An Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape Made Easy
Does the thought of creating a Thanksgiving tablescape fill you with dread, especially after looking at all the Pinterest-fueled inspiration out there?
Have no fear. The tablescape heroes are here!
You’ll love what my friends and I have cooked up…a Thanksgiving feast for the eyes!
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The Pinterest Challenge
A fitness challenge I could take or leave, but a Pinterest challenge…I’m always down for that!
Each month, Cindy from County Road 407 shares an inspiration photo from Pinterest and challenges a group of lovely bloggers to recreate the look.
Sound like fun? It sure is!
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This Month’s Inspiration: Thanksgiving Tablescape
This month’s inspiration photo came from Lindsey Brunk’s Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Inspiration post.
The styling in Lindsey’s place setting looks impeccable, and as she explains, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve this look.
Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape: Key Elements
While Lindsey’s place setting has several key components, it leaves plenty of room for us to add our own interpretation. Yay!
The critical pieces in this vignette include:
- Rich navy tablecloth
- A garland with burgundy floral stems
- DIY place cards
- Copper flatware
- Copper/gold floral accents
As you can see, I tried to capture the essence of the original photo while taking some artistic liberties. Let’s talk about easy substitutions you can make, too.
If you have a salvaged wood dining table, like me, you might not be inclined to cover it with a tablecloth.
However, I quite like seeing how some fabric can transform a table for special holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Faux Floral Garlands & Stems
If you don’t have access to fresh greenery like Lindsey did, you can always find great faux garlands at places like Hobby Lobby.
While there’s turkey and stuffing around, no one will notice (or care) whether the greenery is faux or real.
A few burgundy flowers really add a rich, moody vibe to this rustic Thanksgiving tablescape.
DIY Place Card Holders
Last year, I shared an easy hack for making DIY pumpkin place card holders. (Seriously, you won’t believe how easy.)
I decided to reinvent the free place cards I offered in that post with a simpler design. This little berry watercolor graphic reminds me of cranberries at Thanksgiving.
Tip: To rip the edges of your place cards, try tearing the paper in long motions, as opposed to short strips, for a prettier effect.
You’ll also notice in my place setting I also included discussion cards and washi-tape pencils to allow guests to practice gratitude before the Thanksgiving meal.
Learn more about a fun gratitude activity for families
Metallic Accents – Painted and Purchased
Though I purchased the most beautiful copper mugs for my outdoor fall table in the last challenge, I lacked the copper flatware for this particular table setting.
I’ve learned over the years it’s fine for metallic tones to co-exist. As long as you balance each tone, it can look deliberate instead of accidental!
I used gold-toned taper candle holders and gold painted dollar store pumpkins (from my upcoming Halloween mantel) to give the centerpiece garland more visual interest.
A few mercury glass candle holders added more ambiance to the greenery and also complemented the silver flatware (deliberate balance).
Pin it for later!
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I’m so thankful you joined me today!
Be sure to pay a visit to the other bloggers on this tour for more Thanksgiving tablescape ideas. (Click the numbered squares below.)
Next on your list is Laura from Everyday Edits. As a realtor, she has a trained eye for decor!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Crissy your beautiful tablescapes have that simple elegance that draw me in every time! Your use of color even on the place cards is just perfect my friend.
Thanks, Michelle! That means a lot to me. I appreciate the sweet words, and you know I always admire your style, too. Too bad we don’t live closer so we could trade some table decor back and forth!
This tablescape is amazing Chrissy! I love all the different layers you have on the table too. It’s such a gorgeous mix of rustic and refined. Every detail is just so pretty. Hugs, CoCo
Thanks, CoCo! I appreciate you stopping by. I’m always so inspired by your decor too, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving (a little early)! Crissy
Such a beautiful tablescape Crissy.
Thank you for sharing your fabulous tips and ideas at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your simple Thanksgiving tablescape at tomorrow nights party and pinning too.
Hi Kerryanne! Thank you so much! I’m so honored and excited to have my Thanksgiving table featured. I’ll be sure to stop by to say hello. Hugs back, Crissy
So pretty, Crissy! I love the colors you used, so moody and fallish! And those berry watercolor place cards are just too cute 🙂
Thanks so much, Tiffany! I’m looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving this year. I hope you have a great start to the holiday season, too! Hugs, Crissy
Stunning table setting. I love the floral with the deep rich wine and the pretty flatware.
