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Simple Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas (With Neutrals)

Can you believe it’s already November?  Well, before you skip right to the Christmas decorating, let’s take some time to acknowledge Thanksgiving.  Today, I’m joining 18 talented bloggers for a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and DecorateFor my contribution, I hope to inspire you with my simple Thanksgiving table decor ideas. 

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Let’s Decorate for Thanksgiving!

View of Thanksgiving Table in White Kitchen

If you are just arriving from My Hubbard Home, Welcome!  I’m sure you loved Rachelle’s beautiful Thanksgiving table.  She always creates something special!  When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see the rest of the pretty Thanksgiving tables!

Simple Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas:

Whether you are celebrating the holiday with a large group of just your immediate family, here are some ideas to keep your Thanksgiving table decor simple…yet festive!

Start With A Fall Patterned Tablecloth:

If you don’t know where to begin when decorating your Thanksgiving table, it can be helpful to start with one inspiration piece.  

While searching for my Thanksgiving table theme, this patterned tablecloth from Homegoods inspired me.  Since the design is quite busy, I knew I’d be keeping the rest of the table colors neutral.  

Neutral and Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape with white napkin

As you can see, the tablecloth has shades of greige, tan and gray on a white background.  With those colors to work with, I had an easy time choosing items for my tablescape.

Keep Your Tablescape Simple with Basic White:

After all, you can’t go wrong with white accessories…

Since I wanted to prevent my accessories from competing with the tablecloth, I used simple white napkins and dishes.

White napkin with Thankful napkin ring on white plate - Simple Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

similar napkin ringswhite dishesflatwaresimilar woven place mats

For a subtle Thanksgiving touch, I used a “Thankful” napkin ring on each place setting.  Actually, the napkin rings were gold when I bought them.  So, I simply painted them to match the colors in the table cloth and the metal on my lantern centerpiece.

Lantern centerpiece on Thanksgiving Table

Give a Glow to Your Thanksgiving Table:

Scatter some candles around for ambiance…

Besides the lantern centerpiece, I also added various types of candles to make the Thanksgiving table sparkle.

Neutral Patterned Tablecloth on Table Set for Thanksgiving

Now that the sun is setting earlier, the candles also make the table extra cozy in the evening.  And speaking of cozy, this year I set the table in the kitchen.  Though, I haven’t decided yet if we’ll actually have our dinner in the kitchen or dining room. 

Later this week, I’ll set a table in the dining room and then I’ll decide.  If you want an idea of how I decorated that room in previous years, see my Thanksgiving Table Setting in a Navy Dining Room.

Textured Items – Simple Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas:

Woven pieces add to the fall vibe…

To add some interest to the table, I scattered a few textured pumpkins which coordinated perfectly with the seagrass chargers.

Top view of neutral Thanksgiving Table - simple decor ideas

Actually, my seagrass chargers might technically be place mats but I think they work in both situations.

Thankful Place Setting on neutral fall table

similar napkin ringswhite dishesflatwaresimilar woven place mats

White Pumpkins Always Look Great for Fall:

Lately, they’ve become even more popular than orange pumpkins…

In the fall, I’m always looking for excuses to decorate with white pumpkins.  Also, I like that the pumpkins are a warmer white than the napkins and plates.  They almost blend in with the glowing candles.

Patterned Fall tablecloth and four place settings

Although this table is set for six, it will be just the four of us on Thanksgiving Day.  Obviously, this year will be different for most of us!

Neutral Tablesetting with white chairs - Simple Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

Thanks for stopping by to see my simple Thanksgiving table decor ideas!  For more table decorating ideas, see my Thanksgiving tables in the past.  Though, no matter what your Thanksgiving looks like this year, I hope you get the spend the day with loved ones!

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Once again, thank you to Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate for hosting.  If you’re following along in order, Zucchini Sisters is next on the list with a vintage inspired look.  Rebecca has beautiful taste so I’m looking forward to seeing her table. 

Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the blog hop from the list below…

Thanksgiving tablescape blog hop


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  1. Shelley, I love visiting your blog and am with so you in taking some time to enjoy November decor! With my orange and black Halloween items away, I’m now into true fall – rust and amber linens, cranberries and acorns in apothecary jars, bittersweet branches in my blue & white chinoiserie vases, etc. One thing I keep out from October 1st through Thanksgiving though are my faux mini pumpkins – I have gold ones, and white ones with orange stripes, both from PB, and plain white ones that I absolutely love from Crate and Barrel. They’re called pumpkin filler on the website, but are the same size as the mini white ones you have that are found at farmstands, etc. and they look pretty real! I bought three bags last year with a new customer email discount and love how I don’t have to worry about them rotting or leaking onto a book, etc. like the real ones can after a month or two with the heat going in the house. I did have to trek to a store to get them, but it was worth it and they’ve paid for themselves already! Thought you’d want to know in case you want to have pretty ones at the ready to use year after year anytime you wish.

