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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Thanksgiving Inspired Tablescape Ideas and Blog Hops to Enjoy:
- 5 Tips for an Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape and A Season of Thanks Blog Hop
- We Gather Together Thanksgiving Blog Hop
- Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas and Gather Round the Table Blog Hop
- Fall Inspired Outdoor Tablescape
- Feel Like Home Fall Tablescape