Today I am going to share a simple, yet elegant tablescape that is perfect for Thanksgiving.  If you are a member of the Tablescape Cult Club, setting a formal table comes easy.  But if this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving, or if you are not used to setting a formal table, fear not.  I will keep it simple and share some practical ideas that you can recreate with items you already have.



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I created this simple and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape with the normal person and the normal family in mind.  I literally thought through each and every detail because I wanted to share a table that anyone can recreate and duplicate.


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Pay attention to the picture below.  Look at the silver.  I wanted to solve the problem of not having enough matching silver.  Pair your good silver with your every day silverware.  Mismatch intentionally, with you and your spouse at the table ends, and give your guests in the middle the good silver.  Also, stagger your silver to give the place setting some more visual interest.


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For this tablescape, I opted to not use a tablecloth.  What if you don’t own a tablecloth, or don’t have one big enough for your formal dining table?  I wanted to create a table using placemats and napkins as the only linens.


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I love having a fireplace in the dining room.  It gives cool weather dinners a special amount of warmth and coziness.   You can also see here that I mismatched the wine glasses.  Again, trying to replicate common problems (set of 4) with an easy solution.


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Finally, the centerpiece.  It’s Thanksgiving.  It’s about family and conversation and eating.  I kept the centerpiece simple with a series of candles down the center of the table.  This way, your guests can maintain visual contact with each other while talking, and it leaves space for the food.  Simple.  Elegant.  Practical.  Is this something you can recreate?


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What about you?  How do you set your Thanksgiving table?  Is it decorated to the hills or kept simple?  Do you get nervous when you have to set a formal table?


Love, hugs, and tis the gift to be simple.




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