Thanksgiving Tablescape {Holiday Décor}

With Thanksgiving happening NEXT week, and my trip to Houston this weekend (yay!), I knew I needed to get my Thanksgiving tablescape done like NOW. Given that I’ll be enjoying my lovely creation for less than 2 weeks or so, I decided to use what I had on hand, but I did buy 2 new candle holders (me, candles, I know…love them) from Dollar Tree. So this tablescape cost me about $2 and 30 minutes of time.

Here’s what my table looked like from Halloween. Hot mess. Like usual. Hey, I’d like my house to look like a catalog, but we live here.


My husband wanting to make a cameo…


After I cleared off the table, I took my linen tablecloth and threw it in the dryer with a damp towel to get the wrinkles out. I also wanted a black runner, so I merely flipped over the one I had on there to begin with.


I whipped out all my fall pumpkins and decorative pick thingies from Michaels, and I channeled my inspiration from this photo from Pinterest into my very own creation.









I knew I wanted to do something sort of creative with the napkin fold, so I googled and found a tutorial for a pocket fold, but it was all text…and I learn when I see. So, here’s how to do a pocket fold on a standard napkin. I didn’t iron the creases out of laziness so that maybe it’ll help guide you.






Once step 5 is done, flip napkin over again, slide in silverware, menus or party favors into pocket. You’re done! Once you do one, you’ll do the rest in under 30 seconds. I swear. I ended up folding mine up about 1/4 of the way up rather than 1/3 so that my menus fit.

My menus are about 3.5 inches wide by 7 inches tall (3 to a page in landscape mode).



At dusk with the candles lit, there’s a warm glow over the table. Ah. I love it.



And I do love it unlit as well with the natural light bouncing off all the metallics on the table.


Best of all is I used what I had on hand, got creative and repurposed (flipped over the runner I already had). I didn’t make placecards since it’ll just be Daniel and I, but I did set out 2 more place settings in case friends stop by (especially if we’re all going Black Friday shopping). Also, I try not to be too matchy-matchy—I used gold & red napkins on the table to add some interest. And all my pumpkins/pinecorn/floral picks are different colors, yet in the same hues/finishes so it just all creates a unique, eclectic tablescape that I love.

What’s your inspiration for your Thanksgiving table décor? Or do you leave it out all together to make room for food on the table? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Be back Wednesday with my fall mantle + some Glue Dots projects later this week.



  1. RunEatRepeat
    November 14, 2011 / 4:02 pm


  2. Sierra
    November 14, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    We eat on paper plates with plastic silverware and cups. I feel like this stuff would just get in the way. Pretty, though.

  3. emily @ the happy home
    November 14, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    I LOVE THIS! the metallics are gorgeous!

  4. BellaVida
    November 14, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    Very nice! Love what you did with the utensils.

  5. Ashleysh22
    November 14, 2011 / 9:37 pm

    Wow this is INCREDIBLE! What an inspiration you are!

  6. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    November 14, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    That looks lovely! Every bit as nice as the pinterest inspiration I've been seeing! 🙂

  7. lilmoomoo
    November 15, 2011 / 2:12 am

    I LOVE the metallics and the glittery-ness (is that a word?) without it being to "glitter fantastic". I don't know if that made any sense. But I like it! And I *almost* bought that blue pumpkin from the hob lob.. your photos make me wish I would have!! lovelovelovemoo.

  8. Dariela
    November 15, 2011 / 6:45 am

    Wow, wow, wow!! Love it! You are so inspiring. I was never inspired to do a table for two! Everything looks great and even with printed menus!!!We usually don't have Thanksgiving at home, it's at my in-laws and they are very very laid back, sometimes even disposable plates. This year though I want to make some crafty place-sets, let's see how it goes! Poquito a poco!!

  9. Migdalia - @MsLatina
    November 17, 2011 / 4:49 pm

    Your table looks amazing! And I love how your hubby tried to do a cameo 🙂

  10. desertdew
    November 21, 2011 / 5:43 pm

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