45 best Thanksgiving table decor ideas for 2021

Sure, Thanksgiving is centered on giving thanks, cutting into a juicy turkey and passing the sides around the table. But, that doesn’t mean skipping out on making your tablescape the most beautiful it can be.

After all, your mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and array of side dishes need a posh resting place for the holiday.

Whether you’re hosting a large family gathering or an intimate casserole and sweet potato bash with your partner (or, simply want a decked-out autumnal table for your Instagram feed), there are certain festive elements worth picking up.

From stunning taper candles to pumpkin-embossed dutch ovens and serving platters, we cherrypicked the dreamiest products to make sure your Thanksgiving decor is practical, pretty and picture-perfect.

Though some of our top selects are high-end, they’re treasured pieces that’ll last for years of hosting holiday dinners (speaking from my decades-old gravy boat experience).

Shop our 45 best Thanksgiving table decor pieces to assemble a fun and festive tablescape your guests are guaranteed to love. With a well-decorated setup, there’s no better way to give thanks and cherish time with your loved ones around the table — all while wearing a cozy and chic cashmere sweater, no less.

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  • Best Thanksgiving Candles
  • Best Thanksgiving Candle Holders
  • Best Thanksgiving Cocottes
  • Best Thanksgiving Turkey Platters
  • Best Thanksgiving Dining Chair Covers
  • Best Thanksgiving Charcuterie Boards & Cutting Boards
  • Best Thanksgiving Dinnerware Sets
  • Best Thanksgiving Cloth Napkins
  • Best Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
  • Best Thanksgiving Oven-to-Table Cookware
  • Best Thanksgiving Table Runners
  • Best Thanksgiving Goblets & Drinkware
  • Best Thanksgiving Flatware
  • Best Thanksgiving Turkey Carvers
  • Best Thanksgiving Gravy Boats
  • Best Thanksgiving Candles

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    There’s a reason every romantic dinner is candlelit. After setting your turkey on the table, set the mood with some of our favorite candles.

    The Spindle Taper Candle was handpicked by Anthropologie’s merchandise manager in our guide to the best Anthropologie gifts, and for a good reason — they’re the ultimate conversation piece that adds some color to your tablescape. Plus, Anthropologie’s candles, like its Serenity Cone Pillar Candle, are exquisite.

    Urban Outfitters’ candles are some of the most autumnal we’ve seen, too. Its Winnie Floral Taper Candle Set is affordable, has an elegant long stem and the most precious floral detailing that’s ideal for autumn.

    Best Thanksgiving Candle Holders

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    If you’re going all out with candles, you need some good candle holders to make your Pinterest-inspired tablescape as elegant as ever.

    There are so many options to choose from, including Target’s Pumpkin Candle Holder (for votive candles), Wayfair’s Pillar Wood 3-Piece Candlestick Set and West Elm’s Paradiso Glass Taper Holder.

    My mother always sets the table with elegant candle holders and, as someone who’s all about the aesthetic, they make a world of difference.

    Best Thanksgiving Cocottes

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    Truth be told, cocottes make the hosting and serving process more fun. With the iconic Staub Enameled Cast Iron Pumpkin Cocotte from Williams Sonoma to the versatile Perfect Pot from Our Place (the brand accredited for the Instagram-famous Always Pan we reviewed), you’ll have the cutest pieces to make all the sides.

    Plus, Amazon offers Staub’s mini cocottes in a three-pack for personalized dishes and desserts.

    Best Thanksgiving Turkey Platters

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    It’s time to make room for the main event of your table: the turkey.

    Turkey platters are a Thanksgiving dinner essential you may think you have. But, when you see the size of the big bird straight out of the oven, you may not have the proper place for it.

    Shop Amazon’s handpainted (and bestselling) Watercolor Turkey Platter, or consider Target’s turkey-shaped dish. If you’re looking for an extra-large platter, look no further than Williams Sonoma’s Plymouth Turkey selection.

    Best Thanksgiving Dining Chair Covers

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    If there’s one thing my mother is to the T about, it’s ensuring all the dining room chairs are covered in elegant fabric and protected from splatters and spills.

    Our favorites are from Bed Bath & Beyond, like its Sure Fit Duck Supreme Cotton Slipcover. Similar options include Pottery Barn’s Comfort Square Long Slipcover for a premium option and Amazon’s gorgeously printed (and bestselling) Madison Chateau Slipcover.

    Charcuterie Boards & Cutting Boards

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    Talk about killing two birds with one stone — and we’re not just talking about the turkey, here.

    For the chopping of the sweet potatoes and string beans almondine, you can’t forego a solid wood cutting board — our favorite we tried being Our Place’s Walnut Cutting Board. It has a no-spill border and no-slip design, most notably, and even doubles as a serving tray.

    For the ultimate charcuterie board filled with olives and grapes, Uncommon Goods’ Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board is next level. I hosted a Friendsgiving with it on my kitchen table and it was *chef’s kiss.*

    For some affordable options, Target offers a Large Wood Paddle Serving Board with Handles from Magnolia’s Hearth & Hand Collection.

