So, am I the only one who cannot believe it is November already?! While I love October, I am so excited for the next couple of months and all of the goodness that comes with them… mainly, holidays! That is why I’ve teamed up with my fellow holiday-lovin’ blogger friends to provide a little Thanksgiving table inspiration for y’all today. Grab a cup of your favorite holiday drink and settle on down for a little tour of my simple and neutral Thanksgiving table!
The two main things I kept in mind while creating this table setting were…
Keeping it cheap.
The holidays are an expensive time the other year. Between travel expenses, food and gifts, things really rack up. My goal was to not buy anything new to create this tablescape with, although, I did end up buying a few small things to use. I want to make it clear that its possible to create something pretty just by shopping your house and thinking outside of the box.
Keeping it simple.
Hosting family is stressful enough without fussing a ton over decor. The one and only time we’ve hosted Thanksgiving I was almost 8 months pregnant. I woke up at the crack of dawn to put the turkey in the oven for our big lunch and the dang thing was still frozen. Not my best day. Keeping in mind that crazy things like that happen all of the time while hosting big events, I wanted to create a table setting that could be done well ahead of time and only take a few minutes to put together without sacrificing on style.
I started out by folding a neutral linen tablecloth from Homegoods in half to create a wide runner for the table. The placemats were a recent purchase from Walmart. I had been eyeing them for a while and finally decided to pull the trigger. On top of those, I added the plates that we registered for when we got married. They are a lovely rustic cream, and I’m so glad I went with something neutral for our everyday dinnerware.
The napkins are from World Market. I picked them up a few months ago and never used them so now seemed like the perfect time. The subtle pattern and colors add just enough interest without grabbing all of the attention.
To top off the plates, I used some of my favorite vintage books in varying shades of brown and green wrapped with cream twine from Target’s dollar spot. They added the perfect amount of texture and color for no cost! I ended up adding white mini pumpkins on top of the books to round everything out. We bought these guys in early October and they are still going strong!
The silverware was my grandmother’s and is one of my most prized possessions. Its so beautiful, and I love having family heirlooms in my home. The pattern is Chantilly by Gorham, if you are interested in that sort of thing.
The centerpiece is also made up of things around our house. I started with my favorite rustic breadboard as a base. A cinderella pumpkin from our porch, some dried moss and antlers came together perfectly without spending a dime. I mean will you just look at all of that amazing natural texture!
The key to creating a neutral and simple table is utilizing a similar color palette and lots of textures. The soothing cream, blue and green colors blend well together without coming off as overtly holiday-ish, allowing you to set this up well in advance and have it look great all month long. All of the different textures included add interest to the otherwise neutral table. What’s even better is everything here will last with no fussing. No fresh flowers that threaten to wilt. No fresh fruit ruining. Just good ol’ pumpkins, antlers and books. I literally just plopped my pumpkin down, shoved some moss around it, set the antlers on the moss and called it a day. Nothing is more simple than that, my friends.
Total cost breakdown:
- jute placemats: $12
- twine: $1
Thats it! For $13, I created a simple and neutral, yet pretty Thanksgiving table just by using things I had on hand and getting a little creative with my place settings. For more Thanksgiving inspiration, be sure to check out the posts I’ve linked up below!
Do you go all out for your Thanksgiving table? What do you think of using books in your place setting? I’d love to know!! xx