You’ll find me in a sweater dress for Thanksgiving dinner this year. So comfy, casual and and nice all in one! A sweater dress is just want I need when indulging in pumpkin pies, homemade rolls and buttered mashed potatoes. Love this cold-weather fashion trend. Sharing the best sweater dresses for Thanksgiving under $50:
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Earthy Fall Colors of Terra Cotta and Azure to Create an Elegant Moody Thanksgiving Table Setting
With each passing year, Thanksgiving is becoming more and more one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time for family and togetherness around food, drink, company and good conversation. Love that there isn’t the pressure like Christmas brings! Although I still love Christmas. If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I love to share my Thanksgiving tablespace. This year I wanted to go a more elegant style. I love all the earthy tone fall colors of terra cotta and azure so I wanted to bring those elements to my elegant moody Thanksgiving table setting. I’m not one who uses a lot of pumpkins for centerpiece decorating. Instead I like to have the “feel” of Thanksgiving without all the typical Thanksgiving decorating items. I also wanted to use some of my printables that I made for our table last year. They are such a pretty earthy tone printable collection. I highly suggest you use it on your table!
One of the elements to create an elegant moody Thanksgiving table setting is the use of candles, of course! These gold candle sticks were one of the first items I thought to use to create an elegant moody look. The terra cotta table runner is satin fabric and creates a relaxed, rustic look yet it’s elegant. I picked this up at my local fabric store and bought it for only $9 for 12 feet. The linen napkins were casually knotted for another relaxed look.
The flower centerpieces were a combination of real and dried flowers and berries. I wanted them to have a relaxed, farm-like rustic look. The colors from the arrangements tie in the earthy tones of terra cotta and azure. And they also have that Thanksgiving feel with the berries and dried pomegranate.
I still need to get pictures up in our dining room, but I love how the earthy elegant and moody tones tie in with our dark blue grasscloth wall coverings.
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Chic Thanksgiving Table + Free Printable
Finally sharing my Chic Thanksgiving Table with all of you! Let me be honest with you. I pushed all the random house items off the dining room table (that still don’t have a place in the home) to the floor and quickly threw together this chic thanksgiving table that makes everything look elegant and totally put together. WRONG. What isn’t pictured is the mess of random house items in the corner of the dining room, an old bathroom sink and an old chandelier all taking up space in my dining room as we are currently doing some remodeling jobs in the house. Keeping it real, folk! Hope you aren’t in a mess like we are! Trying to stay happy and sane, and so thankfully to have a kind friend who has offered to let my family crash her Thanksgiving.
But you know how I love throwing together a Thanksgiving table and sharing fun entertaining ideas. So I didn’t want to pass up this year just because there is a little dust in the house. Check out this chic Thanksgiving table and I have also included a FREE printable for the Thanksgiving menu and initial placement cards. All download below.
For the chic Thanksgiving Table, I pulled out all my mercury vases and candle holders. Mercury home items can instantly make something look dull and boring to elegant. You can see how I decorated mercury vases with black and white plaid on this Thanksgiving table. Add color with fruit! I used oranges and lemons but could of also added pomegranate and grape to make it more of a farm to feast table. The floral arrangement is simply eucalyptus, craspedia, spider mums, baby flowers and I added natural wood floral stems to add texture.
Our dining room is not quite put together. We are still working on it! Let me know what color I should paint our china hutch. It needs an update! Maybe a light gray or white or back to natural?
Hope you enjoyed this Chic Thanksgiving table. Click on the link below for the FREE printable that includes a blank Thanksgiving menu and initial placement cards (UPDATE: I currently have L-Q placement cards, will be adding the additional letters in the next 24 hours. If you need it prior, please email me!)
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Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting
When it comes to Thanksgiving, I have to admit that I’m more into the table setting than the food. I love a really good Thanksgiving tablescape that sets the mood and the evening of yummy traditional food and good conversations. This year’s table is an Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting with golds, glass pumpkins and blue floral vases. Recently I visited my sister, and she has so many elegant table settings and blue vases that I knew I had to set this year’s as an elegant Thanksgiving table setting. The blue floral vases are filled with white roses, white stock flowers, blue thistles and sage and gray brunia berries. Eucalyptus branches line the table as a table runner with the blue vases gently placed on table. To keep with the elegant theme, we placed coordinating colored glass pumpkins that my sister picked up from her local Home Goods. I think every Thanksgiving table needs candles, so we used glass geometric gold frame hurricane candle holders that were also picked up from Home Goods (similar ones on linked below).
