HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE

HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE

I love to set a beautiful table and take a lot of pleasure in doing so. I find this creative endeavor to be quite fulfilling, but it’s a very time consuming activity, often taking me hours. Therefore, I set my table as far ahead of time as possible so that on the day of my event I can concentrate on the food and other party prep without having to worry about my tablescape. With Thanksgiving just around the corner it’s not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving tablescape and, toward that end, I thought I’d give you some of my tips on how to set a lovely Thanksgiving table.

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Let’s start with the place cards. Unless I’m having a very small dinner party, I generally like to determine where my guests will be seated. I give a lot of thought to the seating arrangement and try to place people where they will not only be comfortable but are also likely to engage the most with fellow guests. Lively conversation and interaction is the basis for a great party. I’m often on the lookout for pretty place cards and happened to find the artwork for some very sweet ones on JoAnna Gaines’ Magnolia blog. You can download the free printables and produce your own lovely place cards by clicking here.

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And that’s exactly what I did. I printed the watercolor place card art onto heavy cardstock and cut them out.

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I also followed Joanna’s lead by making my own wire place card holders. I used green floral wire and simply twisted one end a couple of times around a Sharpie pen and then inserted the place cards between the loops.

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I placed a single floral stem with some greenery cut from my garden in small Turkish Tea Glasses that became tiny floral arrangements at each place setting. I then slipped the wired place card into the greenery and voila, I had a simple yet lovely way to display my place cards.

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If you’ve been following me for awhile you already know that I like to sew my own tablecloths and napkins. It’s so simple and so inexpensive to do, and I really encourage you to give it a try. One of these days I’ll have to post a napkin making tutorial.

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For my tablescape I scrunched a long, narrow piece of fabric down the middle of the table, extending about 2/3rd of the length of the table. I added small pumpkins, pomegranates picked from my own tree, and some bird figurines and candlesticks.

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HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

In the center of the table I placed a simple bouquet made by placing greenery cut from my own cedar trees into a large, gold trimmed glass vase. To that I added yellow roses and other florals that I purchased inexpensively at Costco

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HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I like to mix and match my china. For this tablesetting I mixed my gold trimmed Lenox Eternal China, stemware and silverware with colorful ceramic salad plates and yellow antique espresso cups & saucers for an eclectic look.

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HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I decorated the fireplace mantel with more cedar greenery and pumpkins.

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Something else you should always consider in advance is the serving pieces you will need. I write down each menu item on a small note card and place it inside the serving dish I determine I’ll use for each menu item. That way there’s no scrambling at the last minute for serving pieces.

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And don’t forget the beverage service. Pick out the wine you’ll be serving in advance. I use silver wine trivets for the red wine and a silver ice bucket for the white wine & champagne. Make sure to have a corkscrew at the ready as well. I also chill carafes of ice water that get placed on the table just before guests are seated.

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I hope I’ve given you some ideas and helpful hints to make your Thanksgiving go a little bit smoother.

So there you have it: HOW TO SET A LOVELY THANKSGIVING TABLE

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Comments

  • Celia,
    Great tips, as always and a beautiful table. I’m really looking forward to the holiday.
    Best to you and your family.
    xo,
    Karen

  • Love printable place cards. I am on the lookout for some interesting ones. These are great. By the way I sent you an email about Xmas!!

  • Deb Hoover

    Beautiful and creative while saving money-I love it. I love mixing dinnerware and the creative placecard holder. Impressive. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • What a lovely post with such a beautiful table. It looks so warm and inviting. I can already see wonderful memories being had here. I can’t believe the holidays are creeping up so quickly although I must admit that I think I have to bypass Thanksgiving decorating to start focusing on Christmas. I am going to have to borrow the floral wire place card holder…pure genius!

  • Thank you Vanessa. Yes, time is just speeding by and for that reason I can understand why you are getting started on Christmas decorating. I’m going to jump right on that the day after Thanksgiving. Happy holidays!

  • Hi Deb, great minds think alike, don’t we? I appreciate your kind comments. Happy holidays!

  • Yes, isn’t it great to be able to print your own placecards? It makes it easy and affordable, a great combo. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Thank you Karen! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season as well. XO