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Five Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Set the stage for a beautiful family feast

Incorporating natural elements like dried peas and mini squashes gives this Thanksgiving tablescape a rustic, homey feelIncorporating natural elements like dried peas and mini squashes gives this Thanksgiving tablescape a rustic, homey feel

Looking for an easy way to wow your guests this Thanksgiving? Start with a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape featuring vibrant seasonal produce like gourds and mini pumpkins. Sure, the food will always take center stage at this time of year, but who isn’t delighted by a gorgeous tablesetting? From whimsical diy placecards to an easy autumnal centerpiece featuring an actual pumpkin, here are five simple table decor ideas that will take your Thanksgiving feast to the next level.

1. Spray paint a pumpkin for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

After hollowing out a large pumpkin, I used one coat of bronze and one coat of gold to create this rose gold tinted pumpkin. Once it’s dry, you can place a smaller glass vase inside it holding your arrangement.

2. Fill out your autumnal centerpiece with vegetables in lieu of flowers.

Have you ever noticed how limited the fresh flower market is this time of year? If you’re not a fan of mums or roses, you may find yourself hard pressed to whip together an autumnal floral arrangement. The solution: hit the vegetable bin. For last year’s arrangement, I started with white hydrangea, then added green kale and some purple cabbage. A few sprigs of fresh asparagus added texture and dimension to the arrangement.

3. Make your own candlestick anchors using hurricane glasses and dried peas.

Placing hurricane glasses filled with flickering candles on either side of your arrangement adds a lovely sense of symmetry. To help keep the candles steady, fill the vases with layers of alternating dried goods: 3 inches of dried peas, then 3 inches of black eyed peas, etc.

Pinecones make elegant diy place cards
These simple diy place cards can be made in less than five minutes

4. Use pinecones to create elegant DIY place cards.

Simply type out your names on word (I used Edwardian script in size 36) then print them up on card stock. Hot glue a small feather (available at Michaels) to the top of the pinecone, then nestle the place card into the scales.

Kids will love making these easy, DIY pinecone turkey place cards!
Kids will love making these easy, DIY pinecone turkey place cards!

5. For kid-friendly place cards, try pinecone turkeys.

Using a glue gun, affix an acorn to the front of the pinecone (this will be the head). Cut out a small orange triangle and glue it to the acorn for the nose. Glue on googley eyes and then tail feathers, fanning the feathers out of the rear end of the pinecone turkey. Glue the bird onto a birch disc pedestal. Cut a small rectangle out of card stock, write name on it with metallic pen, then nestle into the scales of the pinecone.

 

Amy Synnott

Amy Synnott

Founding Editor
Amy Synnott is the founder of The Beautiful Edit. A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Amy spent most of her career at InStyle magazine, where she worked as a the Beauty Director from 2000-2013 and the Executive Editor from 2013-2016. Originally from Boston, Amy currently lives in NYC with her husband, two children, and Labrador, Lucy.