Thanksgiving Table Setting | setting a fall tablescape with Better Homes and Gardens

Thanksgiving Table Setting | setting a fall tablescape with Better Homes and Gardens

Thanksgiving Table Setting | setting a fall tablescape with Better Homes and Gardens 

Thanksgiving dinner is one family tradition I look forward to the most this time of year. Nothing is more precious than gathering friends and family around the table
to celebrate, reminiscence, and give thanks.

Since we won’t be entertaining before the big day I finished up our Thanksgiving table setting last week. There are a few things I’ll have to touch up before the feast arrives, like the flowers and bread placecards, but for the most part I’m just thrilled to be ahead of the game
and ready to go this time around.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas
As I have mentioned before, I love the versatility of plain white dinnerware and have used them for pretty much every holiday dinner we have ever hosted. We do not particularly have much space for storing various sets of dishes so having just a couple of sets that meet all of our entertaining needs throughout the year is a huge plus. I have had my eye set on adding some square plates to the mix and was excited to check out the new porcelain line
Better Homes and Gardens released this year at Walmart.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas
I like having white dishes on hand because they go with everything and can be styled to fit in with any table setting. The quality of these sets are durable enough to use every day and quite impressive for the cost. I snagged a couple of individual white serving pieces as well, which they carry to match the line, along with some seasonal accessories right at my local store. I have listed all of the details and links for the pieces in this table setting below – if you’d like to check them out.

Better Homes and Gardens Dinnerware
This year I strayed away from pumpkins and orange and decided to do something a little unexpected – by adding in a touch of leopard and some feathers.

Fall Table Setting Ideas
Each 16 piece dinnerware set come with service for four. I used the dinner and salad plates from the set for each place setting and topped them with the smaller appetizer plates
– sold separately in the line.

Better Homes and Gardens Silverware
The flatware is also from the line of Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart. They are the perfectly priced for picking up extras if you entertain quite a bit. Plus I love the weight of them – they are nicely weighted (which may only bother me) and durable for just $1 a piece.

Thanksgiving Tablescape
For the placecards I used rolls topped with curled pieces of printed cardstock. These were super quick and easy – and they will not go to waste.

Bread Loaf Place Card

Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

Better Homes Gardens Thanksgiving Centerpiece
I found two glass hurricane sets to use for the centerpieces.

Better Homes and Gardens Centerpiece
These are one of those fantastic in-store seasonal finds you occasionally find at Walmart from BHG. I gave them both a little update with some added garland and grapevine
– more details about them are below.

Thanksgiving Table Setting
Additional fresh flowers were used to fill in the empty spaces.

Grocery Store Flower Arrangement
A bunch of store bought roses were cut down and mixed with some sedum and other cuttings found in our garden beds. I also added in some of the faux leaves from the garland I used on the hurricanes – along with some feather picks.

Grocery Store Flower Arrangements
The roses were just $6 a bunch at our local Walmart – and I only used one bunch along with the free garden cuttings. Not bad at all for three separate arrangements.

Tablescape Ideas
I love the ambiance of a candlelit dinner and filled in the remaining spaces with some mercury glass votives, bronze metal candle holders, and 3-wick glass candles
– also from Better Homes and Gardens.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Appetizer
To give the serving ware a test run I whipped up a batch of the Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe I posted a couple of years ago. Butch appreciated the early treat and we didn’t want all of that bread to go to waste. This is tried, true, so simple and delicious. It’s a great appetizer to have sitting around for guests that can be made ahead of time.

Mini Pumpkin Bundt cakes
I also tested out a recipe for my new Nordic Ware Pumpkin Patch Pan.
I’ll definitely be sharing this one in the next few weeks.

Thanksgiving Table
Since we don’t use our dining room everyday, I love having it set and ready to go.

Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens Walmart
During the dinner, the food is kept and served in the kitchen –  so there is no need to move around the candles and centerpieces.  I usually get questions asking …

I also wanted to mention the height of these particular hurricanes are great for a table setting as they do not obstruct or get in the way of the guests sitting across from each other,
as some centerpieces often do.

Thanksgiving Tabelscape
Below are the details and links to the Better Homes and Gardens products
used for our Thanksgiving table setting.

Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart
1 | 2a, 2b, 2c | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Better Homes and Gardens Walmart
As mentioned above, this is the Better Homes and Gardens flatware. They come in packs of 2 and are a steal for the quality at just $2 a piece.

