14 Ways to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

Set a stylish Turkey Day table with these genius ideas.

colorful tablescape
Joseph Rey Au

Little tricks, from hand-written place cards to using unexpected color, can help make for a memorable meal during the holidays. Use these ideas from the pros to make your table the talk of Thanksgiving for years to come. Plus, get our best ideas for Thanksgiving centerpieces.

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Courtesy of Robert Rufino
Mix styles.

An inviting table needs a few surprises. "For more personality, combine all your candlesticks – wood, crystal and porcelain," says design expert Robert Rufino.

Shop a similar look: colorful vases ($20, ), dark wood candle holder ($57, ), crystal wine glasses ($30, ), porcelain dishes ($160, )

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table dressed for holiday
Aimee Herring
Try an individual tureen.

Even if you're not serving soup. "An individual tureen makes a dish look like it was made just for you," says designer .

Shop a similar look: tureen ($12, ), brown paper tags ($7, )

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Hand write place cards.

"Always write your own place cards, even if your handwriting is quirky," says designer . "It makes the setting more personal."

Shop a similar look: colorful napkins ($34, ), place cards ($7, )

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colorful tablescape
Joseph Rey Au
Use colorful textiles.

Tables should always be dolled up, even when the occasion is casual, says the founder of , Jane Scott Hodges. "Using colorful linens — instead of white or ivory — can really give your table personality," she says. "This isn't your grandma's table."

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house of brinson table
William Brinson
Try different kinds of foliage.

"We integrate succulents with cut flowers when we entertain," Susan and William Brinson, of the blog , say. "It's more like a landscape on the table, like nature indoors."

Shop a similar look: succulents ($8, ), fresh flowers ()

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kids table
Jennifer Causey
Dress up or the kids' table.

For the owner of Millwright Design, , a formal yet lighthearted table helps set the stage for a lifetime of good manners. "Putting four candlesticks around the flower arrangement is a Swedish tradition I learned from my mother," she says.

Shop a similar look: blue napkins ($12, ), gold candle holders ($40, ), white candle sticks ($9, )

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malachite tablescape
Kana Okada
It's okay to use tall pieces.

"The table is crowded enough to feel cozy, but it has breaks to create calm moments," Bronson van Wyck says. "Anything tall is thin, so nobody's view is blocked."

Shop a similar look: colorful glasses ($24, ), silver candle holders ($20, ), green candle sticks ($18, ), crystal vase ($40, )

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Highlight a unique centerpiece.

Centerpieces don't have to be a floral arrangement. "I select artifacts my children or I have collected," says home furnishings designer . "These pieces have a richness of spirit, a softness of age and a story."

Shop a similar look: wooden napkin ring ($25 for four, ), white cloth napkins ($14, )

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carolyn roehm fall tablescape
Robert Millman
Try untraditional colors.

The classic color combo of blue and white adds a fresh feel for fall. "Autumnal colors just pop against a blue and white tablecloth," says businesswoman and socialite . "For the flowers, I took the oranges, yellows and reds of the fruit for inspiration."

Shop a similar look: blue tablecloth ($18, ), green dishware set ($45, ), galvanized vases ($16, )

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Robert Millman
Layer textiles.

For an elegant holiday look, try layering. "Use a tablecloth and a placemat — or two — and a beautiful charger. The more the merrier," says Amen Wardy, one of Aspen's legendary retailers.

Shop a similar look: yellow wine glasses ($27, ), gold napkin ($16, ), placemat ($9, )

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Luca Trovato
Use bud vases.

Break up a large bouquet and place each flower stem in a separate vase. "I do lots of single-bud bouquets, placed so you see the person sitting opposite you – so important," says Janice Feldman, the founder of .

Shop a similar look: bud vases ($17 for four, )

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James Carriere
Go short to encourage conversation.

"Keep your centerpieces low so your guests can talk to each other without needing a chiropractor afterward," says Tatiana Sorokko, whose husband owns San Francisco's .

Shop a similar look: green vase ($15, ), roses ()

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Aimee Herring
Add candle lamps.

For a romantic fall table, candle lamps are a joy. "The height of the flame stays constant, and you can change the color of the shade to change the atmosphere," says .

Shop a similar look: yellow vase ($45, ), candle lamp ($9, )

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diane von furstenberg tablescape
Alexandra Rowley
Enjoy yourself.

Remember to relax and have a good time. "Plan everything, do everything, then let it go," says fashion designer .

Shop a similar look: gold tablecloth ($10, ), gold vases ($24, ), green glass vase ($15, )

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