Thanksgiving Day Tablescape

I feel like a magazine editor today!  It’s October (at least it was when I wrote this) and I did my Thanksgiving Day Tablescape photo shoot this morning.  Too bad I didn’t have an assistant to put it all away after the shoot.  At least I’m not taking Thanksgiving pics in the summer.  That would be too weird to me.

I’m excited about some new finds that I added to my tablescape this year.  If you missed 2012’s, you can find it here.   And you will notice that I had a smaller table then that seated eight and the grand kids had their own table.  That was just days before I found an awesome deal on my current table that seats 14-16.

There’s something about Thanksgiving Day that causes me to want to dress everything up just a wee bit, but with a rustic feel.  We have our feast at 6:00 p.m. and we always dine by candlelight even though my children jokingly say they can’t see the food.  At least I think they are joking!  Our youngest daughter (now 25 – whew!) has always lit the candles – well, as soon as she got old enough so that she wouldn’t burn her fingers or burn down the house.

And I always try to stay on a budget by reusing things like my orange cloth napkins I used last year and scouting the yard for a centerpiece.  I really don’t like to spend a lot on a centerpiece and I like to scour the countryside for flowers, leaves, etc.

And, of course, as always, right when I get everything set up, I have a light bulb moment and think of something I should have done that I didn’t.  So on the day of, I think I will use some burlap material I have to make a wider and longer table runner to go under the table runner I used.  It will add more texture to the table.  And those dumb candles would not stay straight no matter what I did.  Believe me, I wrestled with them forever.  And I should have poured the cranberry juice from the fridge into the stemmed glasses to add some more color.  Oh, well.

After rereading the above paragraph a million times, I threw caution to the wind and on November 1st I redid the photo shoot.  Yep, I completely reset the table and redid the centerpiece.  I even added the chilled cranberry juice (a new bottle, of course) to the glasses.  It’s amazing what a little added texture and color can do for the table and to the pics.

Also, I wasn’t happy with the napkin placement the first time – a little boring to me – just tucked under the salad plate.  I wanted napkin rings but a set of 12 specialty napkin rings were not in my budget.  I had rather spend that money on Christmas gifts.  So I improvised and love what I came up with for just a few bucks.  (The pics are toward the end of the post.)

I absolutely love my new dishes.  I haven’t even shown them to my children.  They’ve been tucked away in a kitchen cabinet patiently awaiting Thanksgiving Day.  I bought them at World Market back in early September when they were having a really big sale.  Score!

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I was going to put my silverware on top of the salad plate, but the pattern is just too pretty to cover up!  So I found some awesome silverware envelopes that I am in love with.  I could have easily done them myself by buying the envelopes and using a rubber stamp, but they were actually cheaper already done up.  Remember, I’m all about easy!  (Note:  On my second redo, I did place the envelopes on top of the salad plate to give the place setting more height.)

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Yep, the knife, fork and spoon are all tucked away in their own little envelope.  After the photo shoot, I just stored them in a drawer until Thanksgiving since they are all clean and shiny and ready for dinner.  That’s one less thing for me to do the night before.  I always set the table the night before Thanksgiving or early Thanksgiving morning.

I’m also in love with my rustic tray that picks up the red in the dishes.  It was a find from a picking expedition (shout out to my R3 group).  I piled my handmade pumpkins, dried hydrangeas from my flower garden and fall flowers left over from my fall burlap wreath into the tray.  In case you missed how to make my fall burlap wreath, you can find it here.  I learned how to make the pumpkins out of books from Upcycled Treasures.  You can find out how to make them here.  I am crazy about those rustic looking pumpkins.  Pretty things just make me happy!

 

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I tied burlap ribbon around the chairs and the place cards are names written on fall leaves attached to the burlap ribbon with pins.

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All of this planning for Thanksgiving has really got me in the mood for my cornbread dressing and homemade dumplings!  Plus, it’s actually cold here today.

Here’s some pictures of my first photo shoot.  It just didn’t have enough texture and depth to it.

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Here’s my second photo shoot!

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I know it’s a little early, but . . . theend

Other Sources:

Tableware and Table Runner – World Market (in store)

Envelopes & Candelabras – Save on Crafts (online)  (This is probably my number one go-to source.  They have everything under the sun!)

Homemade Napkin Rings – flowers and findings (those key ring things) from Hobby Lobby

 

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Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. Alli, your table looks so beautiful! I love the colors and your dishes are just lovely! Thank you for sharing such stunning inspiration and I had to laugh about how weird it would be to shoot Thanksgiving photos in the summer. I did a Christmas in July post and got some definite looks from my neighbors when I was outside with Christmas decor in 90 degree weather. 🙂 Have a fabulous day!
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    • Thanks, Cindy! I’m still thinking about your wrapping paper snowmen candles. We always have a casual “bring your favorite party food” get together at our church a couple weeks before Christmas. I’m really thinking about making your candles to use as centerpieces. I just hope I can do it half as well as you did. You knocked it out of the part on this one, girl!

