Getting your Thanksgiving table decor all set and ready to go does not have to be as stressful as it may sound! With a few simple items and some guided instruction, you can totally wow your family with a beautifully decorated table!
Is Your Thanksgiving Table Ready?
If you’re anything like me you’re currently in denial that Thanksgiving is just days away. But, alas, it is coming. Are you ready? Now we all know that the real MVP of Thanksgiving is the coma inducing food we will all consume copious amounts of. BUT – I’m going to throw you a little challenge! Is your Thanksgiving table ready?
Every family has their own sort of tradition for this holiday. Some families go all out with the best dishes and cloth napkins, and others keep it real with the paper plates and plastic forks. Either way, your table can totally still be a focal point for your family gathering.
I love the idea behind creating a space to welcome each of your family members or guests to the table. Our family believes everyone is welcome at the table and there really is room for us all. Why not go the extra step and really make each guest feel truly loved and cared for. This, my friends, is the power of a perfectly curated tablescape.
You see, for me creating a Thanksgiving table is more than just making it look pretty. It’s more than just being able to post an Instagram worthy photo. Creating a beautiful Thanksgiving table is about how it will make us feel. Because the feelings we experience help to create a memory to last a lifetime. Will the pretty decor and food last forever? No. But the memories of love and laughter will.
And I know that these holidays are not happy times for every family. Some are mourning the loss of a loved one while others are struggling to make ends meet, let alone put some elaborate meal together.
Here is the thing, if a family who was struggling to find joy in this holiday time of gathering collectively curated something beautiful in memory of their loved one or in attempt to set this meal, and this day apart from the others, then I believe that is where the joy is to be found. Small as it may be, but sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact.
It is my honor to be able to provide you with a few simple tips to put a beautiful Thanksgiving table together for your family to gather around and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Thanksgiving Table Theme
Begin by putting a clear picture together of what kind of look you are going for. This can be a particular color scheme or just an overall feel like anything from classic simple, rustic farmhouse to a natural boho look.
I love getting inspiration from Pinterest when I am doing this. I will create a board dedicated to that specific table and just get to pinning! Check out my Tablescapes board on Pinterest to get started!
Once I have a pretty clear vision in my mind of what I would like to achieve, I shop my own home! I will walk around from room to room and pull anything that I might fit with my vision. I pull this all together on the floor in the dining room and this is where I begin.
Use Lifts and Layers
Lifts are items that can be used to give your centerpiece decor height variety. You want to avoid having too much on the same level so these are great for adding varying heights and dimensions. Lifts can be anything from trays, books, cake stands, and wood slices.
Layers are what make a space feel warm and inviting. Start with a table runner. I personally love this paper table runner from Pink Antler. It’s affordable, recyclable, and I can use the roll of paper for more than one meal. If you are going for a more formal look, a linen runner is great too. I love these options from Target!
Then add in a centerpiece. Again, Pinterest should be your best friend right now. There are so many fun and creative ideas for centerpieces. Some ideas to get you started are: lanterns, candles, dough bowls, wood or brass candle holders, and live greenery. I have a great list of my favorite greenery over on my last post about my favorite holiday decor.
You can certainly mix and match a combination of these things, but if you are unsure, just keep it simple.
Use Place Settings as a Gesture of Kindness
Place settings are more than just a plate and cutlery. For Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to turn each place setting into a gift for your guests or family members. Start with a simple place mat, or charger.
I also really love to do a special place setting at each end of the table. I love to use a piece of wood or a cutting board here to mix it up a little bit. Whoever sits at the head of the table will feel extra special knowing their place setting was perfectly crafted for them!
Next, use your favorite dishes (or paper plates) to set the table. For the final layer of your place setting you can add a fun little tag or small gift for each person in attendance. Whether you are using paper napkins or linen, you can roll up a napkin and use a piece of fresh rosemary or some pretty twine to tie it up.
Trader Joe’s always has such great fresh floral to choose from. And you can get the tags and twine from Hobby Lobby. I love the idea of taking the time to write an inspirational quote on each tag or hand lettering each guests name. Take this opportunity to get creative!
I want you to feel like this is possible for you no matter what your situation. Don’t get me wrong, you can easily spend a good chunk of change on decorating your Thanksgiving table, but its not necessary! It would be just as easy to go to the Dollar Tree and gather a lot of the materials to put together a beautiful (and affordable) Thanksgiving table.
Because I love you guys and I am just so incredibly Thankful for each person who passes by, I want to give you a FREE download of my complete guide – “The Perfectly Curated Table.” I simply cannot express my gratitude enough. Those of you who keep coming back to read my posts and support my blog, you are so incredible and I am so humbled to be able to serve you with my content!