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Effortless Thanksgiving Table Decor: Quick Tips for Last-Minute Hosts

Decor | October 25, 2023

In this post, I’m sharing all about effortless Thanksgiving table decor. I’ll share tips for a rustic centerpiece, adding a fall touch to place settings, and more. Plus, I’ll offer simple ways to make your Thanksgiving meal more special. Scroll down to check it out!

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rustic wood tray with pumpkin and two lit candles for table centerpiece


Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’ve got guests arriving tomorrow and still need to set the table, don’t worry—I’ve got you covered. Even if it is last minute, you’ll see how warm and welcoming your Thanksgiving meal can still be.


Thanksgiving table Pinterest Pin collage


Before we begin, I have some exciting news to share. At the end of this post, you’ll find 14 talented bloggers sharing their Thanksgiving table decor ideas. I encourage you to check out their beautiful tables for more inspiration. And, a big thank you to Jen of Tatertots and Jello Blog for hosting this blog hop.


She Gave It A Go effortless thanksgiving table decor and setup


Effortless Thanksgiving Table Decor: Quick Tips for Last-Minute Hosts

I’m excited to show you how I effortlessly created a charming Thanksgiving table using just a few items in no time. You can shop for my exact dining table and chairs here.

Protip: Check out my curated Fall home decor idea list on my Amazon store HERE, which includes several of the items featured in this post. The table decor and surrounding items are from  JOANN craft stores here.


rustic wood tray with pumpkin and two lit candles for table centerpiece


The Effortless Centerpiece: Let’s start with the centerpiece. I chose a rustic wooden tray from JOANN because it’s perfect for holding everything together. In the center, I placed a bright orange pumpkin decorated with fall flowers. It looks so festive against the wood. 

Then, I put two pillar candles next to the pumpkin. 


faux sunflower on white plates with napkins


Effortless Place Settings: To give your place settings a fall touch, lay some faux sunflowers on the plates and napkins. It’s simple, but it’ll make your guests feel special, and you can use these faux flowers again and again.

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Fall wreaths on barn doors in kitchen


Effortless Decor: Don’t forget about your surroundings! I hung two beautiful fall wreaths from JOANN on our barn doors behind my table—one on each door. They instantly make the space look festive, and you can keep using them year after year.

When the guests arrive, light those pillar candles in the centerpiece. The flickering glow adds a cozy touch to your Thanksgiving dinner, and it’s an excellent way to set the mood for gratitude.


birds eye view of the easy Thanksgiving setup


The best part? I pulled this whole thing together in just 25 minutes. 

Now that the table is set, here are some super simple tips to make your Thanksgiving meal even more special:

  1. Menu Magic: Plan a menu that features your family’s favorite dishes. Whether it’s your Mother-in-law’s famous stuffing or a special pumpkin pie, those dishes are what make Thanksgiving unique. Find my curated kitchen essentials collection here.
  2. Gratitude Game: Have your guests share what they’re thankful for. You can keep a jar of gratitude prompts on the table and ask each guest to pick one and share it during the meal.
  3. Personalized Place Cards: Get creative and make personalized place cards for each guest. Just use the flower to clip the card to each setting. It’s a sweet touch that makes everyone feel welcome and valued. I love these here!


thanksgiving table setup full view with barn doors in background


I hope these effortless Thanksgiving table decor tips have been helpful and that you host a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. 

With creativity, fall decor, and craft supplies, you can create a warm and inviting time your guests will remember. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 



If you enjoyed this post, I encourage you to check out these posts too:

Now, check out the gorgeous Thanksgiving tables that my blogger friends are sharing. You are going to love these ideas!




Thanksgiving Table Setting With Magnolia Leaf Centerpiece | Zevy Joy

Fall DIY Decor Project Ideas | Today’s Creative Life

Late Fall Moody Tablescape | Craftberry Bush

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2023 | Rooms For Rent

How to Style and Set a Thanksgiving Table | The Tattered Pew

Effortless Thanksgiving Table Setting: Quick Tips for Last-Minute Hosts | She Gave It A Go

How to Make a Simple Pumpkin Floral Arrangement for Thanksgiving | Midwest Life and Style

How to create an organic modern Thanksgiving table setting | My Sweet Savannah

Thanksgiving Table with Mismatched Dishes | DIY Beautify

Fall Thanksgiving Table | Hallstrom Home

How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table for a Crowd | Pasha is Home

Tips for an Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape | The Handmade Home

How to Create a Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Thrifted Finds | Lolly Jane

How to Decorate a Round Table for Thanksgiving | Modern Glam Home

Thanksgiving No-Carve Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece | Tatertots and Jello



  1. Love the bright colors, Brendt!

  2. Cindy says:

    Great tips Brendt! those sunflowers are so fun at each place setting! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love a simple table! Looks beautiful.

    • Brendt Blanks says:

      Yes, Kim, I aimed for simplicity and decided to try out this fun and straightforward way to decorate a table for Thanksgiving. Thank you, and blessings to you and yours,

  4. Hallstrom Home says:

    I love the sunflowers they are so cute!!

  5. So simple and pretty! I love it!

  6. I loved reading all of your Thanksgiving tips, Brendt! So Smart! Pinned! Thanks for joining us!


  7. Jen says:

    so pretty my friend! And I enjoyed reading your tips. I’m always all about easy and effortless.

    I hope. you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Annie says:

    Wow, beautiful table decor! happy thanksgiving

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