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Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when friends and family gather together to express gratitude and celebrate the blessings in their lives. It's an opportunity to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home, and what better way to do that than with beautiful table decor?

At Paper Starlights, we understand the importance of setting the right ambiance for your Thanksgiving gathering. Our handmade paper star lanterns have been bringing people together under the stars since 1996. In this article, we will share some inspiring and creative Thanksgiving table decor ideas that will surely make your celebration truly magical.

Vibrant Harvest Colours

Celebrate the bountiful harvest season by incorporating vibrant colours into your Thanksgiving table decor. Choose table linens, napkins, and decorative elements in warm autumn hues such as deep reds, burnt oranges, and golden yellows.

These colours will harmonise beautifully with our vibrant red lantern; the orange lantern, and blue of the USA flag star lantern. Creating a captivating blend of patriotic and autumnal themes. Adorn the table with colourful Autumn foliage, gourds, and mini pumpkins. The combination of Paper Starlights lanterns and vibrant harvest colours will infuse your gathering with warmth, joy, and the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

USA flag star lantern

Nature-Inspired Rustic Charm

Embrace the beauty of nature and infuse your Thanksgiving table with a rustic charm. Use natural elements such as wooden logs, pinecones, and dried leaves as the foundation for your decor. Scatter some autumn leaves and small pumpkins around the lanterns to complete the rustic look. This decor style will bring warmth and a sense of tranquility to your Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

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Create a Celestial Centrepiece with Star Lanterns

Make a bold statement by incorporating star lanterns into your Thanksgiving centrepiece. Hang a cluster of Paper Starlights lanterns at varying heights above the table to create a celestial effect. Choose lanterns in warm, autumnal colours like orange, yellow, and caramel to complement the season.The Autumn Bundle

The soft glow emitted by the lanterns will create a mesmerising atmosphere, evoking a sense of wonder and enchantment among your guests. Place some faux foliage or small pumpkins around the lanterns to enhance the Thanksgiving theme.

Whimsical Autumnal Accents

Infuse your Thanksgiving table with whimsy and playfulness by incorporating fall-themed accents. Consider using mini pumpkins as place card holders or incorporating colourful fall foliage into your centrepiece. Add a dash of whimsy with decorative turkey figurines or woodland creature-themed table accessories. These playful accents will bring a sense of joy and delight to your Thanksgiving celebration.

Seasonal Floral Arrangements

Enliven your Thanksgiving table with beautiful floral arrangements inspired by the colours of autumn. Use a mix of seasonal flowers like dahlias, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers in warm hues of red, orange, and yellow. Arrange them in elegant vases or opt for rustic containers like watering cans or mason jars. These vibrant floral arrangements will infuse your table with natural beauty.

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Twinkle with String Lights and Stars

Add a touch of sparkle and elegance to your Thanksgiving table by incorporating string lights and stars. Lay a sheer, white table runner across the table and intertwine delicate string lights along its length. Place Paper Starlights lanterns of various sizes and colours along the runner, allowing them to twinkle amidst the soft glow of the lights. The combination of string lights and star lanterns will create a magical ambiance reminiscent of a starry night sky, captivating your guests and making your Thanksgiving feast truly memorable.

Did you know that you can also use LED fairy lights to light up your paper star lantern?

Starry Place Settings

Make each guest feel special by incorporating star lanterns into their place settings. Attach a small star lantern to a decorative card and write their name on it. Place the card on the plate or tuck it into a folded napkin. This personalised touch will make your guests feel cherished and add a whimsical element to the table.


As you prepare to gather around the table and give thanks, remember that the ambiance you create through thoughtful table decor can enhance the spirit of gratitude and togetherness. From nature-inspired elegance to whimsical accents, there are numerous Thanksgiving table decor ideas to suit every taste and style. Let your creativity flow and transform your feast into a visually stunning and memorable celebration that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

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