Okay, okay we get it, Nat King Cole (and just about everyone else). Autumn is all about “the falling leaves.” However, though a decoration favorite September through Black Friday, the classic foliage-covered, cornucopia-adorned tablescape can be a bit overbearing and is, let’s face it, rather overdone. At best, it turns out tired. At worst, it looks like you left your dining room window wide-open on a gusty November day.
But don’t worry. We’ve got your back just in time for Thanksgiving with 7 perfect pointers (with stunning snaps to match) for a spread that’ll drop jaws before dinner is even served. Click through the gallery and read up on the captions for helpful how-tos.