    1. Hi Jill! Thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, I agree with you on the “true fall” decorating. It’s such a beautiful time of year and should be appreciated. Your ideas sound lovely and I’m happy to hear you’re a fan of those white pumpkins too. Thanks for the tips on those. My little ones are mostly real but I have bought a few faux ones to mix in here and there. I even painted a few with buffalo checks earlier in the fall. Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy your week!

  2. Simple elegance Shelley. The chargers add a nice texture to your table. The tablecloth is lovely with the white plates and the thankful napkin ring. I love white pumpkins too, so classy. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! With all the neutral colors, I really needed the textures. Glad you liked it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Shelley, I love your charming, neutral table. The colors work especially well in your bright kitchen area with the painted white chairs around the table. You styled the table perfectly in order to let the beautiful print of the tablecloth shine through. I especially liked the sweet napkin rings. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving my friend.

    1. Thanks so much, Debbee! I felt like I needed to tone the rest down with that busy tablecloth…glad you liked it. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving as well!

  4. Shelley, the pretty patterned tablecloth was a great way to anchor a neutral table. The whole table is soothing and attractive.
    Enjoy your fall and Thanksgiving dinner with your family of four!

  5. Beautiful, Shelley! That sepia-tone tablecloth makes a perfect base for your classic white plates. You are very skilled at elevating the simple classics, and those napkin rings are the perfect jewelry bangles for the napkins in that regard! I love the neutral look – it’s very much as I see the landscape in late November. Many blessings to you this Thanksgiving season, and I’m happy you’re part of this event. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

    1. Thanks so much, Rita! Yes, I guess the neutral look does mimic the November landscape…good way of looking at it. Glad you liked how it all turned out!

  6. hi Shelley, I burst out laughing when I read “greige” I haven’t heard that term before, so perfect!! I love your neutral tablescape with white plates, napkins and pumpkins playing off the “greige” patterned tablecloth and seagrass charger/placemats. The table looks beautiful blending in with your pretty kitchen beyond too. Even though our celebrations might be small this year, it is still so important to celebrate the day and count our many blessings. I hope you have a wonderful November and Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks Jenna! Well, I can’t take the credit for the word “griege”…but it’s probably the first time I’ve used the term! Yes, even though our celebrations are small this year, we all need to be thankful for what we have. Enjoy your week!

  7. Shelley, your table is both beautiful and elegant. I love your new tablecloth. It adds such a pretty pattern to your table. It is always fun tablescaping with you. I hope that your November is filled with many blessings!

  8. Shelley, I love the tablecloth as your inspiration. The white plates and napkins really stand out against the cloth. The chargers are a nice contrast and texture. The white pumpkins and candles finish the table perfectly!

  9. Love Love Love your tablescape! That tablecloth is fabulous! I love the napkin rings too! Your neutral palette is so pretty and elegant at the same time! Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday linky party!

  10. I am so in love with your tablecloth! The neutral colors are so warm. It’s a great idea to set the kitchen table for a cozy Thanksgiving at home. I love your white pumpkins. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks Michelle! Homegoods really has some great tablecloths, don’t they? I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Your new tablecloth provided the perfect inspiration for your neutral table. I love the texture the seagrass mats provide and the addition of your lantern with pumpkins. So happy to be hopping with you again and join you at the table. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Shelley, I love your lantern centerpiece turned diagonally. That adds so much interest.I noticed that right away.The glow of candlelight makes your table warm and inviting and I love all the white pumpkins. Your floral tablecloth was a great find and a perfect foundation for the season and for your simple and elegant white plates.
    I enjoyed blog hopping with you again.

  13. Shelley, Your table is perfect! That tablecloth is the perfect stage for your table with the pumpkin motif scattered upon it. With sunsets coming earlier the glow of candlelight is a lovely addition to your table and the white pumpkins reflect the glow. I absolutely love those napkin rings, they are wonderful! Thank you for joining us in this hop!

  14. Shelley, I love the elegance to your neutral tablescape. So calming. The textures you used really plays up the natural elements. The glow of the candles and cream pumpkins really do provide a great sense of tranquility. Your use of black elements to tie it all together is strikingly beautiful. So peaceful. Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. Good Afternoon Shelley,
    Beautiful neutral Thanksgiving Tablescape. I thoroughly enjoy a neutral base for decorating and remember well the term greige. Your tablecloth is positively wonderful and created the perfect inspiration to build upon.
    Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving!

  16. Shelley, what a cozy table and setting you have. The tablecloth is perfect and I love the napkin rings you painted. My spray can of paint is my best friend. Hugs and blessings.

  17. This is gorgeous and I am a huge greige fan! The pattern on your tablecloth reminds me of the pattern on my mother’s china that I use for our Thanksgiving dinner. Good idea to paint the napkin rings also. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. Shelly, where did you get the black metal lantern that’s shown on table for Nov 2020 posting. Very cute!

    1. Thanks Mary! I bought that lantern years ago from Southern Living at Home, which then became Willow House…which then unfortunately went out of business! People ask me about that lantern all the time! Keep looking on Ebay. I’ve seen it show up on there occassionally. Hope that helps!

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