Setting Your Thanksgiving Table

November 7, 2020

I love creating and putting things together for setting a table, and while that may not be everyone’s forte, hopefully you can take away something from this blog post. When I put this table together, I wanted it to be simple and easy. One thing I always try to do when setting a table, is to make sure the centerpiece isn’t too high that people can’t see each other from across the table.

I’m by no means an elaborate person, in fact, I love a good thrift haul or being able to repurpose things I already own, but I do appreciate a good aesthetic that can reflect the celebration. It’s fun to be able to buy some new things to add, but I’ll always try to use mostly things I already own. 

Tip #1: Don’t be afraid of Goodwill. 

Some of the things you see pictured are from goodwill or secondhand.
The tablecloth, the crystal water glasses, the two clear vases holding the dried flowers, and the small amber vases that are holding the candlesticks are all secondhand.

Tip #2: Use greenery!

Greenery is such an easy and affordable (if you use real!) way to spruce up your table. I love using earthy tones around Thanksgiving and I feel like the greenery is neutral, but festive. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and only used one bundle. Eucalyptus is a favorite of mine because it smells good, and also lasts forever so you could use it for something else later on. (I still have eucalyptus left over from my wedding 4 years ago!)

Tip #3: Use what you already have.

Repurposing things around my house let’s me be creative in trying to figure out how to work it in…and it also saves me money 😉 The middle wooden candle holder was a wedding gift 4 years ago and it’s the perfect addition to a tablescape. I added to the clear vases on either side, some dried flowers (I bought these ones at “At Home”) that I had bought a while back that I was already using around my house to decorate. That’s the great thing about dried flowers– you can keep using them for a loooong time! I love the mustard, light pink, grey, beige, and brown tones in the flowers–the perfect fall feel 🙂 I also already had the wine glasses and the silverware.

Tip #4: Fill in the gaps and buy things you need (or want!)

I try to add in and buy things that I know I’ll use again and again. The seagrass chargers underneath the plates, the napkin ring holders, the small plates, and the beeswax yellow candles were all additions that I bought. I knew I would be able to use all of these items for any other holiday. I loved the way that the charger, plates and napkin added texture and interest.

Hopefully this helps you feel a little bit more equipped to prepare your Thanksgiving table with love. Everything pictured isn’t necessary and this is only to give you ideas. Whether you have 2 or 10+ around your table, always remember, it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or expensive. Have fun with it–besides, Thanksgiving is more about the people around the table than the actual table itself. 🙂

LIV Indy

LIV Indy