This outdoor Thanksgiving table decor idea will give all your guests a warm and cozy feeling. Hygge Thanksgiving table decorations that will bring friends and family together for all the right reasons. There is so much more than just decorations so join me as we venture into table inspiration that will warm all your guest's hearts this holiday season.
This outdoor Thanksgiving table decor idea began with the term hygge. Hygge is a popular way of decorating right now so I thought why not bring it to my Thanksgiving table designs. I mean who wouldn't feel love sipping on tea and breaking warm bread on your back porch?
This year join me and give your outdoor space a hygge Thanksgiving table design. Many times we focus on the decorations and food, and we forget about how the whole evening will make people feel.
So for this holiday season, we decided to take Thanksgiving to a whole new level and introduce you to creating a style with a feeling too.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using the links below. All opinions are all my own.
OUTDOOR THANKSGIVING TABLE
Let's talk about how to decorate an outdoor Thanksgiving table setting that is not only about the dinner plates and tablecloth but about creating a warm and cozy feeling. A hygge inspired table but you might be wondering what is hygge?
WHAT DOES HYGGE MEAN?
Hygge is a danish term and it means, according to the dictionary, a cozy, comfortable, friendliness feeling of contentment or well-being.
HOW TO SET AN OUTDOOR THANKSGIVING TABLE
Now that we know what hygge is let's talk about setting an outdoor Thanksgiving table. Here is a list of what you will need to set an outdoor Thanksgiving table.
- Thanksgiving centerpiece
- Dinner plates
- Salad plates (optional)
- Dessert plates
Now that you have a list of what you need to create an outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape let's start planning your table design
Thanksgiving Hygge Tablescape
There are so many ideas rolling around on Pinterest but what makes this table different is that it goes a little deeper than just your ordinary Thanksgiving table decorations.
Our goal was to create a hygge feeling which is a Danish word that doesn't have a translation in the English language. It is a feeling or mood where a guest can enjoy life's simple pleasures.
Can you imagine eating dinner at a warm, comfortable, and inviting table with friends and family? If so let's look at the table that is just the beginning of a relaxing casual evening. Now let's start with the tablecloth.
COZY CABLE KNIT BLANKET TABLECLOTH
GET THE LOOK:
When we started thinking about this evening and having a hygge feeling, we thought of anything that felt or seemed cozy.
What says warmth like a sweater, so we shopped for a sweater knit blanket to use as the tablecloth. The texture makes a fantastic background to build on. With a table cloth like this cozy one, we don't need any more layers like a table runner or piece of wood as I did in pioneer easy Thanksgiving table decorations.
HOMEMADE PIE PLACE SETTING DECORATIONS
In addition to finding ways to warm the hearts of our guests, we couldn't resist adding a tiny pie to all the place settings. It has Thanksgiving written all over it.
To add decorative detail to the pie, we cut some sackcloth material and tied it into a sailor's knot on top. Place it on a pure white dessert plate and voila you are finished with your unique decorative element, and you have dessert solved too.
Let me recommend using your everyday dishes but if you want white here is a tip for finding white dishes for cheap. Check your local Dollar Tree or you can order them online. They have white plates and salad plates you can purchase.
Then instead of a traditional cloth napkin, we selected some kitchen towels instead.
It was just the little bit of color this table needed.
GET THE LOOK:
But wait till you see the silverware and place card, or leaf in this case. You know details make a whole design and here is one feature that polishes the look.
Check out the turkeys on the silverware. Doesn't that just make you giggle or gobble in some cases? LOL!
Okay, enough with these corny jokes.
Now, look at the place card.
It is just about the easiest cheapest place card ever because it is a leaf from the Thanksgiving centerpiece and has each person's name written with a chalk pen. Simple and cute all wrapped up in one.
And there is no need for place card holders. Simply tuck it under the spoon and you are all done.
OUTDOOR THANKSGIVING TABLE CENTERPIECE
One crucial aspect of creating a hygge thanksgiving table is the centerpiece.
