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Thoughtful and thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape ideas

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings and enjoy dinner over a beautifully set table. Fortunately, it’s not difficult – or expensive – to create a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape that emphasizes the natural beauty and gratitude associated with the season.

Try the following Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to create a thoughtful and thrifty backdrop to your delicious dinner:


Pumpkin candleholder

Repurpose your Halloween pumpkin as a candle holder – or buy a new one. Put a glass candle holder inside the pumpkin and use ivy on the outside to add a simple yet pretty touch of greenery.


Thankful tree

Arrange twigs from the backyard in a clear vase or jar and tie some fall-colored ribbon or yarn around the container’s neck. Attach notes on the branches listing some of the things you’re thankful for this year. Finally, leave blank paper and pens for your guests to add their own notes if they’d like.


Decorated napkins

Use iron-on transfer sheets to infuse plain white paper napkins with seasonal spirit. Print out a free design with an autumn-inspired laurel wreath and the words “Give Thanks,” then use an iron-on transfer sheet to apply.


Pumpkin place cards

Spray-paint miniature pumpkins white and use a gold metallic paint to cover them. Next, use twine or ribbon to attach white tags featuring each guest’s name, and you instantly have individualized place cards!


Table runner with a bundle of wheat

Take a simple white or burlap runner and set it off by adding a bundle of wheat on top of a sliced wood piece.


Dressed-up chairs

Dress up your chairs by tying large gold or bronze bows to the back.


Cranberries and white roses

For a beautiful contrast, fill a vase with white roses, and instead of adding stones or a similar option to keep them in place, use bright red cranberries.


Burlap table runner

Cut a strip of burlap to your preferred width and length, then attach pom-pom fringe to the edge. Choose a similar autumn color to help it coordinate with the spirit of the season.


Leave thankful notes

Write personalized notes to every guest, describing why you’re thankful for them. Prop these on or beside each plate, with the guests’ names on the front.


Paint resin turkeys

Give large resin turkeys a touch of class by applying faux gold leaf or gold paint. Let them anchor a centerpiece by standing them back to back in the center of the table, and use smaller turkeys as accents.


Leaf-shaped runner

Use colorful felt or canvas fabric to cut out leaf shapes from stencils, or buy pre-made shapes. Glue the leaves together, layering them in a long strip to become a table runner.

If you’re ready to try out your Thanksgiving tablescape ideas in a brand new home, contact Clark Wilson Builder to explore your options in the Hutto/Round Rock, Texas, area.

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