Thanksgiving Table Settings

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

Entertain your Thanksgiving guest with an elegant table setting. Begin with a linen runner or a classic table cloth. Add a low-profile centerpiece like eucalyptus or a lambs ear garland. To set the ambiance, evenly place candles alongside the garland. Use candles of varying heights for visual interest. Incorporate fall-inspired decor such as small pumpkins and squash, cinnamon sticks, and or pine cones to evoke the seasonal vibe.



After you've added a few decor items to the dining table, select a table setting. Basic and buffet table settings are the two most popular and effective table setting options for the festive Thanksgiving holiday.



For a basic table setting, place a dinner plate in the center of the setting, then place the flatware around the plate in the order in which it will be used. For instance:

  • Place the fork to the left of the plate

  • Place the knife to the right of the plate, make sure the sharp edge is toward the plate, and the spoon to the right of the knife.

  • A water glass goes above the knife.

  • A napkin can be placed on the dinner plate or beneath the fork.

Add additional dishware to the basic setting as needed. Such as a charger, salad plate, and or soup bowl.



A buffet table setting typically incorporates table decorations, table settings, the main dish, and side dishes. You can avoid congestion by allowing 24" for each table setting and excluding large tall centerpieces to prevent obstructing the view of your guests.

  • Begin with dinner plates, followed by side dishes, main dishes, and smaller dishes. Set utensils at the end of the buffet.

  • Place drinks, glassware, and dessert on a separate table to avoid overcrowding.

  • Napkins can be placed on the dinner plate or stacked with utensils.




Inspirational Gem: Psalm136:1 ( NKJV) Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

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