Today I have prepared Thanksgiving table setting ideas to inspire you as you prepare to host the holidays!
Whatever your taste, decorating a table involves pretty much the same pieces combined with your artistic vision of what looks pleasing to the eye.
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Trust your instincts, play around, and enjoy the process of table decorating and design. There are no wrong ideas.
There are, however, simple tips and tricks that can help improve the look of your table. The ideas are all rooted in the basic principles of design.
I know that sounds lofty, but it is pretty easy to understand, and over time you can train yourself to master it.
The principles of design are the methods that guide a designer to create an effective and attractive presentation.
Table Setting Tips
Below I have simplified a few basic design concepts to help you apply them to your table settings designs.
Use a Color Theme to enhance your Table Decor
Color is a vital part of your table design. It can help set the mood and emotion of the space.
Warm, muted, bright, or cool tones all give off different feelings.
Consider choosing a color theme that works for the Thanksgiving holiday, the room, or the season.
A cohesive color palette will unify the table. You do not need to match everything perfectly, but select complimentary items and avoid distracting hues.
Adding Contrast to your Table
Contrast is an essential design principle because it adds interest, emphasis, and depth.
A great way to add contrast to your dinner table is by using items with a variety of textures, shapes, finishes, and colors.
For example, try mixing in a combination of glass, metal, wood, straw, rattan, natural, or fabric textures and surfaces.
Combine old and new table pieces. This adds curiosity and charm.
Vary the lighting with your overhead light, side lamps, and candles. This is an easy way to add ambiance and create a contrast in mood.
Move your dining outdoors or bring the outdoors in by incorporating flowers, grasses, pinecones, pumpkins, or greenery into your decor.
Layering your Table Design
Layers add variation, depth, and lots of magic too.
Use your Thanksgiving table runner, tablecloth, or placemats as a base.
Next, consider adding plate chargers, plus a combination of 2-3 plates or a bowl.
Consider a fabric napkin, napkin ring, or a place setting name card.
Then add seasonal accouterments such as pinecones, pumpkins, artichokes, etc., and/or a centerpiece.
Also, remember your seating. You could add a touch of foliage or a wreath to the back of the chairs, or a seat cushion, back pillow, or blanket for added comfort.
Use Balance and Alignment on your Dinner Table
Balance is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, patterns, textures, and space.
In design, balance creates a feeling of calm. The goal is to equalize the visible weight of objects.
Arrangement, symmetry, and order is a significant part of designing your table. It doesn’t mean everything needs to be symmetrical and perfect though.
You want the observer’s eye to move effortlessly through the table design and achieve a feeling of harmony.
Experiment with the placement of various items to ensure they have a pleasing appearance and relationship to each other.
For example, set up a row of candles with the tallest in the middle, and the rest in descending heights on both sides, or group candles of varying heights next to each other.
Distribute centerpiece elements down the table using balanced symmetry or slightly offset and random. See what you like best.
Play around with the position of your place-setting items. Get creative with the napkin placement and fold, napkin ring, the flatware, additional plates or bowls, to achieve an appealing arrangement.
Negative space can help bring visual balance to your table. The parts of your table you leave empty are just as important as the ones you’re filling with things. Be sure to use simplicity to give your table room to breathe.
Remember you do not have to follow traditional table setting edicts. Rules are made to be broken.
If something does not look quite right on your table, adjust and rearrange.
How to Make a Beautiful Table Setting
You can create a lovely table with the addition of music, soft lighting, candles, and beautiful flowers or centerpieces. Your choices for dinnerware, napkins, table cloths, runners or placemats, also add to your guest’s overall enjoyment.
The way you set your table can transform the feeling that people have about being there. It reassures people that you value them; that they are worth the extra effort you have taken to care for and pamper them.
Your table decor and seating can affect your guest’s mood, comfort, and happiness too. It also impacts the appearance of the food being served.
Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas
When you use some basic design principles, you can transform your space and place settings. Your table will look more beautiful, be more inviting, and feel complete.
Experiment and have fun. You can do this with a little practice!
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