Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I thought we would talk tablescapes! I don’t know about you, but I get weak in the knees when I see a beautiful tablescape. Whether simple and relaxed or fancy and elegant… well thought out tables with fun surprising touches are a delight to sit down to! So, I’m sharing 10 easy and doable tips that will help you set a memorable table for Thanksgiving.
1. SHOP YOUR HOME FOR ITEMS TO USE ON YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE
Did you know that you have a virtual mega-store in your own home? Yes, you do! How about shopping your home and pulling things from other rooms to add to your Thanksgiving table. Do you collect something that might look great down the center of the table?
I shopped StoneGable and collect pieces of blue and white… many from my bedroom. You never know what will look great on a table till you give it a try!
SG Tip: Blue, white and orange look FABULOUS together! You might want to try this gorgeous color combo on your table this year.
2. USE GRAPEVINE WREATHS INSTEAD OF CHARGERS
Step outside of the box and use inexpensive grapevine wreaths as chargers this year. They bring such an organic and rustic feel to the table! Like a Thanksgiving walk in the woods… well, sorta! Just remember to give them a good shake and hearty dusting with a rag. If you are worried about any “fallout” spray them with a matte poly. Don’t forget to tuck a couple of leaves in between the wreaths and your plates.
3. ADD A LITTLE BLING
Even the most rustic tables can benefit from a little sparkle and glitz! But use the sparkle sparingly! A little goes a long long way! Find fun places to tuck a little glam into your tablescape!
I put some glitzy acorns on the ledge of a candlestick along with some oak leaves. I love that rustic/luxe look!
4. HAVE A LITTLE FUN
Why not add some whimsy to your Thanksgiving table? How often are you able to use those squirrel salt and pepper shakers that Aunt Billie gave you. Show off your fun side by adding some fun touches to your table!
Even though my table is not “cutsie” it still has room for a little squirrely fun!
5. SET A WHITE THANKSGIVING TABLE
Use your everyday white dishes and set a very pretty, casual table. Don’t fuss! All white looks so clean and so elegant you really don’t need to be fancy! What an easy way to set a table that everyone will remember!
I found these white turkey plates at our local POTTERY BARN OUTLET last year on sale. You bet I grabbed up a bunch!
6. PUT A LITTLE SURPRISE AT EVERY PLACE
One of my very favorite things to do when I set a table is to give every person at the table a little surprise! Something as simple as a cute little pumpkin or a handmade gift or a sentimental memento can bring a smile to your guest and make them feel extra special!
I tucked a little orange pumpkin into a blue and white footed bowl. Guest can take them home and put them on their desks, bedside table or where they need a little bit of fall!
7. USE BURLAP
Burlap is white hot right now and it’s the perfect texture for Thanksgiving! Use it as a runner, or make easy no-sew placemats and napkin rings like the one’s below. Burlap looks incredible with leaves and pumpkins and all things Thanksgiving! Use burlap liberally!!!!
I made these very easy no-sew placemats and fun button napkin rings for my table last year. Click HERE to see the tutorial.
8. GET A LITTLE NUTTY!
Put a small bowl of mixed nuts in their shells and a nutcracker at every place at the table. Not only does it look beautiful, and gives a nod to the festive season, and tastes delicious… but it’s also so much fun!!!
It’s been a Tradition in our home, passed down through the generations, to have a bowl of nuts and a nutcracker on the table between Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is a very addictive tradition!
9. MAKE A SIMPLE NATURAL CENTERPIECE
You don’t need lots of formal flowers on the table this holiday… just lots of natural elements. Pinecones, acorns, pumpkins, feathers, deer shelds and moss look great cascading down the table or all caught up together in a bowl or on a pedestal. Keep it natural and simple and inexpensive!
I used what I had in my fall stash and back yard to make this fall inspired centerpiece. I even used a nest and some faux eggs that worked with the color of the table.
10. PUT 5 KERNELS OF CORN AT EACH PLACE
Make an effort to get everyone joining into the table conversation. Use table talk questions, a Thanksgiving quiz, a game or let everyone tell what they are thankful for!
Every year we put 5 kernels of corn at each persons place. Each corn represents one thing that they are thankful for. We go around the table and everyone shares. It’s a wonderful, sometimes funny, sometimes serious time of remembering the Source of our blessings!
To see the story of the 5 Kernels and how we celebrate, click HERE.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have an idea or inspiration that will help us set an easy and meaningful Thanksgiving table. Please share!!!
You might want to pin this to your THANKSGIVNG pinterest board. You can follow me and see what I’m pinning for Thanksgiving and Christmas HERE.