For most Thanksgiving gatherings, the food is the star of the show, and while the prep work of hosting the holiday for a large group of family and/or friends can be overwhelming, you can present it all in a beautiful way by taking just a bit of time to create a lovely, tantalizing Thanksgiving tablescape.
To save you some time, here are some fantastic tablescape ideas that are as easy to pull together as they are beautiful.
Use table runners instead of placemats! Not only will you add some beautiful color and texture to your table, but the unusual usage of the runner will create some interest! A simple centerpiece of glass jars filled with fruit, unshelled walnuts, acorns or other seasonal plants will complete the look.
This tablescape by the Wedding Chicks takes the same idea, but uses runners made of canvas and simply painted to look like birch bark. The centerpiece is a simple composition of small gourds and fall-colored flowers. If that sounds like too much work, consider using 12×12″ sheets of wood grain or birch park patterned paper available at craft stores or birch bark wrapping paper to create a comparable look.
Did you make use of metallic spray paint around Halloween to create some shiny pumpkins? Now you can re-use them for a glamorous tablescape, embellished with some glitzed-up pinecones and berries that you can find in a craft store.
I love the muted colors in this tablescape, and these heirloom type pumpkins are fairly easy to find. How cute are the mini white pumpkin baskets??
Don’t you love the bright orange and rust shades with these crisp white pumpkins? And nothing could be simpler than the little votives in glass filled with indian corn.
Don’t forget about your own yard as a resource for decorating! Take a walk around the neighborhood to collect beautiful branches with fall color and create a simple eye-catching tablescape like this one. I love the texture of the decorative wood balls used on the plates!
Why is that kids always get the fun stuff to do while waiting at a table? If you have kiddos coming to your Thanksgiving meal, don’t worry — we’ll get to the kids’ table in a bit, but how about making it interactive for the adults too? This diy tutorial for creating an interactive placemat is beautiful and simple to do — paper, a pen, some tracing or hand-lettering (if you’ve been practicing your handwriting!), and some decorative washi tape. (Hint: instead of trying to trace with a light source as suggested in the tutorial, place your printed version directly on top of your kraft paper and trace the letters with a pen, applying heavy pressure. When you remove the top paper, you should have the outline of the words underneath and can go back with a white gel pen or chalkboard marker to complete the letters!) And don’t overlook the lovely leaf placecards!
And speaking of the kids — here are a few ideas for your kids table. How simple and cute is this? Little clay pots or cups for the pears and crayons and the hand drawn frames instead of placemats. Best part of this table? No clean up!!
I hope I’ve inspired you to give your Thanksgiving table some pizzazz! Even if your turkey comes out dry, you can still lean back and gaze on your beautiful table and be thankful!
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