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How to Set a Traditional Thanksgiving Table

Author Your Holiday Inspiration Guru | November 15, 2019

Thanksgiving is a celebration riddled with tradition. From filling our tables with heaping bounties that celebrate the seasonal harvest to coming together in gratitude, the experience surrounding our plates is just as important as what is on them. Create a wholesome ambiance without the stress with fully-cooked holiday meals, custom pies, and beautiful centerpieces made by the holiday experts at United Supermarkets. Simply follow this guide, and you’ll be on your way to a traditional Thanksgiving with ease. 

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Start with Simple Decor 

When it comes to creating a traditional look, simplicity is key. Set your table with earth tones and classic serveware and flatware to make it look authentic and inviting. Add textured accents like woven chargers to elevate your look without making it look stuffy. Finish your place settings with colorful pumpkins for a design element that adds dimension without looking too over-the-top.


Holiday Pro-Tip: Forgo a tablecloth for a piece of butcher paper and crayons or download one of our coloring sheets here to keep the kiddos’ hands busy through dinner.

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Add a Leafy Centerpiece

Make your traditional table come to life by swapping a traditional table runner for a rustic centerpiece. A leafy charger will add a much-needed pop of green on your table and make conversation easier than with a larger, overstated vase. 

Holiday Pro-Tip: After dinner, move your floral charger to your mantel to continue enjoying it even after your leftovers are packed away. 

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Let Us Do the Cooking 

Hosting a traditional Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to be chained to the kitchen. United's team of homestyle cooks have put together a Thanksgiving menu your guests will love. From fully-cooked turkeys to gourmet fixings like mashed potatoes with gravy, praline sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, homestyle cornbread dressing, and green beans, we have everything you need to serve your friends and family homemade tastes without the effort. 


Holiday Pro-Tip: Cooking your turkey yourself? Ask our experts in the meat market for tips on cooking your juiciest bird.

Click here to view our holiday dinners.

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Shop the Holidays

Create a traditional Thanksgiving to remember. Shop online for your staples, reserve your holiday dinner, or plan your trip to a United Supermarkets near you.