Growing up, my great aunt always had the prettiest table. No matter how big or small the celebration or gathering, she always put special care into setting the table. Even at 91 she makes the most special table settings. Seeing her tables over the years really instilled the ideal in me that a dinner is much more than just the food and who you share it with, the table is important too.
While making extravagant table settings is certainly fun, often it’s outside of my budget. Some of my most favorite table settings have come together by just using what I have. Last year’s Thanksgiving tablescape was no exception. I wanted the table to have a very natural, timeless, and high-end feel; keeping the color palette to warm colors like green, brown, and gold.
For the greenery, I took to the outdoors. This table is a testament to the fact that you don’t need a garden full of flowers to make an impact. Seriously, I just went outside and gathered leaves and sprigs from about 4 different plants.
There was some concern about bugs being on the greenery, so I set them out on a tarp and sprayed them with a natural insect repellent and let them sit for an hour or so before bringing them inside.
I used a little bit of floral wire to secure the pieces together and create the garland. One I had the general shape I liked I went back and tucked in a few more pieces of greenery to give it fullness.
In the past we’ve always used plastic folding tables for Thanksgiving, but last year we thought it would be more special if the tables were all wood. My family used to have an egg business and one of the chicken houses remains, so we use it to store stuff we’re not using. We call aptly call it “farm storage”. So we took to farm storage in search of a few tables and came out with three. Turns out, the first table in the picture above belonged to my great-great grandmother. Kind of cool to be able to have a table with history like that just lying around.
We already had the gold chargers, burlap, vintage candlesticks, and Friendly Village Dinner Plates, so the only thing I needed to buy to pull off this table was a gold paint pen for the leaves. I love trying calligraphy out on new surfaces, so using the leaves as place settings was so fun!
The leaf place cards were really a hit with everyone; a lot of people took them home they liked them so much!
One of the concerns that comes with having so many people over is everyone keeping track of their cup. We used them last year and I added names onto the cups using a white paint pen to make them look a little more special. I’ll be honest- I hate plastic cups! They’re generally not pleasing to look at and bad for the environment, but sometimes they’re just the more convenient option.
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!