Beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape

Beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape

This is the time of year when we stop and take time to be outwardly thankful by sharing a meal together, opening our homes, and remembering what’s most important – it’s absolutely beautiful. Often times we’re so busy preparing for the meal and guests, that at least for me, taking time to decorate takes a backseat.

Beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape

Beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape

I have been so excited to show you my tablescape! It’s the perfect time to consider adding one or a few elements to personalize your table, and with a little planning and inspiration, you can create a few special touches before your kitchen becomes a whirlwind of thanksgiving goodness.

I hope this Thanksgiving tablescape and centerpiece idea inspires you to add a little something to your Thanksgiving table. Here are some simple projects to help enjoy and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving tablescape decor

I love plate chargers! And that’s the problem because I love all of them and I can’t buy all of them – so I haven’t purchased a single plate charger for over twelve years. I’ve used IKEA place mats or tablecloths, but plate chargers are expensive and how does a girl just pick one style?

Thanksgiving tablescape decor

These faux plate chargers are not what you’d expect. I wanted to try something different, disposable, and easy, so I used a sheet of white tissue paper, gave the center a little twist, and then set down a dinner plate on top. I think my tissue paper chargers look pretty cute and unique. I would have preferred kraft brown tissue, but I used what I had instead.

Thanksgiving tablescape decor

I’m not usually a fan of fabric napkins, but I am a fan of teaching my kids table manners and etiquette. So, in the spirit of preparing them for a nice restaurant someday, with fabric napkins, I busted out these Hearth and Hand cotton napkins. I kept with my schoolhouse dining room decor and used library book pockets and cards to make place settings. Each card has the dinner guest’s name and a list of their attributes that I’m so thankful for.

Beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape

DIY mini mason jar tealight holders

Another type of place setting I created was with these mason jar inspired tealight holders. I love the look of painted mason jars, so I used clear drying glass glue and traced each dinner guest’s name on the glass jar. (I recycled Yoplait Oui yogurt jars.) Once the glue was completely dry I just spray painted the outside and added a tealight candle. I love the ambiance of candlelight and these little personalized jars are just a new spin on that.

DIY mini mason jar tealight holders

Thanksgiving centerpiece idea

This vintage urn/vase was found at an amazing vintage show. I found it when I scored my cubby piece. I was sort of wracking my brain with my Thanksgiving centerpiece idea because I knew I wanted to upcycle my Halloween tree branch, but I wasn’t sure how to stabilize the branch inside the vintage brass vase. Instead of filling the vase with something, like rocks, I realized I could tape the branch to a can of pumpkin and it would hold it in place perfectly. To hide the can I just set one of my coffee filter flowers on top! It turned out so pretty.

Thanksgiving centerpiece idea

Since I stripped the tree branch of its dead leaves, I decided to use this leaf paper punch and glue on new leaves. The book page leaves keep with my book page and neutral color theme found all around the house.

Thanksgiving centerpiece idea

I realized that I didn’t have any taper candle holders and as much as I would have preferred a collection of vintage brass ones to make a huge statement, I didn’t have time or money to work on this collection (there’s always next year!). So I found these affordable and darling modern vintage taper holders on Amazon – I really do love them and they work with my style and decor. The taper candles are dripless and scentless – they’re a perfect fit.

Thanksgiving dining room decor
Beautiful and simple Thanksgiving tablescape and centerpiece
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