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A Rustic Yet Simple Tablescape For Thanksgiving

Updated 10/1/2020

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A Thanksgiving table place setting

A Simple Tablescape for Thanksgiving 

Our Tablescape for Thanksgiving this year combines natural elements in a simple table setting. My focus is usually the food for Thanksgiving so I want my table setting to be simple yet warm.

Pour yourself a cup of a warm Fall beverage and join me for a peek inside the homes of a talented collection of home decor bloggers. We have styled and photographed our  Thanksgiving Tables to share our Fall decorating in the dining room with you You will find all the links below.

Creating Tablescapes always makes my heart smile so I do it for almost every season. Stop by and find more special occasion table decorating ideas from any of these:

For this Autumn Tablescape In The Kitchen I used traditional fall colors to create a festive mood. We share most of our meals in the kitchen so bringing the fall feels inside was my goal.

My favorite thing about this Gold and Green Glass & Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape is hard to say because I love so many of the elements. The centerpiece was free, from my yard and the rustic pumpkins give it a very warm feeling. 

We may have gone a little overboard on the centerpiece in this Farmhouse Fall Tablescape. We were having so much fun creating the Fall Tablescape though.

Creating Birthday party tablescapes is fun too. Use the team colors you need with ideas from this Blue & Orange Team Colors Tablescape I created for my grandson’s birthday.

One of my personal favorite’s is this super simple Red, White & Blue table setting I created in my kitchen to enjoy though the month of July.

Then there was the time I created this Skeleton Halloween Tablescape. My goodness, what was I thinking!

Find even more of our Tablescapes and Party Ideas on this page.

Vintage Amber glasses in a Thanksgiving Table setting

Thanksgiving Reflections 

Thanksgiving season is all about reflections and taking time to intentionally express gratitude and thanks.

On a recent trip to the antique mall, I kept seeing these Amber glasses which reminded me of my youth. Mom had a set which were our everyday glasses and I realized I needed a set. I’m sure Mom’s were a lot cheaper than antique store prices for vintage glasses but I had to have them regardless.

You can see the reflection of the glasses in the glass top table. I decided to leave the Fall leaf pattern amber tablecloth under the glass  this year. There is something about pairing glass and natural fibers which appeals to me for some reason.

Thanksgiving Table centerpiece with a small sisal turkey and rustic color leaves

This cute little turkey was a last minute addition. I found him on clearance last year and he is actually a place card holder which is not how I am using him. He does not stand out and might even be hard to spot among the colors of my centerpiece but isn’t the addition of a turkey quite fitting on a Thanksgiving table?

Thanksgiving Table place setting with brown quail design dishes

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

My plate stack is super simple. A bronze leaf shaped place mat is topped with a burlap charger which matches the burlap runner underneath the centerpiece. Only one dish is used for this setting because I loved it too much to pair it with anything or top it and hide the pattern.

The dishes are Royal Stafford made in England but I found them at a bargain price at my Bealls store. My favorite thing about these dishes is the acorns attached to the oak leaves on the rim pattern. 

Cloth Napkins for the Thanksgiving Table

My napkins are a linen look cotton fabric which began a little too white for me so I tea stained them to be a closer match to the dishes. Folding cloth napkins into pretty patterns is one of my favorite things. I think it is an easy way to add a special touch for your guests to enjoy and make them feel special. Thanks to You Tube for all the easy to follow videos!

A view of the long faux floral centerpiece on a Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Fall mantle garland became my centerpiece this year. It doesn’t get much more quick and easy than that. We have used it on the mantle for several years and I wanted to do something different in the living room this year. The table is layered with the amber leaf print tablecloth then the glass top, a wide burlap runner and finally the centerpiece. 

I added a couple of dark pillar candles nestled in close to enhance the mood and some rustic pumpkins I am still in love with from a couple years ago. See my Rustic DIY Fall Centerpiece to see how I used another one of those pumpkins this year.

A Thanksgiving decorated Dining table with a view of the decorated buffet

Fall colors are another one of my favorite things and even though the table uses more darker Autumn tones I could not resist creating a vignette on the buffet using pumpkins in their bright oranges. Apples spilling from an apple basket keep disappearing because everyone keeps eating my decor!

An overhead view of a table decorated for Thanksgiving

The little vintage leaf dish was a yard sale find many years ago. I rarely use them but thought they were perfect to use with the amber glasses on this Thanksgiving table. I would actually add a pat of butter into them for the meal but have no idea what they were originally intended to be used for. If you know, please tell me.

