Use What You Have Thanksgiving Tablescape. This year there’s no stressing over your Thanksgiving table decorations, when you can decorate with what you already have on hand. In this post I’ll share some easy ideas that I’ve been using for years by reusing my fall decor.
I’m so excited to be joining the Grateful Gatherings Thanksgivings Hop, hosted by my friend Laura of Decor to Adore. We have 14 bloggers today sharing their Thanksgiving decor, from the kitchen to the dining room. If you’re looking for inspiration or last minute ideas, this is the place to be.
If you just happen to be stopping by or popping in after visiting Common Ground, welcome back to Thistle Key Lane. Debra always inspires me with her vintage styling, and I’m loving her gorgeous French urn centerpiece too!
I have to say, I’m so happy that we’re pausing long enough to give Thanksgiving a shout out. These days we tend to focus so much on Christmas, that I’m feeling as if Thanksgiving is getting lost in the shuffle.
Well at our house we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, even when it’s on a small scale. I think of it as a time for counting our blessings, and gathering those that we care about around the table to savor a delicious meal.
Every year we focus mostly on the preparations of cooking and baking, so it’s nice to step back and appreciate a festive table too. Sometimes I think I’m the only one that’s aware that the table is set, but then a few compliments makes it all worth while. Anyone else feel that way?
Use What You Have Thanksgiving Tablescape
That may sound like a crazy title for my post, but that is exactly what it means. Several years ago I decided to not worry so much about the Thanksgiving table, because I can alway reuse my fall decorations. Here’s a list of what I’m gathering from fall vignettes from around the house, plus some craft projects for this year’s centerpiece. You can make a list of what you have available too.
- real and faux pumpkins
- twig pumpkins
- pine cones
- unshelled nuts, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts
- mini gourds
- preserved moss
- deer sheds
- small round tray
Creating A Thanksgiving Centerpiece
The centerpiece starts with a pedestal in the center of the table. Well actually, it’s a round tray on top of a short candle stick holder held together with command hook tape. So, voilà we have a makeshift pedestal. A stack of books creates another platform, so I can vary the heights of the pumpkins in the center of the table.
Even though I’m using a mix of real and faux pumpkins, I try to incorporate as many organic elements as I can into my centerpiece. The yellow faux pumpkin sits on a bed of preserved moss with unshelled nuts and small pine cones around the edge. More unshelled nuts and pinecones are scattered on the tabletop.
Mini gourds and twig pumpkins work their way into the centerpiece, as well as deer antlers. I’m loving how all these earthy colors mix together to create a warm and inviting table.
The interesting looking mossy pumpkins are from a post I shared last year. To see the tutorial, you can click on my post Thanksgiving Centerpieces With Moss Pumpkins.
Even though this is a casual Thanksgiving table I love adding a little drama with candles. I’m using a small collection of brass candle stick holders of various shapes and sizes. Candles can make almost any last minute tablescape seem extra special.
By the way, I’m using flameless candles for the sake of safety. I can click them on with a remote, and not have to worry about lighting candles before dinner starts. I love the instant warmth and charm the candles provide.
Mix and Match Place settings
Using what you have, extends to place settings too. In my opinion, you don’t have to have everything matching to set a pretty table. For example I’m mixing my mom’s crystal with my everyday wine glasses. As long as everything is sparkling clean, it will look great together.
Same goes for your dishes and flatware. Sometimes I mix my grandmother’s smaller vintage china plates with my everyday white porcelain and it looks fabulous. Be sure to check out my post Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape With Plaids and Gourds for mix and match table setting ideas.
It’s been a tradition long before blogging, that I create something special for each place setting. It’s usually a place card or something small and decorative. This year I made small wreaths out of raffia with a simple knotted ribbon.
These sweet little wreaths add interest to the table with a wee bit of color and pattern. If you like this idea, think about adding a name on the ribbon or tie a place card to the top.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with decorating ideas you can use right now!
Up next on our Grateful Gatherings Thanksgiving Hop is my sweet friend Cindy of County Road 407. Cindy is sharing a beautiful woody tablescape that I know you’re going to love. Take a look at that amber glass!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. All the links for everyone in our hop are below. You can click through them at your leisure, and don’t forget to pin these fabulous ideas to your favorite Pinterest boards.
Our Grateful Gatherings Thanksgiving Hop Continues…
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