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10 Ideas for a Simply Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

For an elegant twist on Thanksgiving table decor, stretch beyond the typical fall color palette. Lighter shades like blush and gold can bring a sophisticated shine to your holiday celebration.

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Get the Look

Having a simple and beautiful tablescape lets your Thanksgiving menu take center stage. We’ve collected these chic finds, perfect for adding an understated flair to your table. Best of all, these accent pieces are sleek and sophisticated without being overly seasonal; you can use them to dress up the dining room year-round.

Find more ideas in our Thanksgiving hosting handbook.

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Blush Soup Plates

Creating a modern Thanksgiving can be as simple as starting things off with a soup or salad course. If it means we can serve it in oh-so-beautiful bowls like these blush-colored soup plates, all the better!

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Luxe Cutting Board

This white marble and acacia wood cutting board from West Elm is as practical as it is unique, and can go straight from the kitchen counter to the dining room table. When paired with an elegant side dish, like these green bean bundles, the two-tone board is guaranteed to steal the show.

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Psst! For a primer on table setting basics, here’s a quick cheat sheet.

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Rose Gold Wine Glasses

Keep your tablescape toast-worthy with stemless glassware. Its low profile opens up precious space on the table, creating a cozy atmosphere for clinking, feasting and conversation! These rose gold stemless wine glasses add an unexpected pop of color to a more predictable earth-tone color palette.

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Tea Light Holders

Lighting a candle on your Thanksgiving table is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to up the elegance factor. These gold geometric tea light holders from Hobby Lobby make an affordable, chic accent to beautifully fill the space around your holiday spread.

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Rose Gold Utensils

When the prospect of polishing Grandma’s silver is too much work but using your everyday stainless won’t cut it, you’ll love having a flatware collection that’s just dressy enough. This four-piece silverware set is on trend and easy to care for, adding a subtle touch of elegance.

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Hand-Glazed Platter

Show off the real star of the Thanksgiving feast: that beautiful bird you’ve been prepping all day! This elegant gold-rimmed dish is a sophisticated and practical alternative to larger platters that crowd the table. Loading it up with slices of that freshly roasted turkey means no one has to leave the table for seconds (or thirds).

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Copper Serving Trays


We love our hardworking everyday serveware, but the holidays call for something special. This copper serving tray set is perfect for carrying glasses or holding pitchers of your signature Thanksgiving cocktail. (We especially love this Salty Dog Sangria, in the same color family as this whole pink-and-gold theme we’ve got going on!)

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Linen Napkins

For a timeless look, you can’t beat linen dinner napkins. No matter your color scheme, there are an array of classic options to choose from. We love this set of napkins on Etsy. You could use a napkin ring, or you could draw inspo from one of our favorite napkin folding tricks!

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White & Gold Serving Spoon

With so many dishes on display, serving utensils can disappear fast. Stock up on stylish options like this serving spoon so you’re not scrambling last-minute for a mish-mash of forks and spoons to dish out all the good stuff.

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Gold Hurricane


To add flickering candlelight to your serving buffet, this small gold hurricane from Hobby Lobby is perfection. The geometric shape creates beautifully filtered light, adding just the right touch of elegance to this favorite fall holiday.

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Rebecca Walden
Rebecca C. Walden is a freelance writer with Deep South roots - an Alabama native now living in north Texas. Her writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Huffington Post, Southern Living, and many other regional publications, focusing on everything from health and wellness to parenting, family, and women's interests. Walden also provides freelance writing to corporate clients in finance, government, healthcare, and higher education. Check out her latest work @rebeccacwalden.com.

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