First of all, it's best to match your table to your decor: if you have a traditional home with all its decorations, then by all means bring out the cornucopia with fruit or root veggies, or turkey tureen or such. However, if your decor leans more toward the contemporary vibe, then you can go with that overall look to have your table "fit" your home's style.
The same is true for colors: Thanksgiving is very yellow, orange, rust and brown as well as beige and tan. If those colors fit in your decor, great. If they don't, there's nothing wrong with using colors that work in your decor. Maintaining the royal blue accent color in your living/dining room with your blue stemware- just make sure it relates to something else on the table, like blue dishes for sauce or condiments.
I try to make the focus of Thanksgiving on being grateful for what we have. One way I do that is to ask each guest to name 2-3 things that they are thankful for this year. I collect those, and print them up on paper. One year I wrapped those strips of paper around the stems of the wine glasses. Another I folded them like Chinese fortunes in the rolls I baked. One can be obvious, like "I am thankful for my cats," but one should be more enigmatic like, "I'm thankful for my health after a real scare this year." Then we all guess who had which one, and the focus of dinner is in sharing happy moments we've experienced since last Thanksgiving.
Whether you're cooking turkey and dressing for two or 20, make the table something to "ooo" and "ah" about, so do prepare it ahead of time. I usually set the table on Tuesday (or Wednesday for sure) and add the final touches on Wednesday evening. I have two rules that I use for Thanksgiving:
- Use candles at the table. They bring a warmth and elegance like nothing else can.
- Elevate your centerpiece a bit, without making it impossible to see the person sitting beyond it.