Thanksgiving is a bit of a stressor for me. The entire extended family comes over for dinner every year. I used to rush around frantically for the month before Thanksgiving, cleaning, planning menus and decor, and cooking all the dishes from scratch. My zealousness led to conversations like this. “Why are you cleaning under the couch?” “Because your mother is coming to dinner!” “Do you really think she is going to get down and look under the couch?” (accompanied by an eye roll.) “She might!” I would exclaim as I continued cleaning. One year I finally had enough. I realized I didn’t need to channel my inner Martha Stewart. Instead of my elaborate decor, I could make a simple Thanksgiving Tablescape and create simple sideboard decor. It’s tasteful, elegant, and can be completed in twenty minutes or less, depending on how many place settings you need.
This is a partnered post with Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.
How To Make A Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape
I started with a Fall Table Cloth. I like actual cloth tablecloths and found mine offseason at a thrift store. After Thanksgiving is also a great time to get good deals on clearance Thanksgiving tablecloths. Once I had my tablecloth in place I added a Gold Burlap Table Runner down the middle of the table. I was ready to begin!
I placed a large white ceramic pumpkin in the middle of the table runner. Then I placed a smaller white and gold pumpkin about six inches away on each side of the white ceramic pumpkin. I used two of the three Sweet Fall Pumpkin Centerpieces and one large ceramic pumpkin from Oriental Trading. I scattered decorative Fall leaves along the table runner, being sure to tuck leaves around each pumpkin. I wanted to bring the outdoor look inside so I used a lot of leaves.
For plates, I used my regular plain white dinner plates because they are easy to dress up. I placed 8 1/2 inch gold doilies on top of each white plate and placed a Thanksgiving dessert plate on each doily. For the glassware, I placed a 4 1/2 inch gold doily under each glass. I used cloth napkins to give the table an upscale touch. The finishing touch was the Sweet Fall Silverware Holders I used to corral the utensils.
How To Make A Simply Sideboard Decoration
I wanted to carry the Pumpkin and Fall theme over onto my sideboard, but once again I wanted something simple. I started by filling an apothecary jar with my leftover Fall leaves and arranging a glass pumpkin beside it. One one end of the sideboard I placed another ceramic pumpkin. I noticed it wasn’t quite the height I wanted so I added a marble cake plate beneath it. On the other end of the sideboard, I used the last of my Sweet Fall Pumpkin Set, two small pumpkins, and a Thanksgiving Turkey gravy bowl. If I had wanted to make the centerpiece even easier, I would have used a large ceramic pumpkin on each end. I do think I will add a table runner to complete the look.
I was thrilled with the ease and simplicity of the look. Now all I need to do is determine how to expand this table setting for twenty people when I can only fit eight around this table comfortably!
Do you have a simple Thanksgiving Tablescape you create for Thanksgiving? What are your tips to make the holiday easier on yourself?