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11.16.2016

4 NEW Thanksgiving Tablescapes

My friends, the Holiday season is HERE!
Let's get inspired to try new things, shall we?!

A year ago, I purchased a beautiful vintage tea set with a fall floral motif,
and had planned to create a new tablescape post with it. Well, that didn't happen!

THIS year, I hauled it out and got to work creating that long-overdue table setting,
and along the way, I came up with three MORE ideas to share with you.
Every last one of these ideas is SIMPLIFIED, because we're ALL busy enough right now!
I just used stuff I already had here at the house - 
I seriously didn't even buy flowers or real pumpkins or anything -
and let it play out in true 'homewardFOUNDdecor' style
'cause that's how I roll...

Click through for four inspiring new themes!



Thanksgiving Tea Party
The tea set has a beautiful persimmon-orange rose and varied brown leaf floral motif, 
making it the perfect selection for an afternoon tea or luncheon over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Perhaps while decorating the tree??! 

I paired the china with my larger white plates, gold flatware, and simple clear glasses, 
and persimmon orange placemats and napkins to enhance the color of the roses.
A scattering of real fall leaves coordinates with the brown tones, and brings nature in...
of course an arrangement of coral or white roses would be lovely, too
(but my goal was literally 'fast, cheap & easy' here!)
That sweet oval wood sign? From the Target Dollar Spot!

MODERN Thanksgiving
This tablescape was influenced by the chevron-print fabric used as a runner on our table
(it also appears as our faux awning kitchen window valance)

Using my white dishes along with some white ceramic pumpkins and vase, 
this look stays crisp, clean, and contemporary.
Bright orange napkins get rolled into gold rings that match the gold flatware, 
 and the fabric is spread out wide as a tablecloth instead of folded into a runner.
I even found some skinny orange chevron-print glasses at Dollar Tree,
and paired them with dot and stripe etched martini glasses at each place setting.
The 'thankful' sign is from Kirklands.

Those funky flowers are made from vintage chenille stem pieces - 
but real spiky mums would look just as great!

KIDS' TABLE
As I was creating the previous tablescape, I decided to do a Kids' Table.
(hey, kids deserve good design, too!)
Using the same orange chevron fabric as a tablecloth,
I came up with some fun ideas that are easy to prep and will keep the kids happy:

* Plastic plates and cups reduce the chances of breakage - 
and the color makes them WAY more special than plain white styrofoam.
* Bright napkins are folded like a 'turkey tail' and are held in place with a cupcake paper 'ring'!

* Simple milk bottles with orange lettering hold more fun & crafty flowers as a centerpiece - 
try easy tissue paper blooms!

* To keep the kids busy while adults visit, provide containers of crayons & colored pencils
and blank index cards or small tablets of paper.
Budding artists can use fall-themed plastic cookie cutters to trace shapes and color them in.
You can also have the kids write what they are thankful for ;)

* Each guest at this table will go home happy with a tiny Sweet Sweater Pumpkin of their very own!
It's easy to whip up a few using just one sweater and my original sweater pumpkin tutorial

As I was looking for something else to use, I discovered this roll of GORGEOUS fall gift wrap...
and me being me, I didn't SEE it as gift wrap!
I saw it as a table runner, so I unrolled it and grabbed some black dishes to coordinate.

Thanksgiving BUFFET
This isn't a typical tablescape -  but it's perfect for Friendsgiving!
Stacked black dishes are ready for the crowd no matter how hungry they are, 
and upturned bowls topped with plates make terrific serving pedestals.

I found those sweet little copper-embossed paper cocktail napkins last month at HomeGoods
and just HAD to include them in this!
Fabric napkins roll up inside copper fall-themed cookie cutters - a great take-home gift! -
and the flatware can either nestle inside or gather in black coffee mugs for easy reach.
Serve food on copper pieces for more warmth, 
and add clear glasses at one end of the table for wine, beer, cider, and water.
Make it easy for guests to grab and go!

[AFTER I had finished these photos and had put it all away,
I thought 'I should have hung some real leaves and clear ornaments from the chandelier overhead'.
So, yeah, you could do that too! ]

So there it is, friends - four simple, fast, cheap & easy ideas
for pulling together a Thanksgiving table in no time at all, and at no real cost.
Ready, Set..... Go!

Shared Online:
Yesterday On Tuesday | Project Inspire{d}

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PS: those were the last photos to be taken on my 'old' pine farmhouse table, 
one my late husband made for me and I've used for 30 years.
I gave it a makeover - and you'll get to see it in my next post!



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[ I was not compensated in any way for the mention of  or links to retailers in this post. ]

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