Monday, November 14

Thanksgiving Dinner Tablescape

Today I'm sharing the Thanksgiving tablescape I did last year when we entertained my husband's family at our home. I wanted to create a warm, welcoming table that wasn't too fussy. It was important to me for everyone to feel comfortable and "at home" but also know that it was a special day for celebrating all the things and people we are thankful for. 

The tablescape is full of DIY projects so I hope you'll be inspired to try a few yourself this holiday season.

The fabric garland is a fun one and super easy! It's very versatile, too. Hang it on the stair bannister, drape it across a mantle or do as I did here and swag it around your chandelier. There is no sewing involved -- just some fabric and a pair of scissors. Cut, tie, cut, tie.... that's about it. And what a show stopper!

Specialty napkins.... personalized menus..... and a fabulous table runner -- great details to add to your Thanksgiving table. Here I used the Amanda's Parties TO GO Thanksgiving Collection papers to mat my menu. I typed a menu in Word and printed it onto white cardstock. Next, I cut it out and put it over the decorative paper from the Thanksgiving collection and then added some ribbon and a 2" logo from the collection. There is a full tutorial here.

For the napkins, I used inexpensive natural colored muslin, some ribbon, brown lace and a few embellishments that I found on the jewelry making aisle at Hobby Lobby. A project well worth a few hours time -- simply beautiful.

And my favorite, the table runner, I made with burlap and corn husks. Yes, you heard me right. Corn Husks. That's not a ruffle -- well, not a fabric one anyway! It's a corn husk ruffle. Simple and inexpensive, too. I'm planning to have a tutorial later in the week so check back if you'd like to make one of your own. 

For this part of the display, I took a pie pumpkin and wrapped it with a few grapevine strands and added a brown satin ribbon. The candle was wrapped with a strip of burlap which I frayed on the edges by pulling a few strings out. I then added a strip of the Thanksgiving Collection's decorative paper to coordinate with the menu and added a 2" Thanksgiving logo also from the collection.

For the sideboard, I used some natural materials like over sized pine cones, fresh pine sprigs and nuts to fill a decorative container. I added willow branches and a natural fiber tassel to the olive jars and set out my pilgrims. For the wine bottles, I used the Thanksgiving Collection's wine bottle labels of which one is personalized with your family initial.

A centerpiece doesn't have to be hard or time consuming. I created this one by arranging a few bags of mini pumpkins and some pheasant feathers in a clay container I already owned. First I put moss in the container, added the feathers, then the pumpkins and accented with a few acorns from my backyard.

I hope you are inspired to create a special Thanksgiving table of your own this year! The Thanksgiving Printables set is on sale now for only $9.00 in my shop.


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Frank Hudson said...

A fine DIY touch to the tablescape, and your idea of a fabric garland is particularly encouraging. It is amazing what basic fabric and scissors can do as far as making an astonishing decoration for all occasions. I can picture this adding some festivity to different parts of the house such as the stair bannister or a mantle as you mentioned.

In a city like New York, which never sleeps and is full of creativity, your DIY projects are a breath of fresh air during the holiday season. It made me think about how creative solutions are important in other areas of life too – even in an unsuspected situation like nyc towed vehicle Having an approach that is resourceful and creative can make all the difference.

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