Happy Thanksgiving Season

We are all looking forward to pulling up our chair to the Thanksgiving table this year, reflecting on our blessings and getting our bellies too full. The buffet will grace us with lots of desserts on Thanksgiving Day. We will linger at the table with fellowship over the food and share lots of laughter among our conversations. I hope you and your family do the same!

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Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas. You can create a simple rustic table for Thanksgiving using pieces you already own like we did. Our centerpiece is repurposed. Visit the blog for all the details and to see 23 more Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas.


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  1. Shirley, love your turkey. Really cute. Using a mantle garland on your table is a great idea. The dishes are so perfect for your table. I can’t believe your dyed your napkins!! Wow! The napkin fold is lovely. Wonderful table.

  2. I love those dishes so much!! They are added to my wish list. I have those same goblets and love them. They look great on your table! The way you folded the napkins is so gorgeous!! Fun to hop with you!

  3. Your use of warm colors makes this traditional table a star for Thanksgiving. Warm and welcoming and those pheasant plates are so pretty too. Youhaev created a wonderful table to celebrate Thanksgiving. Pinned and it’s a pleasure to hop with you.

  4. What a lovely table you have set for Thanksgiving! I don’t blame you for not covering up those gorgeous plates! The use of your mantel decor as a centerpiece was a great idea! Using decor in a different way is brilliant! Thank you so much for hopping with us again!

  5. Shirley, I absolutely love your Thanksgiving tablescape. The dishes are so classic Thanksgiving-so beautiful! I can imagine your delicious turkey dinner with your family sitting around the table-so warm and welcoming!

  6. Shirley, I agree, I am glad you did not use anymore plates and hide that pretty pheasant pattern, those are beautiful plates. You have complimented them wonderfully with your pretty runner centerpiece, what a great way to reuse your garland. Your sideboard looks adorable! I hope you and your family enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration.

  7. Shirley, your table is beautiful with its warm and inviting Autumn colors and textures. Burlap always pairs beautifully with autumn, but the pheasant Royal Stafford plates are stunning! Your mantel garland makes for a lovely centerpiece and I like that it is low to the table to make for easy conversation. It is a pleasure to sit at your lovely table and fun to hop with you this week!

  8. Shirley your tablescape with traditional fall colors and elements is so pretty! I love pheasants and turkeys and mixing them together for Thanksgiving. Those plates are beautiful. I have a pheasant bowl in that pattern. The amber glasses are a wonderful vintage style touch and they look great on top of the burlap runner.

    So fun to hop with you!

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. Shirley, love the neutral and brown shades of your lovely table and centerpiece. How special to find those glasses like your mom had! My eyes went immediately to the glass leaf plates — a great idea for individual butter pads! And, everything compliments those gorgeous plates!

  10. Shirley, your table is beautiful as it is elegant, traditional and a classic. I love the warm autumn colors and I am so happy to see you love amber glassware as much as I do. It is so warm and inviting. Your salad plates are gorgeous and really make a lovely statement to your table along with the use of burlap and your stunning leaf and pumpkin runner. Many thanksgiving blessings to you and your family.

  11. Very hom, rustic and pretty. The Pheasant plates are quite lovely. Loving your amber glasses. The burlap runner looks wonderful with your pumpkins and natural elements down the center of the table. The napkin fold is so different…love it! I have those same leaf shaped placemats. Have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family.

  12. What a beautiful table! I love the plates, the burlap chargers and the way you folded the napkins, So pretty! Great thought to tea-stain the napkins to make them a better fit for your table. Nice hopping with you!

  13. Shirley, your table is classic and very beautiful. I am an antiques dealer, so seeing the amber glassware and your memory connection as to why you purchased them is always joyful to hear and read. That is one of the inspirations dealers go with when thoughtfully purchasing items for resale. I also love the small leaf dishes you have at the table. We must think a lot alike, as I have those same pheasant dishes, and it was that acorn and oak leaf trim that drew me to them. Very nice table, and I’m happy to be in your company!

  14. It’s beautiful Shirley, your new vintage glasses are stunning with those gorgeous plates! I don’t blame you for not wanting to cover them up! So smart to re-purpose your mantel garland for a perfect low and lush table runner too. The side board of pumpkins and apples is the icing on your Thanksgiving scene! It’s hard to resist a juicy fall apple 🙂 I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones

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