Thanksgiving Table Mood Board / 7th House on the Left

Night before last, I laid wide awake in bed for hours because it dawned on me… Thanksgiving is NEXT week. Next week! While the majority of my family will be in Florida or California for Thanksgiving this year, we’re hosting Greg’s side of the family here at our house. This will be the first major holiday we’ve celebrated in our new kitchen and I have to say, I’m getting kind of excited. Lucky for me, Greg’s mom is coming over Thanksgiving morning to prep the turkey. Confession: I have no idea how to prep a turkey. Maybe next year.

Being the list-making fanatic that I am, I spent a few minutes yesterday making a “master grocery list” of the things I’m in charge of making. Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, corn pudding (one of Greg’s favorites), bread and pumpkin pie are all on the list. I’m making the pumpkin pie from scratch for the first time this year. But I’m also making fool-proof pumpkin bars as a backup! Also floating around in my head at 2:30 in the morning was what was going to go on the table besides food. Since tablescaping is on my mind, I thought it would be fun to put together a few super-easy tablescape mood boards. The last one is actually the one that I’m in the process of putting together for our own Thanksgiving table.

There are countless combinations of tablecloths, napkins and place cards that make up a simple and modern Thanksgiving tablescape. In browsing catalogs and magazines, I noticed that every good Thanksgiving table has three things: a light source (mainly, candles), place cards (to answer the who-sits-where questions) and a natural element (bringing the rustic outdoors in). Keeping that in mind, I put together four super-simple, no fuss Thanksgiving table scenarios that can be arranged on any table in a few minutes tops. If you’re in the mood for something more elaborate, hopefully one of these boards can act as a “springboard” of sorts to get you started. Oh, and since white dishes go with everything, that’s going to be the jumping-off point for each mood board.

The Look: Your not-so-typical Thanksgiving table with a fun jewel tone motif. The Linens: A plum purple tablecloth with dark wicker chargers and peacock teal napkins. The Centerpiece: “Grellow” pears (real or faux) simply lined up down the dining table, grouped with weathered gold candle holders in various sizes. The Place Cards: Dark bronze owl place card holders tie in with the chargers and really stand out against all of the bright colors. Shopping Guide: tablecloth, napkins, chargers, pears, candle holders, placecard holders.

The Look: A “classic Thanksgiving table”. The Linens: Orange and yellow placemats with dark brown napkins. The Centerpiece: Down the center of the table, a grouping of natural twigs with 3 glass hurricanes filled with natural fall elements such as leaves, acorns and vines. The Place Cards: Simple tags with handwritten names. The Extras: Individual ceramic pumpkin bakers filled with soup or a yummy pumpkin cobbler for dessert. Shopping Guide: Placemats, napkins, place cards, hurricane, pumpkin bakers.

The Look: A casual approach to Thanksgiving. The Linens: Fun, light wood grain placements with coral linen napkins and pewter napkin ring holders. Or, for a DIY approach (and even more of a laid-back vibe) instead of using fabric placemats, use a high-quality faux bois wrapping paper (as shown above). The Centerpiece: Scattered acorns along with chalkboard votive candles (super easy to DIY) with words like “thankful”, “family”, “turkey” on each one. The Place Cards: Simple floral place cards that tie in with the coral napkins and bring a little touch of green to bring together the casual, natural look. Shopping Guide: Paper for placemats, napkins, napkin rings, place cards, chalkboard votives.

The Look: Classic Thanksgiving with a rustic handmade twist. This is the table we’re putting together this year! The Linens: Dark espresso table cloth with a rustic burlap runner and golden yellow cloth napkins, complete with a “handmade” rattan turkey napkin ring. The Centerpiece: Three small hurricanes down the center of the table, filled with cranberries and a pillar candle. The Place Cards: DIY place card holders made from pine cones with a simple white piece of card stock with handwritten names. The Extras: Drinking jar mugs to bring together the rustic look. Shopping Guide: Tablecloth, runner, napkins, napkin ringscranberries, drinking jars, vases.

So, that’s my take on four different simple Thanksgiving tables. Do you guys have special plans for your Thanksgiving table this year? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

First image from here.

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    Christina @ Homemade Ocean
    November 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    ohhhh girl….I am so in love with the last one and the first one!

    Seriously, you have an eye for this!

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    K @ Shift Ctrl ART
    November 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Last one is my favorite. Love it!!

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    Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms
    November 15, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Great ideas! I am alllll about the jewel tones though. Lovin’ it! I also like that you thought to bring in natural elements.

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    Ceci Bean
    November 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    These are great! I think the first is my favorite, but there are awesome elements in all of them. I love how you broke it down into the needed elements. I might have to start looking around for what I can put together in my home.

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    Christine @ Casa-de-Christine
    November 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Love love love the first and the last one! Such pretty combinations! You have a great eye for this!

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    November 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I LOVE the last one. It looks beautifully simple. Did you see this guest post from Shelstring on Sugar Bee Crafts from this morning? Wonderful placecard holders — rustic & a little glam!

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      November 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks! Off to check it out! 🙂

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    November 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    The 2nd and 4th ones are my favorites. I also love the snow! (And fool-proof pumpkin bars sound great – do you share the recipe?)

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      November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t posted it, but I can! : )

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    Lisa B
    November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Great post! Can you please, please post your recipes? I’m dying to find a good green bean casserole recipe and would love your pumpkin pie and pumpkin bar recipe too 😉

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    November 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Love the last one. Can you share how you make the turkey placeholders?

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      November 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Thanks! They are from WorldMarket, the link is under the paragraph about that setting.

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    November 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Those are all really cute table setups! I’m definitely bookmarking this for the future when I host Thanksgiving.

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