Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Anytime you get the family together for a big ol’ feast is okay by me! Last year, my husband and I hosted our very first Thanksgiving as adults and it went off without a hitch. I wanted to set the table in a festive manner, so I went looking for a little Pinspiration, and came across this beautiful tablescape from Julie Blanner. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, it’s definitely worth a visit! I love a rustic look, so I made a few tweaks to make it my own.
Living in a small New York City apartment, I don’t even own a kitchen table! So the first step was to find enough seating for 11. I found an inexpensive vendor in Brooklyn with 2 6-ft long tables and 11 padded fold-out chairs. Then I got to decorating. I love the way colorful foods pop on neutral tablescapes, so I purchased 2 60 x 102″ ivory tablecloths and matching cloth napkins. To add texture, I placed jute burlap table runners down the center.
Instead of purchasing a flower arrangement as a centerpiece (which can be super expensive) I sporadically placed seasonal red apples and candles between branches of seeded eucalyptus. I used these birch covered candle holders as well as these woodland tea light candle holders– placing the taller ones closer to the center of the tables and the shorter ones closer to the ends.
For the setting, I tied rustic bailing twine around napkins and stuck a rosemary sprig in for some color. Again- super inexpensive, easy, and pretty! Want to recreate this look at home? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 60 x 102″ ivory tablecloths
- 11 matching napkin linens
- 2 jute burlap table runners
- Rustic bailing twine
- 6 birch covered candle holders
- 6 ivory 4″ candles (get these at the dollar store!)
- 4 woodland tea light candle holders
- 3 ivory tea lights (get these at the dollar store!)
- 1 large bunch of rosemary
- 3 bouquets of seeded eucalyptus
- 6 red apples