Thanksgiving Tablescape

This Thursday I’ll be appearing on our local morning news show, Virginia This Morning, sharing ideas for Thanksgiving entertaining.   To help bring the ideas to life I created tablescapes using some of the ideas I’ll be sharing.  The look is easy to re-create using glass vases and organic items such as dried lentils, rice, pine cones, acorns, mini pumpkins, and a few craft store items.

I’ve re-purposed the manzanita branch so many times but it’s always the perfect accent.  This time I attached it to an open frame to be used as seasonal art.  I’ll also be using it on the kids table for tomorrows post.
The table is covered with orange fabric and a burlap runner that I wove yarn through to add a little stitch detail.  The yarn was also used to wrap around a couple of vases as well as tie up the favor pouches. 
I created name cards and displayed them on a small wood pedestal made from a pruned tree branch in the back yard.  Wine glass stems were tied with thin strips of fabric remnants. 

I wanted to set up an appetizer table to hold some light nibbles to snack on while you’re waiting for the turkey to finish cooking.  Nothing too heavy, just crudite served in individual bread cups, small nut cones, and goat cheese & olive tapenade canapes
The tall frame serves as the centerpiece and holds the dinner menu so guests know what to expect.  The small bale of hay is the perfect base to hold the nut cones – just stick a wooden skewer in the hay and up through the tiny hole in the bottom of the cone, to hold it upright. 
I was finally able to incorporate the hanging buffet idea I shared here.  I simply used the pole & drape system I designed here, and hung a wire basket from it to hold the canapes.
To continue using fabric as I did with the glass stem ties, I used one of the patterns to wrap the wine bottle, frame out the menu, and to add color and interest to the tree branch candle holders.   I have to admit I thought the branch candle detail was pretty cool & clever!
To end the day, send guests home with a small burlap pouch filled with candy corn.
There you have it – at least 14 ideas to help you host Thanksgiving in style and on a budget.


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  1. Bird says

    Love the hanging basket!! You did an fabulous job as usual!!

    Congratulation on the TV appearance! You go rock their socks off!! Can't wait to hear you! 😀


  2. Frog Prince Paperie says

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful! Love the appetizer table–refreshing! And congrats on the TV spot. :) Look forward to hearing about it.

  3. Jen @ says

    Love the wall art…great idea! What network is airing the show and at what time? I'd love to tune in!

  4. PartyMom says

    I love this! I never tire of collections of items in clear vases. The wine ties are my favorite-so simple, yet so pretty!

  5. Amanda Parker at Shindig says

    Hey busy girl! Wow, it looked great! I am sooo loving those bread bowl appetizers — great idea. Congrats on the TV spot!

  6. Not Just A Mommy! says

    I'm agreeing on those bread cups, they are da bomb! (ugh, that was old!) I love every deet and have a great time on the boob tube!

  7. Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns says

    So gorgeous Chris! I love the clear vases filled with "harvest" things. Looks so lush!

  8. Susan @ Entertain Exchange says

    It all looks great! I love the menu frame on a candle stick. Did you make that or did it come that way?!

  9. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Love it…my favorite is the menu!!!


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  10. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says

    Hi Chris, I love all the colors in this grouping – pretty fabulous as always! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today – Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn