How To Create A Thanksgiving Tablescape

Funny story about today's post. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, then you've already heard about how I set everything up for this post today, just to photograph it and realize that number one, I forgot to use glasses the first time, and number two, I uploaded all the pictures and they were super blurry and none of them could be used. Maybe not so big a deal if I didn't realize it AFTER I had taken everything down, and put it away and replaced it with all my Christmas stuff. This whole blogging stuff is super new to me! Maybe I'll get it down one day. Or maybe not. Either way I'm so thankful you guys are here and laughing along with me. WITH ME. Not AT me. I hope. HA!

I've said it before and I'll say it again.

I'm just not super great at Tablescapes. They just aren't really my thing. I love them, but I was just never really great at them. I was always lost at where and how to start. It can seem intimidating at first thinking about all the layers, settings and products you need. But I promise- once you get started with them, it's really not as bad as you'd think. The basic rules of decorating apply to Tablescapes too. 

Today, I'm going to tell you How To create a Tablescape. The EASY and SIMPLE way! You can make them as extravagant or as simple as you think. And really on any sort of budget, big or small. 
Last years Thanksgiving I was told we were hosting at the last minute and I didn't want to spend a ton of money on plates and things like that for the event. So I hit up the dollar store and was able to find all the basics to putting together a tablescape and hosting a dinner. Plates, Chargers, Wine Glasses and Silverware. All for $1 each. I mean, who can beat that? When I mixed in my pumpkins and dried hydrangea stems I ended up with a pretty, and simple tablescape that really anyone can put together. I mean, I'm not asking for an applause or anything but if you wanna clap, I'm not going to stop you. ;)
This year, I knew I wanted to mix in some copper accents and mix some metals to create a vintage-y type of table display. I'm going to share step by step how it all went down. 

1. Layers-
I know what you're thinking "This chick and her "layering". 

I feel like I'm forever talking about layering, I layer my clothes, my pillows, my blankets, my tables, I literally layer everything. So I stuck with the layer theme on my table too. I found that I was overthinking this whole tablescape thing, it's really not as hard as I was making it out to be in my head. 

I started with a simple tablecloth that I bought from Amazon, then layered it with {this table runner} from Target. I used a charger in the middle to center everything.

Your layers should be simple-
Tablecloth
Table Runner (or blanket!)
Chargers or Placemats (optional)

I just really like to add texture to my tablescapes. 
2. Focal Points-

AKA Your Centerpiece and what peoples eyes are going to be drawn too. I decided to use pumpkins again, because these were just so pretty and I had to use them one more time in my decor before they died. I'm weird about balance and like to even everything out, but I've seen some people create beautiful tablescapes with all different heights and no one focal point, it's really all about your style, moving things around and figuring out what works for you. And what doesn't. 

A Focal Point can be anything you want it to be, candles? A Lantern? Endless options. 

3. Add your height-
I added my height with candlesticks. You can add height with flowers, sticks, branches- again, endless options! This is also a great way to add metals and mix in some character! For this particular one, I had a vision of mixing all sorts of metals and using copper. I'm really happy that it worked out! 

4. Filler-
I like my filler to be flower stems- but branches, candles, sticks..anything will do. For this I used my dried hydrangea stems and olive branches. 

This is also when I add my candle holders, or tea light candles. I used apples as a filler in my early fall tablescape which you can check out here.

5. Time for Chargers-

Chargers are a super awesome way to add texture to a tablescape! I got these awesome willow trays in the early fall and I've used them so much since! You can check them out here., You can really use them for so much and I love the nature inspired texture they add! 

The white ones in this picture are from Pier 1 and you can get them here..

6. Finishing Touches!

My favorite part! I'm totally a finished project type of girl. So I love to see everything come together when I fill in with glasses, plates, silverware and napkins. Adding the napkins with the rings always sets everything off I think and brings everything together! 

That's it! Not so bad, huh? I've discovered that I like to stick with what I'm familiar with in my everyday decor and that's using layers and a mixture of textures and things. I hate when things are super matchy-matchy. (Maybe that's why I have 3 different sets of dining room chairs? HA! 




I love the mix of metals and textures in this tablescape! But I'd love to hear what you guys think. Do you have an everyday tablescape? Or only special occasion? Let's chat on Instagram or Facebook. You can also leave a comment below! I promise I read all of them and just LOVE hearing from you all!

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5 comments

  1. This is so dreamy, Laurie. I wish I could come visit you sometime and see everything in person! It's just perfect. You have a great eye for design!

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful tips and step-by-step tutorial! VERY helpful!

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  3. It looks so amazing Laurie! Well done! But I'm always curious what do you do when it's time to eat? Do a buffet style? Or remove all the center stuff that's just so pretty?

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  4. I not only love your Thanksgiving tablescape - I love that you showed step by step how it all came together! That was so helpful.....

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  5. I love the green pumpkins! The whole table looks awesome.

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