For All the Procrastinators – 12 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Getting ready to host Thanksgiving dinner is stressful. Not only are you cooking, but you want to be able to set a pretty table, too. For all the procrastinators out there, here are 12 easy and quick table-setting ideas you can do at the last minute.

1. Pumpkins

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Pumpkins come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Go traditional with orange, classic neutral with white, or electric with muted grays and pinks. Set them on wood slices, cutting boards, or even a small one on each guest’s place setting for an easy last-minute table setting idea.

2. Leaf Placemats

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Free is always good; you can make these placemats in a jiffy. Send the kiddos out to collect leaves from the yard and dab a bit of hot glue to hold them together. You could also use faux leaves if you wanted.

3. Fruit Table Decor

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Seasonal fruit adds color to your Thanksgiving table and is available cheaply at your local grocery store. Put it in a bowl as a centerpiece with faux greenery.

4. Craft Paper Table Cloth

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Forgo the traditional fabric tablecloth and use craft paper instead. This fun and easy idea is great if you serve Thanksgiving dinner buffet style. Make your own with this tutorial.

5. Scrap Wood Table Runner

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Add a table runner to your Thanksgiving table using scrap wood. You still have time to make your own, and the colors are perfect for the season! Tutorial to make your own here.

8. Leaf Name Cards

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Use a paint pen to write guest names on a colorful leaf as a name card. Attach them to napkins using ribbon or twine.

6. Pumpkin Vases

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Carve out a small pumpkin and fill it with flowers. Seasonal flowers like mums come in the perfect colors for Thanksgiving. Set one at each place setting, and your guests can take them home.

7. Easy Name Cards

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Keep it organic with wooden place cards. These are easy to make with wood veneer tape. Personalize them with your guest’s name or a Thanksgiving saying.

8. Dried Flowers

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Layer dried seasonal flowers or grasses on your napkins for a quick and easy table setting. You can collect them from your garden or buy a bouquet at your local florist or grocery store.

9. Greenery

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Use a faux garland and lay it in the center of your table for a simple centerpiece. Layer on top of a burlap runner and add other seasonal decor to complete the look.

10. DIY Wood Box Centerpiece

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Make a simple box using just one board and fill it with pumpkins and fall leaves for an easy last minute Thanksgiving centerpiece. Tutorial to make your own here.

11. Add Candles

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No table is complete without candles. Layer them with greenery, put them on candle holders, sit them in vases for an easy and quick way to make a Thanksgiving tablescape.

12. Sunflowers

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Keep it simple and lay a sunflower on each place setting. You can grab a bouquet at your local grocery store for a last-minute table-setting idea.

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