Between perfecting your turkey, stuffin’ and pies, it’s easy to forget the rest of the holiday table. As a wedding planner and stylist,  I think one of the biggest misconceptions about decorating for the holidays is that it’s both time consuming and expensive but that is not necessarily the case.

It doesn’t have take a lot of time or money to add some style to your Thanksgiving dinner and to set a beautiful, festive table for your family and friends. Today, we’ve gathered a couple of our favorite table styling ideas to make your holiday prep a cinch thanks to a recent Friendsgiving celebration that I was fortunate to be a part of. I worked with my friend, Kelly Golia of Kelly Golia Events to design a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner party with the help of some of our favorite New England wedding creatives (more on that later!).

From creative centerpieces to perfect final touches, here are a couple of my favorite Thanksgiving design ideas guaranteed to inspire your home this holiday.

1.    Fruits and veggies aren't just for eatin'.

While I am sucker for beautiful blooms (and always will be), I think Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to incorporate some edible additions to your table centerpiece. Head to your local grocery store’s produce department and grab some colorful fruits, veggies and herbs like pumpkins, artichokes, pomegranates, pears, oranges, persimmons, sage, and bay leaf. Your guests will love the surprising texture and scent.  

Thanksgiving Centerpiece_Kate Murtaugh Events & Design

2.     Get personal.

Nothing is more inviting for guests than sitting down at a table with their names at their seat. Instead of using the same white folded place cards, get creative this season. Try making handmade place cards and pair them with indiviual pies or tie them on small pumpkins. Little details like this will go a long way.

Pie Place Cards | Kate Murtaugh Events & Design

3.     Be thrifty.

You don’t have to use fine china to set a beautiful table plus not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people. Use vintage plates, glassware and cutlery. Scour thrift stores or your Grandmother’s cupboard for beautiful, vintage finds. Just remember, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colors and materials. 

Thanksgiving Table Setting | Kate Murtaugh Events & Design

4.     Snail mail is still cool.

There's no right or wrong way to invite guests to your holiday party. Afterall, what's important, is that your guests are happy, well-fed... and knew exactly where to be and when. That said, getting a beautifully designed invitation in the mail is a world away from opening an inbox. Mailed invitations will really set the scene for an extra-special holiday gathering.

Thanksgiving Invitation | Kate Murtaugh Events & Design

5.    Candle light is gorg.

Use candles and use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. 

While decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite traditions of the season (I mean I am a wedding planner), it's important to remember that the best part of the holidays is to be surrounded by family and friends and to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for.  

xo Kate

Kudos to all of the amazing vendors that came together to make this GORGEOUS celebration come to life (keep an eye out in a couple of weeks for a more complete write-up and all of the amazing photos from this fabulous Friendsgiving inspired shoot):  

Event Planning & Design: Kate Murtaugh Events + Design and Kelly Golia Events

Venue: Phineas Wright House

Photography: Meredith Jane Photography and Madeline Rose Photography

Floral Design: Field & Vase and Weatherlow Farm

Cocktails: Little Bitte

Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed BLU

Stationary: Lilliput Design Studio

Calligraphy: Molly Grace Makes

Beauty: Sarah Lord, Jocelyn Mariah Makeup and Tada Style

Accessories: Wool and Whiskey

p.s. If you're recently engaged and looking for a Boston wedding planner or New England wedding planner to help you create the wedding of your dreams, we'd love grab a cup of coffee and chat! xo