The Grateful Spread

Besides the accumulation of roasted, braised, baked, whipped, mashed, fluffed, carved and blended delicacies offered on Thanksgiving, don’t forget that some of the beautiful items on the table are just for show. We’re talking about decor, of course, and if you’ve been pouring all of your energy into the meal, don’t fear: there’s still time to pull together the non-edible elements of your Thanksgiving table.

Our design team outfits tables for others nearly every single day, so we asked them to share some suggestions when the tables are turned and they are setting their own.

HMR Designers share Thanksgiving table tips.


Rachel Silverberg: Of The Metallic Nature
“Thanksgiving decor shouldn’t take away from the focus of the day, which is family and togetherness, says Rachel.”  Warmth and subtlety are key. If you want to add a little understated elegance to natural elements like berries, pine cones, and leaves, spray paint or glitter can be used to introduce a luxe metallic element to the table while still maintaining the softness of nature.
HMR Designs Thanksgiving table 1

Image credits, clockwise from top: Heidi Lombardo, Pinterest, Etsy: CarriageOakCottage,

Christianna Tucker: The Soft Parade
“I don’t think you have to do the typical pumpkin, warm tones and feathers for Thanksgiving,” Christianna says. Her main caveat: less is more. Christianna suggests combining simple floral with soft light (such as pillar candles in varying heights) for a lush, glowing spread.
HMR Designs Thanksgiving Table 2

Image credits, clockwise from top left:, HMR Designs,, Christianna Tucker.

Staci Miller: The Tactile Table
“I think about my table in textures,” says Staci. She likes to create a neutral backdrop using burlap or raffia, and trim the spaces in between with feathers, curly willow, berries, gourds and branches, creating a more tactile experience.
HMR Designs Thanksgiving Table 3

Berries, curly willow and textiles: HMR Designs; Gourds:; Feathers:

Bill Heffernan:  Bring It In
Bill’s very traditional when it comes to his Thanksgiving table, and in the interest of leaving enough room for the food, Bill encourages foraging in your garden for all of your decor needs. ”You’ll be surprised what you can find in your own yard,” he says. Take advantage of the fact that you can still see the ground and find out what it has to offer.
HMR Designs Thanksgiving Table 4

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However you decide to outfit your Thanksgiving table, we hope it is the perfect place to gather around with the people you’re most thankful for.

On behalf of everyone at HMR Designs, the Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours.