Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Twist.

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I’m sharing a simple Thanksgiving table setting with a twist.

It’s an unconventional way to set a Thanksgiving table.

Something you probably have never heard of.

The first time I came across this idea, it was the most comfy and cozy thing I ever seen.

Never in a million years would I have thought of this on my own.

But it is probably the most unique idea that is sure to be the talk amongst your guests for Thanksgiving day.

Ok. Are you ready to hear it?

It’s using a QUILT for a table cloth.

You heard me right.

In this post I will be taking you step by step how I set this table for Thanksgiving.

If your a visual person here is a YouTube video of me putting this Thanksgiving table together.
Here are the steps how to put this table together.

Step 1: Clean off your table.

Step 2: Put your quilt on the table.

Lay it across diagonal with the pattern centered.

Step 3: Gather leaves from outdoors.

If it’s raining, as it is in my neck of the woods in Seattle, cut them the day before and let them dry over night.

Take the branches and cut down to fit into a vase.

For a full look put an overflow of branches like the photo below.

It gives it a beautiful look.

Step 4: Take candle holders or silver candelabras like I used for my table. Put them on both sides of leaf bouquet.

Step 5: Put one white and one red patterned plate on top of each other and place on the table. Having two plates for Thanksgiving is a must. Guests love seconds and dessert. Plus, it looks amazing to layer each place setting.

Step 6: Take a simple white cloth napkin.

Fold it into a rectangle.

Wrap burlap twine with the brown name tag into a simple bow tie around the cloth napkin.

Tuck a real fall colored leaf into the burlap twine.

When guests sit down and are ready to use their napkin, they can simply untie it.

Step 7: Place the napkin on the side of the plate.

Step 8: In my YouTube video I didn’t include this step.

But for each guest you will need a water glass and a sparkling cider or special drink glass.

I use mason jars for sparkling cider and purchase $1 wine glasses from Dollar Tree and use them for water.

It makes the table look more festive and can be labeled at bottom with the guests name to keep track of their water glass.

Take some string and paper name tag and tie it at the neck of the wine glass.

Super easy and a necessity for Thanksgiving day! Don’t you think? I love that idea.

That’s my simple Thanksgiving table setting with a twist!

I hope you were inspired to set your table by adding a comfy quilt.

Where to get a quilt.

Getting an old quilt is hard to come by.

I acquired many of the ones I own from Goodwill.

Look at:

  • Value Village
  • Thrift Stores
  • Etsy
  • Ebay
  • JcPenney
  • Sears

You can probably find them on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.

When looking for quilts make sure they have no rips or tears in the fabric or seams.

This makes it easy to wash in the washing machine.

Once washed when you bring them home, they are wonderful cozy additions to your home and maybe on your table.

Not only is it a unique way to set your table but quilts are wonderful anywhere you want that cozy nostalgic feel.

On my wall shelf I added some leaves into a vase.

I found these cute little wood signs on Amazon, here. One says Gobble Gobble the other one pictured on my dresser below says, Hello Pumpkin. A simple neutral addition to make a space feel bright.

Not to leave out that turkey! Isn’t he a cool addition? Mr. Turkey is made out of paper and under $5.00. Here’s the link.

On my dresser I kept with the leaf theme.

I filled my Pfalz Graff teapot with leaf branches and stuck some in the back.

Taking a wood charger, I placed it in the middle to fill in the space.

And there’s the Hello Pumpkin sign, found it here.

On the left is a white Pfalz Graff soup tureen.

I love how this all came together.

The final touch to decorating my dining room table for Thanksgiving was to hang this super amazing farmhouse banner that says, Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s made with burlap.

A quick festive way to announce the event on Thanksgiving day as the guests arrive.

I love how it’s neutral and yet perfect for the occassion.

I hope this gave you ideas for your Thanksgiving table.

If you use this idea, please share with me how it turned out. I’d love to hear what your guests thought. It is a great talking point for sure.

For more fall inspirations follow this link for my wreath DIY project. And this link for a fall basket DIY idea that is very unique.

Have a wonderful week.

Bye for now!

Esther I Lewis
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  • Christine Christine on Nov 13, 2021

    So comfy and cozy I love it! And those branches from your tree beautiful!! Great job using nature and things you already have to create a new look.


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  • Esther I Lewis Esther I Lewis on Nov 07, 2021

    Thank you. It's my daughter's dollhouse. I have a video I show it in detail. Here's a link. Starts at 1:18

  • Theresa Teets Libert Theresa Teets Libert on Nov 07, 2021

    It’s a beautiful idea. I will look for one at a thrift shop. I don’t want mine ruined or stained. They were made by my mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. But I love your idea.

    • Esther I Lewis Esther I Lewis on Nov 07, 2021

      Wow! So amazing that you have heirloom quilts! I agree, not for using on the table. Hopefully your thrift store has one. Thank you for your kind words. It's was fun putting it together.