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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Zan November 9, 2016 - 9:12 am

I always love your tablescapes. They always look so elegant! Free items around the home are the best for creating them. I ended up rebuying a few of the dollar chargers for my own because who knows where the previous ones went. But I love that you can easily spray them to change the color. The flowers from your yeard are gorgeous!!!

Jeanette November 9, 2016 - 9:13 am

I love the way you designed the table! I am not having Thanksgiving at my house this year, I want to do I’m gonna decorate it like this.

Lindsay Eidahl November 9, 2016 - 9:17 am

Loving all the colors and textures and layers! SO pretty!

It is fun blog hoppin’ with you this week!

Sarah Bailey November 9, 2016 - 9:43 am

Oh my goodness how cute are your ideas <3 I love all the different plates, so cute!

Michelle James November 9, 2016 - 10:58 am

So very pretty Alli! I love the runner and all the rustic charm! Gorgeous!

Amanda November 9, 2016 - 11:00 am

I love your tablescape! The salt and pepper shakers are too cute! And I came this close to buying that Happy Harvest Pumpkin at Hobby Lobby!

Sabrina November 9, 2016 - 11:02 am

Alli, this is such a beautiful and colorful table. I love all the small details like the acorn salt and pepper shaker. You did such an amazing job decorating! Thank you so much for hoppin’ with us and have a wonderful holiday season!

Cynthia Nicoletti November 9, 2016 - 11:38 am

I love how you decorated your Thanksgiving table. I used to host Thanksgiving years ago. I enjoyed decorating, flowers and nice linens. I love your ideas. Thank you for sharing.

lisa November 9, 2016 - 12:06 pm

I love the table set ups! We will not be home for Thanksgiving this year, but I would love to make my table look as nice for Christmas!

Denise November 9, 2016 - 1:17 pm

Such a pretty table! Love all the details 🙂

Pam Wattenbarger November 9, 2016 - 1:49 pm

I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and I love setting up tablescapes. This just might be my inspiration this year.

Daphne November 9, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Good Evening Alli, I love your Thanksgiving Table and I especially love the mix of yellow and blue…. always a winner in my book.
How lovely that you are using your mother’s plates, they must hold so many memories for you.
I love that you had a look around your garden to find greenery for your centre piece.
Here in England, our next big celebration is Christmas time, when I dress my table with red and green. I cannot believe that it is just around the corner.
Have a wonderful evening.
Best Wishes to you.

Kita Bryant November 9, 2016 - 3:21 pm

SO cute! I don’t usually decorate much for fall but I DO like fancy place settings if I can get the time!

Dee November 9, 2016 - 3:24 pm

I am loving your Thanksgiving table. My family use to go all out and decorate a table, but now we just grab our food and go and watch TV I am going to have to change that this year.

Tasheena @ November 9, 2016 - 5:26 pm

I love this look. The plates are so pretty. Perfefct for Thanksgiving.

Amy @ My Life From Home November 9, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Your tablescape is gorgeous! I love the natural elements that were FREE! Also, the layers and textures blend so seamlessly.

Maureen @Scoops of Joy November 9, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Really beautiful table setting for Thanksgiving, to share the love around with the whole family.

Heather @ Country Life, City Wife November 9, 2016 - 9:23 pm

I am almost finished with my tablescape – just trying to figure out my napkinfold. I love yours – and YES. EEK I am hosting Thanksgiving. I think we will have 13!

Dana November 10, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Your tablescape is so beautiful and festive! I especially love the tiny pumpkins with the “Give Thanks” tags in them. I may try to recreate them for our dinner!

Kendall Rayburn November 10, 2016 - 4:39 pm

That is SO gorgeous! You did an amazing job!

Emma Spellman November 10, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Your table set up looks so gorgeous! I would love to do something like this in the future. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

ricci November 10, 2016 - 11:40 pm

Your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous!! I love the blues and yellows. So pretty and fall like!!

Kelly @ North Country Nest November 11, 2016 - 6:13 am

This is beautiful! I love all the mixing of textures and colors. Thank you for joining us on this blog hop!

Bonnie @wemake7 November 11, 2016 - 8:25 pm

I’m always the host for holiday meals. I love this set up. It looks really nice.

Mary November 12, 2016 - 7:53 am

There is nothing more happy – heart worthy than sitting around a table with those you love. Yours is gorgeous which is just a added bonus. Truely lovely, Alli

Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod November 12, 2016 - 9:38 am

Your tablescape is absolutely beautiful. We love the plaid runner and all of the texture! So fun hopping with you!

Meegan November 12, 2016 - 10:25 am

As always, beautiful creativity and style. Thanks for once again inspiring me Alli. I love your table filled with the gorgeous colors of Fall. I am always inspired when I visit your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

Lora November 13, 2016 - 8:29 am

I love all the color, Alli! Beautifully done & fun hopping with you! Happy Thanksgiving!

christina aliperti November 15, 2016 - 12:22 pm

I love a rustic cozy look. This table looks amazing. So welcoming and inviting to guests.

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