Thanksgiving Table Decor Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe

Thanksgiving Table Decor Idea — We’re putting a twist on the traditional decor and bringing you a modern, fun Thanksgiving Table Decor Idea that’s super easy to recreate.

overhead photo of a styled thanksgiving table centerpiece decor with gourds by sugar and cloth

I love super easy Thanksgiving centerpieces that can pull together during the holiday hustle and bustle!

No one ever said your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving table setting idea had to be boring!

We’re sharing some tablescape inspiration, plus a sparkling Pumpkin Cider recipe to mix things up this Friendsgiving season!

Friendsgiving is whatever you make of it. And anyone who can’t get behind a touch of blush pink on the Friendsgiving table isn’t even a real friend, right?!? It’s as good a time as any to start a new tradition!

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

This may comes as a surprise, but I actually got almost everything for this tablescape at ALDI.

It’s a great place to save money on product for your tablescape (and on great food!) so that you can amp up your kitchen creativity without going broke. And that what I call #winning during the holidays!

We have one right near our house, and Jared and I are VERY into it!

If you aren’t familiar, they’ve got an everyday range of high-quality products including fresh meats and seafood, gourmet cheeses and award-winning wines that will round out your menu. 

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Thanksgiving Table Decor Idea

I love a subtle color scheme, and thankfully white pumpkins are all the range these days! They make for a great neutral item to mix and match.

Plus you can always add a little glam with my DIY sequin pumpkin decor if you’re into that!

That said, you don’t have to stick with just pumpkins for a Thanksgiving dinner dining table. For this setting, I spray painted gords to combine with other natural colors for this Thanksgiving tablescape twist. 

For a pop of color, I combined it with a blush pink table runner and cloth napkins to add a touch of upscale to it.

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth While you might not be used to seeing cacti leaves as part of your tradition Thanksgiving table decor, it definitely feels very appropriate here in Texas!

It also makes for a great pop of green to brighten up the setting as well. When you tie in gold flatware and gold napkin rings, it really feels elevated. 

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Friendsgiving Cocktails | Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe

I’m also big fan of having a signature cocktail for a special evening, and this Sparkling Pumpkin Cider recipe is SO easy to make.

Literally, all you have to do it pour it into a glass over ice and garnish!

To make a sparkling pumpkin cider recipe, you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup sparkling pumpkin cider
  • 1/2 ounce of spiced rum
  • ice

All you have to do is pour both ingredients over ice and give it a little stir. Easy peasy!

I picked up the Coastal Cove Sauvignon Blanc as a secondary option for the table… and because I’m shamelessly very into the label. Hah! 

Of course, we all know the presentation makes the drink, so I got these Crofton Moscow Mule Mugs and Stemless Wine Glasses to serve them in as well.

If you’re feeling extra snazzy, you could also whip up these DIY coasters that would match this Thanksgiving table perfectly. 

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

For another fun Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving drink recipe, I am still smitten with this brandy allspice cocktail that we made a few years ago or an easy pumpkin punch!

While the traditional caramel candied apples don’t quite compete with a pumpkin pie as part of the table centerpiece, it does make for a really fun addition to the table decor ideas if you have kids running around for the holiday!

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth  Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth     Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Friendsgiving Appetizer Ideas

You can never go wrong with a well-stocked cheese plate on the table. It’s perfect for nibbling until dinner is ready.

I also included fresh nuts, parmesan cheese, fresh green beans with ranch dip, cranberries, prunes, and prosciutto wrapped cheese wedges on ours.

I mixed serving pieces like porcelain appetizer dishes and the marble & acacia wood serving board for the candied apples, veggies and chips, cheese plate, and pumpkin pie serving board.

To match the runner, I also mixed with my own disposable Sugar & Cloth flatware and blush pink plates.

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

I also love the idea of combining copper cups along with the gold accents to mix and match the metallics for a warm feel on the table.

I opted not to include placemats for this specific Thanksgiving table setting, but I think these DIY leather placemats are the perfect gender-neutral addition to the table if you wanted to include some!

Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth   Friendsgiving Table Setting Idea + Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe by top Houston Lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Modern Thanksgiving Table Decor Inspiration

For a little Texas twist, I included plenty of gourds, fresh product, pumpkins, and even spray painted ears of corn combined with cactus leaves for a fun twist on the traditional Thanksgiving tabletop decor.

It still has the perfect not-to-the-season, but with a conversation starter addition, if you will.

What do you think of the Friendsgiving table setting idea?! It has all of your classic elements but with a modern twist and a light pop of color, which I love!

photo of a sparkling pumpkin cider recipe by sugar and cloth

Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Recipe

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5 from 6 votes
This super simple to make sparkling pumpkin cider recipe is the perfect drink to whip up for fall, Thanksgiving, or Friendsgiving!
Total Time2 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • 4 oz sparkling pumpkin cider
  • 1/2 oz spiced rum
  • 1 dash Stonemill ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnishing
  • Crushed iced

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
Servings: 1
Calories: 82kcal

Instructions

  • Pour the sparkling pumpkin cider into a glass over ice along with the spice rum.
  • Top with a dash of ground cloves and pumpkin pie spice, then garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.
Cost: $5
KEYWORD: cider, cocktail, pumpkin, sparkling, sugar and cloth, thanksgiving

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