Every elegant thanksgiving table setting needs name place settings, so to keep with the elegant theme we used gold monogram ornaments that were easy on the budget and can still be used for the Christmas tree. Or you can send your guests or family away with a gift of gratitude with their monogram ornaments. Hope you enjoy this year’s elegant thanksgiving table setting and be sure to check out previous years’ thanksgiving table settings.
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Farm to Table Inspired Thanksgiving
I always imagine the first Thanksgiving had in the center of the table a huge wooden bowl filled with fresh fruit, root vegetables and leafy greens. Deep red color palette with pale pinks and soft greens probably covered the table. This year I wanted to create a farm to table inspired Thanksgiving. The best seasonal colors of autumn come from some of the best seasonal foods like pomegranate, fig, pears, plum and grapes. And I wanted to make our Thanksgiving table have some of those elements. A Thanksgiving table that was edible and brought together the family around the table before the main feast–enjoying fresh fruit, nuts and even dried fruits. Thanksgiving can be such a long day, and we usually don’t eat until the late afternoon. So having healthy eating options is a good idea. This farm to table inspired Thanksgiving has a lot of DIYs to keep the costs down. I listed them below. If you noticed from last year, I also reused my black thanksgiving plates and my guests will have a happy saying once they move their name placemat.
1.Marble Tile Name Placemats: The marble tile name placemats are my favorite and inexpensive. Head to the tile store and grab a few 4×4 or smaller marble tiles. Use the gold leaf technique for the sides of the tile for a more dramatic look. (and so they don’t look like boring tile that you picked up at the hardware store.) Then using your cricut, take gold vinyl and cut out a script font in the guests’ names and then use transfer paper to transfer the vinyl on the gold-leaf tile. Don’t have a cricut? No problem! You can still get a similar look using the graphite paper technique.
2. Tassel Table Runner: Dress up your table with a simple table runner. I mostly like to put a runner under the branches, so they don’t scratch up my dinner room table. I had a simple table runner from Ikea and just sewed on some gold tassels. You can always make your own tassels!
3. Metallic Edible Pear: Another DIY favorite. An easy step but makes a huge statement! Do it the night before Thanksgiving! Pick up some pears at your grocer. Make sure to grab the pears that have a stem. Pick up some edible metallic dust and clear extract like lemon extract or almond extract. Mix equal parts of the metallic dust with the extract in a small bowl. Take a clean painting brush (or better yet, a new painting brush) and mix the parts together. Then brush the metallic dust on a wash and dried pear. Let it dry and gently transfer to your thanksgiving table! Add a fun grateful banner tag that hangs around the pear stem.
This farm to table inspired Thanksgiving table was so easy to pull together. The table setting I already had and then it was just a trip to my local grocer (wish it was to a local farm) and picking up fresh fruit, fresh flowers and eucalyptus branches. Hope this inspires your upcoming Thanksgiving!
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Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations: Mad for plaid, especially black plaid, is going strong this season, and I am fully into it. For my thanksgiving table this year, I wanted to create a simple, yet modern table setting that somehow used plaid pattern, but not over the top. And was also kind to my budget. Thankfully, I had most of the table setting glassware and dinnerware from previous dinners, but I did want to add a few new decorations so it would give the table a new thanksgiving look.
I actually did a few DIY’s on this table setting. The DIY’s steps and printables for the menu and seating names are posted below. Resources are listed below the post. The black plates are a DIY and a knock-off from last year’s West Elm thanksgiving plates. The templates can be downloaded below in this post.
Black and gold are my favorite especially in subtle form. The Menu and place card is also a printable. Easy to add your items to the list and print for each of your guest. I cut fresh rosemary from my garden for a touch of detail. The musky, greenery smell is perfectly fitting for the occasion.
I made the black and white plaid table runner from Ikea fabric. Then I took fabric scraps to wrap around the napkin and menu. You can sew the strips or glue them down! The tissue-covered pumpkins came in handy for a decoration on the thanksgiving table. Mercury glass vases and votives bring a shimmery glow to the table.
