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Sophisticated Thanksgiving (and Friendsgiving) Decor Ideas

This year, we’re thankful for style!


Thanksgiving is the time to gather with our families. These families come in different shapes, colors, and sizes. We have the one we were born into, the one we’ve built; and the one we’ve chosen. Let’s explore an array of chic holiday tablescapes to reflect the gorgeous variety in the families around us!

Stripes and solids lacquer placemat white turquoise
Navy and white lacquer stripe placemat

A Family Tradition

Feeling nostalgic? Homesick for the house you grew up in? Craving the earthy palette and textures of this season almost as much as you crave your grandmother’s passed-down stuffing recipe? That’s what today is all about! So let’s lean into the traditional side of turkey day.

This year, your heavenly harvest goes glam with our Garland Placemats in earth tones. Handcrafted gold and bronze beaded leaves intertwine delicately on a jute background. These elegant placemats are the crown jewels of any Thanksgiving table.

But why stop there? More is more in this celebration of the season! Want more shine? Add complementary bronze or gold flatware and linens for extra extravagance. Opting for an organic feel? Choose cornucopias of fall foliage! Styled here with our Constellation Napkin Rings, these glorious gems are the perfect finishing touch to your festive meal. This trasitional table setting creates a warm, inviting atmosphere that will delight your family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Navy rope napkin ring

Pearls of Wisdom

“I favor pearls onscreen, and in my private life.”

When has Grace Kelly ever been wrong? Pearls are quintessentially glamorous. They flow with ease from the subdued, to the sublime. For a unique Thanksgiving tablescape that does just that, our Dewdrop Placemats are your must-have accessory for this holiday season! Crafted in petite glass beads and pearls on a cotton backing, their unique shape serves an extra helping of chic.

Now, Coco Chanel never met a pearl she didn’t love. Take a page out of her best-dressed book! Start by adding our 3 Ring Pearl Napkin Rings.

Now that your table has been transformed from festive to fabulous, you need a touch of metallic warmth. It’ll keep this holiday meal grounded in that fall feast feel. First, style with gold-rimmed plates and gold flatware. The metal warms up your look. Try a thick linen or cotton tablecloth with a gold motif for thematic texture. Now we’re cooking! This classic take on turkey day will leave you craving Audrey Hebpurn movies. Breakfast at Tiffany’s… and then dessert!

Red ombre round placemat

Silver Belles

Triumphed at traditional? Treated your peeps to your pearly whites? Want to shake up the tried-and-true Thanksgiving look, while leaning less into the upscale ornate? Split the difference! Our Split Reversible Placemats were literally made for this!

Crafted in sumptuous faux leather, one side sparkles in a delightful duo of silver and pearl, while the flip side stuns in pearl alone. These beauties doll up the most casual Friendsgiving; or elevate the elegance of a formal fete.

Anyone want a second helping of bling? Choose our Sparkle Napkin Rings in white. Pair with silver-rimmed dishes and flatware to step up the shine.

Now, let’s remember, it’s still November! So usher in some of the autumnal palette that’s so pleasing in this season. Place an earthy tablecloth and keep it fall festive with flowers in warm, deep reds and oranges. Welcome to the sweet spot: a creative, eclectic mix of laid-back and classic! It’s the perfect setting for a fabulous feast with your chosen family. Your guests will simply gush with gratitude!

Maasai multi beaded placemat

Modern Family

Holiday adulting is a lot. Between décor, dietary restrictions, and destination delays, we long for the days when naps were forced upon us. One great thing about being grown-ups, though: we don’t have to follow the rules! That’s where our last look lands. Tradition is terrific. Glamor is grand. Bridging them? Brilliant. Now for a nod to nonconformity!

Axe the autumnal palette. Pack your pearls for next time. Mix your metals next week. Dare to be different! Picture Pistachio and Periwinkle! Our Reversible Placemats, shown here in Light Green (Dark Green) and Light Blue (Steel Blue) are an unexpected serving of style. Don’t think these colors say turkey day? What if they scream YOU? Toss in some decorative white pumpkins if you want to ground your look. Lop off the top of a long-necked gourd and use it as a vase for eucalyptus clippings. Treat yourself to your own take on The Thursday of the year. Your Thanksgiving feast can be whatever you want it to be. Just like your family….

Happy Thanksgiving to all! And, to our customers whose tables we are thrilled to grace, we at Von Gern Home are thankful to you, and for you! xx