This year for the Thanksgiving table setting, I really wanted to keep it easy and simple. Inviting and special, but not too contrived or staged. I also really wanted to use things that I already have around the house. There’s enough to spend money on this time of year, so I figure the last thing I need to buy is new table decor.
I already had a few vases around the house filled with the little yellow Billy Ball flowers, and seeing as how they’re so very popular, I decided to use them as my starting point. I gathered them up, bought a few more, and put them in little glass bottles and jars around the table. I found some glass jars in a similar yellow at Hobby Lobby so I grabbed those (when they were 1/2 off of course!) and filled them with daisies from the grocery store. A vase from Sideways also helped tie in the yellow and added some variety.
I had initially planned on using the succulents from my back porch that I’d brought in for the winter, but I saw artichokes at the store and thought they’d be the perfect addition to the table. They’re seasonal, a beautiful color and interesting shape. I just set them on the table and put a few in tin containers.
At each place, I set my usual white plates and white napkins. This time I used gray wooden chargers (also from Sideways) and chevron printed burlap ribbon (from Hobby Lobby). On top of the napkins I tied a couple of the flowers with twine onto a recipe card that I filled in with my mom’s pumpkin bread. Any of your favorite fall or Thanksgiving recipes would be a great take-home for each guest! The tablecloth is just yards of fabric from a craft store. It’s my favorite way to create a custom tablecloth.
In the end, it all came together quickly. Deciding on specific colors and type of decor (in this case rustic) make it easy to stay focused. I kept the colors minimal, because by the time you add the food and the people, there’s a lot going on. Remember that it’s OK for things to get moved around. There needs to be room for the most important thing – the food!
Happy Decorating and Happy Thanksgiving!!