Tablescapes for Turkey Day

I cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and of course I’ve got Christmas shopping and decorating on the mind. But I’m trying to pause all those anxious thoughts and focus on the holiday at hand and what better to way to decorate for Turkey Day than by setting the table all nice and pretty?! Granted I’m not actually hosting any Thanksgiving meals, but it’s fun to pretend (without all the stress!)

When it comes to tablescapes for me, even imaginary ones, it’s all about being cute and simple. The ones in magazines are nice, but where do you put the food? Or all the extra plates you don’t use? I like to make sure there’s plenty of room to spread out and relax while you gorge yourself eat.2 turkey tablescape 1This first table I put together has the lease amount of extra space, but I think there is still plenty of room for everyone. 3 turkey tablescape 1The table runner is made from some fabric I got on sale at Joann Fabric and Crafts, so are the little wheat stalks under the silverware. I already owned the napkins and just wrapped them around a knife and fork and tied off with some twine. Easy peasy.4 turkey tablescape 1And in the spirit of keeping it real, I only have 4 matching cloth napkins, so I used different white napkins for the center seats and a Dollar Tree ceramic pumpkin from my fall mantle for those place settings. 5 turkey tablescape 1The giant apothecary jar at the center of the table is also from Joann and I just filled it with small gourds and pinecones from the yard. I also couldn’t pass up on the adorable squirrel salt and pepper shakers! They were in the checkout lane and it was an impulse grab!turkey tablescape 1The leave garland (JoAnn) and the green glasses (thrift store find) really tie everything together and finish off this festive, but simple tablescape. turkey tablescape 2Table #2 is even more simplistic and would definitely be ideal for actually placing some dishes on the table for people to help themselves throughout dinner. The pinecones and gourds on the table can be easily shifted around to make room for bowls and platters in the center. 2 turkey tablescape 2I simply added a bowl and apple to each place setting, and placed one wheat stalk into each napkin “ring.” My family has never used place cards for the holidays and I’m not really a huge fan of them to begin with so I left them out of my arrangements, but you could easily make small banners to hang on the apples with your guests’ names on them.3 turkey tablescape 2The table was lacking in color without the leaf garland, so I added another runner in red for some more color in the center of the table. 4 turkey tablescape 2The apothecary jar adds some differentiation in height and of course my little squirrel friends finish things off. turkey tablescape 3The third table setting is the most simple of all of them and would actually be the one I’d probably use for a fall dinner party or Thanksgiving. It’s extremely simple and everything can be shifted around so the food is right there on the table. What can I say, I’m lazy and don’t want to get up for seconds, or wine. Since the centerpiece is a short bowl I brought out wine bottles and candlesticks to give the table a little bit of height.2 turkey tablescape 3I brought out two bottles of wine that we bought in France to set on the table for both added height and because it’s delicious, special occasion wine. And since there’s wine on the table I had to take out our wine glasses.4 turkey tablescape 3I love having the bowl at the center of the table because it’s colorful and short, so it could actually stay on the table during dinner and I could still see the person sitting across from me. 3 turkey tablescape 3I filled the bowl, which used to belong to my grandmother, with apples, gourds and pinecones, because it doesn’t get anymore Autumn than that. 5 turkey tablescape 3Each napkin on the table is turned in a different direction for a little extra visual interest since this setting is the most simple. I loved setting and resetting the table for this and now I actually want to have people over for dinner just so I can put the pretty table to use! One Table 3 WaysIf your looking for more Thanksgiving table setting inspiration follow #turkeytablescapes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit the JoAnn Celebrate the Season site. JoAnn still has plenty of Autumn decor left, so you can make your own Thanksgiving tablescape.

Do you host Thanksgiving for your family? Or are you weird like me and just set a table for no reason?

*JoAnn supplied me with a gift card to purchase my supplies, but all project ideas and opinions are 100% my own.*

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  1. Love all three! I am hosting my family for the very first time this Thanksgiving. Eek! I’m trying not to panic. And trying not to think about the fact that our table only seats 4 and there will be 7 of us. Sheesh, maybe I should start panicking. Or planning.

    1. Thank you Cindy! It was fun to spend a few hours experimenting! And those glasses are definitely my favorite, I love pulling them out at dinner parties and listening to people ooh and aah over them!

  2. LOVE it – I’m getting my table all set today and you are definitely an inspiration. Stopping by from Dare to DIY.

  3. They are all so pretty! I love the simple look, too…partly out of a real preference for it, and partly because I just don’t have enough stuff to do it any other way myself 🙂 You did a lovely job!

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