Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape

I love hosting parties and dinners in our home, and Thanksgiving is one my absolute favorite events every year.  It's the one time of year both mine and my husband's families get together, and  its the true start of the holiday season.  Obviously having a wonderful meal planned is key to any successful Thanksgiving gathering, but it is of equal importance to me to have my home look the part! I just love a welcoming home during the holidays! For that reason, I put a lot of thought and care into designing my tablescape this year.  I decided to keep my tablescape simple for a couple of reasons. 

Reason #1: If the centerpieces are too tall, you can't see the people sitting across from you, which just isn't practical for conversation. Like so:

As gorgeous as both of these tables are, they are really only for show. How could you ever carry on a conversation with somebody sitting across from you?

Reason #2: If the centerpiece is too long or too bulky, that doesn't leave any room to set the food. For practicality purposes, there needs to be space to set the gravy boat, rolls, and salt & pepper shakers even if you serve the majority of your food buffet style.

While these centerpieces are unarguably gorgeous, who wants to have to walk to the kitchen every time somebody needs some butter for their roll? Not me.

Which brings me to our Thanksgiving tablescape. It's practical but in my opinion still special. 

I like to stick with unscented candles at the table so the smell doesn't compete with the smells from the food :) 

I'm in love with my new table runner that was a custom made gift :) So simple and beautiful any time of the year.

I created these silverware holders out of spare construction paper I had and glued the edges together using mod podge. I created the labels using picmonkey. Here's an even closer view:

For my centerpiece, I set my candelabra into the blue, wooden, rectangular box I had and filled it with faux leaves and pine cones from my yard.  It's both compact and beautiful.  If you don't have a box like my wooden one, you could always wrap a shoe box in pretty wrapping paper and fill it with candles, pine cones, leaves or other pretty items.  Not only is it pretty, but it keeps the centerpiece small, leaving plenty of room for the food!

How are your Thanksgiving plans coming along? Can you believe its only a week and a half away?!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Such a gorgeous table! I really want to make an effort with my table for Christmas this year, as I always think they look so pretty.

    I love hearing about Thanksgiving things, as being British, it's something we don't do at all!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    1. Thanks Rachel! Good luck with your Christmas table, I'm sure it will be beautiful!


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