Thanksgiving Tablescapes 2017

November 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s November 6th and two weeks from this Thursday is Thanksgiving so I thought today we would look at some ideas for decorating your family’s table for this bountiful holiday. You don’t have to do anything too elaborate and with lots of people sitting around a table with plates and glasses it’s probably better to keep it simple. A tablecloth is always a great way to begin but if you have a beautiful table maybe just put a fabric runner down the center, I think it’s nice to have something down the center of the table that kind of gives you a “boundary” of where to keep the decorations. Right now burlap is really a hot look and lots of the craft and decorating stores have pre-cut burlap runners available. I also like to find an inexpensive fabric in a color that works with my decorating scheme and get enough of it that you can bunch it up on the table and “nestle” pumpkins and candles in the folds. A good way to know how much fabric to get is to measure the length of your table and buy one and a half or up to two times as much fabric as your table is long, if your table is six feet long (72 inches) then get 144 inches or 4 yards of fabric. I have some images to share with you today of ideas that won’t break the bank but still give you a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy!!! (image via)

I love this very traditional look with a plaid tablecloth. Pumpkins, acorns, and votive candles run down the center of the table with Oak leaves nestled in and I love that they are green leaves. (via)

Vases filled with seasonal fare make great candleholders, here we have corn which you can buy in bags on the popcorn aisle of the grocery store. You can also use cranberries. (via)

This tablescape is very natural and simple. A fabric table runner down the center of the table with different height and types of candles and greenery from the florist shop or even your grocer’s florist area. (via)

This tablescape plays off the fun color on the plates the hosts are using. A blue runner is a background for orange and cream candles along with some pumpkins, leaves and forest creatures. (via

Picking one color or a neutral color scheme is a simple and elegant way to go. Here we have White as the predominant color with gold and green mixed in. (via)

Using a garland down the center of your table is a great way to decorate. Here they’ve laid a magnolia garland down the table and set flowers, oranges, and candles in among its leaves. (via)

A container is also a great way to create a centerpiece. A wooden box filled with leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and berries creates the perfect seasonal look. If you lay foam in the bottom of the box first then you have something to stick your candles into and hold them up while also lifting your other decorations. (via)

I hope you’ve gotten some ideas and inspiration today for your Thanksgiving tablescape. Just remember, choose a color palette, keep it simple and set the table a few days before if possible so you don’t have to worry about it. Have a great day!!!!

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