  2. It’s beautiful!! Love the dishes. 🙂

    • Thanks, Melinda! I was just thinking about when we lived in Tulsa and we spend that Thanksgiving with you and your family in Colorado. It was so much fun. The girls had a blast on the motorbike with Tim. 🙂

  3. Wow!!! I’m a total slacker – I don’t think I’ve ever put that much thought into the whole table set up but now I sort of want to come up with something fun!!
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  4. LOVE it! Your beautiful tablescape looks like it did come from a magazine. Don’t put it away, leave it out to enjoy! Anything that pretty should be enjoyed as long as possible. Thanksgiving is only 16 days away!
    Shirley Wood recently posted…Stress Less Thanksgiving: Make Ahead & Freeze Chicken Broth; Chicken & Biscuit Dumpling RecipeMy Profile

  5. Mom, it’s absolutely beautiful!!! I love the new dishes! Everything looks amazing. All that’s missing is your wonderful food. I can’t wait for our Thanksgiving feast. 🙂

  6. Hey Alli,
    Your tablescape is gorgeous. I’d love to have Thanksgiving at your house. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. <3 Kim
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  7. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! And I really LOVE that bag that your silverware is going into! You did a fantastic job on the whole thing!
    Kristen from The Road to Domestication recently posted…Mom’s Homemade SoupMy Profile

  8. Hi Alli, your Thanksgiving table is lovely, all of the fall colors in a fresh way. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.
    Jeannie

  9. Alli, your table looks so beautiful! I love the colors and your dishes are just lovely! Enjoy it all and have a great thanksgiving with your family!
    Anna @ Northern Homestead recently posted…A journey towards simple livingMy Profile

  10. I love the vibrant colors and the silverware envelopes make a cute touch! What a beautiful table… ~Renee
    Renew Your Space recently posted…Organizing With Office CandyMy Profile

    • I fell in love with those envelopes. So much so that I’m thinking about using sliverware envelopes with the menu printed on them for our upcoming Girlfriends Christmas party.

  11. This is all just absolutely gorgeous, Alli! I host every year and I always make it a bit more special each year. I love the rustic-ness of it all! (I love having dinner with candle light as well…it makes it more special for everyone. Especially the kids!)
    Gloria @ Simply Gloria recently posted…UNO Birthday Cake {With UNO Cookies}My Profile

    • Candle light does make it special. And I always tell my family to eat very slowly because of all the hours that have gone into planning and cooking the meal! 🙂

  12. Your table is gorgeous!! I love everything!
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  13. This is absolutely beautiful! My mom always has a centerpiece on too. We all look at it and tell her it’s beautiful, and then move it so there is more room for the food. But she just got a bigger table this year too. Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!
    Tammy Doiel @creativekkids.com recently posted…Wordless Wednesdays: Signs of WinterMy Profile

  14. Just wonderful! Wow I love love LOVE your work Alli! Too beautiful:)
    Zan recently posted…Alton Brown’s Squash SoupMy Profile

  15. Wowzer, I love everything about your table setting. The plates are gorgeous, the arrangement in the middle is beautiful, I love the little personal touches and your photos are just lovely. I’m just a little bit worried about how you are going to fit any food on the table!
    Julie recently posted…Crocheted Owl BroochMy Profile

  16. I can’t help but repeat what has already been said. WOW, this is beautiful. I love the orange color and the pattern design of the insert plate.
    Chef Ria recently posted…Sweet Potato HummusMy Profile

  17. Awesome photos. I’m so impressed that you do this! LOVE! Thanks for sharing my SITS Day yesterday!
    Laurie recently posted…ThankfulMy Profile

    • I was so pleased to see someone I actually “knew” in the blogging world. So excited for you! I think my day is probably light years away. 🙂

  18. I am loving these colors and textures. Your dinnerware is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Pinning.
    Meegan recently posted…Toasted Almond Russian Tea CakesMy Profile

  19. Simply beautiful. I love the added depth on the second photo shoot, and what a great idea for place cards. I hope your Thanksgiving is as happy as it will be lovely.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai
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  20. You are so right about the cranberry juice – it just brings such a depth to the table. You have quite an eye – my table will be more simplistic, but still festive! Thanks for the inspiration (stopping in from the Bloglovin’ blog hop)
    Seana Turner recently posted…Holiday Time SaversMy Profile

  21. Wow! So beautiful, Alli. You are incredibly talented! I might have to steal some of your ideas for our Thanksgiving table. Thanks!!!
    Michelle recently posted…Sausage, Apple and Cranberry DressingMy Profile

  22. Love the decor, Alli! I like the envelopes for the silverware and the crate you had in the center of the table with your decor in it. Such great ideas!!! 🙂
    DesignedByBH recently posted…Thanksgiving for Two: Drunken Slow-Cooker Cornish HensMy Profile

  23. I’m so inspired! I think I am going to pull out some things tomorrow and see what I can create! What a beautiful table! Thanks for sharing!
    Carolyn Smith recently posted…Great Deals!My Profile

  24. This is beautiful…absolutely inspiring!
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