Beginner Friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape
Hello friends! We had a some nice breaks in the rain today, just enough for the sun to show it’s face so I could take some photos of my simple little table for you! Now, we’ve touched on the fact that I’m not a big tablescaper, at all, but with the addition of my pretty new Fall dishes, and Thanksgiving around the corner, I really felt compelled to give it a try! I kept it very simple and un-fussy. It’s beginner friendly level stuff for sure.
I was kind of thinking that seeing someone who is not skilled at it give it a shot, might encourage you to give it a whirl too, so I’m sharing my little house, pretending to be ready for Thanksgiving. With a big side dish of easy.
As far as I can tell, the main focus of a tablescape is divided between the centerpiece & place settings.
Finding a fat little turkey at HomeGoods supplied me with the perfect anchor for the “centerpiece” part!
I’ve seen many Turkey’s over the years, but this one was a compact size for storage & very reasonably price. Those were two good features I couldn’t pass up! I stared my tablescape with him in the middle, and set him on a small wood cutting board.
ABOUT FRESH FLOWERS: They are always a beautiful option, and believe me I love them too, but sometimes flowers are not in the budget or readily available. During the holidays those dollars might be better spent on the food for the event, or to use purchasing a gift to be donated to a child in need.
To keep costs low, and make things easy, I grabbed all the greenery I used in last weeks post [click here] and told myself I needed to make-due with it. It was drying nicely, so I gave it a clean cut and scattered it on the table. Accenting with a few dried Autumn leaves (that I’ve been using for a few years now). Next, I peppered in some candles, keeping everything low, casual and simple. This didn’t even take five minutes, in fact I was on the phone while I was doing it.
I had everything but the new Turkey on-hand for the centerpiece area, so this cost nothing. Between the navy blue of my bench and the Blueberries on the dishes, the hobnail votives pulled them altogether and balanced those colors prettily. I used tiny vintage Jello molds, adding tealights to make them candle holders.
To me, it’s just enough to add interest to the table and set a casual mood, while not obstructing the view of the other diners for conversation!
I think when the candles are lit, it will add a nice cozy feel!
I travel up to Eugene, which is about 4 hours round trip, several times a year to poke around and shop. On a recent trip I found…
I remember seeing these somewhere years ago, and really liking them, so when I ran across them for a steal, I picked up four and I absolutely love them so, so much! We were in the city to move our son up to his new apartment (which I didn’t write about because I’m trying to pretend it didn’t happen. lol) They helped ease the sting of Austin’s move just a little bit.
The rest of the table fell into place pretty easily! I think a few years of seeing amazing tables from friends sunk in a tiny bit. hahaha – I started with a woven jute place mat, and worked my way up from there.
I layered a dark faux wood charger, then a diner plate, followed by a ruffled burlap napkin and finally a salad plate. I finished it off by flanking it with some shimmery, copper-colored flatware. The place mat, charger, dishes and flatware are all from the Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart.
Which I double checked online to make sure I placed properly.
I repeated the place settings around the table, stopping at four.
Mostly because I broke an odd assortment of bowls and plates. I was stripping the table down to start this tablescape from scratch. I moved my bench, piled them all up… and promptly hit it with my knee and dumped it all over my kitchen floor.
I was not a happy girl, but I picked up what was left and kept going… after I shook it off and readjusted my attitude.
After all, I still had…
And my unbreakable, velvet pumpkins.
I took the opportunity to re-fluff the mantel as well.
The mirror is still center stage though… sigh. I love that thing!!
This Thanksgiving sign is perfect and totally sums up or family!
With just the right sprinkle of pumpkins.
The colors are so rich and full of life!
Whew! I always laugh when I say “simple”… and it takes longer to share the pictures and the story or details, then it does to actually do the project.
So get to tablescaping if you never have guys! It was easy & fun, and I feel like it lends a festive air to the house and it’ll be so nice for the holiday. I don’t see me ever doing an elaborate table, but I could defiantly see doing them more often!
Especially if I don’t break all my dishes.
Some items were supplied free of charge for work/past work partnerships.
- Look to Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart for the Acacia Wood Tray, Jute Placemats, Wood Chargers, Autumn Dishes & Copper Flatware [click here]
- Burlap Napkins – Tuesday Morning
- La Rochere Abeilles Napoleon Bee Wine Glasses – Tuesday Morning (only $7.99 each!)
- Turkey – HomeGoods
- Thanksgiving Framed Sign – HomeGoods
- Candle Sticks – Home Goods
- Wood Pedastal Bowl – HomeGoods
- Wood Lanterns – Decor Steals
- All Velvet Pumpkins – Safeway Floral Department (last year)
- Trunk – Garage Sale
- Bar Cart – Target
- Pumpkin S&P Shakers – Walmart
- Mini Pumpkins (vase filler) – HomeGoods, Ross & Safeway (I’ve found them all over)
- Table – Thrifted & Made Over (before and after with tutorial soon)
- Bench – Made/DIY (color Hale Navy)
- Pumpkin Cable Knit Throw – Boll and Branch
- Rug – RugsUSA
- Chairs – Broyhill
- White Chest – Ross