Little tricks, from hand-written place cards to using unexpected color, can help make for a memorable meal during the holidays. Use these ideas from the pros to make your table the talk of Thanksgiving for years to come.

Natural Elements

Look to nature for easy, elegant ways to embellish your Thanksgiving table. Bring the beautiful colors of fall to your table by incorporating gourds and pumpkins into her centerpiece and topping each place setting with a pear

Fall Florals

Create a floral centerpiece fit for Thanksgiving by adding berries or mini pumpkins to an arrangement of red, orange and yellow flowers. Pair this warm floral centerpiece with ice-blue place mats for a striking contrast.

Mix Styles

An inviting table needs a few surprises. “For more personality, combine all your candlesticks – wood, crystal and porcelain,” says design expert Robert Rufino.

Hand write place cards.

“Always write your own place cards, even if your handwriting is quirky,” says designer Thomas O’Brien. “It makes the setting more personal.”

Layer textiles.

For an elegant holiday look, try layering. “Use a tablecloth and a placemat — or two — and a beautiful charger. The more the merrier,” says Amen Wardy, one of Aspen’s legendary retailers.