Setting the table for Thanksgiving to help create a beautiful time with family and friends. Let me share with you today a few creative ideas to help inspire us all to set a pretty table this holiday season.
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Ever since I was young girl I have loved setting a pretty table. I remember when I was a teenager helping my mom set the table and then one year she just let me take over while she did the cooking.
Here’s an old photo of me with my mom standing by our table set for family on Thanksgiving Day many, many years ago.
Setting the Table for Thanksgiving
There’s a saying that goes like this, “We eat with our eyes first” and how true is that? One of my favorite things to do is set the table before company comes…especially during the holidays. Today I’m going to share with you a few beautiful ideas that will help inspire you to set a pretty table for your family this holiday season.
First, let’s take a look at just two past tablescapes from my home.
Past Holiday Tablescapes
Last year was the first time I used only pumpkins, greenery and candles running down the center of our tables. Yes, there are two tables here as we had 20 people last Thanksgiving.
The plates are from Pier One Imports and the ruby red glasses were handed down to me from my mom.
I used Round Place Mats instead of chargers when I saw how crazy expensive chargers were. The place mats were purchased on Amazon for a fraction of what chargers would cost. I think they work nicely.
The glass pumpkins you see in this photo are from Yankee Candle Shop that I purchased when my husband was stationed overseas one year.
The mercury glass pumpkins have a place for a tealight to be placed inside. They look really pretty at night when we sit around the table again for dessert on Thanksgiving. We always seem to enjoy dessert a few hours after the turkey and trimmings by candlelight.
Easy to make rustic box used to fill with pumpkins, candles and greenery make for a beautiful centerpiece.
Make a runner out of mini white pumpkins!
Add a little color to a table setting with red apples.
Using a long and narrow garland like this is great for a centerpiece. It fills the table beautifully but does not interfere with the place settings.
Easy idea to create homemade scripture place cards for your family.
This tablescape uses items that bring back sweet memories.
Here's an easy centerpiece that uses pumpkins, succulents and Magnolia leaves.
An idea my mom created years before there was Pinterest to inspire us.
Come see how I decorated our table one year using pumpkins and gourds from our garden.
I think this might be one of my favorite ideas and one that I use now in my home!
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- Thanksgiving Pumpkin Centerpiece
- Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce made in the Instant Pot
- Printable Thanksgiving Planner – everything you need to help you plan for Thanksgiving.
- Easy Printable LEFTOVERS Container Labels – you really need to see these!
- How to Create a Welcoming Front Porch for your Guests this Thanksgiving