I’m so excited to share my Thanksgiving table table tips and fall table decorating ideas with you! The best part of this table is that it features affordable Better Homes and Gardens products from Walmart. Yes, Walmart!
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Thanksgiving Table Tips
Fall is in full-swing here in Central PA. There is a chill in the air, the leaves are beginning to turn, and pumpkins greet you around every corner! It’s a great time to begin thinking and planning for Thanksgiving which will be here before you know it. This month, Better Homes and Gardens challenged a few bloggers to create a beautiful fall tablescape using their product line at Walmart. I thought it would be fun to show you on a small scale what you can do on a grand scale for your Thanksgiving table this year. Here are a few helpful Thanksgiving table tips!
Serve a fall soup before the main course.
Feeding a crowd can get expensive. If you are trying to manage the cost of feeding a crowd, consider serving a fall soup before the main course. I love to serve butternut squash bisque or cheesy cauliflower soup in the fall. Both recipes are easy and affordable to make and will fill up your guests. And with all that money you’ll be saving on meat, you can go ahead and splurge on these ADORABLE pumpkin soup bowls! They may currently be sold out online, and if so I recommend you sign up for the “in-stock alert”. Priced at just $24.99 for six (approximately $4.17 a bowl) makes these a seasonal steal. I just love them!
Don’t be scared to use paper napkins.
I love to use cloth napkins for special holidays, but let’s face it. Getting gravy stains and cranberry dressing out of cloth napkins is a total drag! I’ve found that providing a decorative fall paper napkin over the cloth napkin not only adds to the table decor, but also encourages guests to wipe their messiest messes with the disposable option.
The Give Thanks paper napkins are from Marshalls. The wood chargers and jute placemats are from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart! The wood chargers are currently priced at $14.88, and the jute placemats are only $2.74. I do wish that the wood chargers were a tad larger because a 10 inch dinner plate covers the charger–and they are too cute to be covered up! However, the chargers look great with salad and dessert plates, and of course with pumpkin soup bowls. 😉
Keep the centerpiece below eye level.
Nothing is more annoying than not being able to see your friends and family across the table because a tall centerpiece or candlestick is obstructing your view. Tall centerpieces are lovely, but they get in the way of conversation. Keep your centerpiece fuss free this year with a cake stand and decorative dish.
I used the Better Homes and Gardens Acacia Wood and Marble Cake Stand topped with the Pumpkin Soup Tureen.
When your serving dishes are pretty enough to double as a centerpiece you know you are winning!
Create a runner with natural elements.
Instead of using a cloth runner, create a garland using natural elements. For this runner, I used two faux magnolia garlands, some dried seeded eucalyptus, rose petals, and some fall leaves.
At the end of the table, I placed a vase of grocery store flowers which complement the runner beautifully!
Keep courses casual with stacked plates.
Depending on the size of your Thanksgiving crowd, keeping a stack of plates at the end of the table for each course can help contain clutter and give a cozy-casual feel to the occasion. I love the Better Homes and Gardens Scalloped Dinner Plates. They have quickly become my favorite everyday plates!
I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving table tips! Check out the related posts below for even more Thanksgiving table ideas.
Oh. My. Goodness. I love all the brightness in your dining area! And I love the pastel-ish theme of fall colors! It’s so calming. Is that a real brick wall?
Thank you! Yes, the brick walls are original to the house (over 100 yrs old). They were hiding behind plaster. 🙂
What a find!!! It’s like finding real hardwood under carpet – what a treat!!
I know, right?! It’s really my favorite thing about our little house and definitely the thing I’ll miss the most when we move.
Oh for sure!! Are you planning a move soon?! We might be moving in the next couple months for my husband’s job – from Arizona to either Chicago or DC. We’ll most likely be moving to an apartment (from our spacious house), which will make an interesting adventure for my blog! At least it will provide a lot of content! 😉
That will be a fun adventure! We don’t know if we will move or not, but we’d like to get out of the city for a bit. I love where we live but my kids would love a more suburban experience now that they are older.
Heather Moore says
Hi can you tell me where he dinning table is from Thanks!
I bought it on Hayneedle. Here is the link to the table I have: http://rstyle.me/n/b3ivv9n7aw
I adore this table and decor. Simply beautiful!
Thank you Marie!
Kim @ Sand & Sisal says
The table simply gorgeous! And simple being the key word! It’s the perfect amount of decor and touches of festive fall colors and those little pumpkin bowls are just too cute! I need to pick some up asap!
Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com says
Beautiful and colorful! I love those pumpkin bowls- wish I would have snagged them when they were online.
They are so cute! I love them. They hopefully will come back in stock online.
I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving, so pretty!