Earthy elements grace our Rustic Thanksgiving Table this fall. A casual holiday feast will be served at the farmhouse table on the screened porch. Visioning and preparing a ‘Feast & Fête’ Table for friends and family is a great pleasure for me. This year I plan an intimate gathering of four. I hope you will find the tips and the tablescape styling, prompted by a shopping spree at my neighborhood At Home Superstore, helpful and inspiring. This post is featured here.
For me, setting a table is all about warm layers and casual bits and pieces gathered lovingly. The moment I spotted this rustic mirror with galvanized steel in wooden frame, I had my inspiration piece for the tablescape and my party theme.
Rustic Thanksgiving Table Theme
As a graphic designer, paper goods are a big part of my entertaining schtick. People expect me to WOW them. I took a photo of the inspiration mirror and cut the center out in Photoshop. I added a hand-painted pumpkin and the text to create invitations, the menu card, and the place cards. It was super fun to design and the extra touch lets guests know I care.
The styling pieces fell easily into place after the idea was sparked. I decided to use the new At Home purchases alongside some of my antiques and thrift finds. These would be mixed with natural elements foraged from the yard and garden.
My subtle palette is taken from the hues of the mirror–grays, aquas, and rusty brown tones. I believe these will make my guests feel warm and cosy. (And it is all about my guests!) These colors say autumn and harvest feasting, plus they offer a touch of my boho beachy personality. Adding leaves, fruit, flowers, and pumpkins bring in the natural accents I love.
Rustic Thanksgiving Table Elements for Under $100
Browsing my At Home store for ideas and inspiration is just plain fun. Make sure you allot plenty of time because the aisles are chock full of specialty products for seasonal entertaining. Throughout the store are displays designed to ignite ideas for even the most novice hostess. Plus, the everyday low prices allow you to decorate within a reasonable budget. My tablescaping budget was $100 max. As you can see I was able to stick to that easily with At Home’s massive selection of holiday items large and small. Lovin’ my #AtHomeFinds.
Creepy Cloth, Aqua Plates, and Slices of Wood
How would one use those items to create a rustic Thanksgiving table? Let me spill the beans. One of my favorite finds is the creepy cloth (torn gauze) that I used to cover the table. It goes from Halloween, through Fall and into Thanksgiving, without missing a beat. It gives plenty of texture to anchor the table. It was just under $2 a package. Score! Look for items that you can repurpose throughout the season. They are time and money savers.
I have always wanted aqua square dinner plates. They had four of them for just under $15. That made me (and HIMself) happy. The slices of wood were another of my favorite finds. I painted my guests’ initial on them and tied them to the chair backs. They got to take them home. Another special touch guests love. There were about $6. See how many possibilities you can create?
Borrow from Nature and Your Antiques
To complete my tablescape, I took a walk around my yard and garden. I picked up leaves, sticks, and even some bark from a limb. I used the bark in the centerpiece. I also borrowed some of my antique stash–hand-blown aqua stem ware, mercury glass votives, and old glass decanters to hold the drinks. They all add sparkle!
What are the plans for your Thanksgiving table? Will it be rustic and casual or elegant and dressy? Will it be somewhere in between? Please share in the comments what you envision.
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