5 Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

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Are you hosting Thanksgiving? Create a beautiful decorative tabletop with these 5 quick and easy ideas from Domestic CEO.
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So, you're hosting Thanksgiving this year. You've got your menu all planned out, right down to the perfect cooking timeline; the china and silver are cleaned and polished; your guest list is complete. You are ready...but...wait - the center of the table is empty!

It's easy to forget about decorating the center of the table. Sure, the turkey will be there, but if you are like a lot of families, you will be serving the dishes buffet-style - so the table will be the center of attention.

Here are a 5 quick and easy tablescape ideas that will look impressive, but will take very little time to throw together:
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Idea City Meets Country

For an interesting juxtaposition on your table, try this glamour-meets-burlap centerpiece:

- Cover the table with a simple white tablecloth

- Add a 12-inch wide strip of burlap as a runner lengthwise down the center of the table

- Use gold-painted or gold-flecked pumpkins (buy them or do it yourself with cheap craft pumpkins and spray paint), and scatter them along the runner

- Add small gold votive candle holders amongst the pumpkins

- Scatter pinecones around the pumpkins. Done!
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Idea Simple Yet Elegant

This option only requires a few items, but makes quite a statement:

- Cover your table with a simple, solid-colored tablecloth; go for something subdued - not a bright color. White works well here, too

- Gather tall, clear glass vases. Nothing with decoration - the simpler the better

- Fill each vase full with acorns or tiny pinecones

- Add 1 large spider mum (or whatever larger flower you prefer) to each vase

- Center the vases on the table at various heights, or run 1 long straight line of vases down the center of the table
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Idea Thankful for Pantry Staples

For this option, simply raid your pantry for the majority of the items needed:

-Gather multiple large, clear glass vases or jars - the larger the better

- Fill each vase with a pantry item, about full, Use things like uncooked white beans, green split peas, lentils, rice or bay leaves. Use foods that look basic and organic

- Next, plant a large, chunky white candle into each vase

- Run these candleholders down the center of the table, or gather them in a haphazard grouping in the center

- Light the candles, and enjoy!
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Idea Done in Under 5

Here is the easiest centerpiece of all:

- Grab a large pumpkin, either real or fake

- Get your loveliest cake stand

- Set the cake stand in the center of the table and put the pumpkin on it

- Wrap a swag of berries around the pumpkin

- Cute and done in under 5 minutes!
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Idea Rustic and Natural

Last, but not least, is my all-time favorite option. Right now, my favorite decorating colors for the fall are creamy white, pear green, and cinnamon brown, and this tablescape brings together all three colors - and is super simple:

- Get an old weathered board, something like a 1-inch thick by 6-inch wide board. - You’ll want it to be about half the length of your table

- Cover the table with a simple white or solid colored tablecloth

- Center the board in the middle of the table, running lengthwise

- Gather small white pumpkins (minis will work) and some bright green pears. Both of these fruits can be real or fake

- Alternate laying a pumpkin, then a pear, across the board lengthwise

- Scatter tiny pinecones between the pears and pumpkins in a random way

- Tuck cinnamon sticks near the pumpkins and pears for a rustic look, and lovely smell
Whether you try one of my tablescape suggestions or come up with your own, my advice is to keep things simple. No one will appreciate you spending hours and hours on a centerpiece - so save that time for the food!

How will you dress up your Thanksgiving table? Share your decor ideas on the Domestic CEO Facebook or Pinterest pages.

Originally posted here: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/entertaining/5-quick-and-easy-thanksgiving-tablescapes
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  • Marilyn McCormick Marilyn McCormick on Oct 30, 2015
    Many people are very visual and need help in visualizing how lovely and easy these simple decorations are. Just an explanation of burlap or a plank board with pumpkins & acorns strewn across it is difficult for some to really see that in their mind. Photos would really have helped most people--especially those who aren't "bent" toward rustic.

  • Margaret Robinson Margaret Robinson on Nov 01, 2015
    Pictures please!