When it comes to Thanksgiving, it's safest to stick with what works: Grandma's go-to recipes (passed down from one generation to the next), favorite festive table decor, or even something as simple (but reliable) as assigned seating.
These traditions are what make the holidays sacred and keep them running like a well-oiled machine. And, this method rings true when shopping for Thanksgiving decorations. They are the backdrop to the holiday, setting the scene and creating a warm and inviting environment.
A necessity year-after-year, Thanksgiving decorating ideas need to be timeless – essentials like classic Thanksgiving centerpieces, the best candles or faux-leaf wreaths will always get the job done – and will become yearly staples. Here, we showcase the best buys.
The H&G Edit: Timeless Thanksgiving Decorations
From festive finds to timeless tablecloths, these Thanksgiving decorations will make creating a table setting for the holidays a seamless, stylish process.
1. Bed Threads Rust Tablecloth
Start by setting the scene with a timeless tablecloth. This one evokes the colors of the season but its classic linen look is versatile enough for year round use.
Rust Tablecloth (opens in new tab) starting at $100, at Bed Threads
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, this rust-tone tablecloth (opens in new tab) is perfectly on-trend with the Thanksgiving theme and the Autumn season. Available in three different sizes – small, medium, and large – it's exceptional when placed on any (and every) tabletop.
2. Bernardaud Soleil Salad Plate
Elevate your plates by choosing a set with a touch of gold for something special. These are perfect for the holiday season without feeling themed – no cornucopia motifs here.
Bernardaud Soleil Salad Plate (opens in new tab) for $92, at Bloomingdales
Paying tribute to 19th-century rich, French porcelain, this opulent salad plate (opens in new tab) showcases a motif created by renowned painter Pierre-Louis Dagoty enhanced by a delicate gold rim.
3. Vera Wang Jardin Beverage Set
Treat yourself to tea and serve it in this delicate set from Vera Wang. Metallic florals are a classy nod to fall.
Vera Wang Jardin Beverage Set (opens in new tab) for $305, at Burke Decor
Comprised of one of a teapot, creamer, and covered sugar bowl, this botanically illustrated beverage set (opens in new tab) features shimmering gold and bronze floral accents on a clean white backdrop. Stylish and stunning, it's the perfect post-dinner selection.
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4. National Tree Company Maple Leaves Candleholder Centerpiece
Add an autumn-accented centerpiece to your tablescape for a subtle reminder of the harvest.
National Tree Company 24 in. Maple Leaves Candleholder Centerpiece (opens in new tab) for $69.99, at Home Depot
Elevate tablescapes with the help of this Autumn centerpiece (opens in new tab) with assorted maple leaves in fall colors accentuated with pomegranate fruit sprouting from a wooden box. With trimmings including berry clusters and pinecones, the wooden box — with distressed — finishing includes three metal plates with glass to showcase some of the best home fragrances (opens in new tab).
5. Anthropologie Bronzed Turkey Plate
Serve guests in style with a show stopping turkey platter. This bronze lidded option is pretty and practical, keeping your turkey warm and moist between servings.
6. Mackenzie-Childs Walk in the Woods Centerpiece
Accessorize appropriately with a stunning dried floral arrangement. They last much longer than fresh bouquets and can be used each fall.
Walk in the Woods (opens in new tab)for $288, at Mackenzie-Childs
Scatter this abundance of autumn accents (opens in new tab) sporadically around your mantel with this wood-inspired arrangement. Showcasing berries, seed pods, and natural-fiber mushrooms, it's the festive find your home needs.
7. Worthington Wreath
Decorate doors or mantels to welcome Thanksgiving guests.
Worthington Wreath (opens in new tab) l
Was $89.50, Now $71.60, at Grandin Road
This wreath (opens in new tab) features faux gourds and pumpkins, pinecones, and a gathering of other natural elements that bring rich contrast in color and texture to a mantel or front door.
8. Thanksgiving Personalized 'Thankful for' Placemat
Personalize placemats for a less cluttered approach to place setting.
Thanksgiving Personalized 'Thankful for' Placemat (Set of 4 (opens in new tab)) starting at $32.50, at Etsy
Seat settings are excellent when organizing large-scale family events, and when children are in the mix, it's impossible to keep those clean and tidy; that's where these placemats (opens in new tab) come into play. Personalize each placemat with the intended guest's name to keep your table linens clean and seamlessly seat everyone; it's a win-win.
9. Baccarat Chateau Baccarat 4-Piece Dégustation Glass Set
Upgrade glassware with a set that has options for red, white, sparkling and a tumbler for water or wine.
Baccarat Chateau Baccarat 4-Piece Dégustation Glass Set (opens in new tab)for $250, at Saks Fifth Avenue
Enhance your overall tasting experience with this assorted set of four gorgeous glasses (opens in new tab). With a variety of rounded and bowed shapes, each glass highlights soft horizontal swirling without oxidization on the inner surface and preserves the harmony of aromas.
10. Staub Cast Iron 3.5-qt Pumpkin Cocotte
Choose a cocotte to perfectly present your casseroles from oven to table.
Staub Cast Iron 3.5-qt Pumpkin Cocotte (opens in new tab) for $440.99, at Amazon
Go from the best-cast iron cookware (opens in new tab) and take this cocotte (opens in new tab) from kitchen to table; its unparalleled ability to retain heat makes this piece a fantastic choice for slow-cooking the season's signature soups, stews, pot roasts, and braises.
11. 17 Stories Wine Rack Table
Invest in a bar cart to make serving and displaying drinks easier.
17 Stories Wine Rack Table (opens in new tab) for $253.99, at Wayfair
Consider all of your entertaining duties handled with the help of this rustic bar cart; (opens in new tab) not only does it add an industrial-chic look to any room, but it can seamlessly store wine, glasses, and collectibles on a whim.