Fresh Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table Setting

Photos: Greta Tucker Photography

Concept Design: CAMPFIRE STUDIO

Recipe Development & Food Styling: JENNIFER BRAVO

Floral & Ceramic Design: CAMPFIRE STUDIO

Whether you’re searching for the perfect centerpiece, or simply in need of some seasonal décor inspiration, Thanksgiving tablescapes can be intimidating. We sought expert help from Jennifer Bravo, a trained chef and wellness expert with a cornucopia of table setting ideas for this Thanksgiving. The best part? Her ideas are inexpensive, easy, and can be done in a pinch.

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Centerpiece

An autumnal centerpiece is essential when transforming your dining room table into a Thanksgiving oasis. But as Jennifer tells us, it doesn’t have to be a florist’s perfectly arranged design. Instead, she says, grab a pair of shears and take a walk with your loved ones. Clip whatever is beautiful to you, then at home, arrange it into an organic and seasonal centerpiece. “It can be something that you went out and created with family – something that you put love into,” she says. “There’s more story and heart behind it.” 

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Menu & Recipes

Don’t worry, you don’t need to learn calligraphy for this one – any broad tip pen and some recycled or handmade paper will do the trick. A handwritten menu and recipes are a special and simple way to personalize your Thanksgiving spread. “I’ve been really into sharing my recipes when we have friends over for dinner or a small event,” Jennifer tells us. “I’ll handwrite some of the recipes as a gift for people after they’ve come, to take home and share the warmth of the fun we had together.”

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Place Cards

Place cards are a practical and decorative addition to any table setting, but they don’t always need to be made of paper. “We decided to do place cards on beautiful hand-died ribbons because of the texture and fluidity they add to the table setting,” Jennifer says. “What we love most about them is that they can be tied up in a bow on a keychain, or a purse handle and taken with each guest, rather than be discarded like traditional paper place cards.”