Even though I have only hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home twice (every other year has been at my mother’s or grandmother’s), I usually get the job of setting the Thanksgiving table.
One of the best things about a Thanksgiving table is that there’s no right way to do it. In fact, I’m so excited to be participating in a Thanksgiving tablescape tour with my friend Bre from Rooms for Rent and 24 other amazingly talented bloggers. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom.
How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table:
But whether it’s a fine china and crystal goblet kind of meal or a paper plate and Dixie cup endeavor (and I’ve done both!), I think it is a lovely encouragement to count your blessings and relish the beauty of God’s gifts and this season of harvest.
I love incorporating natural elements: clippings from my yard…
Fresh pears from the local grocery…
Real pomegranates and mini white pumpkins.
And finished it all off with a mixture of my grandmother’s china and my own plus a collection of old family silver.
I wouldn’t say I’m the best Thanksgiving table-maker ever, but I have gotten down to a bit of a science… And rather than simply share pretty pictures today, I thought I’d break it down into the little steps I take to create a Thanksgiving tablescape; you can see the step-by-step process below.
- runner (or a table cloth, but I especially love runners on long narrow tables like this)
- tall centerpiece (but not too bulky so people can still see across the table)
- shorter side centerpieces (I like the asymmetry of two different pieces with similar elements – in this case, the white pumpkins)
- filler (adding layers and texture with pieces on the runner between the centerpieces)
- plates (I love mixing patterns)
- silverware and plate decor (in this case, a simple pear)
There’s no real formula, obviously, and there are a million ways to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table, but I’ve found that most of the ones I create follow a similar pattern.
And I hope this gives you some inspiration for creating your own!
Most importantly, I hope you enjoy a beautiful month dedicated to gratitude for all He has given us. If you’re interested in a fun activity for your family this month, be sure to visit the Thanksgiving advent calendar I shared yesterday.
And whatever you do, I pray you find joy and peace this Thanksgiving season.
What’s your favorite element to include at your Thanksgiving table?
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