Thanksgiving is going to be quieter than usual this year, so let’s make it an intimate and memorable event! I’ve rounded up several ideas to style your table for a mid-century modern Thanksgiving.
Try modern table linens, serving platters and centerpieces to make this year’s dinner special. Don’t miss the DIY floral arrangement, mid-century style printable placemats and more ideas for your Thanksgiving table.
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Thanksgiving Table Linens
Start with the linens. Look for neutral, textured fabrics with splashes of fall colors.
Modern Tablecloths and Runners
Usually I stick with a white tablecloth and a colorful runner, or skip the tablecloth to show off the table. There are lots of pretty linen tablecloths like this that can warm up the table decor.
Mid-Century Modern Placemats
For the placemats, layer on the mod shapes and fall style. I designed these autumn tree placemats for a mid-century modern Thanksgiving. The touch of turquoise adds retro vibes to the fall color scheme.
They are designed to print on legal 8.5 x 14-inch paper, a little smaller than standard placemats. You can get legal paper here, and make sure to select the legal paper size in your printer settings. Or you could have them enlarged and printed at a print shop.
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Napkins and Napkin Rings
Fabric napkins are a sure sign we’re getting fancy. When I was a hostess back in the college days, we would fold napkins like this.
Find more creative napkin folding ideas here, or simply roll them up with a modern woodsy napkin ring.
Modern Thanksgiving Dishware
For dishware, I like to collect modern pieces that will work for every major occasion. White serving platters are a good start, with silver serving utensils. Acacia wood bowls are modern and give you the Thanksgiving feels.
And if you want to go totally mid-century, don’t forget the Jell-O mold!
Thanksgiving Table Decor
Next, layer on the Thanksgiving accessories.
Display an abstract pumpkin centerpiece or natural tapers in mid-century candle holders with gold accents. Or head out to the yard and hunt for fall colors to display in a vase.
Fall Floral Arrangement
I put together this simple Thanksgiving floral arrangement with spent crocosmia, barberry, blueberry and Elijah blue fescue cuttings.
More Table Decor
Have a Mid-Century Thanksgiving
Once the table’s all set, you can make Thanksgiving extra memorable with a throwback recipe. Try a vintage desert or side dish that the family won’t forget.
I went with a retro Jell-O mold delight, but I had trouble getting it free from the mold. So I checked with my baking source, the mom-in-law. She said make sure to apply generous amounts of nonstick spray to the bundt pan first.
You can also warm up the pan with water to help release the Jell-O. And throw in some vanilla vodka for extra delight. Find more ideas in these books.
You might also like these mid-century modern holiday decor ideas.