If Thanksgiving snuck up on you this year like it did us, then you were probably scrambling all over this weekend- scouring Pinterest for side dish recipes and making grocery lists, driving to West Elm to hunt down new glasses and wondering how in the world are you going to rearrange the furniture to accommodate your guests?! Between the craze of cleaning the house and prepping the meal, we really are firm believers that the tabletop is clearly the most fun part of the whole holiday- that, and breaking bread with your loved ones, of course!

But if you haven’t had the time to dream up an elaborate scape {hello, it’s Tuesday afternoon- yikes!}, we have a couple of super last second Thanksgiving tabletops chock full of easy ideas to reinvent in your own dining room. Just remember, there’s nothing that a day-before-trip to your local flower mart can’t solve!


A really clean set up like the one above is all you need to make guests feel at ease in your home. We love the idea of sticking to a neutral color palette, adding a pop of print with a napkin and topping off a table setting with a mini white pumpkin. Elegant champagne flutes and magnolia leaves add sophisticated style to the table. Super simple, yet beautiful!


Stray away from a traditional color palette and add pops of purple and pink- or use whatever fun dinnerware and linens you may have. Mix in vintage coupes and funky goblets or really any glassware you have lying around. With this type of tabletop, the more variety the better. Thanksgiving is a smorgasbord after all, there are no rules! {see more of this option right here!}


If you’re going for a pretty fool proof “wow” factor this year, a leafy tree branch hanging over the table will definitely do the trick. With some hooks and fishing line you’ll make friends and family “oooh” and “ahh.” But just as impactful are tiered floral arrangements in different sized vases, cute garlands around pies and cakes and festive metallic silverware! We love this bronze set – a richly hued alternative to gold.

Take one idea or take them alI. And if you have a moment on Wednesday night, set up the tabletop- it’ll help you get through a full day of cooking knowing that the pretty part is all taken care of! If you need uniqe recipe ideas, note them down from here. Dessert recipes? We’ve got you covered, here. And with all the prep in the kitchen, you’ll definitely want to check out these cocktail recipes!

image 1/2 via Sacramento Street // image 3 photography by Aubrie Pick // image 4/5 via DesignLoveFest 

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