An outdoor Thanksgiving table might be just the thing for your family’s next celebration! Be inspired by this beautiful fall dining table and find out how to decorate your Thanksgiving table with just a few affordable items from your local grocery store!
Sometimes (like last week) I have days when getting myself and my crew dressed and fed and where they’re supposed to be seems about all I can manage. And then I have the bright idea of taking all four kiddos into Trader Joe’s (where – in case you didn’t know – they have kid sized baskets… which SOUNDS like a great idea until you are trying to steer three of them at a time around all the poor shoppers in the store! ;). I confess, I came home exhausted. But then this happened:
Now, admittedly, I don’t normally set up a spread like this for my family. I knew I wanted to create something special, though, for the Styled + Set Thanksgiving tour hosted by my sweet friend Lory of Designthusiasm. Be sure to check out the other amazing Thanksgiving hosting ideas at the end of this post!
But back to that night… I’m learning more and more the value of enjoying simple pleasures. With the whirlwind of four kiddos, homeschooling, a new baby, and general life, I don’t have time or space for intricate, complicated projects these days. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on beauty.
In fact, I shared a similar thought after Hurricane Harvey with my fall mantel this year (you can read all about that here, if you want). It does mean, though, that I’m trying to enjoy some simpler forms of beauty.
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So back to the afternoon at Trader Joe’s…
We headed into the flower section and spotted four $3 bunches: pink mums, purple mums, white chamomile, and a eucalyptus mixture. It fit right in with my non-traditional colors for fall on my porch this year.
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Those four little bunches filled all three of my containers.
I then passed the produce section where I spotted a spaghetti, butternut, acorn, and honeynut squash… and my kiddos spotted white pumpkins for 69 cents each (and yes, I absolutely let them each pick one!). We’ve already eaten the honeynut squash, and the rest are on the menu for next week.
If that’s not affordable, efficient decorating, I’m not sure what is. 😉
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How to decorate for Thanksgiving with grocery store items:
Find and mix simple, seasonal flowers and greenery.
I love the eclectic look – almost like wildflowers – that you can achieve with affordable flowers and greenery.
Buy some seasonal produce.
Use seasonal produce first to decorate and then to eat! Just like I did in my fall kitchen this year.
Mix and match in various containers.
The eclectic look is not only amplified with the various containers, but it allows a few dollars worth of flowers and random produce to make your entire room (or outdoor space, in this case) feel decked for the occasion. One large arrangement can be lovely, but it can also be overpowering to the table. With several smaller containers, you can leave the center clear for gravy or family-style dishes or (in our case) a cozy fire.
After those simple touches, I just added my favorite basic white plates, my go-to fancy cups for outdoor dining (or kids’ dining because they’re not breakable!), my favorite gold flatware and lovely dark gray napkins.
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And the best part? I was trying a new meal from this amazing new cookbook that evening, so we got to enjoy a delicious dinner alongside that spectacular sunset.
In fact, it was so delicious that she started digging in while I was still taking pictures!
Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving celebration is filled with just as much magic.
For more amazing Thanksgiving hosting ideas, be sure to visit my friend Kelly at My Soulful Home. Her 19th century victorian home is STUNNING, and her heart is even prettier. 🙂