Creative Thanksgiving Tables and Eats

Fall Cocktail Table

Easy sugared pecans three different ways. Printable gift tag too for fall goodies.

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for what you have, celebrate being together, and make new memories. As you host get-togethers this holiday season, these creative Thanksgiving tables, décor, drink, hors d’oeuvre, and dessert ideas will help your parties shine and make your guests feel loved.


Whether your style is to go all out or you just add a few elegant touches of Thanksgiving décor to your home, these pretty tablescapes and arrangements will give you some inspiration.

Decorated with pumpkins, pinecones, leaves, and antlers, this welcoming table is set for a rustic celebration. 

Outdoor Thanksgiving Tablescape

via DigsDigs

This gorgeous table is layered with fall flowers, magnolia leaves, oranges, pinecones, and candles.

Fall Cocktail Table

via Apartment 34

This simple autumn vignette makes a lovely statement on a side table.

Autumn Vignette

via Savor Home

In this centerpiece, branches of faux fall leaves from Pottery Barn are tucked in a cleat vase and surrounded by mini white pumpkins nestled in a wood tray.

Pretty Fall Arrangement

via Sunny Side Up

These painted leaf place cards are easy to make with some leaves from your yard, spray paint, and a paint pen.

Gold Leaf Place Card

via Elements of Style


Holiday parties are a great time to serve special drinks, alcoholic or otherwise. Here are a few sensational sippers you might want to try.

Who says sangria is only a summer drink? This Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria is perfect for fall.

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria

via Flavour and Savour

Bubbly prosecco is a favorite at celebrations, and this Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash will be, too.

Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

via My Diary of Us

Apple cider is the quintessential fall beverage as apples are harvested and pressed for cider, and this Apple Cider Moscow Mule will be a hit at your seasonal party.

Apple Cider Moscow Mules

via Sugar and Charm

For a nonalcoholic fall-inspired beverage, try this light and refreshing Sparkling Pear Punch.

Sparkling Pear Punch

via Tablespoon

Hors d’Oeuvres

Fall menus are rich in earthy fruits, warm spices, salty proteins, and comforting creaminess. Serve some of these tasty appetizers at your holiday get-together, and you’re sure to get requests for the recipes.

For a fantastic starter, your guests will love this quick and easy Fall Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Tray.

Fall Cheese and Fruit Tray

via Seven Layer Charlotte

These elegant Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar are the perfect bite of fresh, salty, and sweet.

Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar

via Williams-Sonoma

Although they’re available mostly year-round, for some reason pears say “fall” to me. This Poached Chicken, Pear, and Walnut Salad will make your guests say “yum!” and “this is so good!” and “seconds, please!”

Poached Chicken, Pear, and Walnut Salad

via Martha Stewart

Warm Brie mixes with bacon, raspberry preserves, and pecans in Cyndy’s easy Raspberry and Pecan Baked Brie en Croute.

Raspberry and Pecan Baked Brie En Croute

via The Creativity Exchange

This Spiced Apple Cheese Ball will be a hit at any party because it tastes as great as it looks!

Spiced Apple Cheese Ball

via Babble

I debated where to put this sweet and creamy Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread—in the appetizer or desserts section. It’s light enough to be a sweet appetizer spread, rich enough to be a simple dessert, and easy enough to make for every get-together.

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

via She Wears Many Hats


Pumpkin pie is the Thanksgiving dessert, but these sweet treats will have you skipping the seasonal classic and trying new things.

Quicker and easier than apple pie, these Bloomin’ Baked Apples will become a favorite. Cut and core the apples, add caramels, top with a cinnamon–brown sugar butter, and bake. Scoop on some ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, sprinkle with cinnamon, and indulge!

Bloomin’ Baked Apples

via The Gunny Sack

Pumpkin. Caramel. Cheesecake. Streusel. Need I say more?

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping

via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Cobblers are a simple, rustic, comforting dessert, and this Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler will make your guests feel warm and cozy.

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

via Lauren’s Latest

Inspired by Thanksgiving and all things autumn, these Pumpkin Spice Truffles are “little bites of fall.”

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

via Sally’s Baking Addiction


Even if you’re not hosting a holiday party or dinner this Thanksgiving, you can still treat yourself to some fall-flavored snacks. These nutty and fruity favorites are perfect for munching on at home or packing up and sharing with those you love.

This is Cyndy’s recipe for her amazing Easy Sugared Pecans that, believe it or not, are made in the microwave. She even created a free download-and-print “happy fall” tag so you can gift these tasty treats!

Easy Sugared Pecans

via The Creativity Exchange

Chocolate and nuts are a perfect combination, and these Chocolate Dipped Nuts give you just enough chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty.

Chocolate Dipped Nuts

via Good Life Eats

In her Sweet and Salty Fall Snack Mix, Cyndy combines candy corn, candy pumpkins, caramel popcorn, salted peanuts, and cheddar party mix—so easy and so addictive! She even shares a festive “happy fall” gift tag you can download and print to share this mix.

Sweet and Salty Fall Snack Mix

via The Creativity Exchange

Caramel and apples just go together, and these fun Caramel Apple Slices are a fun twist on the classic combination.

Chocolate Covered Apple Slices and Wedges.

via The Creativity Exchange

This holiday season, let yourself get inspired by all things fall in your décor, indulge in the flavors of the season, and share special treats with those you’re thankful for.

If you’re looking for more fall recipe ideas, last week we shared over 25 fall soups, chowders and chilies here.

20-Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Thanks for stopping by!

About Christy Wagner

Hi! I'm Christy, an editor and writer. My husband, Keith, and I live in Fishers, Indiana, where I enjoy reading, writing, crocheting, quilting, embroidering, pouring candles, gardening, baking, and just about anything else creative. I'm so excited to be teaming up with Cyndy and sharing some fun ideas on The Creativity Exchange!
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2 Responses to Creative Thanksgiving Tables and Eats

  1. Thanks so much for including my Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria! So many beautiful, creative ideas in this round-up!

  2. Debbie says:

    My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing such beautiful and delicious recipes.

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