Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas!

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Thanksgiving reminds me of Turkeys, Sweet Friends! Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas is on the agenda today! Today, I am showing off My Thanksgiving Tablescape and giving you some ideas on how you can create a "One of a Kind" Thanksgiving Tablescape.

How to set a table for Thanksgiving!

Most of you know, that I got divorced a few years back and since then I haven’t done much with Tablescape’s. Last year I did manage to set the table for Christmas and you can see it on my "Dollar Store Charger Transformation" post here.

Last week, working on "My Thanksgiving Tablescape!" brought back memories from years past. I remember I would spend hours on creating the perfect table for all of my guests to enjoy. I have so many table linens, silverware sets, chargers, plates and glasses, place card holders, etc. etc., but most have been in storage and I really did not have time to pull it all out to decorate this years table. Instead, I went shopping!

Tablescape Ideas!

When creating a Tablescape, there are 3 things to keep in mind. Use these ideas to create inspiration when setting a table:

  • Theme
  • Color
  • Style

For My Thanksgiving Tablescape, my theme was Turkeys, the color of light neutrals (White, Cream, Beige) and a style of Rustic Vintage. When creating a tablescape, remember your theme, color and style and then layer items onto the table. 

Although shopping for this tablescape was fun, some of the items I already had on hand. I chose table linens in cream and yellow-gold to keep things neutral. Notice how the greenery pops against the neutral colors?

After I laid the table cloth on the table, I folded up the edges to show off my table sides and legs. The first step in setting my table was to lay the greenery down onto the table.

Next I laid the leaves onto the table and added a pedestal to give height to the table. Use items to assist you in varying heights which add a bit of depth and dimension to the table. I used some Planter Boxes by ArtMinds painted to match the turkeys and a glass pedestal. I had the pedestal from years past, but I still remember purchasing it at Crate and Barrel.

I chose to use greenery and leaves with wood trees. The greenery are Locust Stem from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia. The leaves are from my yard and the wood trees are from Michael's Arts and Crafts. I scattered these items down the center of the table.

I chose a handful of turkeys, placed randomly on the table. I painted the turkeys with a layered chalk paint technique as they came in a white ceramic and needed paint. I found the turkey's at Michael's Arts and Crafts.

The large tree on the glass pedestal creates a centered look that is taller and more substantial then the remaining center piece. I also included two candles from A Maker's Studio to place at each end of the table. A Maker's Studio Collection Re-New-All Candles where the perfect glimmer needed for this table during the evening hours. Don't you just love the glow of the candles on the table in the evening? 

A turkey next to the large tree adds just the right look.

I laid all of my place settings onto the table and then decided on an arrangement. I chose to fold the napkin into thirds and lay it atop the large dinner plate.

For my place settings I chose the following:

  • Planked Wood Grain Chargers by Ashland from Michael's Arts and Craft's.
  • Fiesta White 3 Piece Classic Set Dishes from Macy's.
  • The Flatware I used was a present to me years and years ago. I love how the gold and silver tie everything together.
  • Modern Vintage Goblets from Macy's.
  • Amber Drinking Glasses I picked up at an Antique Mall last year.

I made place card holders using craft paper, because I liked the term, "Be Our Guest."

I love my table and chairs, as it was passed down to me from my grandmother. I wanted to show off the dark wood and so I folded under the table cloth along each side so the edges and legs would show.

Do you remember when I did the chair makeovers, "Chair Makeover and Wood Signs When Color Mixing With DIY Paint!" You can read about that here. I adorned the chairs with some raffia ribbon and leaves from my yard. I think it adds a beautiful touch and really completes the look.

Since I'm spending Thanksgiving at a girlfriend's this year, and don't plan to sit at my table, my sons and I will be enjoying it throughout November.

Don’t forget to go out there and create some thing beautiful.


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  • Polly Polly on Nov 18, 2019

    I think its gorgeous but I am assuming it is just for looks and you would remove most of this before you actually sat down to eat?


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  • Gwennie Gwennie on Dec 26, 2019

    This is lovely, but those are roosters figurines not turkeys!!

  • LINDA LINDA on Nov 19, 2020

    I LOVE THOSE TURKEY/ROOSTER FIGURINES!! Where did you ever get your table...wish I was a guest....thanks for a beautiful inspiration !!!