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Simple, Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape and Tips for Prepping for the gathering

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Ideas for a simple, natural Thanksgiving tablescape and stress-free holiday

Thanksgiving tablescape

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Hello, friends. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner? Where has this year gone? I’m excited because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s got all the good things – food, family, and a festive atmosphere, without the pressure of finding just the right gift without blowing your budget.

Thanksgiving tablescape

But it’s not completely stress-free, especially if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner. So today I’ve teamed up with Decoy wine to give you some tips for a simple, natural tablescape and for making your Thanksgiving a stress-free day. Here are some great ideas:

Thanksgiving Tablescape & Stress-Free Holiday Tips

1. Keep the place settings simple

simple, natural Thanksgiving tablescape

If formal China is something you love, then by all means use it. But a casual, rustic Thanksgiving table setting is always welcome at our home. No hand washing required on these dishes.

Thanksgiving place setting with vintage silver

Vintage silver, fall dinner plates, and relaxed cloth napkins make a simple but tasteful table setting. Add some rustic texture with woven placemats or chargers. 

2. Make a simple, natural centerpiece

simple, natural, rustic Thanksgiving centerpiece

Keeping the theme simple and natural with your centerpiece is as easy as a trip to the grocery store.

Thanksgiving centerpiece with fruits and nuts in wooden bowl

For this casual centerpiece all you need is some seasonal produce, greenery, and nuts. I used pears, persimmons, walnuts, and hazelnuts in a wooden bowl and placed it on top of a few eucalyptus branches. A simple burlap table runner anchors it all.

birch wrapped candles with persimmons and nuts

Some birch-wrapped pillar candles were added for a little height.

pears, dried hydrangeas, and pressed leaves

And a few dried hydrangeas and pressed leaves make up the rest of the filler. 

birch-wrapped candles with dried hydrangeas, persimmons, and natural elements

3. Offer your guests a few appetizers

wooden cutting board with parchment paper leaves and hors d'oeuvres

Keep your guests happy while the final preparations are being made to the main meal by offering a few items to snack on. Cheese, nuts, dried fruits, and meats only take a few minutes to set up but can give you plenty of extra time to finish making the turkey and dressing. I picked up all of these items at the grocery store.

wooden cutting board with charcuterie

A wooden cutting board topped with a few parchment paper leaves makes a simple but stylish way to serve them. 

4. Serve great wine

wine bottles with glasses of wine and snacks

Elevate your occasion by serving Decoy wine and other beverages. They have a wonderful variety of wines to choose from so you can be sure that all of your guests have their favorites. And the holidays are always better when your guests are happy.

wine glasses and bottles

Plus, since these are serious wines within reach, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to bust your budget to have great wine. 

Simple Thanksgiving tablescape with wine in glasses

Tips for a less stressful Thanksgiving dinner

In addition to these tips, here are a few more things you can do to make your Thanksgiving less stressful and more enjoyable.

  • Plan your menu at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
  • Clean out your refrigerator and freezer ahead of time to make room for everything.
  • Buy groceries the week before Thanksgiving – turkeys take at least 3 days to thaw if frozen.
  • Prepare and freeze anything you can ahead of time and simply thaw and warm it on Thanksgiving. Most desserts freeze well.
  • Set the table the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Accept any offers of help or food from guests.
  • Do any heavy duty cleaning the week before and just touch up everything the day before.
  • Most importantly – Remember that it’s more about being thankful than anything else.

Finally, after all the guests have gone, put your feet up and toast yourself for a job well done.

red wine in glass with wine bottles

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Let me know of any other tips you have for making it stress-free. 

And be sure to hop over to Decoy to see all of their great wine choices and include some in your celebration.

thanksgiving tablescape

Thanks for dropping by!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Such great ideas Angie! I love your centerpiece, your meat and cheese is perfect and of course, good wine always makes every event even better. Thanks for the great ideas.

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. Thanks, Lynn. The centerpiece was so easy to put together. And yes, wine makes every occasion special!

  2. Your table is beautiful, I love all the simple rustic touches. I've never tried this wine before, but it sounds wonderful. I think I will have to try a bottle with our prep holiday meal apps. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! They have lots of great varieties. I love their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but I'm sure they're all delicious.

  3. This is such a gorgeous table! I love all the natural accessories. Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend link party. You were one of my features this week! Enjoy your weekend!

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