Thanksgiving Food Table Ideas for a Rustic Holiday
November 6, 2020
Flowers and fruit display for Thanksgiving food buffet table

Thanksgiving Food Table Ideas for a Rustic Holiday

Is a Thanksgiving food table really necessary? No, not really. But think about your fancy meals.

You've got a gorgeous table top set for a fancy Thanksgiving dinner and not a lot of space for all those trays, dessert plates, pies, and appetizer baskets.

Enter Thanksgiving buffet table ideas to solve the food congestion problem.

Thanksgiving buffet table decor ideas by Salt Lake Party Stylist

Ate {8} Days of Thanksgiving

Thank you so much for joining me for the first edition of the Ate {8} Days of Thanksgiving! Get it!? Ha ha. I crack myself up. 😂

I’ll be bringing you fun Fall party and Thanksgiving inspiration for the next few weeks and I hope you follow along. Today it’s Day 7 and all about Thanksgiving Food Tables.

Thanksgiving Food Table Decor

Gratitude decorations for a rustic Thanksgiving table

During the season of gratitude it's wonderful to display signs and art that portray our thankfulness.

Pull your pretty Thanksgiving decor out and see what you already have. Make sure to ALWAYS shop your house first before heading out to purchase new seasonal decor.

I love new decor as much as anyone, but eventually our houses will fill up and it'll end up causing stress instead of bringing happiness. So carefully decide what you'll purchase to get the most bang for your buck AND your storage space.

I love this decor:

Thanksgiving Table Flowers

Floral pumpkin centerpiece

Using flowers to decorate both the dining and the Thanksgiving food tables is always a great idea! Choose flowers with deep colors and lots of texture for maximum impact. I added some feathers to this already stunning florist arrangement.

Then choose edibles to accent your decor like pomegranates, sweet potatoes, and nuts. I love using uncut food as decor because you are still able to eat it later.

Serve Your Thanksgiving Appetizers

Flowers and fruit display for Thanksgiving food buffet table

Using the food buffet server to start the Thanksgiving meal with appetizers is a great way for guests to help themselves during last minute meal prep.

And you can provide some free Thanksgiving fact cards from Ministering Printables too for people to enjoy while they wait.

Harvest bread for Thanksgiving

We served my favorite butternut squash soup in a pumpkin tureen {similar} for guests to leisurely sample with crusty bread and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Autumn Snacks

Pumpkin pie and leaf shaped corn chips on food table

Accompanied by corn chips shaped like autumn leaves {Trader Joes}. These make a great starter, especially if joined by some spinach artichoke dip!

*Side note: I also love mixing faux and real flowers for a rich look that lasts for weeks.

Thanksgiving Dessert Details

Mixing the different wood servers with wooden maple leaves and vintage squirrel salt and pepper shakers created a very cozy rustic feeling.

Squirrel salt and pepper shakers next to acorn paper dessert plates

Pairing the squirrels with paper acorn dessert plates made for a little whimsy but cleared the table of extra plates until needed.

Portable Thanksgiving Treats

Maple cookies and cranberry scones on Thanksgiving food table

Using a wood divided server {similar} piled high with treats makes it easy to serve around the table or serve yourself from the buffet table. Maple cookies and cranberry scones are both a great idea for Thanksgiving!

Dressed up Pumpkin

Thanksgiving pumpkin pie

This store bought pumpkin pie is best at room temperature and can sit out and be pretty with it's little extra fondant pumpkin decor. When you're ready it's easy to slice, serve, and pass out on the prepared dessert plates.

Thanksgiving Food Leftover Boxes

"Give Thanks" leftover boxes for Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving leftovers are increasingly gaining attention. They'll always been an issue so provide a few take out boxes {similar} for families to pack up as they leave.

Or pack up your boxes and deliver meals to elderly, struggling, or lonely individuals or families.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Food Table

Buffet server decorated for Thanksgiving by Salt Lake Party Stylist

When you put together all these elements of a great Thanksgiving food table it'll make your job easier and the meal flow more smoothly. Plus it just looks really pretty!

I hope you found some Thanksgiving dinner inspiration here. Not that you will do it exactly like I did but please take pieces of this and make it your own! Then let me know in the comments how it went!

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  1. Natalie Mayhew

    Girl this is gorgeous! Love the navy signage and that pumpkin floral!!

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much! The flowers inspired the whole thing. I just loved that bouquet.

  2. Natalie Mayhew

    Talk about a bountiful harvest! Yummy! And so pretty!

  3. Natalie Mayhew

    Talk about a bountiful fall harvest!

    • Brianna Adams

      Ha ha! It really is a lot of food. Thank you so much. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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