Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
Can you believe it’s now November and time to start thinking about the holidays! Holy moly – how did that happen?! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so today I’ve joined with four talented friends to show you five ways to set the perfect Thanksgiving table!
Today I’m excited to be sharing my ideas for setting a perfect Thanksgiving table. And even better, I’m participating with four other bloggers who will also be sharing their Thanksgiving table ideas – so you’ll end up with five beautiful table setting ideas! You’ll find the list of participating bloggers at the end of my post, so please be sure to visit all of them!
Start with a theme, or a “feel” for your table
When I say “choose a theme”, I don’t mean a gimmick. I’m talking about choosing a style, or a feel for your table. This helps to bring a table design together, and it really helps me decide which items to add, and which ones to skip.
I decided to go with a “bounteous harvest” theme for my Thanksgiving table, and to keep things cozy, pretty, and approachable. This type of table setting works well for those of you (like myself) who don’t have fancy dinnerware or expensive decorations, or for those who have a houseful of children for Thanksgiving dinner and want to keep things a bit more on the casual side.
It still feels sumptuous, and it looks pretty without breaking the bank.
Choose a tablecloth
I’ve always felt that a tablecloth sets the tone for a table. When your table is set with a shimmery silk, then of course it will feel elegant and glamorous. If you’re going for a cozy more casual look, try plaid or linen. I decided to forego the usual cloth covering and instead went with brown kraft paper as a base for my Thanksgiving table.
SHOP MY DINING ROOM
The reason I chose kraft paper is because I wanted a cozy, homey feel. I also wanted to try lettering the place setting names right on the table covering, and of course I’m not doing that with a nice tablecloth! Also, our Thanksgiving dinner with include five little people under the age of 10 – so using a tablecloth base that I can pick up and throw in the garbage after dinner seems like a win-win!
I also thought it would be really fun this year to set out a black marker and have people write down some of this year’s blessings next to their plates. It will be a great conversation starter, and a way to remember the real reason we are gathered together.
Add your centerpiece
In keeping with the idea of a “bounteous harvest”, I used a grouping of pumpkins and gourds as my centerpiece. To make it feel a little more special, I added in candles and some greenery. I love the casual, but still beautiful feel that the greenery adds to the centerpiece and the bundles of wheat are a nod to the harvest season.
Another tip – keeping the centerpiece low helps people to be able to see each other across the table, and makes conversations easier.
Individual place settings
I started off each placesetting with a gold charger because it contrasts so nicely with the kraft paper, and it also adds that little bit of bling that makes a holiday dinner feel special.
Next went on a dinner plate – in this case I used my vintage Thanksgiving set. I love the gorgeous colors in this set, and my family is always excited to see these special pieces make an appearance. Although my set is vintage, there are some beautiful Thanksgiving themed dinner plates available. I’ve found these for you in case you want this look (click on the plates to be taken to shop-able links):
Next I layered a slightly smaller white plate, then a linen napkin (I love the rustic texture these add), and topped each setting off with a salad plate from the Thanksgiving set. A cute little white pumpkin helps make each place setting feel special.
In lieu of namecards, I decided to try some hand lettering above each place. My handwriting is not pretty – in fact, it’s not even remotely cute 🙁 So I had to cheat a little…
I’ll share my dirty little secret for getting a beautiful handwritten name above each plate — find a font you like (I used a free font called Marigold) and print each name out the size that you want it. On the back of the paper, rub a pencil over the name. Then all you have to do is lay the paper down above the place setting, trace the outline of the lettering, remove the paper, and voila! – you have a beautifully handwritten name! I then just traced over the pencil outline with black sharpie. It’s easy, and it looks so personal and custom!
To add a little more bling, and to make each place setting feel a little more special, I added some wooden leaves outlined in glitter that started life as a garland (thank you Target Dollar spot). I also placed a votive candle inside a clear votive holder at each place setting. These little cuties will add a beautiful glow to the dinner table on Thanksgiving evening.
SHOP THE PLACE SETTINGS
The greenery I used in the centerpiece came as part of a flower bunch that I bought at the grocery store. (I’ve moaned here before about how there are no good flowers available within a 30 mile radius of me – sad!) I used the remaining flowers (and I cheated here as well by adding some artificial sunflowers to the bunch) to make a pretty fall arrangement on the nearby buffet.
That’s it! My “bounteous harvest” Thanksgiving table is complete! I hope you enjoyed these ideas, and I hope they spark your imagination for ways that you can make your Thanksgiving table beautiful and personal.
Below I’ve included a list of my talented friends who are participating in this Thanksgiving table tour. I hope you will do yourself a favor and check out each and every one of these fantastic ladies. You’ll find five gorgeous Thanksgiving tables, and I promise that you will have inspiration in spades for your own Thanksgiving table! Thanks for stopping by today!
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