14 Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

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Thanksgiving is just days away and I am just now sitting down at my computer to look for ideas on how to decorate our table. I know, crazy right?! Well, here’s the back story on why I’m so late in the game.


I got a text message from my dad last Thursday night asking me if we could do Thanksgiving at our house because their kitchen was still in the remodeling stage. I panicked, wondered how I would ever cook a turkey by myself {without burning the house down}, and then texted back yes…but I’ll need help with the food. You see, in all of my 28 years….I have never had to host Thanksgiving. I just usually show up, bring a side dish or dessert, eat, and be merry! This year I think it’s time for me to grow up a bit and take on the challenge of hosting Thanksgiving at our house with only a week’s notice.


So, today I thought I would share with you 14 Thanksgiving tablescape ideas that I thought were absolutely gorgeous and done by some of my amazing blogging friends!



A Place for Us Blog


Making Lemonde Blog

plate and fall napkin holder

Sophia’s Decor


The Lilypad Cottage


Aka Design


Town and Country Living



Domestically Speaking


Liz Marie Blog


My Sweet Savannah


Miss Mustard Seed


Craftberry Bush


Design Dining & Diapers


It’s Overflowing


Our Prairie Home

You may be wondering…how is she going to do it? With just a week to spare? The truth is, I work best under pressure and so I’m kicking things into high gear. This is my plan:

Turkey, Stuffing, and cranberry sauce
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Broccoli salad {I need to share the recipe on this one}
Green bean casserol
Angel food salad {one of our family favorites}
Homemade pumpkin pie
Homemade pecan pie
Holiday beverages {some alcoholic and some not…organic apple cider will be my choice}

Board/card games
Watching holiday movies
Creating memories

Table Decor:
White dishware and serving ware
Burlap table runner
White and grey painted pumpkins
Jute twine
Chargers {from the dollar store}
Wine glasses
Linen napkins
and possibly some chalkboard paint accents

Luckily, I have all of these items on hand besides the burlap table runner and charges, so I will be running to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to pick one up {using my 40% off coupon of course and praying they still have some in stock} and then to the dollar store.

I will be posting updates via Instagram so make sure to follow me there @BlissfullyEverAfter.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?

How do you decorate for it?

Wish me luck!

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Jennifer is the founder and author of Blissfully Ever After, a lifestyle blog featuring the hottest and latest DIY projects, home decor trends, stylish crafts, easy recipes, budget living advice, and health tips. A former 9-5 corporate worker turned savvy Mom and Housewife shares her secrets of creating a blissful life {even on a budget}! Your one stop shop for all things crafty, life, and home!

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  1. Michelle says

    Jen, google Alton Brown’s thanksgiving turkey. There was an episode on FoodNetwork several years back about cooking a turkey. He has the best brine recipe!! It is really easy, and very tasty. Turkey’s are easy to make. I have been out on my own for as long as you are old. :) Making a turkey for myself and my little family that I made when I got married and had my kids. (born into a completely dysfunctional family and married a great guy, but his mother is a piece of work) I still make a big turkey dinner for just the 4 of us. I use that brine recipe.. SO GOOD. I also found a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce that is so good and easy. I mentioned trying different sides or a different spin on some of them and my 25 yr old told me no. LOL She likes the ones we have the way they are. :) Have a great Thanksgiving.
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/oranged-cranberry-sauce/ I don’t add 2 c. of water to them. I put less than that. It takes forever for it to cook down otherwise. Besides, cranberries float in water so to add enough to cover… (I live a few hours from cranberry bogs in WI).

    • says

      I should have made one myself, but got scared last minute and needed to hurry! I did use a 40% off coupon! making the runner under $5 :) thanks for the tutorial, I’m def pinning it for later!

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