I have been wanting to create a tablescape to share on my blog for a while now. I have made several attempts over the past few years, but they just never looked quite right. There was always something missing. That is until the other day while I was sitting on the porch having my morning cup of tea and an idea hit me. So instead of doing the millions of things I should have been doing, I decided to gather up all of my dishes and things from around the house and started to play. Have you ever done that, it’s so much fun, but the time sure does fly by once those creative wheels start spinning. I guess there was just something about being on the porch and watching the leaves turn that finally helped me to find my tablescape inspiration.
My goal in creating this tablescape was to work with what I already had on hand. I was still in my pj’s after all and I had zero motivation to leave the house to do any shopping.
A few things on the table were recent finds, but everything else I have had for years.
The two things I knew I was going to use on the table were the Ikea blanket that I found on Amazon and the napkins from Pier One. I actually hesitated buying the napkins because I already had so many at home, but something just told me I would regret not buying them. I am really glad I listened to that little voice in my head because they add the perfect Thanksgiving touch to the table.
My original thought for the centerpiece was to carve out a pumpkin and put flowers in it. It was something I had seen on Pinterst and have always wanted to try. I guess I can thank the comfort of my pj’s for forcing me to get creative and work with what I had. So, I went out to the front porch and returned with an armful of little pumpkins that I got at the farmer’s market. Next I made a visit to family room and scooped up some pine cones. Then I headed upstairs in search of some ribbon and the wheat I had stashed away in a closet. The final stop was the kitchen where I picked up the white ceramic pitcher and platter.
I love the pop of color the little orange pumpkins and ribbon add to the table.
After spending a few hours playing, I think I finally came up a formula that works for me to use the next time and I hope it will work for you too. To create a tablescape you need layers, texture, sparkle, shine, a touch of nature and a pop of color. I also like to keep things simple. Only dishes on the table that we will actually use and a centerpiece that won’t block anyone’s view.
The best part about planning out the tablescape ahead of time, is once Thanksgiving day arrives I can now set the table in a flash and enjoy more time with my family.
If you have any great tablescape tips, I would love for you to share!
- Ikea Hermine throw – Amazon
- Napkins – Pier One
- Rattan place mats – Pier One (I purchased mine a very long time ago but they still have them, love that!)
- Gold chargers- Sur la table (I got mine after Christmas last year on clearance)
- White ceramic plates, platter and pitcher, wheat, candles – Home Goods
- Ribbon – AC Moore
- Candle holders – Carolina Pottery
- Chair cushions – Ballard Designs
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