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!!

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Lisa is a mother of three who works as a fashion and wardrobe consultant. As a former French and Latin teacher, the time she spent living in France has an ongoing influence on her style, both in fashion and interiors (she has the most comprehensive collection of plain white shirts you’ve ever seen!). She considers shopping a true hobby, a skill which was put to good use as she recently completed an addition and remodel of her family’s 1958 home in Midtown Tulsa. Throughout her home, you can recognize her emphasis on comfort with a few quirky touches that make it a true reflection of her family and their collective style. Lisa is old school and has yet to latch on to this whole “social media” phenomena

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