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Good morning friends, Thanksgiving is Thursday, do you have your menu planned? Tell me what are you baking for dessert? The pumpkin pie and the yeast rolls are my two favorite foods at Thanksgiving dinner. This year we are having dinner at my brothers, who lives just down the street, we have split up the menu and are each making our specialties and favorites.
The last Thanksgiving that my brother and I spent together he had just moved to England and his container of worldly goods, including household items had not yet arrived. My husband and I, along with my brother and his wife cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner complete with 2 kinds of pie in an oven so small you could only put one pan in at a time. We had no rolling pin so we used a can of tomatoes to roll the pie crusts, they had one sauce pan so after we made one side dish we had to put them into a bowl and then start on the next one. We had a chalkboard with the menu, the timing of each dish and a translation of gas marks and the corresponding temperatures. The entire experience was a lesson for us all but it was a lot of fun and the two English couples that were invited to dinner thought their first thanksgiving dinner was delicious!
10 Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Using Natural Elements and Finds
After the menu is planned it is on to the table. Remember that you already have a lot going on with meal prep, cooking, baking and of course enjoying time with your family and friends so don’t overcomplicate it. You can put together a beautiful table with natural elements from your garden, “leftovers” from Halloween and gathered items from your house. I personally love tablescapes that are easy to put together, simple and use natural elements. After searching Pinterest I have narrowed my favorites down to 10 which all include natural elements including pumpkins, fruit, pinecones and even a little plaid.
How to Make a Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape
- The first step to creating a tablescape is looking for inspiration. I like to search Pinterest, blogs, and magazines.
- Once you have your “theme” or color scheme gather your supplies.
- Pull out cloth napkins, fine china and flatware if you feel like using it or if you do not have enough place settings simply mix and match with your everyday pieces
- Add fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, twigs, antlers, leaves, you can use anything you can think of or that you can find, it will all look beautiful.
- Bring out your family tablecloths or a swath of fabric, plaid blanket or even a scarf
- Add candles for ambiance and light
- Personalize the place-settings with place card, you could let the kids create the cards with colored paper and crayons or your could use your fanciest script to make it a little more formal.
White pumpkins and berries look beautiful paired with vintage napkins and dishes.
|Image Pinterest via West Elm|
This tablescape from West Elm pairs vintage plaid blankets, pumpkins and tree branches.
Ashley from Cherished Bliss created a beautiful tablescape using a plaid blanket from Walmart, some greens, apples, pumpkins and pinescones, it is simple and beautiful.
Fall foliage, apples, burlap and mismatched plates and chairs. Gather your favorite vintage plates, the chairs from every room in the house a few apples and foliage from the yard and you can replicate this cozy tablescape easily.
Although this is actually a wedding tablescape there are so many great ideas for your holiday table; twigs, trailing ivy, pears, apples and pomegranates all elements that are easily found. As for the stunning flower arrangement I personally would need a lot of help to create anything like that, flower arranging it not my forte but perhaps you are? If not you could make something a little more simple.
|Image Frauherzblut via Pinterest|
Isn’t this tablescape gorgrous? Fruit, candles, bottles, collected vases and a pop of color from grocery store flowers. The colors are not what one would think of as “traditional fall colors” but the jewel tones are simple and beautiful.
This tablescape looks beautiful and so easy to make; a plaid blanket or scarf, everyday dishes, vintage candle holders and a dough bowl filled with pumpkins.
|Image Le Cultivateur|
Le Cultivateur created a diy tablescape with a riser and candlesticks that she made with simple items from Hobby Lobby and nature. Then she added mini pumpkins, crabapples and some greens.
|Image Snippet & Ink|
Make or buy a magnolia leaf garland, then add a few white pillar candles and your table is ready for Thanksgiving. You could also use this beautiful garland for Christmas, I would add a few colored ornaments along with the candles. Snippet & Ink has an easy tutorial if you want to make one for your Thanksgiving table or to use for Christmas.
Add a pumpkin to a bed of greens and you have a beautiful, simple and easy tablescape.
I hope that you find a little inspiration here to create a beautiful table setting to celebrate a wonderful day with your family and friends.
Have a great day and a blessed Thanksgiving.
I have a question…I have always put candles on my Thanksgiving table, even though we usually have our meal around 2:00 in the afternoon. In the last few days, I have read in several places that it is not proper to have candles at a meal unless it is night time, or at the least almost dark outside. Thoughts?
Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns says
That is an interesting question and one that I have never given much thought. Here is an article that talks about candle etiquette. https://www.southernliving.com/entertaining/candle-centerpieces-etiquette Personally, I say life is too short not to enjoy it, if you like candles at 2:00 then light them. I have a candle lit all day at my house.
William Kendall says
Leslie Harris says
Well all I can say is that I love your taste in tablesettings Elizabeth. I don't think I could choose a favorite. Are you hosting a dinner this year? I was so happy to be able to meet your sister over the phone. Although hopefully next time it will be under better circumstances. I like to believe that one day we will all meet in person. Sending love through this screen.
Linda Johnston says
What a wonderful memory! Those times really weave a story that are part of what holds us together!
Thank you Linda, memories of special times brighten our days and help us through the bad times!
Boy did you find some beautiful Thanksgiving tables to share!
Libbie Burling says
These are ALL so pretty! I love a good tablescape.
These are all beautiful. I love magnolia leaves!
Thank you Cindy!