Ps. Please share this lovely post on my site at the You’re The Star blog hop
Thank you, Kippi! I just stopped by your party earlier today, so thank you for the reminder! Happy Halloween! -Crissy
This is just so pretty and festive. I love the ideas of using the burgundy/reds for fall!
Thank you, Christy! I’m glad we had the inspiration for this color scheme. It’s a new one for this room. Thanks for stopping by!
Crissy, think you win the award for replicating the inspiration pic the closest! And I love your version; so beautiful and vibrant. Your printable placecards are awesome, too; great color and simplicity! Pinning!
Ha ha! Thanks, Lora! This was a fun challenge to pull together. I still need to add those place cards as a printable on my site. I loved your suggestions on using fabrics as table linens, too. Thanks for pinning!
So pretty, Crissy! Those berry placecards are SO sweet – and what a perfect idea to add a pencil and gratitude activity to the tablesetting!
Oh, thank you, Janet! I’m so glad you liked them, and I appreciate you stopping by to say hello. Have a great rest of the week!
Beautiful Crissy! Love your style.
Thank YOU for popping over, Lori! I appreciate the support. Big hugs!
I love the pumpkin place card holders. Everything is lovely!
Thank you, Katie! I had fun making those little pumpkin card holders and just switching out the cards each year. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!
You are definitely a ‘Tablescape Hero”! 😉 Your deep burgundy accent color is beautiful and perfect for fall. I love the entire centerpiece and table setting. Even the small detail of the color on your printable cards is awesome. I love it all! Thank you so much for joining in. Big hugs!
Ha ha! Thanks, Cindy. Maybe I’ll dress up for Halloween as a tablescape super hero. I’ll use a centerpiece on my head and a tablecloth for a cape. The people who think it’s funny will become my fast friends. 🙂
I appreciate your sweet words and all your efforts coordinating such a fun hop every month!
Oh… your posts always make me giggle and smile! I love your sense of humor, not to mention your creative eye for detail and decor! Your fall tablescape is lovely, dear friend! And your place cards are so pretty! Where did you get the table cloth? (You don’t have to answer that! LOL!)
Tee hee! Thank you, dear. Oh, my tablecloth is one of a kind. They don’t sell any more like those. LOL! Only you know the secret behind my tablecloth. We’ll just let the others wonder. Thanks for stopping by, as always.
Chrissy your table is beautiful. I love all the jewel tones and the metallic pieces you add for the accents. I love the place card holders. Everything is just beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving season!
Thank you, Terrie! I enjoyed the challenge of trying to find just the right elements. It’s fun to take some liberties and experiment, too. I always enjoy seeing the DIY elements you incorporate as well. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!
Your table is gorgeous, Chrissy! The navy tablecloth is a great base but with a pretty wood table like yours, I don’t blame you for not wanting to cover it up. I love you table centerpiece, your pumpkin place card holders, and the beautiful place cards that you created. I always enjoy seeing your decor!
Thanks so much, Paula! You’re so kind. The other reason I don’t often use a tablecloth is that our table is very long. I loved Lora B’s suggestion on using fabric because I often encounter the same issues with tablecloth sizes! I’m happy to be hopping with you, as always.
Love your beautiful tablesetting. Your centerpiece is stunning and so reminiscent of the “challenge” table. I also adore the idea of the twig pumpkins holding the “thankful” cards. Great table.
Thanks, Marty. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge again. It’s exciting to see so many different interpretations. I appreciate your kind words. Happy Thanksgiving (a little early)!
Oh I LOVE all of the textures you used. The red/wine accents you used are gorgeous. Bravo!
Thank you, Laura! I hadn’t used those colors before, so I’m glad we had some inspiration to try a new combo. I enjoyed hopping with you again!
Hi Crissy, Stopping by from the place setting Pinterest challenge!
Love your place setting. We had similar elements in our place settings!
Thanks, Laura! Yes, we did have similar elements, but I love how distinct everyone’s table setting looks, even starting with the same inspiration photo. I enjoyed hopping with you! -Crissy
How pretty, Crissy!!! I love your table recreation of this month’s Pinterest Challenge! Love all the red mums… The woven pumpkin placecard holders are very sweet, too. Thank you for the lovely shout-out. <3 Happy to be on this month's PC tour with you.
Have a wonderful fall,
Thank you, Barb! It was fun to be in this challenge with you, too! I loved your pretty table as well, and I’m sure you and your husband enjoyed it for your anniversary. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Crissy