Today, we’re excited to share so many beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape, dining room and kitchen ideas as we team up with 21 fabulous bloggers as part of the Gather Round the Table Blog Hop hosted by the always sweet and creative Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.
If you’re new to The Crowned Goat or coming over from White Arrows Home, welcome, we’re really glad you’re here! Didn’t you love Kristin’s home? She has such a beautiful and cozy cabin style no matter what the season.
Gathering Around a Big Thanksgiving Table
Gathering around the table to share a meal is one of my favorite things to do any time of the year but especially during Thanksgiving. It really is the best of both worlds because you can enjoy each other and the magic of the holiday season without a lot of the pressure and busyness that comes with Christmas. Speaking of magic, this sunlit scene happens almost every morning.
We have a big farm family so it’s not uncommon for our Thanksgiving meal to be attended by 75 -100 people each year. In fact, Thanksgiving is so popular now, there are usually events planned throughout the weekend.
The beauty is that everyone brings their signature dish which is always so much fun. Having everyone pitch in saves a lot of time and allows us to spend the days visiting with each other.
If the thought of having to host that many people seems overwhelming, no worries at all. I’ve created a simple Thanksgiving tablescape on a smaller scale with 5 quick and easy tips for you to enjoy today.
Here’s a look at all the details…
Begin by Layering
Tip #1: Start by Layering the Table with a Tablecloth, Blanket, Throw or a Piece of Fabric that’s consistent with the rest of the color palette in your home. This plaid horse blanket/cape is one of my favorite plaids. I found it at a thrift store several years ago and it’s so neutral it’s one of my go-to’s during the fall and winter seasons.
Create a Festive Centerpiece
Tip #2: Find or Create a Centerpiece You Love – This entire tablescape was inspired by one thing…this turkey soup tureen I found over the summer at an estate sale for $8.
I’m almost embarrassed to say I was THIS close to passing it up because I was in the process of simplifying all my collections. We were standing in line when my Mom said, “You know you’re going to regret it if you don’t get that turkey!” And of course, she was absolutely right.
Add Greenery and Natural Elements
Tip #3: Add a Layer of Greenery to Your Tablescape along with seasonal items like fruits, veggies, berries, seed pods, and flowers. This will not only help to dress up the table, it will also help to layer in bits of texture.
Create a Beautiful Place Setting
Tip #4: Complement Your Tablescape with a Beautiful Place Setting – Depending on the type of meal you’re having you might need a charger, dinner plate, salad plate, and a soup bowl. Of course, you’ll also need drinking glasses, napkins and silverware too.
Tip #5: Consider Borrowing Dishes or Tureens from a trusted friend or family member, searching thrift stores, estate sales, antique malls for deals on sets or picking up white dishes you can dress up or down all year from your local dollar store if you’re just starting out.
I’ve collected the brown and white transferware for years, but I borrowed these small bird soup tureens from my Mom. She has great stuff! You can find out how we used them on her dining room table for Christmas last year at Bliss Barracks here.
Relax and Have Fun
I hope these tips have helped! Keep in mind you don’t have to put a lot of pressure on yourself to create something magazine or Insta worthy, you guys.
Honestly, the people that are gathering around your table just want to be with you. They want your undivided attention, so they can make memories with you that will last for years to come.
So, take the pressure off yourself right now and create a simple Thanksgiving tablecape that feels warm and inviting to you.
The next stop on the blog hop is Lora Bloomquist. You’re going to love her super creative style. And be sure to check out the rest of these fabulous ladies as well…Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.