The tray shown above is also part of the seasonal Better Homes and Gardens line available in-stores ($7). It’s made of a heavy plastic material with embossed leaves and pinecones
– but has a neat wood-like finish.

Walmart BHG
These are the seasonal boxed hurricanes. The three piece set (available in-stores as well – $10) comes with the glass hurricane, a metal pedestal and a fall candle ring. For our table I replaced the candle ring with some faux green garland intertwined with some grapevine.

BHG Candles Walmart
I also wanted to mention these 3-wick candles I found as well. They are soy blend and come in really nice and heavy tinted glass containers. I love warm and cozy scents this time of year and the Soft Cashmere Amber is one of my favorites. These are under $6 a piece
and the label can easily be removed.

Free Thanksgiving Printable
I shared the free printable Thanksgiving menu last week if you missed it. The menu can be customized with your own Thanksgiving dishes and simply printed and framed. It not only lets the guest know whats being served – but keeps me on track in the kitchen as I am getting everything together.

Better Homes and Gardens Dinnerware
Will you be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?

This post is brought to you by Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart. As always the opinions, thoughts and ideas read here about our shopping experience and products are entirely my own.


  1. Love this! Especially, you pics of the candlelit coziness! Your table looks wonderful and I agree it is so important to have a plan for your tablescape way ahead of the actual occasion. I’ve always loved the BH&G line at Walmart and will be looking for some of these items you’ve featured on my next visit there!


  2. What a beautiful and festive table! I had to scroll back up and down to take in all the gorgeous details! We host Thanksgiving every year and since we have so many guests, we end up setting up the food buffet style in the kitchen. Much easier than trying to pass it all around!

  3. What a perfect table dear! I’m surely checking out that line!

  4. Your table is always so beautifully decorated! Love all the white pieces!

  5. Great table, I love that you don’t use the traditional colors. I’ve seen those white dishes at Walmart… it’s going to be difficult to pass them up! lol

  6. I’m going today to get a few of those boxed hurricanes! They’re perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing all the info.! Lovely table setting!

  7. Your table is truly stunning, mind if my husband and I come, LOL!!! I love this holiday for the same reason as you do, being with family, friend, the smells, the love and laughter!! This is my favorite time of year!!!


  8. This is a beautiful setting and thanks for leading me to this collection. Your pictures are gorgeous!!

  9. Just perfect. I love every detail, and now feel I must step-up my table setting game! This was so beautifully shot and very inspiring. Such a pretty table. Not too formal, just right. I for one adored the hint of leopard. I love me some animal print. You must feel thrilled to be so on top of things 🙂

  10. It is just simply FANTASTIC! Everything is just so amazingly classic and elegant! Love the name tags idea and the tiny swirls of the name tags! The hint of gold from the candle holders and detail of leopard print with a touch of feather adds more elegance to the overall beautifully done setup! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! 🙂

  11. I’m in love with that tablecloth. Where did you find it? Absolutely beautiful table setting!

    • Thanks so much Sarah. I have a hard time finding tablecloths for that table because it is on the longer side – so I usually just buy a few yards of fabric and make my own by just hemming the edges. That particular fabric was a red tag sale so unfortunately I don’t have a pattern name or designer to pass along to you.

  12. such a beautiful and elegant thanksgiving tablescape. I can’t find the feather, ribbon, and flower vase, where did you get them from? thank you!

    • Thanks so much Christina. The leopard ribbon was found in the Walmart craft section. The feathers are picks I found at the craft store (Joanne’s – in the holiday section). I have seen them at my local Walmart as well – but they are not always in stock. They are normally by the floral accessories / faux flowers in the craft section. Let me know which vases your asking about….the smaller ones are actually candle holders … or the centerpiece?

      • Dear Stephanie:

        because of your help, my thanksgiving tablescape is coming together!!!!! I was asking about the bronze small vase/candle holder? that you put your white roses if you remember where you got them from. Thanks in advance! They are so pretty!

        I was in my local Walmart the other day and the better home and garden hurricane center pieces are on sale for $7 each. I got two like yours. 🙂 They also have red hurricanes and gold hurricanes for X’mas on sale as well, $7 each. They also have some fall decoration on clearance. (I got 2 orange and 2 gold pumpkin stack-up topiary (faux) for $5/each for my front door and back yard sitting area, some pine corns and acorns for $0.75/box, great deal!) so check it out if you get a chance. 🙂

        thank you once again for your help, you have a very elegant taste of home decoration and website, which I love!!!! 🙂


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