This year, we will be spending Thanksgiving Day away from home for the first time, ever! Although I love to prepare Thanksgiving dinners and make elegant and simple tablescapes, I have to admit that I am excited to take a break from the kitchen after 6 consecutive years. But I still want to share with you these ideas so you can make a Thanksgiving tablescape this year!!
Since we will be away, I admit that I have been slacking in the fall and Thanksgiving decorations department around the house. Today, however, I do have great ideas for an elegant -yet simple- Thanksgiving tablescape. This is a project I made for eHow last year.
Make a Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape
To make this simple Thanksgiving tablescape, you will need various fall gourds, pumpkins, candles, acorns, fall leaves, berries, and moss.
Below is a suggested list of resources.
- Rustic window box – if you find it natural, you can stain it as I did.
- Wood stain, 1/2 pint -I used red mahogany, but you can use any color you like.
- Spanish moss, 2- 8-ounce bags – I used brown Spanish moss to fill the bottom of the box.
- Fall leaves garland – You can find many designs at your local craft store. I found this to be a good one for a good price.
- Natural or faux gourds – I personally prefer the faux kind; I use them year after year.
- Natural pumpkins – find them at your local supermarket.
- Pillar candles, 2 – This is optional. I always have some in hand. Flameless candles will work great too.
- Natural fillers such as pinecones, twigs, acorns, etc.
How to Make this Thanksgiving Tablescape
Follow these 7 easy steps:
- If you choose to stain the window box, start by doing that. Allow 24 hours for the stain to completely dry.
- Fill the bottom of the box with a thick layer of moss. Enough to make a bed that will later hold the gourds.
- If you are using candles, this is when you place them. I placed mine evenly distributed within the box’s length.
- Arrange the garland on top of the moss and around the candles. Place it naturally, there’s is no right or wrong for this step.
- Place gourds, berries, pine cones, and/or acorns everywhere in the box, trying to fill empty gaps. Again, there’s no right or wrong.
- Flank each end of the window box with big pumpkins.
- Print your napkin ties to complete the Thanksgiving tablescape (instructions below).
Free Printable Thanksgiving Napkin Ties
Your beautiful and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape would not be complete without a personal touch. I prepared a free printable
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How To Make The Thanksgiving Tags
- Print on kraft paper
- Punch the circles out with a 2-inch scalloped punch
- Mini wood clothespins serve as place cards
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