Whose with me on thinking about your finishing touches for Thanksgiving? Well if you are, I have some tips for you to put together some things that are simple, quick, easy, and add that little extra to your Thanksgiving day gathering.
First up is setting your table in a functional way. We like to put all the food goodies on the table and have a big sit down family dinner. So once you make everyone’s favorite dish, your table real estate becomes a premium. I mean, you have so many dishes that you want room for them all at your table. In order to do that you need a simple but fantastic tablescape that doesn’t get in the way.
As you can see I went for a rustic, fall colored, simple table setting. Most of the stuff I already had, and just had to go searching through my stash. The chargers I already had with our summer outdoor deck dishes. You could even use straw placemats, burlap, or brown craft paper placemats. The white plates I also had, but they are very cheap at IKEA. Heck, I believe I even found some at the Dollar Tree. The silverware is my own. The napkins came from Hobby Lobby today and were 70% or 80% off. Down the center of the table is a piece of grain sack fabric I had. You could use burlap or linen to give you the same effect.
Down the center of the table is a long baguette dough board I bought at an online flash sale. I found the small burlap covered pumpkins at Target. All of these came in a box as vase filler, and I just used them in a different way. Then I raided an old Scrabble game for tiles to spell out Thanksgiving words (Pilgrims, Indians, Gratitude, and Turkey). Have you ever seen these dark tiles like this? I haven’t. All I’ve ever seen are the burlap brown wood colored ones. These area more of a cherry stained tile. However, they worked perfectly with the accent color down the center of the grain sack.
Now let me tell you about these Dollar tree glasses I love. Can you believe you can find ones with gold around the rim at Dollar Tree! Holla!! Wash them good and get them ready for Thanksgiving day, because once they are embellished it will be difficult to wash. I took these and wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon I bought from Hobby Lobby. I used hot glue to attach it because after Thanksgiving you just peel it off from the glass. It doesn’t leave anything on the glass so you can reuse the glasses for other occasions. The darker brown ribbon and brass looking circles were also bought at Hobby Lobby. The brassy circles are found in the jewelry department. G took our metal stamps and stamped our initials into each one. Then you just take a Sharpie marker to color in the letter. Let it sit for a minute, and then wipe it off with a paper towel or nail polish remover (if it dries quickly). With these glasses you don’t need place setting name cards because the brass letters take care of that.
Here’s something else we have going on at our house. The Thankful Tree.
G gathered up a branch, and I found an old vase. We held the branch in the vase and just added some left over aquarium rock we had into it. This held the branch up straight. Then I cut lots of leaves on my Cricut (or you can cut them by hand if you find an online graphic you like). Punch a hole and attach a string to each leaf so it can be hung on your tree. Now everyone can write what they are thankful for. Here are a few already hanging from the branches.
Having these leaves already made up and ready gives your family the opportunity to write down what they are thankful for whenever it pops into their head. I know ours just keeps blooming more and more leaves.
So there you go, a few inexpensive ideas to dress up your Thanksgiving meal. I hope your able to pull a table setting together with some stuff you already have. After all it’s the family memories your making that is the most important. Not the table decor.
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