It's important that your dinner table designs are simple and easy so you aren't overwhelmed and exhausted before your guest arrive. So to keep that trend pick up some fresh flowers or greenery like eucalyptus from the grocery store and a white vase.
Using real flowers and greenery brings the outdoors right to the middle fo the table for this harvest season feast.
Now place it in the center of the table and let's add some personal style with more decor to sit around the centerpiece.
GET THE LOOK:
Then there is the fun part of looking through your kitchen for anything that is old and maybe has some history. In our case, we used an old 1800's rolling pin that has been handed down for generations.
And then added traditional Publix pilgrim salt and pepper shaker, some beautifully worn wooden spoons, a sprinkle of real acorns, and borrowed a wool small pumpkin or two in our case. Any kind of real or faux pumpkins will do even white pumpkins.
And don't forget to add those tiny pies to each place setting. They take center stage in each place setting.
Everything is starting to look cozy, warm, and delicious!
Since we are going for casual, comfy, and cozy then we thought pillows, blankets, and mismatched chairs would be just the ticket.
We simply used an existing table from outside added a wooden bench with some soft pillows and then added some blankets for guests on the back of the chairs.
GET THE LOOK:
COZY OUTDOOR THANKSGIVING DECORATIONS
Remember our focus is a hygge thanksgiving table. Well, we cannot ignore the rest of the space so we added more warmth around the room.
Check out these ideas to finish your look.
GET THE LOOK:
What says warmth like a fireplace? But what if you don't already have a fireplace then try an electric one for size. This not only created heat but it gave that warm glow that defines that danish feeling.
And for fun, we painted some pinecones to decorate the top along with a few feathers to finish the look. Decorating with pine cones is a cheap and the easiest way to add decor.
Another fun element to our outer seating areas is these jars and cotton.
Previously we talked about how cotton is the popular fall decor this year. So we had to add it into the equation along with some fall-inspired plaid.
GET THE LOOK:
Now for the candles!!
Every dinner should have some candles somewhere so instead of placing them on the table we added them to the railing. It is one of the most important elements to creating hygge in this Thanksgiving table decoration.
GET THE LOOK:
So what did you think? Are you ready to try setting an outdoor Thanksgiving table filled with family heirlooms and mini pumpkins? Because this table is outdoors the color scheme has nature and fresh air written all over it.
Let's go back over some details to creating a hygge thanksgiving tablescape.
Remember hygge is all about enjoying life with family and friends. It's about a warm feeling that is cozy and comfortable. So to create a space that is pretty but instantly says this will be a night to remember.
And you don't have to have a back porch for this outdoor Thanksgiving dinner. You can use your front porch or set the table inside your home. If you have a sunroom that would be a fun outdoor environment to create this table too.
For more warm and cozy Thanksgiving decoration ideas try these DIY fall paper decoration leaf garland and these outdoor Thanksgiving dinner table ideas. And if you need help with your Thanksgiving menu try these delicious outdoor Thanksgiving meals.
What is your favorite element of the Thanksgiving dinner table design?
If you enjoyed these ideas, please sign up for emails, so you don’t miss out on more fun decorating tips and ideas HERE.
Event Planning Checklist for a Successful Outdoor Party Part Two
Wednesday 14th of July 2021
[…] example, when I created my Thanksgiving tablescape I took a eucalyptus leaf and wrote the name of each person and placed it at each place […]
15 Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas
Tuesday 13th of July 2021
[…] Check it here. […]
BEST GARDEN PARTY ACCESSORIES AND ESSENTIALS FOR A FEW FUN FINDS | LIFE ON SUMMERHILL
Tuesday 13th of April 2021
[…] Here is where I used an antique rolling pin on an outdoor hygge Thanksgiving table. […]
HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE WOODEN DOWEL CHRISTMAS TREE
Saturday 16th of November 2019
[…] love that hygge feeling! If you like that cozy vibe of hygge then you might love this hygge Thanksgiving table or these minimalist Christmas […]
ITALIAN THEMED DINNER PARTY | LIFE ON SUMMERHILL
Tuesday 5th of March 2019
[…] about the look of this table takes me back to the Hygge Table we set for Thanksgiving a while […]