I love the idea of "mix and match" dinnerware. Layering your dishes adds interest and brings varying shapes and colors to each place setting. If you're looking to add some dishes this year, I've seen great choices at Crate & Barrel, Home Goods and Target, where they are reasonably priced.
Placecards add a personal touch. A simple sprig of rosemary (or piece of wheat) is all that's needed on these simple cards.
Pumpkins, fruit, vegetables and nuts can all be used to create place cards.
Give your guests a place to jot down what they are thankful for.
A small votive provides a take home gift for your guests.
Here are some fun ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.
Dress up the center of your table. Blooms and pumpkins create a lovely centerpiece. These hurricane vases are filled with dried peas. You can also use dried beans, pinecones or cranberries.
Fill a wooden box with pumpkins, pinecones, succulents and sprigs of evergreens for a natural centerpiece. Glass bottles and candlesticks give this arrangement some height.
How gorgeous is this arrangement?!? Hollow out a cabbage and fill it with florist's foam or a glass dish. Arrange with flowers, berries, artichokes and kale leaves.
This wooden box standing on a log charger provides rustic warmth, and adding the leaves and berries to the flowers gives a unstructured, "woodland" feel.
A simple vase of nuts and moss is given the royal treatment with these plumes.
I love the soft colors of the arrangement above. Pinks and ivories work well with darker fall colors to create a muted palette. And this table below is one of my favorites! It reminds me of a still life painting. The dark blue tablecloth allows the baskets of kale and vegetables to take center stage, and the gold silverware and glasses of wine add sparkle. The light blue napkins keep it from feeling too dark and heavy. It looks like they hollowed out turnips and added candles for an organic votive.
I hope I've inspired you to add some creative touches to your Thanksgiving table this year.
All photos were taken from my "Autumn" board on Pinterest. You can see the sources here.
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