    Best Thanksgiving Dinnerware Sets

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    This goes without saying, but investing in quality dinnerware for your guests is important. While we’re not saying to go out and purchase $1,000 fine China, you want to invest in pieces that will last you for many years of serving guests.

    For a turkey-embossed set that includes four dinner plates and four salad plates, Pottery Barn has you covered with a festive bundle. Additionally, Sur La Table has a 12-Piece Dinnerware Set that’s (1) absolutely stunning and (2) comes with four dinner, salad and soup plates.

    If you’re searching for an 18th century-inspired all-in-one set that includes dinner plates, wine glasses, au gratins, a gravy boat, a serving set, a table runner and napkins, Williams Sonoma’s Thanksgiving Plymouth Table Setting for Four is one to grab ASAP.

    Best Thanksgiving Cloth Napkins

    Thanksgiving Cloth Napkins

    If you’ve seen any Thanksgiving tablescape, you know rolled-up cloth napkins are your best friend.

    There are so many on the market, including neutral-toned Newton Plaid Cloth and Linen Napkins from Pottery Barn to Tartan Plaid Woven Napkins from Target’s Magnolia Hearth & Hand Collection.

    For simpler, non-patterned options, Amazon has a slew of dish accents available, our favorite being its bestselling 12-pack of napkins in gold, burnt orange and red hues.

    Best Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

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    If you want to practice your restaurant-esque napkin folding skills, napkin rings are your best bet. And, they look picture-ready when the table is set.

    Some of our favorites include Amazon’s elegant gold leaf napkin rings for an autumnal statement to your cloth napkins. Just as festive are Walmart’s pumpkin-shaped napkin rings to match the new pumpkin cocette you’re about to add to your shopping cart.

    If you’re looking to really invest in napkin rings because they’re just that cute, Neiman Marcus has the daintiest floral and gold pieces that are great all year round.

    Best Thanksgiving Oven-to-Table Cookware

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    If you’re juggling the turkey, side dishes and ensuring your home is manicured to perfection, oven-to-table cookware is the most practical option that still looks put-together on your table.

    First, off Le Creuset — the brand that we can’t get over. Though a splurge, its cookware sold at Williams Sonoma is second to none, bakes and broils to perfection and blends in on your table.

    What’s more, Pottery Barn’s Finn Stoneware Oven-to-Table Dishes are great for the minimalist Thanksgiving hoster who loves all cookware to be white, sleek and bright.

    And, for a casserole dish that’s investment-worthy, chic and magnificently detailed, Michael Aram’s White Orchid 3-Quart Casserole Dish at Bloomingdale’s is a prime option.

    Best Thanksgiving Table Runners

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    Table runners evoke a Better Homes & Gardens feel that, surprisingly, doesn’t break the bank to achieve.

    To line the center of your Thanksgiving table, pick up Williams Sonoma’s traditional Vintage Floral Jacquard Table Runner that comes in three neutral tones. For a patterned style that’s still classy, Pottery Barn’s Harvest Pumpkin Table Runner is the way to go.

    If you’re on a budget but still want something beautiful, LeLeHome’s Lace Embroidered Table Runner is an Amazon’s Choice item we can’t believe is only $16.

    Best Thanksgiving Goblets & Drinkware

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    Though they may not seem like a high priority, fall-festive goblets and drinkware make Thanksgiving gatherings all the more fun.

    Start planning your table with Wayfair’s medieval-inspired Corona Glass Goblets. Or, opt for Amazon’s set-of-four Leaf Luster Wine Glasses that are similar, a bestseller and a bit more modern.

    And, for dessert mugs to pair with pumpkin pie and the yummy food for the eye, Inslee Fariss’ Autumn’s Bounty Mug from Anthropologie is artfully crafted.

    Best Thanksgiving Flatware

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    Of course, you need a solid set of flatware that’s aesthetically pleasing, to your liking and perfect to dig into your selection of white or dark meat.

    Amazon’s 30-Piece Silverware Set is less than $25 and a no-frills option, with Wayfair’s 20-Piece Flatware Set — which comes in gold, copper and silver — adds a more luxe feel.

    But, if you’re looking for the crème de la crème of the flatware game, the Godinger 20-Piece Gold Accent Butterfly Flatware Set from Neiman Marcus is immaculate.

    Best Thanksgiving Turkey Carvers

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    If cooking a turkey isn’t enough of a daunting task, cutting it can be.

    Make your life easier with a state-of-the-art turkey carver, like Hamilton Beach’s Electric Knife (an Amazon Choice product), Walmart’s Black+Decker Electric Carving Knife or Bed Bath & Beyond’s Classic Cuisine Electric Knife with Two Blades.

    All fit for every turkey carving need, for sure.

    Best Thanksgiving Gravy Boats

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    For your turkey, garnish it the fancy way in a gravy boat that’ll last you for decades. With so many available, we made it easier on you by providing our top three below.

    Williams Sonoma’s Vintage Etched Gravy Boat is less than $25 and has a fine China-like finish. Another quality option is Amazon’s Autumn Berry Gravy Boat for some festive flair.

    Not to mention, Target’s Blue Rose Pottery Peach Posy Gravy Boat & Ladle is worth the buy — just look at how precious it is.

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