot for us. We are loving the idea of adding one to each place setting with a gold chalk marker. The gold pine cone & feather are the sweetest touches of nature to make this setting something truly unique and special for your guests.



Table Coverings

Some brown craft paper is the perfect, disposable table covering. You can use all your lettering skills or simply lay out crayons for your guests to personalize their own space. Grab a bunch of white candles in varying sizes from the dollar store, throw in some greenery and you have the most inexpensive and low maintenance table on this page. I’m a fan!


A wide burlap table runner is the perfect way to add some depth and coverage to your table while still utilizing simplicity and rustic charm. The mason jars of dirt & greenery are a nice nod to Christmas while still being perfectly appropriate for thanksgiving.




A banner made from burlap or other cloth, even paper, can be a great addition to your thanksgiving display. I lucked out and stumbled across one at Marshals (who doesn’t love that place??) in October for 8 bucks. There are several available on etsy. But if you are pushed for time, grab a blank burlap banner from a craft store and get to stenciling! There are also several DIYs and free printables available from other amazing bloggers.



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Well we hope these amazing photos give you some great inspiration for your own holiday decor. Be sure to share your photos on social media and tag us so we can check them out and possibly feature them on our blog! Happy Thanksgiving!

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