Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple Decor for a Welcoming Thanksgiving Table

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and an autumnal ambiance is definitely all around.

Thanksgiving table

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Whether you celebrate with a house full of friends and family gathered around the table to give thanks, or are more simple in the way you celebrate the day, setting a beautiful table is a lovely way to enjoy Thanksgiving.

copper tumblers

For this simple table, I used just a few things to add that charm and ambiance. Since it is set outdoors under the stars, twinkle lights and candles were on repeat. But you can also use these elements indoors as well. Setting a table that inspires and invites your guests to relax and enjoy is as simple as gathering up some of the goodness from the fall garden and sprinkling a bit of magic.

#1. Add ambiance

Twinkle lights, candles, lanterns – you name it. A key element for any table setting indoors or outdoors is the ambiance. For this table, which is for a more intimate gathering, I used my favorite outdoor string lights above the table and a few taper candles on the tabletop. These lights add lovely warmth and ambiance. They invite guests to linger at the table a bit longer when the sun goes down.

Thanksgiving table

#2. Copper on repeat

I am a huge fan of metallics on the table, and what better way to enjoy the shine and shimmer that copper and gold brings than to add copper tumblers. I love the way that these look on the table and they are perfect for sipping and bringing with you to a nearby bonfire when the chill sets in.

Thanksgiving table with lights

#3. Cozy it up

Thanksgiving table with lights

Anytime you are outdoors, cozy is a big yes. I love to add warm throws in a basket near the table for guests to grab if they get cold. Something else that is fun to do is to layer warm faux fur on the chairs. These faux fur chair covers actually aren’t what you probably think they are…these are tree skirts, which means those Christmas elements don’t have to get put away after the holidays. Bring them out and enjoy in other ways all year long. Tree skirts like these are perfect on a chair because they are large like a throw and will stay put if you button them to the frame.

Thanksgiving table with lights

#4. Arrange flowers

For this gathered bouquet, I foraged the garden for wildflowers, grass, and some greenery for an autumn-inspired arrangement. Flowers don’t have to be expensive or expertly designed to bring a burst of cheer to your table. Add in a few store-bought roses and those autumn-toned wildflowers and they are perfect for a simple bit of color and warmth on the table. Another option? Faux flowers can be a perfect finishing touch as well.

Thanksgiving table with lights

Setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table is as easy as looking outdoors and thinking outside the box for decorative elements that you already have on hand.

About the Author
Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle & design inspiration and the ongoing renovations of her 1940's cottage.

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