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With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is time to plan for visitors and all the entertaining that will take place. Planning for guests can be overwhelming, but creating a welcoming Thanksgiving environment doesn’t have to be. 

At Thanksgiving, the focus is on the feast and the table where everyone will gather. By following these tips, creating the perfect tablescape for your dining room can be fun. 

 Start with a tablecloth, table runner or both. Linens always warm up your first layer, and keeping your textiles neutral will make it easier to add color with florals and décor. If you don’t have the perfect tablecloth, visit your local fabric store and purchase enough fabric to cover your table. 

Candles are the perfect addition to create a festive environment. Whether you prefer gold, iron, crystal or even wood, the options for captivating candlesticks are endless. Just make sure you use a mixture of different height candlesticks for interest. I love using moody black candles for an unexpected element. Votives are a nice touch for added ambiance.

Greenery is a must for every table. Layer in fresh eucalyptus or fresh greens from your own yard. Floral arrangements are another way to add color and to keep the table looking fresh. Succulents can also be used to make your table décor feel special and organic.

Do you have fine china tucked away that you rarely use? Try mixing plates that coordinate with your china to make your place settings more interesting. For a festive look, add gold or vintage flatware. Layer a linen napkin between plates for a more updated trend.

Pumpkins are a must for Thanksgiving décor. I prefer white pumpkins over the traditional orange ones, as they add some dimension, while also acting as a neutral accent. Using small pumpkins as place card holders is a unique alternative to traditional place cards.

Finally, remember to shake things up by mixing and matching dishware. Incorporate some color with your florals, greenery and candles. Your table doesn’t have to be elaborate. Better yet, keep it simple. Cheers!

As an Interior Designer and Owner of j. gray design & interiors, Inc., Tracy Harkness creates spaces that are chic, timeless, and comfortable. Every space should be functional and livable with attention to detail.

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