Thanksgiving this year will be the first big holiday since my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew moved to California, so our table will sadly have significantly fewer place settings. Over the past few years extended family and various friends have joined us for Thanksgiving at my parent’s house, and while I’ve never been a fan of the traditional turkey-day meal I’ve always liked that Thanksgiving meant an open table for people you don’t get to see very often. To me a big table with many happy faces is (say cheese!) something to be thankful for.
Another difference this year is that my Mom nominated Dan and I to come up with the menu. We had discussed wanting to do a non traditional dinner and she seems totally ok with it, though my Grandma may need some convincing. I have maybe one food idea right now but check back next week for a Pinterest Picks post on non traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas. Writing that post will force me to actually sit down and think about what I actually want to eat instead of turkey.
Since our table is smaller this year I thought it would be nice to put together some simple Thanksgiving table setting ideas. Last year I did colorful Thanksgiving tables but with less people why not make something less grandiose, and more simple and intimate? This is ideal for smaller groups and for those of you putting together a Thanksgiving meal for a few close friends. Simple, accessible tables for those who want to celebrate but don’t have time to put on a full Martha Stewart Thanksgiving extravaganza.
Endive Atlanta Photo Shoot by Courtney Khail Stationery and Design Gallery | Style Me Pretty – A planter full of succulents is easy and gives the table texture. Extra points if you DIY some gold dipped wine glasses.
How to Make a Gorgeous Herb and Olive-Leaf Table Garland | Country Living – This garland is super simple to make and great if you don’t want your line of sight obscured by taller decorations. The persimmons add a pop of color to the table.
Fall Woodland Wedding Inspiration | Green Wedding Shoes – Rich berry tones with pale pinks and gold make a romantic fall table. Spray paint acorns and tree branches gold to keep the whimsical vibe.
Weekend Entertaining: Wine Country Dinner | Taste Williams Sonoma – Don’t hide your serving platters, carafe, and wine bottles in the kitchen or on a side table, splay it out for all to see! Think Hobbit Thanksgiving.
A Rustic Russet Evening Tablescape | Sweet Something Designs – Candles in varying heights give the table drama while the piled on pine cones and plaid tablecloth leave no doubt we’re at an autumnal feast.
Midwest Winter Wedding by Ashley Dru | Ruffled Blog – Napkins tied with twine, wine bottles holding flowers, and a bunch of mismatched candlesticks and votives, this rustic table setting is surprisingly simple, yet still gorgeous.