Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thrifty Thanksgiving Tablescape

While I'm not hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year (I haven't achieved that status in the family hierarchy yet), that doesn't mean I can't pretend! As part of the Dare to...Entertain blog party over at Newly Woodwards, I got in the Thanksgiving spirit this weekend and staged my own tablescape. Therefore, keep in mind it's only for looks and not necessarily function.  :)

With that said, if I were a holiday hostess this year, my Turkey Day table might look a little like this...

Rather than using all the same plates, I mixed it up with two different styles (which were conveniently perfect colors for fall). It's a little more fun that way. I think the stemless wine glasses add to the casual feel, too.


You might notice that one important thing I'm missing is some fancy cloth napkins. Well, I don't own any, and a roll of paper towels on the table just wouldn't have had the same effect.


To dress up the silverware, I got a little creative. *pats self on back* I took some wide ribbon I had just bought on sale at Wal-Mart ($2.50), rolled it around the silverware, and tied a piece of raffia around it. Voila!

I didn't feel like using spoons. Remember... pretty, not practical.


The leaves scattered on my no-sew table runner were plucked off of a clearance garland (also from Wal-Mart). For $1.50, they look realistic enough for me!


My centerpiece consists of elements from various stores (Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Z Gallerie) that I managed to assemble into something pretty decent. All in all, I think it cost around $10.


Finally, I had to get my $12 wreath from Home Goods in the background. We added a small hook on the top of our mirror, and I just hung it with raffia. It's perfect for fall!




I have to admit, it was pretty fun to set my Thanksgiving table, even though it won't be put to use. Thanks for the idea, Kim! So I might leave it like this for the next few days, just because I can.

More gratuitous "ambience" photos:




 Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?






17 comments:

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Looks really pretty and festive. It gets me back in the mood for thanksgiving and out of Christmas mode.....
Have a wonderful holiday!

Danielle

Erin @ Domestic Adventure said...

I love how you used different colored plates! Looks great!

Lauren said...

Looks great! I love that you tied a ribbon around the silverware! :)

Michael - Innkeeper said...

LOVE that wreath and mirror. simple and beatiful!

Shannon said...

I, too, am a fan of wrapping my silverware up. Yours look so cute! And I love the ambiance :)

Oonafey said...

I don't have any cloth napkins either! Glad I'm not alone on that... I really like what you did with the silverware, very clever. The wreath is the perfect finishing touch!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Your table looks great! I AM hosting Thanksgiving this year...for the first time. :) So excited. I love the way you dressed your silverware up!

Emily said...

I LOLed at you not being high enough in the family hierarchy to host Thanksgiving - I think that's what happened in our family this year, though no one will admit it.

Meg said...

I would totally dig Turkey Day at your house! You really created such a cute setup with a fun, casual vibe and oodles of ambience. Work it, girl!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I'm not high enough in my family hierarchy either. So, no worries. I love to keep my table set because it looks like I'm fancier than I am. =)

Very cute set-up! It's very fall-chic. And, thrifty, too. Love that.

Thanks for linking up to the party this week.

simpledaisy said...

Ooh...it looks so pretty!!!

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

I'm not high enough up the totem pole, either. :)

Your table looks casual & festive... I think you should invite some friends over for dinner to show it off! :)

Mrs. Chic said...

Your table looks great, love seeing all the pretty thanksgiving tables!!

*claire* said...

i love that - simple and elegant. i want that wreath!

Anonymous said...

How beautiful! I love the uncluttered look - very calming and relaxing. We have several sets of cloth napkins, but I've found that our family doesn't like using them. Even when I set them out, everyone reaches for the paper napkins! LOL! May I ask where you bought your plates? The color combination is really nice - I use Fall colors year-round. Love your tablescape!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Thanks everyone!

The orange-y plates are from Target, and the gold plates are actually from my sister. I think she may have gotten them from Pier 1??

Lucky Girl said...

I really like it - especially the random leaves that you scattered!

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