Don’t get carried away with the cooking this Thanksgiving—save some consideration for your Thanksgiving table setting, too!
Your Thanksgiving table is the background to your delicious spread and you want it to make your dishes look even more enticing. Spend some time unleashing your creativity and design a tablescape that complements your cooking.
This Thanksgiving, make your table its own topic of conversation by filling it with unique, interesting, and memorable pieces. From handblown glassware to artistic serving dishes, beautiful linen, and playful decorations, choosing the right elements can transform your Thanksgiving table into an Instagrammable work of art.
So, pop your crafty hat on and make a statement with these 5 unique Thanksgiving table items.
1. FESTIVE GLASSWARE
Let’s make a toast this Thanksgiving with festive glassware that’s colorful and playful. Leave your formal glassware in the cupboard and edge towards funkier pieces that showcase more modern elegance and charm.
This hand-blown wine glass says ‘I’m stylish but traditional’. Featuring a gorgeous confetti design with multiple tones, these glasses will twinkle on your Thanksgiving table and make it shine.
With different shades of blue, these festive wine glasses transcend seasons and are perfect for Thanksgiving all the way through to summer.
And how’s this for unique? The stunning glasses are handmade in Mexico by a team of glassmakers working to keep sculptural glassblowing well and truly alive. Get the stemless glass here.
Pair your festive wine glasses with this gorgeous pitcher, featuring the same confetti design. Made from thick glass, this pitcher is large and weighty and commands attention on the dinner table.
Ideal for serving iced tea, sangria, and other festive beverages, this pitcher will last you through summer BBQs and winter feasts. Make your table shine! Get the pitcher here.
For something a bit more traditional, try our stemmed wine glasses. This glimmering wine glass features an iridescent swirl that is sure to pair perfectly with your chosen color scheme.
Even better, these wine glasses are generously large in size. So pour yourself and guests a hearty glass of your favorite drink and toast to good health and great wine! Get this stemmed wine glass here.
2. STATEMENT SERVEWARE
When the food is served, it’s your time to shine. Make your Thanksgiving dishes stand out even more with statement serveware that draws eyes and compliments. From serving forks to cake stands, salad bowls and serves, and cheese knives, choose Thanksgiving serverware that’ll show people you’re more than just a good cook—you’ve got a good taste as well.
If you’ll be serving a cheese platter or grazing table at your Thanksgiving dinner, complement your spread with these artistic olive picks. Made from stainless steel to look like tree leaves, these cocktail picks offer subtle glamour while effortlessly pairing with multiple table settings and color schemes.
There’s a feel-good story behind these picks too – they’re handcrafted in India by artisans working to use alternative metals and materials in their craft. Get these olive picks here.
These hand-carved servers are perfect for those who like a whimsical yet grounded element to their table setting. The twisted handle says ‘I’m not your average serving fork’, but the simple design blends into the dinner table without attracting too much attention.
There’s another feel-good story behind this one, too. The fork is made in Kenya by Judith Adhiambo, a mother of four who is earning a living through her bead-working skills. When you buy this fork, you’re helping Judith pay for her kid’s schooling—a great way to give back on Thanksgiving! Get these hand-carved servers here.
Desserts and appetizers deserve statement serveware, too! If you’ve got a beautifully decorated cake, your family pumpkin pie recipe, or small bites to serve on Thanksgiving, make sure they get their due attention. These hand-painted platters are perfect for that farmhouse or autumn harvest themes. Get the serving dish here.
3. SEASONAL DECORATIONS
Not everything on the table has to serve a purpose! Give your Thanksgiving table a touch of whimsy and fun by adding cute seasonal decorations. Go for baskets with maple leaves, pine cones, bouquets of autumn flowers, big candles, and pumpkins to evoke the spirit of Thanksgiving.
For a bit of cheeky fun, choose a vibrant woven basket for that added pop of color. Handwoven from elephant grass by artisans in Ghana. 100% Fair Trade and completely unique, no two baskets are the same! It’s the perfect basket for harvesting fruit or vegetables this season. Get these handwoven baskets here and complete the look with our Raffia Coasters in matching blue tones from Uganda.
4. ARTISINAL TABLE LINENS
Linens are the backdrop to your Thanksgiving table. They add a background to your Thanksgiving meal and make everything else on the table pop. Whether it’s a funky table runner, intricate tablecloth, or colorful napkins, there are plenty of ways you can make your table linen unique on Thanksgiving.
This gorgeous cotton napkin encapsulates the spirit of the autumn harvest, featuring an intricate leaf and vine pattern that’s perfect for Thanksgiving themes. The beautiful cool tones pair well with blue, green, gold, and even red color schemes.
Lovingly handmade by artisans in Mumbai, the napkin is a stunning work of craftsmanship that will add an underlay of elegance to your Thanksgiving table. Your food deserves a statement that matches its excellence! Get this napkin here.
Sometimes it’s the small things that make a large statement. This lovely placemat is one example, featuring a simple minimalistic design that will be the perfect backdrop to your Thanksgiving table. A marvelous complement to other autumnal hues for a modern table setting. The best part is it’s eco-friendly! Made from Banana Bark. Get this placemat here.
5. BEAUTIFUL DINNERWARE
When it’s time to put your food on the table, do it in style. White serving dishes and dinnerware have their place, but if you want to be unique, go for creative designs that attract attention and please the eyes.
This hand-painted serving platter features an exquisite, traditional Moroccan design. Fusing funky chic with rustic kitchen glamour, this dish is a great place to serve your Thanksgiving turkey.
Handcrafted from stoneware ceramics, the dish is skillfully made by a team of artisans in Morocco. Get this beautiful serving platter here.
As for bakeware? Our ceramic baking dish is ideal for those who want unique dinnerware but don’t want to stray too far from the traditional shape and design. The dish features a vivid red pattern with an elegant motif that adds that artistic flair.
Made from stoneware ceramics, the backing dish is the perfect centerpiece for both a muted table setting and one that’s more heavily decorated. Get this baking dish.
CREATE A MORE MEANINGFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Let’s wave goodbye to mass-produced items and make this Thanksgiving an expression of gratitude to the world’s amazing artisans and craftsmen.
The items illustrated in this article from GlobeIn are all unique handmade pieces that you won’t find in any department store or supermarket.
They’ve lovingly crafted Fair Trade products that help support the artisans who made them by providing stable employment and income. So this year, bring a few different cultures to your dinner table by purchasing Thanksgiving tableware from GlobeIn and give something back to the world at the same time.