Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, or your house is the holiday hot spot every year, these tips will help you set the perfect table for your feast.

Choose a theme. A theme will help you focus on elements that will enhance your table without taking away from the experience you’re trying to create. For example, if your theme is “shine,” you might opt for metallic accents sprinkled throughout the tablescape, such as gold or silver napkin holders or spray-painted gourd clusters for centerpieces.

Add elegant touches. Chargers are special oversized plates that sit beneath dining plates. As each course is cleared, the charger remains on the table awaiting the next dish. Chargers also serve as protection for your table cloth, and can be used with or without placemats. Another elegant touch is a specially folded napkin. You don't need a fancy swan, simply fold your napkins into a pocket shape where you can place utensils or a menu.

Create height, without obstructing the view. Tall candle holders or glass vases with metallic branches are an ideal way to add height to your Thanksgiving table, just make sure the placement doesn’t interfere with your guests’ conversations.

Don’t forget the kids! If you have enough children in your family to have a kids table, make it a fun place for them to be. Include trivia place cards or small games they can entertain themselves with.

Our Thanksgiving Table Pinterest Board features some beautiful, creative ideas for your family table and the kids’ table, too!

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