Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid

Today I’m sharing how to create an easy Thanksgiving tablescape using gourds and plaid. I’m also sharing some helpful tips on setting a pretty table, so you can concentrate on that holiday to-do-list.

Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid for a centerpiece.


Around the holidays we’re always trying to find ways to save time and money. Secretly I enjoy creating the tablescape more than anything else, and strive to come up with a new look every year. Once the table is set, I’m free to plan the menu, shop for groceries and prepare a few dishes ahead of time.

Shop Your Home

The inspiration for the color scheme started with my grandmother’s dishes. I scrounged around the house looking for something to pull in those navy, orange and yellow tones.


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid


Vintage orange books and flannel fabric with navy, blue and brown do the trick to create a base for the table arrangement. All it takes is a yard of fabric and plaid is the perfect pattern to bring in lots of colors.


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid fabric.


Note the edges of the fabric. The frayed edge is easy to create by pulling threads and it’s a huge timesaver not having to hem.

Reuse Fall Decor

Why buy more pumpkins and gourds when I can reuse what I already have. All these natural elements echo the colors in the dishes that I’m using and really pull the tablescape together.

For this simple arrangement I’m using seven pumpkins in various sizes and six orange gourds. The plaid flannel fabric looks a lot more interesting pushed to the center rather than laying flat and I like the random folds.


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid with a classic place setting.


Remember my mini dried gourd garland decorating my chalkboard? Well I’m reusing those same mini bottleneck gourds at each place setting  to hold place cards.


Mini bottleneck gourd with place card tied with cotton string.


Using heavy paper for the cards, I added a hole for cotton string with a hole punch and tied a card around each gourd. You can personalize the cards or make them all alike writing thankful or gather on each one.

If you missed the mini gourd garland click Transitioning Summer to Fall Kitchen Ideas to view the post.

Mix And Match

Mix and match with vintage and modern is the name of the game. I’m using my everyday large white plates with my grandmother’s dishes. The china patterns have enough of the same colors that they coordinate really well.


Place setting flat lay with autumn colors and a gourd place card.


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid with vintage pieces.


I’m also using a mix of wine glasses and cloth napkins but I don’t think anyone will notice. We will all be too busy talking about the delicious turkey.

Add Candles

I love using candles, even if our Thanksgiving dinner is at two o’clock in the afternoon. Candle light sets a cozy mood and I can squeeze in votives anywhere down the center of table.


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid - adding candles for a cozy meal.


Remember to use unscented candles. You don’t want competing scents mingling with the meal, and never leave candles unattended. Safety first!

Fresh Greenery

Fresh greenery is totally optional, but I think that fresh touch of nature adds so much to the arrangement. I’m using a few clippings of pepper berry branches but seeded eucalyptus works beautifully as well.

Autumn branches and leaves are a great option too, and would certainly bring in lots of bright colors.


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid - add greenery for a fresh touch.


Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration that you can use right now!


Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid - Single gourd and place card on each plate.


I hope my easy Thanksgiving tablescape using gourds and plaid will inspire your cozy table setting this holiday. Be happy and safe!




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14 thoughts on “Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Gourds And Plaid

  1. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    So pretty Michelle! I love your grandma’s dishes, and the plaid & books are such clever ways to incorporate the colors.Plus, the gourds for place card holders are inspired – I’m so going to copy that! Another lovely table my friend! 💗

      • Amber Ferguson says:

        This is absolutely stunning Michelle! I adore plaid and pumpkins, and vintage dishes of course. Your pepper berry branches are just beautiful mixed in with the fall fruits. I will be featuring your lovely table at TFT this week.

        Happy November!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments Crissy! I tried not to go overboard on the dried gourds but I imagine they will probably make a reappearance next year.

  2. Kim Mast says:

    Hi Michelle!
    Your table setting is stunning! I love the blue/rust flannel fabric, and what a great idea to fray the edges. I also love the idea of mismatched wine glasses. Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

  3. CoCo says:

    Not surprisingly this tablescape is STUNNING! I love the plaid, the gourds the table settings you chose…it’s all totally gorgeous. You nailed it! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Rita C. says:

    Michelle, this is such a beautiful table! I love how the colors of the throw blend so nicely with the china and the pumpkins in center!

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