Thanksgiving is about gathering around one big table and feasting on nature’s bounty with those we love. And for that reason, we like to make sure our table is not only beautiful, but also reflective of the season’s organic nature. To get us inspired to set the table this year, we stopped by two stores: Travadavi and Scout for the Home. And while each table has a different look, they both share a few key elements that help create a beautiful Thanksgiving table. Travadavi, our first stop, stocks lovely crystal and china, but for our Thanksgiving table shop owner Ann Davis chose a more casual table setting and added wooden accessories to create the natural look we love. One of the most unique parts of the arrangement is the top plate. Some people shy away from patterned plates, but we think an occasion like Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pull out fun, whimsical plates with patterns or motifs.

A beautiful place setting that evokes the earthy elements of Thanksgiving. And, if you want to add your traditional silver to a setting like this, don’t be afraid! Ann says it is all about mixing casual with more traditional silver and china. Green dinner plate $50 and small bird plate $44

We also love the look of layered plates. At first glance, we thought the green plate was a larger charger. But it is actually an everyday dinner plate that is just slightly larger. When setting your table, don’t forget about the plates you use everyday. They might be the perfect base plate to a slightly smaller, top plate.

A layered place setting. Also notice that the glasses that Ann used are of varying heights. It’s all about creating different levels and layers.

Ann brought in a splash of color by adding orange flowers in a small vase. Sometimes small arrangements dispersed around the table work better then one large arrangement. And the best part of the table setting might just be the individual salt and pepper cellars—such a fun addition, and the wood also brings in another natural element.

Individual Salt and Pepper cellars. $165 for a set of 4

At our next stop at Scout for the Home, Kristin created a totally different look, but if you look closely, all of the same elements are here. shop manager Kristin layered the plates and created a variety of heights to create depth. And, if you love your table, don’t cover it up! It is a bit more casual to use placemats, but it is lovely to see the wood patina of the table and it creates the natural, organic look we are going for.

A casual, organic look for Thanksgiving. If you want to add a bit of color, grab whatever is green in your backyard. Twigs or pretty sticks even work too!

Instead of bright pops of color, Kristin used gold and other metallics to bring the table to life. Just imagine votive candles reflecting off of the small metallic jars.

We love the natural element that the pomegranates provide. If you have small pumpkins leftover from Halloween you could easily create this same look with a can of white spray paint. Metallic jars are $9 each. The small white plate is $14 and the large white plate is $18

To add another level of height to the table, Kristin added this wicker stand to the end of the table. It would also make a great piece on your buffet table or drinks table.

Add this wicker stand ($89) to the end of the table or your buffet for a bit of height.

Setting the table should not be stressful! And we think the best way to keep it stress-free is to incorporate some of your everyday pieces, stick to a fall color palette like the greens, browns and golds above, and bring in the natural, organic elements that makes the table oh-so beautiful!

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