There are two things I think truly welcome the season of entertaining: good food and a set dining table.

I really believe the table should be a reflection of the celebration, and I love dressing up my Thanksgiving table with pieces both old and new.

I typically like to start with a minimal table and incorporate a lot of texture on top—usually in the form of a runner, napkins and the centerpiece.

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I'm a big believer in blending styles in general—especially when it comes to setting the table. Layering contrasting looks like rustic chargers with modern plates, antique flatware and vintage-inspired glassware, gives the table some character and makes for an interesting overall aesthetic.

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Starting with a simple, neutral table runner makes for a good foundation you can easily build on. I chose a linen runner and paired it with copper candlesticks in varying heights. Then, I ran faux olive garland through them to add movement and color across the table.

I also love to use fresh greenery on my tablescape. When we're gathering around the table I like to keep the centerpiece low, this way guests can easily see everyone at the table and there is plenty of room to place the food. The green in the garland really balances out the warm tones on the table and helps bring everything to life.

I hope these table-setting ideas will inspire you to choose pieces for your own Thanksgiving table that will make everyone who gathers around it feel right at home.

Originally posted on Magnolia.

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