Thanksgiving is just a few days away and maybe the added task of decorating a festive tablescape is too much for your already long to-do list. Here’s the good news, it doesn’t have to be a big project! Just a few simple little added touches can go a long ways towards creating a charming Thanksgiving tablescape your friends and family will love.
I’ll be honest, some of my decor has just carried over from Halloween. Pumpkins, especially small ones, are the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape decor. Scatter them throughout the center of your table, use varying heights and even put a few on an accompanying buffet table. I even used a metallic sharpie and wrote “give thanks” on one of the pumpkins to add an extra little personalized touch. You may notice that a couple of my pumpkins are faux, so they’re economically the perfect decor because I can use them again next year!
TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshall’s, Hobby Lobby …. they’re all your best friend when it comes to finding inexpensive decor for your home. I scored this chalkboard inspired table runner, along with the circular place mats, hand towel, decorative cutting board and a few other display objects for a steal at TJMaxx. Just try and stick with a consistent theme and you’ll be able to grab the few items you need and the rest you can shop from within your own home.
As you can see with mine, it definitely still plays up the rustic, natural elements that goes with my entire house. This made it easy to add a few of the other tablescape details by bringing in items that may have been used as shelf decor or otherwise throughout my house. My favorite detail is the pine cones sitting on the plates with a little handwritten tag displaying a guests name. I had both of these items laying around, yet it adds such a personal touch to table.
Don’t forget to also add two key items throughout your Thanksgiving tablescape and that’s nature and lighting. Add flowers or a pretty green plant to your centerpiece or buffet table and lay out a handful of candles that give the environment great ambiance. Tip – if you plan on lighting the candles during the meal, make sure they are unscented to not compete with all the delicious food.
Lastly, I printed out a lovely “Give Thanks” sign (found on Shanty-2-Chic) on kraft paper and placed it in a large 8×10 frame and set it on the wine barrel in the dining room. I can’t think of a better slogan for the Thanksgiving holiday.
I hope I showed a few easy, inspirational ideas for setting a festive Thanksgiving tablescape this year that can be done on a limited budget and even more limited time. I’m wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!