Traditional Thanksgiving Table

Dress your Thanksgiving table with cheery fall harvest colors and seasonal imagery in a way that still feels fresh.

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Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC All Rights Reserved

Set the Stage

Tired of paper turkey and cornucopia centerpieces? Simple floral arrangements in a crimson, peach and yellow color palette dress up your elegant china table, while amber and dark brown accents keep the look grounded and harken to that fall harvest theme.

Fall Harvest Centerpieces

To build your own fall harvest centerpieces, choose a mix of classic flowers (roses and calla lilies) and combine with seasonal fruits, textured foliage and surprising brights, like these yellow mini button pom-pom chrysanthemums.

Pretty Profile

Textured urns in various shades of cream and brown add an earthy touch to an otherwise very formal table. Line taller vases such as these with oasis floral foam (easy to find at any craft store) to elevate flowers and anchor them in place within the arrangement.

Peachy Keen

Group roses in small clusters and balance textures and colors when arranging flowers so that the eye continues to dart around. Sprigs of millet and wheat poke out the top, breaking up the roundness of the arrangement, while bristly rubekia pods add texture and drama.

Fruits of Fall

Mini pomegranate clusters and bunches of hypericum berries nod to the classic cornucopia imagery. The berries make great anchors for the arrangement as they cascade over the side of the vases artfully. Handle them with care, though — they are very fragile and will burst easily.

Golden Plates

Gold-rimmed china and glassware and two-tone gold-and-stainless flatware add a glitzy pop while reinforcing the autumnal tones. Cluster amber-hued votives between the floral arrangements to add more color to the table and then light to add instant ambiance.

All Tucked In

Tape a dark-hued burlap ribbon around your charger, dinner plate and salad plate to present the place setting to guests as though it's a wrapped present. Tuck in a sprig of dried wheat to wink at the harvest theme and finish the look.

Pumpkin Patch

Small white pumpkins (or their ceramic counterparts) make perfect plate-toppers and when clustered in the center of the table serve as alternate centerpieces. Mix various shapes and sizes and stack them as you please for dramatic effect.

Wild About Wheat

Whether tucked into each place setting, tied in a bundle or simply scattered about the table, sprigs of wheat add an organic, harvest-inspired touch to your holiday gathering at minimal cost. We could stare at their beautiful braids all day long.

Fabric Play

We tucked our plates into this thick, textured burlap ribbon, but any ribbon within this table's color scheme will do. Amplify the orange or yellow hues with a citrus-colored ribbon, or add a playful and farmhouse-inspired twist with a fun gingham check. If you don't like the plate-as-package concept, consider tying a bow around each napkin or wrapping the back of each chair.

Design and Styling by Lisa Fireman Dorhout, Studio Sweet Pea.