With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, it was time to come up with a plan for what our dinner table will look like. I decided to see if I could create a tablescape without buying a thing and just using what I have on hand. Being partial to blue and white, I began with our blue and white Portuguese tablecloth and napkins, accompanied by lovely blue and white rice China plates from the 1930s that I recently rediscovered in our storage locker. I added some rattan chargers for texture and contrast. I had some pheasant feathers that I put in mini Chinoiserie vases on the table near the vintage white pheasant statues that are usually perched on the buffet. I added some vintage brass candlesticks and an arrangement of dried green hydrangeas in a ginger jar (you could use cut foliage, instead of hydrangeas, to similar effect).
I used mini pumpkins as place card holders. For the place cards, my daughter cut out paper leaves, wrote names on them with a gold Sharpie pen, punched a hole in each, and then tied the leaves to the pumpkin stems using brown satin ribbon. Pears, pinecones, or apples could also work beautifully as place card holders.
Here are some photos of this year’s blue and white Thanksgiving table:
Of course, the food is the star of the Thanksgiving table, so everything in the middle of the table, except the candles, will need to be cleared off prior to dining.
It was a fun challenge to create this table without running out to the store and buying flowers and other table decor. Shopping your own home saves both time and money. It was a good reminder for me to think creatively and use what I have rather than spending money on something that might not be necessary.
Now I just need to focus on the menu! What are you planning for your Thanksgiving table?