Thrifting and Thanksgiving don’t seem to have much in common, except they do! This Thanksgiving table setting came together with some planning and a few great thrift store finds. For a month or so I’ve been shopping for new dinnerware. With inventory low nearly everywhere, I didn’t find anything I really loved or in a good price range. Instead of settling and buying new tableware, I decided to start looking at thrift stores. As usual they did not disappoint! I found several pieces for a special Thanksgiving table setting that make for a beautiful gathering of textures and neutral tones.
We began designing this table setting with the centerpiece base which is made of two woven boxes and florist foam. Natural sprigs of various leaves and pinecones filled in the box.
The thrifted items I found for our Thanksgiving table .
- two natural fiber containers
- black ceramic salad bowls
- chunky stoneware plates
- white cotton napkins
The rest of the items I already had on hand, but were also thrifted.
-wine glasses, napkin rings, table clothes and dried leaves
The rest of our Thanksgiving table setting I had on hand, but was bought new.
-silverware, the red eucalyptus, the wicker chargers and the cinnamon pinecones (On a side note, eucalyptus and cinnamon smell delicious together!)
Our kids really look forward to Thanksgiving. I mean who can blame them, food, family, and relaxing, who doesn’t look for to Thanksgiving. Our boys are old enough now to truly be helpful in getting ready for the special Holiday. After many lovely Thanksgivings meals this year I wanted them to better understand how much planning and preparing it takes for a successful Thanksgiving. Not only did they make the menu, they also did the grocery shopping, and as usual will help cook. What a blessing!
In addition to this I wanted my boys to get a feel for how much work and thought go into making a beautiful table scape, so I had them help me with the centerpiece. To make it we used two shallow woven boxes to run the length of the table. We filled them with florist foam covered with dried Spanish moss and then arranged red eucalyptus, magnolia leaves, and dried wheat in the foam. After this they strategically placed pine cones in the gaps making sure the base of the centerpiece was well covered. It makes for a warm seasonal arrangement that doesn’t obstruct your view of the person sitting across from you. They did a great job, and since we homeschool I’ll call this an art lesson in floral design.
When planning any special occasion dinner, don’t skimp on the centerpiece. It adds such drama while makes any meal feel more important. A centerpiece doesn’t have to cost a huge amount. Get inspiration from Pinterest then shop you house and yard for pieces that might work well together. Mix, match and group objects together in varying heights. Your eye will become better at choosing colors that compliment each other.
One last tip when putting together a Thanksgiving table. Have fun! Nothing has to be perfect. There are no hard and fast rules you need to follow when setting a table for Thanksgiving, or any other meal. It’s your home. Bring to the table the things you love, the food you love and most importantly, the ones you love.