Thanksgiving Plates for a Festive Table

Get ready to host a festive Thanksgiving meal or Friendsgiving celebration with Thanksgiving plates, serveware and table decor. While a dedicated Thanksgiving dinnerware set is not necessary for a great celebration, it can help distinguish the occasion from everyday meals and make your tablescape more festive. For a complete table setting, you'll need not just the best Thanksgiving dinner plates, but Thanksgiving salad plates, table linens and napkin rings, too. Start by covering the dining table with a Thanksgiving tablecloth and layer on placemats at each seat to give the setup a little dimension. Then, lay out your Thanksgiving plate set by placing a salad plate atop the dinner plate at each seat. Finish by giving each guest a water glass, wine glass and set of utensils. (Not sure where to place the glassware and utensils? Check out this guide on how to set a table for help and inspiration for Thanksgiving decorations.) Personalized place cards are a nice way to create an inviting feel for loved ones and new friends alike. Don't forget the centerpiece; while a cornucopia is traditional, there are plenty of other options for modern Thanksgiving table decor. A cluster of pillar candles, a vase of red and orange botanicals, a faux wheat bundle surrounded by mini pumpkins—the Thanksgiving table setting ideas are endless. To maximize your time with the guests after the meal is over, be sure to look for a dishwasher-safe Thanksgiving dish set; that way, you can simply put your Thanksgiving plates in the dishwasher and let the machine do the work while you retire to the living room to mingle.

Thanksgiving Dinnerware Styles

Because every family celebrates Thanksgiving differently, it's important to choose Thanksgiving dinnerware that complements your entertaining style. If you're serving a traditional meal with turkey and mashed potatoes, you'll want elegant Thanksgiving tableware to give the meal an equally impressive backdrop. After preparing the main course and side dishes—with the help of fun and practical Thanksgiving gadgets, of course—set a formal place setting for each guest by pairing simple Thanksgiving plates with warm-hued placemats, linen napkins, Thanksgiving dinnerware and place card holders. Gold flatware adds an additional touch of autumnal warmth to your Thanksgiving tableware. To plate the food, use ivory or white Thanksgiving serving dishes as a neutral base that lets the food take center stage. Round out the look with a coordinating Thanksgiving table runner and centerpiece of pumpkin decor as a nod to the season. Prefer dinner to be a more casual affair? Skip the turkey in favor of a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, such as tapas, tacos or even pizza. For a table setting, opt for playful Thanksgiving plates with seasonal designs and gold flatware for a glam touch, or simply elevate your Thanksgiving dinnerware by placing centerpieces in the middle of the table. And don't forget about the little ones; enjoy setting a worry-free kids table with melamine Thanksgiving plates and cups atop paper placemats.

Modern Thanksgiving Decor

While Thanksgiving tableware is certainly at the heart of the holiday, give the rest of the house a holiday update, too, with modern Thanksgiving decor. Welcome guests to your home as they arrive for the meal by adorning the front door and entryway with Thanksgiving decorations, such as a fall wreath or live outdoor plants. In the living room, create a seasonal vignette on the coffee table or mantel using fall home decor, including ceramic pumpkins, scented candles and candle stands. Also consider setting appetizers out in the living room for family and friends to snack on as they mingle. Before you take your meal out of the oven and invite everyone to eat, make sure that your modern Thanksgiving table decor looks festive and inviting. A centerpiece made of dried florals and branches complements wood serving dishes and stoneware Thanksgiving dinner plates for a warm, rustic feel, while a classic cornucopia enhances more traditional Thanksgiving decorations. In the center of the kids' table, Thanksgiving home decor in the shape of a turkey or a pumpkin helps pint-sized guests feel just as special. A small craft at each place can also help keep little ones occupied during the meal. However you celebrate, spend the day surrounded by loved ones, great food and cheerful Thanksgiving decorations to mark the occasion.