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Feast mode engage! The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun (at least for our Canadian readers) and we’re gearing up for the holiday with a roundup of tabletop decor items. Impress your guests with this rustic-meets-glam tablescape, featuring gold accents, earthy textiles and eye-catching details. While a number of things can go wrong on Thanksgiving (your uncle says something inappropriate, the dog devours the pumpkin pie, the turkey catches on fire), you’ll be guaranteed to at least have a presentable tabletop with these 10 accessories.

1. Stump wood place card holder from Crate & Barrel, $5.95

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Even if you live in a downtown condo, these birch place card holders will give your tablescape a woodsy feel. Plus, they’re not too “holiday” so they can be used throughout the year — perhaps as food markers at your next dinner party.

2. Jute table runner from Pier1, $11.96 to $19.96

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Jute is essentially a fancy word for burlap — it’s versatile, low maintenance and inexpensive. While you could DIY this project, it’s totally okay to skip the hassle and shell out a few bucks for a store-bought version.

3. Metallic stripe glassware from West Elm, $24 to $48

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If you’re mostly thankful for wine (we’re not judging) why not sip it in style? These metallic glasses and carafe will add a touch of shine to your tablescape. If the family drama proves too much, you can always wash it down with another glass.

4. Cambridge Anya 20 piece flatware set from Target, $99.99

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Who says flatware has to be, well, flat? This set from Target features blackened branch inspired handles with gold accents. It’s also dishwasher safe and never needs polishing, which is perfect because hosting Thanksgiving is enough work as it is!

5. Antiqued gold turkey napkin ring from Pier1, $4.95

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It’s not Thanksgiving without turkey, and these birds will even please the vegans at the table. The terracotta napkin rings are hand-painted and just festive enough for a tasteful table setting.

6. Set of four buffalo check napkins from Pottery Barn, $28

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Nothing says fall quite like plaid — except maybe a PSL. While we advise against decorating your table with seasonal Starbucks cups, we are keen on these bold printed napkins. They’ll bring a feeling of warmth and richness to your table.

7. Thankful salad plate from Crate & Barrel, $8.95

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Tell your guests just how thankful you are with these salad plates designed by artist Kelly Ventura. The message is written in gold metallic handwriting with a botanical detail. Those who are truly #blessed might consider purchasing the matching napkins and serving platter.

8. Dauville gold dinner plate from Waiting on Martha, $35

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These glamorous, gold rimmed dinner plates will match perfectly with the aforementioned salad dish. They’re porcelain and hand-painted, yet much more modern than the heirloom china you’re afraid to take out of the cabinet.

9. Kate Spade New York Larabee dot serving platter from Hudson’s Bay, $95

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Is it possible for a serving dish to make a heaping mound of mashed potatoes taste even more delicious? If so, we’d bet on this dotted design by Kate Spade. While the price is a bit steep, it’s sure to last through numerous holiday seasons.

10. Set of 5 wax flameless pillar candles from Amazon, $14.99

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Candles can provide soft, ambient lighting for your Thanksgiving table. However, it’s best to set a mood, not a fire. Candles that are placed on the table are easy to knock over, so it’s best to opt for the LED version with an automatic timer. These slim distressed ivory wax candles look like the real thing — they even have melted edges.


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