I went through our Butler’s Pantry and found my favorite Thanksgiving plates. I have been collecting plates for years and I love these!
The thing I love most about the Thanksgiving holiday is the focus on gratitude, family, and friends. Setting a table that makes everyone around it feel loved and cared for is what this holiday is all about!
There is so much tradition with Thanksgiving Day and don’t laugh, but I think it’s one of the most important tables I set every year! Fortunately, I also host Friendsgiving the week before, so I am happy that I get to set two different tables.
I want to start out by saying that Thanksgiving plates do not need to be brown and white nor do they need to have turkeys on them! You can use whatever plates you want and I highly encourage all of you to think outside of the box.
That said, Thanksgiving is a great time to pull out your china (or your grandmother’s china) because the meal is often a perfect time to honor traditions in your family.
Have I managed to confuse you by now?
I didn’t mean to confuse you, Rather, I want you all to know that you can do whatever you want when it comes to selecting the Thanksgiving plates for your table. There are no rules.
Mix Your Plates
Most of the time I end up mixing my Thanksgiving plates because our family tends to gather here for the big dinner. I certainly don’t have 24 of the same plates and besides, I often mix plates when I am setting a table for eight.
My advice when it comes to mixing is to do it by color. I have quite a few brown and white plates (and some with turkeys!) so I usually start with those. Then I add in off-white plates, gold-rimmed plates, black and white plates, and more.
Of course, it’s not only fun to mix the dinner plates. Some bright colors on salad plates can add so much personality to your table. Brown and white plates go with just about every color. I love adding blue, orange (and copper), pink, green, and purple decorative plates to my table with my brown plates.
Thanksgiving Plates Suggestions
I put together six ideas for Thanksgiving plates. You don’t need to use exactly these plates. Rather, I am hoping to encourage you to mix what you already own.
Here are the six place settings I came up with. We are hosting 21 family members for Thanksgiving this year so you know that I could use all of these mixed together.
The Celebration Place Setting
The first place setting is a more casual look with a linen-look placemat, a wood cutting board, and my flea-market Spode Celebration dinner plates.
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The Black and White Place Setting
The second option is less traditional, and I intentionally went with a non-brown and white theme. I have used these hyacinth placemats a gazillion times and the salad plates are part of my Wedgewood Edme collection that I bought at an estate sale. The wonderful black and white dinner plates are from Amazon!
The Delamare Place Setting
This is one of my favorite place settings. The place cards were made with my Cricut machine and the leaf chargers were made with my Iron Orchid Design Moulds. I wrote a blog post sharing the DIY to make the Fall Leaf Chargers. These Spode Delamere plates are amazing and I love them! The glassware with the gold design is from Anthropologie. I absolutely love them and they have highball glasses, and champagne flutes. The wine glasses can be found here.
The Grindley Place Setting
This is another non-traditional place setting. I featured my new floral plates (I have both dinner and salad plates). They are Grindley England Old China Marlborough Royal Petal plates. I don’t have a link to share for these as it only took me years to find the dinner and salad plates. Crazy, huh?
The Spode Festival Place Setting
Copper is my favorite accent color and I just love my copper chargers, candlesticks, bowl, and more. These turkey plates are Spode Festival Brown Dinner plates. I made the napkins with a stencil I made from a glue gun. You can find the DIY here.
The Garden Boquet Place Setting
This is my sixth recommendation for Thanksgiving plates and it has more of a cranberry/pink theme. I have been Collecting Cranberry Glass for years and I love to use it year-round.
So which one was your favorite?
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