Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Respecting the bird, before I move on to Christmas posts, I wanted to share the simple tablescape I came up with for last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. It was a different kind of year for us. BSB’s parents were on a mission for our church and we weren’t traveling, so we didn’t have a huge crowd to worry about. We ended up spending the morning volunteering at St. Vincent DuPaul and had such a great experience there that we are planning on going again this year.

I realize that this isn’t what everyone’s backyard looks like in November, but here in Phoenix, November is when it starts to feel pleasant to venture outdoors again (but you still want to stay in the shade). Can you see how enormous our garden was then? It made a nice backdrop for our meal to give thanks for our harvest.

I bought the paper tablecloth at Target, then used my Tombow Calligraphy Markers to trace a place setting for each family member/guest and wrote their names directly on the table cover.

I clipped a bunch of branches off of our tree to line the center of the table. All of the brass candlesticks are family heirlooms handed down from BSB’s grandparents. We shopped the house for candles to fill them. All the pretty colorful pumpkins came from an earlier family field trip to Mortimer Farms in the Prescott area.

Mixing the fancy and the casual, I pulled out the gold chargers and pretty gold-trimmed white plates, but settled for pretty paper napkins (from World Market, I think?).

It was a nice and fairly relaxed day celebrating as a family with some of our close friends, and of course, eating delicious food! I love when pretty and simple can co-exist!

And here is a quick peek at last year’s Thanksgiving Mantle. Gather banner from Target Dollar Spot.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Come back tomorrow for my Christmas Tree reveal!

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