Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration


Can you believe that Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away?  The Holidays are fast approaching, and I'm trying my best to get ready.

We've been hosting Turkey Day Dinner for several years now.  A small gathering.  Hubby and me, our three boys, my parents and an uncle.  Then, later in the evening, my brothers join us with their families for dessert.  

I like to set as festive a table as possible.  I would just love to have beautiful, seasonally-inspired dinnerware, but I can't seem to justify spending the money on plates that I'd most likely use for only one meal.  I have Christmas dinnerware, but throughout the month of December, I try to use those dishes for as many meals as possible.  

My goal for the Thanksgiving table has always been to use what I have with some simple, natural details to reflect the harvest-feel of the season.

As with so many others in blogland, I've been perusing the net looking for simple, natural, easy ideas for our Thanksgiving table.  I thought I'd share a few that I've found and will borrow ideas from for my own table.  


Unknown Source
The table above is nice.  
Neutral candles and natural elements create an easy centerpiece. 



Confessions of a Plate Addict
Another easy tablesetting with a simple, natural centerpiece atop a burlap tablerunner.



Coco and Kelley
 Different.  
Feathers in autumnal shades as a centerpiece.  
Neat!


Country Living


Domestic Adventure
Very simple, but naturally elegant.  
I like this one a lot. 


Good Housekeeping


Unknown Source
 Love this idea!  Simple.  
Acorns hot-glued to grosgrain ribbon and tied around flatware.


Kitchen Daily 
Can't get much simpler than this.  
Not sure if those leaves are cut from paper or fabric.



Life is a Party
 That tablerunner is burlap that's used to wrap around small shrubs and plants for winter protection.  
So smart!  
Danyelle wanted a looser-weave burlap than is purchased off the bolt, 
and she said it was way cheaper.  May have to check out Lowe's next time I'm there for this.


Martha Stewart
 Of course, great table inspiration can always be found at Martha's site.



Pinterest - Unsure of Source


The 36th Avnue
This table setting is super-cool.  Take note of the "placemats". They're book pages trimmed out with a decorative edge punch.  The flatware is wrapped in simple, inexpensive paper doilies.  The place cards were created by printing out the individual's name onto book pages and trimmed to fit inside another paper doily.  
Very creative.



Young House Love
Very clean. Very simple.  
And everyone has wine bottle corks, right?


If any of you have come across other natural, easy, "use-what-you-have" type tablescape ideas for Thanksgiving, please share.  I'm still gathering ideas.

Also, if you know the sources for the few photos that were unknown, please let me know.




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7 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Luckily, my daughter is hosting Thanksgiving this year, Carla! I'm giving her whatever I have that she can use {tablecloth, platter, etc.} and she can interpret the decor in her own way. I know what you mean about the dishes. I have Christmas dishes, too, and one set I will try and use as much as possible once Thanksgiving passes.

Girlie Blogger said...

Such creative settings. Loving feasting with friends and family.

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Kerin said...

No matter what direction you go with your table decorations, I know that they will be gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing such beautiful ideas and pictures with us :)

Hibiscus House said...

I love the beautiful ideas! Thanks for posting.

GK said...

Thanks for the inspiration!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a wonderful collection of inspirational ideas here, Carla. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Mary Lou

Donna Heber said...

Hi Carla,

I know your holiday table will be fantastic! Thanks for all the wonderful photos you shared with us. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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