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Thanksgiving Inspired Tablescape Ideas

We’re sharing Thanksgiving Inspired Tablescape Ideas today!

Being part of a military family definitely made our lives interesting growing up.

Especially, around the holidays.

Nearly every year, no matter where we lived, my parents made the long drive back to their hometown to visit with family and friends.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas in the Dining Room-The Crowned Goat

It was not uncommon for my Mom’s family to have 100-125 people cozied up to big round tables celebrating Thanksgiving.

The holiday is a relaxed and low-key event where everyone brings a covered dish and helps clean up long after the pies have been gobbled up.

All the kids play outside together and almost everyone lingers to catch up on “the latest.”

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It was one of my Granny’s favorite weekends of the entire year because she loved having her brothers and sisters and their families together.

Even though she’s gone now, it’s a tradition my Mom and her family continue even today in her honor.

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Special Moments Gathered Together…

Sitting around a big farmhouse-style table with family and friends is something I enjoy every chance I get.

I think that’s why I’m so passionate about setting a pretty table. Those moments spent gathered together making time to share a meal and enjoy each other’s company feels like the biggest gift.

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We’ve put together so many Fall and Thanksgiving-inspired tablescape ideas over the years, I thought it would be fun to revisit our favorites in case you need some help planning your Thanksgiving get-together.

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A lot of the items you’ll see, we’ve reused from year to year. We know the holidays can get expensive but no matter what your budget, it’s always nice to save a little bit of money wherever you can.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Idea with Pumpkins and Garlands-The Crowned Goat

Here is the basic formula I use to create Thanksgiving-inspired tablescape ideas each year…

  • Use a seasonal color palette that’s consistent with your home’s existing decor
  • Shop the produce aisle and flower department of your grocery store for budget-friendly Thanksgiving inspired tablescape items
  • Highlight natural elements when possible
  • Layer texture
  • Create a special ambiance with candles and lighting

I found these chargers several years ago and painted them gray. It was a subtle change but we use them throughout the year because they’re so neutral.

If I’m putting together something special, I’ll ask my Mom or one of my aunts to borrow some of their dishes. More times than not though, I layer with the white dishes we use every day to keep things simple.

If you’re on a limited budget and can only buy one set of dishes, get a good set of white plates. There are so many fabulous things you can do to change their look each season.

Thanksgiving Inspired Centerpiece Ideas…

Another thing we try to keep really simple is the centerpiece. Most of the time we use pumpkins, gourds, corn, apples, deer sheds, or mums.

If you like a more seasonal centerpiece though, you can always use a turkey soup tureen or pheasant. My Mom has decorated with this pheasant every Fall for as long as I can remember. It’s one of those pieces we’d definitely miss from year to year.

She also collects brown and white transferware!

Just like with white plates, glass hurricanes and white pillar candles can be easily used from one season to the next.

We used them most recently on our Feels Like Home Fall Tablescape. It was so much to eat outside and enjoy the Fall weather.

I was having trouble finding the right colored mums for the tablescape so I headed to the flower department of Fresh Market and they had the prettiest purple roses.

While I was there I also picked up some baby boos and fresh figs which made for a really easy Thanksgiving-inspired tablescape idea!

Speaking of eating outside, we turned an old work table into a makeshift buffet which really helps to keep drinks and nibbles at the ready.

While It definitely takes a little more effort to set a pretty table, remember, you’re totally worth the effort!

Pull out the best of whatever you have even if it’s paper plates and put your own special stamp on it. Invite your friends and family over and enjoy each other’s company.

Let us know your favorite Thanksgiving-inspired tablescape ideas and how you plan to decorate this year! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,

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  1. Hey CoCo – we love this table setting. All of your special touches show your love and care for home, hearth and family. We also appreciate reusing items that are already on hand. Beautiful Tablescape…what time is supper?

    1. How much fun would that be if you guys actually came over for supper! I would be so excited. I appreciate all of your sweet compliments on this post. Big Hugs, CoCo

  2. Coco, your Thanksgiving table and hutch look great! I love that you were able to reuse so many of your decorative items!

    1. I appreciate your kind words, Jamie, thank you so much! Big hugs, CoCo

  3. I love this table setting. So pretty and of course I also love that you used a blanket for the table runner. Love!!

    1. Thanks so much Brooke! I love plaid blankets and it’s always so exciting to find one at such a reasonable price like $3 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  4. Coco. dinner at your Granny’s sounds like so much fun and it’s fun to see you create that same love and warmth in your own tablescape. It’s beautiful xo Lisa

    1. You’re sweet, Lisa, thank you! You would have so much fun at my Granny’s house. Just make sure you come REALLY hungry she even makes you take a plate home for later 🙂 Hugs, Coco

    1. Robin, thank you so much, I really appreciate it! I had so much fun while my mom was visiting but I feel so behind now 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  5. Love all the Thanksgiving inspiration! Your Mom’s brown and white transferware with the peacocks is amazing!
    Take care, Donna

    1. Thank you, Donna! We tell her all the time she has a really great eye for things. We have no idea where my Mom finds half the stuff she brings home but we’re thankful she is super sweet and lets us borrow whatever we need. Hope you’ve had a great week, CoCo

  6. Girl!! You know I love a pretty tablescape and you’ve given me so much inspiration!! I love all the natural tones and that transferware?! Oh my goodness!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Christine, I really appreciate it. I can’t take all the credit though, my mom and aunts are super generous when it comes to letting me borrow their special pieces. Hope your Thanksgiving is richly blessed. I can’t believe it’s almost here! Hugs, CoCo

  7. CoCo, there is so many beautiful fall table settings in this post. I love them all and pinned at lease three! My favorite is the table you used cotton. Loving cotton right now. I always borrow my moms dishes too! Thanks for opening up your home and sharing your holiday memories with us. Also thank you for stopping by the home Imagined party every time. Really appreciate it! Have a great week-Meagan

    1. Thanks so much for pinning this post, Meagan, I really appreciate it. That tablescape will always be one of my favorites because my aunt let me borrow her dishes. We talk all the time but it was really special to be able to capture something that was so special to her. Sending you lots of hugs and hoping you have the best week, CoCo

  8. Hi CoCo- This table setting is stunning. I love the plaid you used for the table cloth. I almost fell out of my chair when you shared that your Mom hosts over 100 people!!! Holy smokes. Of course, I love the brown and white transferware dishes. Everything looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this post in the Home Imagined Link Party!

  9. Gorgeous table Coco. 100 people, oh my! Love the transferware. So many beautiful tables to admire. I am pleased to feature your Thanksgiving Inspired tablescapes at Love Your Creativity. Hugs

  10. Hey friend!
    I’m just popping by to let you know that I’m featuring this post at the Home Imagined link party next Tuesday! I just love it. Happy day to you!

    1. That is so sweet of you, Rachel! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Big hugs, CoCo

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