Today we’re continuing the series of simple holiday table settings; this one is a simple Thanksgiving table setting. I’ve really been enjoying doing these table settings. It’s given me a chance to stretch my mind a little bit as well as build out my decor collection. (Which admittedly, I probably didn’t need an excuse to do, but I’m pretty happy that I have one.)
I only bought two new items for this tablescape: an orange table runner and the “thankful” napkins. This means that I have three table runners: red/orange/yellow, orange, and white. I think this might actually be all I need for now because it covers most of the holidays. We’ll see if I can stop buying things for a while. But both things came from Marshall’s so I feel okay about it.
Another thing that I did was save the beer bottles from my 22 oz. beer party to use as table vases. In order to get the labels off I used a hairdryer to peel the labels back and then nail polish (100% acetone-style) to get the sticker glue off the outside of the bottle. I think that this did a good job keeping my table a little bit richer as opposed to the clear bottles that I used for the simple Halloween table setting. I’m starting to believe that one of the key things to setting a good table is to just keep your mind open a few weeks in advance to see how you can use the things you’ve already bought so you don’t need to spend any more money.
From the collection of things I already have I used the flowers from a previous party, the yellow Napkins from the Halloween tablescape, the small candle holders I bought for my fancy thrifted dinner party, twine from my crafting supplies, gold marble pebble things that my friend Carly gave me before moving to Texas (does anybody know what these are called?), and then all the plates, cups, and silverware from my kitchen. (I think I’ve officially decided I’m going to be that person who never has a set of silverware that matches. It’s just going to be cute, thrifty, and unique. Or something.)
I took the flowers from the original vases and put a few of them into the beer bottles.
Then I decided to wrap the silverware using the napkins and twine.
Followed by putting the gold pebbles at the bottom of the candle glasses to make them seem a little bit more full and thoughtful. That said, I really want one of those long wooden candle holders for the middle of the table. Ben has said he can build me one. I’m excited. I still need to get him measurements. And then I need to buy some of those bigger stand-alone candles. Anybody have recommendations on where to buy those?
Then I took the table runner out of the packaging and placed it on the table. It was so wrinkled. So I went to go get the iron. And yes, I ironed it directly on the table. Admittedly, it didn’t really work. Y’all, I really stink at ironing. I’ve asked my mother for a new ironing board for Christmas because I’ve decided the usual problem is the ironing board, not me. I’m not 100% sure that’s going to solve the problem though.
And then I pieced the rest of everything together! I ended up deciding that it wasn’t weird to put a napkin in the dish and/or give people two napkins. Feel free to share your opinion on this though in the comments below. I keep seeing tables on Pinterest where they put lemons and limes and pears and pomegranates in people’s dishes to set the table, which always seems weird for me. Especially because I’m not about to take a large bite out of a pomegranate when I sit down. So at least napkins can be easily removed and don’t contaminate your dish.
I remembered 24 hours after taking the photos that I actually had small pumpkins that I had placed on the steps outside on Halloween night that I probably could have used as a formal centerpiece. Maybe next time to create a chunkier centerpiece that doesn’t involve tall vases. That would probably make it easier for people to see each other across the table anyway.
What do you think? Do you have any go-to table setting tips? I’d love to hear them below. I’ve got four more tables left to go for this series: Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.