7 Ways to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table With Nature

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It’s right around the corner: Thanksgiving dinner. Even before the first course is served, your Thanksgiving table makes a first impression. Make it a great one with fun, easy and affordable touches borrowed from nature. Here are 7 no-fuss DIY Thanksgiving table ideas guaranteed to welcome guests in style!


Fill a small inexpensive fabric bag, like this burlap one, with a colorful folded napkin and utensils. Finish with a beautiful sprig of berries or pine.

Cranberries with silverware

Mini terrarium containg moss, acorns, and berries


Create individual mini terrariums out of stuff you already may have in your home. Fill a shallow glass (a margarita glass will work!) with rustic elements like moss, acorns, berries…even dried fruit slices. Then top with a wine glass – stemless or stemmed tied with a pretty metallic ribbon for chic contrast.


Gourds are great – they’re downright cheap (check your local farmer’s market) and they come in all sorts of fun colors and textures. To create this look, place a napkin or piece of burlap atop a stylish plate and charger. Then thoughtfully arrange a collection of gourds at each place setting for perfectly polished presentation.

Gourds on a plate

Small pumpkins on off-white tablecloth


A cream or off-white tablecloth provides the just-right backdrop for your Thanksgiving meal. Go tone-on-tone with napkins in complementary hues. Tie utensils with a slim ribbon and simple white berries to greet guests. The result? Everything else that graces the table will really pop!


Turn your pumpkin into a living planter. Cut the top and scoop out the inside just like you would if you were carving a jack-o-lantern. Adorn with a bouquet. Or fill with dry potting soil and drop in potted flowers to add a real conversation starter to your table. Note: this has a short shelf life so it’s best to create a day before or the morning of the holiday.

Bouquet in pumpkin

Leaves placed on napkins


We love the juxtaposition of rustic charm and old-world elegance. Set the table with stylish dinnerware. Then ask your kids to pick colorful leaves from outdoors. Pair with your napkin of choice and tie with some raffia. Want to up the glam? Try spray painting the leaves with a gold or silver metallic. Easy, inexpensive and a fun way to add instant pizzazz.


A monochromatic white palette is sophisticated and chic, plus it lets the food you’ve worked so hard to prepare take center stage.

White pumpkins on white plate

So take a look inside and out. You’re bound to find tons of inspiration from nature all around you to adorn your Thanksgiving table. And, as always, simple touches can sometimes be the most stunning.

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Tags: diy, how-to, holiday, home, thanksgiving

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  • Andria |

    Great ideas! In the bag and it's a small world are 2 ideas I haven't thought of nor seen before, definitely would like to try them!