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Simple and Affordable Thanksgiving Tablescape with Video Tutorial

Simple and Affordable Thanksgiving Tablescape with Video Tutorial

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.

modern farmhouse tablescape ideas for thanksgiving

For your shopping convenience, I have included affiliate links where applicable. 

To define the centerpiece, I started with a macrame table runner I have had on my table for over a year now and am still obsessed with (you can get it here).

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.

rustic neutral thanksgiving table centerpiece

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).

earthy simple thanksgiving table

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.

modern farmhouse thanksgiving table

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.

boho thanksgiving table

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!

modern farmhouse dining table for thanksgiving

Using a black and white scarf, I was able to integrate some visual interest with pattern and farmhouse coziness.

neutral modern thanksgiving table

As you will notice, I experimented with the place setting text a bit.

friendsgiving table ideas

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).

neutral farmhouse thanksgiving decor

Ether way, I am well aware that my handwriting capabilities are grossly inadequate.

farmhouse table for entertaining

Flanking the pumpkin centerpiece arrangement, are some dried Magnolia twigs I snatched from my front yard.

neutral and simple thanksgiving centerpiece

If you would like to watch the step-by-step video tutorial, you can do so directly below..

Thanksgiving Table Decor Video Tutorial

simple modern thanksgiving table decor

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….

modern farmhouse table for fall

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!

modern farmhouse thanksgiving decor

neutral Thanksgiving table with modern farmhouse decor

Now get out there and design some good vibes.

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how to decorate a thanksgiving table



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...


Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Lovely tablescape, I will use my grandmothers crochet runner which resembles your macrame one, but I definitely need to upgrade my napkins. I could not see your video - I clicked on everything but no video appeared.

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

I hate that the video isnt working for you, Liz. Perhaps this youtube link will work for you...

ashley allen

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

It turned out so beautiful Erica and I love that you used items you had on hand plus inexpensive items to create the look. Those purple desert dishes are gorgeous!!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Thanks for the sweet words, friend. xoxo

Barb B

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

You are too funny and your table looks great. Love the pop of purple! Might I suggest silverware? Love your upfront honesty. So refreshing!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Thanks, Barb! I try to keep it real. As far as the silverware goes, I actually didn't like my silverware with this tablescape. I would have preferred gold flatware with this particular color scheme but, there was no way in hell I was going to spend money on new flatware for the sake of this post. ;)