Design a Harvest Table

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that is all about the table. Whether you’re hosting the entire extended family for football and a feast or all of your pals for Friendsgiving fun, everyone will gather together around a table (or two) to share a meal. Get inspired by the harvest season and create a beautiful, rustic table that your friends and family will enjoy lingering over for hours.


Set the foundation with a mix of materials and textures. A burlap runner is a simple, agrarian-inspired way to dress the table, and the pewter charger and silverware add a little luster, instantly elevating the tableau. Large metal hurricane lanterns anchor the runner, while their black finish brings balance to the color palette.


Let the table decor speak for itself: Keep place settings simple and unadorned with classic white or ivory plates, which are perfect for pairing with a metallic charger. The Apilco Tradition porcelain dinnerware collection is a timeless choice.


Find special ways to present even the basic elements, like a dinner napkin. An artificial stem of rose hips is delicately adorned with a pair of acorn charms and a handwritten tag that says, simply, “thankful.”


Whether you’re hosting five folks or 50, a name card is a fun touch for every table. We love this idea from a fall wedding — all you need is a humble pine cone and a handwritten tag for each guest. Use real pine cones, or combine with a pine cone-shaped candle and a little box of matches for a small gift for everyone to take home.


Candles are essential to a well-decorated dinner table, and you can never go wrong with plain votives. Specifically, clear glass votives with unscented white candles. Much like a pair of diamond earrings, these basic candles go with everything. The unscented wax won’t interfere with the heavenly aroma (and taste) of your food, and the glass votive itself is small but sturdy, making it a safer choice than tea lights.


They call them centerpieces for a reason, you know! Flowers are the finishing touch to every tablescape, and at the rustic Thanksgiving table, fall’s fiery hues inject a riot of color and take their rightful place as focal point. We’re getting major floral inspiration from this quartet of autumn arrangements from Bouqs. With marigolds, mini calla lilies, roses, ranunculus, pincushion flowers and lush foliage among them, these arrangements would look perfect in small clusters down the center of a long table.