Resources and How To’s:
Thanksgiving Stencils for black plates— DOWNLOAD HERE . If you have a cricut, upload and size down to 8.5″x 11″. Then cut stencils out on vinyl or heavy cardstock paper. If you DON’t have a cricut, print out the stencil on your printer and follow my instructions on how to transfer artwork using graphite/chalk paper. Then use a gold metallic Deco Arts Paint Pen (they work better than oil-based sharpie pen). And stencil the design on the plate. Or if you used graphite paper, go over the design with the paint pen. Let it cure for 8 hours then bake at 375 degrees for 40 mins.
Menu Printable Card— DOWNLOAD HERE for blank card
DOWNLOAD HERE for dish category
Plaid Table Runner—Ikea Berta Ruta Fabric . I cut the width the size of a standard table runner (about 20″) then sewed all four sides. Don’t sew? Then use fabric glue to secure down the sides–fold down all 4-sides about 5/8″.
Gold Utensil Set–Target (can’t find it online. It’s the Threshold brand). (similar)
Glassware — Pottery Barn
Dinner Plates — Target
White Cloth Napkins — Ikea
Mercury Glasses and votives — Michaels
Candelabra branch — Home Goods and then I spray painted it white. (similar)
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We are well into December, and I have been needing to put these pictures up of our children’s table at our Thanksgiving Barn Dinner. We placed a short-legged table in one of the horse’s stall with fresh hay bales adorn with gorgeous vintage quilts. We had a lot of children to squeeze around that table so we packed them in and kept them very busy. I printed up the cutest tee-pee name cards and Thanksgiving bingo cards designed by Rae Ann Kelly. The kids loved these activities. Definitely a printable to bookmark for your next Thanksgiving. I also used my Cricut explorer to cut paper feathers for the children to make feather headbands.
This Thanksgiving was truly perfect in so many ways. This was the first thanksgiving, in about 10 years, that we have shared with my side of the family and a plethora of cousins. I really didn’t have to slave in the kitchen baking and cooking for the feast, but instead got to enjoy my sister-in-law Stephanie’s perfectly cooked, homemade Thanksgiving dinner. Every dish she prepares is so mouth watering, you eat until you can’t handle it. Actually for the past 10 years, I’ve been cooking and using her recipes for Thanksgiving, but they never come out as perfect as hers. My brother Aaron smoked the turkey this year and it came out so tender, moist and juicy. Then to top off all this perfectness, I got to decorate my brother and sister-in-law Carolyn’s barn for the Thanksgiving feast. It just felt so ideal to have it out in their adorable barn. It was an organic, rustic setting that we decorated elegantly with Christmas lights and gorgeous gold-rimmed china plate settings and wine goblets. I couldn’t have done it without my man helpers–my hubby and brothers.
The barn was decorated with items that were used and owned by someone. Stephanie provided the gorgeous gold-rimmed china and silverware. I marveled over its beauty. She had every piece to the set. It was flawless and so elegant. We had the older kids shine and polish the silverware and press the linens. It reminded me of a true old-fashioned Thanksgiving. The vintage blue glass jars were Carolyn’s. The linens were mine. All the furniture was Carolyn’s that we just pulled in from the house. The chandelier was the family’s friend. My niece Sabrina helped me arrange the farmer’s market flowers of sunflowers, daisy, roses, berries and blue thistles.
There was a built-in worker table in the barn that we used to serve the food. It was right height and width, and we covered it with all the yummy food. My adorable niece Sabrina was the best helper, and she wrote up the large chalkboard menu.
Need some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas? I crafted simple mini wreaths over at Or So She Says that I’ll be using for our Thanksgiving table. Head over there to see the tutorial using flowers and greenery from the market. UPDATE: I have now updated this post with the full tutorial below:
This was the year I hosted my first Thanksgiving. The FIRST year of my married life that I was in charge of the turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. I started two days in advance prepping most of the food and to avoid a 4 am alarm buzz on Thanksgiving. And I am so proud of myself that everything came out delish! Pat myself on the back–I don’t mind if I do! No fallen dishes, burnt candied yams or hard-as-a-rock dinner rolls. Everything came out how it should be. We were lucky to share Thanksgiving with my in-laws who spent the week with us. It was so nice to have family in town and to show them around our new city, and of course not be alone missing the people we love.