Setting the table for Thanksgiving is something I used to love helping my mom with as a kid. Every year, my dad would get our Thanksgiving table from the garage and assemble it in the dining room. It was a table he built especially for Thanksgiving so we could fit our huge family at a single table. I have vivid memories of me and my brother playing with our nutcrackers underneath it and pretending it was our fortress. I also had a certain spot right in front of the kitchen door that I had to sit at every year – and you know, since I was setting the table I had that kind of control. ;)
When it comes to Thanksgiving, I enjoy buying flowers, but don’t like to spend much on other things so I thought I’d put together a simple Thanksgiving tablescape that any of you can do with things you already have at home. Like the title says, the table above is super simple, but once you start adding people and food, the table begins to fill up quicker than you think so simple can be good! I’ve always loved floral pumpkins so I grabbed some flowers from Safeway – I’ve been really inspired by purples, greens, and burgundies lately – and tried my hand at an arrangement in a pumpkin left over from Halloween. If you don’t have a pumpkin, you can always just use a vase.
The logistics of the arrangement are pretty simple: carve your pumpkin, clean out the inside, insert a container or vase that fits inside for water, and start arranging! I’m certainly not a floral expert so I don’t have any real tips there except to arrange as you go and adjust according to what you think looks best. I personally like very voluminous arrangements and wanted the bouquet to be wider than the pumpkin so that’s what guided me.
Even though the rest of the table is simple, the few details pull it all together. I used both a tablecloth and runner that I already had to make the table feel a little more layered and topped those with a wood trivet I usually keep on our coffee table. I also picked up eucalyptus from Safeway to finish off each place setting. My gold rimmed glassware is from Goodwill and The Dollar Store! You really don’t have to spend much to get a good lookin’ table.
So there you have it. What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Do you get to be on table duty?