We’re sharing last-minute Thanksgiving table inspiration ideas as we team up with some of our favorite bloggers for the Grateful Gatherings Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Laura of Decor to Adore.
If you’re coming over from my amazingly talented friend Cindy’s blog, DIY Beautify, welcome, we’re excited to have you here. Didn’t you love her decoupaged pumpkin centerpiece?
She’s always so incredibly creative no matter what the season!
Prepping for Thanksgiving…
We finished finalizing our Thanksgiving menu plans last week and it feels so good to have it crossed off our to-do list.
It’s still hard to believe the holiday season is here.
I honestly don’t know where this year has gone!
But I love that we’re all in the shopping, prepping, hosting, and gathering mode at the same time.
Your tips and tricks have helped so much over the years.
Especially, where holiday travel is concerned.
A New to Us Thanksgiving Celebration…
Truthfully, I feel like I should be an expert traveler by now because we’ve spent Thanksgiving and Christmas on the road nearly every year for as long as I can remember.
It’s always so much fun spending time at the cabin or making memories with our big farm family.
But holiday travel is not for the faint of heart, you know?
So, this year my Mom surprised us by planning an entire Thanksgiving weekend at my parent’s primary home, Bliss Barracks, with almost no traveling.
We were shocked, to say the least, but honestly, we couldn’t be more excited about it.
Given my Mom has been extra sweet to allow us this new kind of celebration, we’re all pitching in to make sure she feels like she’s getting a break too.
And now that the menu is settled, we can start thinking about our Thanksgiving table inspiration.
Here’s a look at our Thanksgiving table inspiration and how we plan to keep things super simple this year…
Shop The House
My Mom is a big treasure hunter and is always finding items at estate sales and charity shops. I can’t remember exactly how much she said this table runner was but I want to say it was around $5.
It’s beautiful but not so expensive or precious that she would be upset if someone spilled gravy on it.
Shopping your house for items you’ve already purchased will help you save time and money when you’re looking for Thanksgiving table inspiration.
Thanksgiving Table Inspiration: Brown and White Transferware Place Settings
In an effort to keep things really relaxed, we plan to lean into using brown and white transferware dishes my Mom has collected over the years.
She loves to have the table set when we arrive.
So, when I asked about her Thanksgiving table inspiration for this Thanksgiving, she envisioned a white plate on top of a brown charger.
And a brown and white transferware bowl filled with hay and accented with a gray pumpkin.
Since those pieces are just for decoration though, my Mom will take them away while we’re nibbling on a charcuterie board by the fire and replace them with additional brown and white transferware pieces.
We’ll also be using our everyday drinking glasses and gold flatware to keep things simple.
Craft An Easy Centerpiece
To make the Thanksgiving table centerpiece easy to move, we’ll set it up on a tray with handles.
This centerpiece is not complicated to make at all.
Honestly, it’s nothing more than a tray topped with a cornucopia filled with faux pumpkins, corn, leaves, and raffia.
It took less than 10 minutes to create!
Other Things That Will Help Keep Your Thanksgiving Stress-Free…
- Plan your menu, shop, and prep as much as you can in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
- Tell your guests the dress code and weekend activity schedule in advance to help make their planning easier.
- Skip the place cards unless you’re having a formal meal.
- Serve something that is easy to pour like a bottle of wine or a pitcher of seasonal sangria so you’re not mixing up drinks all night.
- Set up drink stations and nibble boards away from the kitchen, so you’re not overwhelmed by people coming in and out.
- Put on a fall playlist as you’re getting ready before your guests arrive. It will be one less thing to remember.
- Consider using battery-operated candles that have a remote control. It will save you time.
- Pick up pies and other specialty items and support your local bakery.
- If someone offers to help bring something, let them.
- If someone offers to help clean up, let them.
- Greet your guests at the door. It will instantly make them feel welcome.
- Find something super simple to break the ice. My favorites are, “What is the most boring thing about you?” or “If you had to wear a t-shirt with one word on it, what would that word be?” or “If you could live in a sitcom or movie set, which one would you choose?”
- If you live in a gated community, make sure your guests have been pre-approved prior to their arrival. That way, they don’t have to wait long and it keeps the line moving. We keep a stack of Starbucks gift cards to hand out to the attendants. It’s a small gesture. But it goes a long way in letting someone know you appreciate them working on a holiday. We do this for hospital visits as well!
Up Next on the Grateful Gatherings Blog Hop…
Up next on the Grateful Gatherings Blog Hop, is my gorgeous and talented friend, Kristin of White Arrows Home. You’ll love her tips on How to Keep Family Around the Table Longer.
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing.
Other Thanksgiving Table Inspiration Ideas to Enjoy:Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.