Last week, this little blog of mine turned three years old, my friends. It’s crazy how time flies!
With such a milestone upon me, I have been a little more introspective than usual- feeling an urge to do something challenging and completely out of my comfort zone. Ya know…something to “spice things up” a bit.
I am not really sure why I have always considered tablescapes intimidating, but this week I decided to attempt my very first one just in time for Thanksgiving. Upping the ante, I also decided to film a video tutorial of me actually creating the table design- including step-by-step visuals. So, be sure to watch the video or, at the very least, have a good laugh watching me make an a$$ of myself.
Without further ado, let me show you how I designed my Modern Farmhouse inspired Thanksgiving table on the cheap – mainly using items I already owned or could find in my yard.
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I then added a combination of heirloom pumpkins (which I already had from my fall home tour) and some butternut squash, acorn squash and miniature white pumpkins.
What I love about using live/natural elements as a centerpiece is the whole minimalism factor: once they rot, compost them and forget about it! Given my home doesn’t offer much storage space, I don’t want anything that is going to collect dust or add to the existing clutter (between my children’s toys and all of the Christmas decor, I am maxed out for space).
Once the pumpkins and gourds were arranged on the table runner, I incorporated some ambiance with a mixture of gold mercury glass votives and off-white candles which I’ve also used in the past for Christmas decor.
To add a little dimension and a pop of autumnal-inspired color, I dusted off these purple, vintage dessert glasses which I had purchased for $1/piece at a local thrift store last year.
Little do you know…I was only able to find three of the vintage glasses, but we will just keep that our little secret.
Pulling from the purple toned glasses, I placed these purple hand-blocked napkins over the only set of dinner plates I have that actually freaking match (I literally only own 4 matching dinner plates).
My mom gifted me the napkins, which were on sale for less than $1 a piece at World Market, last year. I then layered linen napkins (which you can find here) over the hand-blocked napkins to inject a little more warmth and texture.
Adding some character and farmhouse meets boho flair, I embellished the place setting with feathers and these chalkboard tags. I must admit, I did have to buy the feathers (you can get the same ones here) and the tags (you can get them here), but I know I will use them again in the future….somehow…somewhere, dammit!
Using a black and white scarf, I was able to integrate some visual interest with pattern and farmhouse coziness.
As you will notice, I experimented with the place setting text a bit.
Some tags are appropriate/boring and some, like my “Blessed AF”, may be better suited for a Friendsgiving situation (just depending on who your friends are I suppose).
Ether way, I am well aware that my handwriting capabilities are grossly inadequate.
Flanking the pumpkin centerpiece arrangement, are some dried Magnolia twigs I snatched from my front yard.
If you would like to watch the step-by-step video tutorial, you can do so directly below..
Thanksgiving Table Decor Video Tutorial
Last but not least are the black candle holders which I stole from my mantel (I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby, but you can get similar ones here).
I love the height and drama they add to the table styling….
Hopefully you weren’t entirely underwhelmed with my first-ever tablescape attempt. (If you were, you can click here to see more Thanksgiving inspiration. )
Wishing you babes an incredible Turkey Day! I am so thankful for you…your support means the world to me. For real! Thank you!
Now get out there and design some good vibes.
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