How to Set a Cozy, Rustic Thanksgiving Table

by Alli

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner. Are you ready? In the past, I’ve featured my huge table that seats 14 (but we squeeze in 15 or more). This time around, I’m featuring a cozy, rustic Thanksgiving Table.

It's easy to set a cozy, rustic Thanksgiving table. I decorated my entire table with things I had on hand. This is truly a no-cost Thanksgiving tablescape. Click the photo to get the full story or save for later.

You can take my table setting and multiply it by as many as you want and duplicate the centerpiece several times for a really long table. Did I mention that the entire centerpiece came from my yard?

First of all, I scout my yard. Then I head to my daughter’s house to grab some berries. The entire centerpiece is free. The pinecones came from my yard and I bleached them.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the mustard-colored plates are used time and again in my table settings. I bought them at World Market several years ago and they are still in stock. I can add to my collection as the family grows.

How to Set a Cozy, Rustic Thanksgiving Table

Layer, layer, layer – For me, it’s all about layering and texture. I start with a navy charger. In its former life, it was a cheap dollar store gold charger. I painted it navy to match my decor and I’m in love with these chargers.

Cozy, Rustic Thanksgiving Table

Then I add my mustard plates, followed by the blue and white dishes that my mom gave me. After she suddenly passed away this past May, the things she’s given me are even more precious.

Layering dishes - Cozy Rustic Thanksgiving Day

Small white dessert plates are added over a mustard-colored napkin. I finish it off by topping the dessert plates with a pumpkin.

White Dessert Plates - Cozy Rustic Thanksgiving

I added a “give thanks” tag to the pumpkins.

Topped with pumpkins and "give thanks" ribbon - cozy thanksgiving

If you’d like to add a “give thanks” tag to your tablescape, you can download them here: give-thanks

Shop Your Garden for Centerpiece Materials

As I mentioned above, I always shop my yard/garden for centerpiece materials. If I don’t find everything I need, I head over to my daughter’s house.

Rustic Cozy Thanksgiving Table

For this centerpiece, I started with a white bowl. I used clear tape for grids to support the berries and branches. You don’t need florist foam at all.

Cozy Rustic Thanksgiving

These acorn salt and pepper shakers add a little more rustic charm to my tablescape and I have to say that I’m in love. I found them at Home Goods.

Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers - Cozy Rustic Thanksgiving

The table runner is just plaid material. I couldn’t find a table runner that I wanted, so I made a no-sew one. I just turned under the edges and pressed them with an iron. It only takes a minute or two.

Orange place mats and navy candles add a pop of color and complete my cozy, rustic Thanksgiving table.

You may also like my fall home tour. It includes another fall tablescape.

Cozy, Rustic, Thanksgiving Table Dining Room Tabletop Decor - Fall Home Tour

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