My Thanksgiving Tablescape

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Nov 24, 2010 | By: Julie Blanner
I received a gentle reminder via e-mail that I have not shared my Thanksgiving table yet this year.  I  must admit, I didn’t develop a design concept until I was in the fruit aisle of the grocery store this morning.  I was so inspired by the beautiful red pears they had and decided to incorporate them for a pop of color.
I pinned a place card to each pear and placed one at each setting on top of our traditional “thankful for”cards.  This year however, I revised with “grateful for.”

{Grateful for card}

I added two miniature floral arrangements in votives on each side of the footed pedestal.  I want the cuisine to be the focus on the table for aesthetics and convenience.  An over-designed table results in little space for guests to eat, which is after all why we have gathered.
The cake plateau is a functional centerpiece…excellent for serving appetizers {sweet potato tartlets}.
The flax linen table runner {beneath the petite arrangement} has been one of my favorite finds at Pottery Barn.  Normally $59, I found it for just $13 last year and have used it several times.
 No matter what the occasion, the chalkboard message changes.  I am particularly fond of this quote.

I challenged myself to spend $10 or less on decor this year.  I did it!  $8 for flowers, $2 for pears, I used papers, pins, serving items, and linens I already owned, proving hosting a holiday doesn’t have to be expensive.