Throw blankets on tables are not only multipurpose and easy to throw in the wash, but they add a coziness to your dining area that is hard to match. (Photo: Handout/TNS).

For many families (mine included), this year’s holiday celebrations are going to look a little different. While I won’t be hosting a grand dinner full of family and friends, I still want to make this Thanksgiving as special and meaningful as possible (because despite all the negative things about the year, we have so much for which to be thankful). One way I know how to do this (besides the copious amounts of food I am planning on prepping) is with decor. Dress it up or dress it down, this year is all about comfort. So whether you are dressing your table to the nines or leaving it to your everyday plates, here are a few of our Thanksgiving looks to inspire you (or to give you your design fix for the week).

Orange spice and autumn leaves
For this look we started with our fan-favorite Pumpkin Windowpane throw blanket as a creative table covering. We love using throw blankets on our tables _ not only are they multipurpose and easy to throw in the wash, they add coziness to your dining area that is hard to match. My favorite part of this setting is the natural wood touches that are stacked throughout; these elements add so much texture and warmth to the table. This tablescape reminds me of the most perfect days of fall when all of the leaves are brilliant, fiery shades of red, yellow and orange, but have not yet fallen to the ground.

Gourd-geous metallic
If bright colors aren’t your desire, this look of neutral hues, wicker and metallics might be the answer. This display is the perfect balance of rustic and elegance for a casual but special dinner. Here we used muted stems, like hops, to add freshness and foliage to the table and play up the wicker accents for a rustic feel. To create balance, we then placed metallic accents at each place setting and used our beautiful metallic wheat table runner to add sophistication to an otherwise somewhat simple display. While our pumpkins are made of fiberglass, this is an easy one to DIY with a bit of gold paint and a few mini pumpkins if that is more your style.

It’s a blue Thanksgiving
We recently partnered with a local remodeling company, Scovell, to make over a dining room in one of their newly renovated properties. We wanted to do something a little unexpected that would complement their light, bright space. I love pairing white with blue at all times of the year (chinoiserie is timeless!), so we sidestepped traditional fall colors and played up the crisp lines in the home with soft, neutral linens and textures. I love how the dark wood of the table and chairs adds such a beautiful contrast to the display.

By Katie Laughridge, Tribune News Service. Adapted from Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill’s. For more information, contact Katie at [email protected].