Last Minute Thanksgiving Tablescape

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I decided I better get busy planning my tables, since I will be hosting this year. I want to share with you what I did to create a last minute Thanksgiving tablescape using things I already had.

the foundation

paper table runner

I started with a roll of paper table runner that I purchased quite a while ago at a thrift store for $3.

paper table runner

I rolled the paper down the center of my table to serve as the foundation of my tablescape.

Any type of wrapping paper, or brown kraft paper would work just as well.

the place settings

leaf plate chargers

Next, were the plate chargers or placemats. I used these wooden leaf chargers that I got recently from PNW Farmhouse Design Co.

These were natural wood, and I stained them with a dark stain, then painted them white and distressed them.

thanksgiving table place settings

I added dinner plates for my next layer.

thanksgiving table place setting

I bought a set of 10 of these plates at a thrift store several months ago for $6.00 for the set. This is not typically my color scheme. But, I thought they would be really pretty with this table runner for fall and Thanksgiving. And for $6.00, it was worth it!!

I decided the pattern of the plates against the pattern of the table runner was a bit busy, so I needed something to break it up.

the centerpiece

cornstalks for centerpiece

I had a bit of cornstalk left over from my front porch decor, so I pulled some stalks apart to use down the center of the table.

thanksgiving tablescape centerpiece

I carefully placed a few of the stalks down the center of the table, making sure to keep them out of the way of the plates.

the finishing touches

thanksgiving tablescape

I topped the dinner plates with these pumpkin salad plates, and tied gauzy napkins in a knot to add a casual feel. I had these napkins left over from my daughter’s wedding, and the warm color worked perfectly with this tablescape. Unfortunately, these pumpkin plates are no longer available, but the idea is to layer what you already have and not be afraid to mix some patterns.

Although, I don’t typically use paper plates, you could actually find some cute seasonal paper plates and layer them, if you don’t have any others to use.

For the centerpiece, I used three large brown vases for flower arrangements. I cut all of the greenery and flowers from my yard.

If you don’t have flowers in your own garden, you can purchase very inexpensive bundles of flowers from the grocery store. You can stretch them by adding greenery from trees or shrubs in your yard.

Lastly, I used a few brown bottles and added taper candles, and used 3 brass candlesticks, also from my daughter’s wedding decor.

And just like that, I had a quick, easy and budget friendly tablescape for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I can’t wait to serve THE best pumpkin cheesecake on these plates!!

I hope you found this last minute Thanksgiving tablescape inspirational, and create one of your own.


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  1. This is creativity at it’s best!! I love pulling things together like this. What a steal with those plates!!! Wow!!!

    1. Thanks so much!! I love finding thrifted dishes, and these were a great score!!

  2. Man, I love this table setting but where do the big platters of food go not to speak of the salt & pepper shakers, cranberry sauce, gravy boats, roll baskets, butter plates, pickle trays…

    1. So sorry I am just now seeing this!!! I actually do a buffet style down my island, then we just sit at the table for dinner. The island is close by, so its easy to pop over for refills.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!

    1. Oh, thank you so much Jennifer! I really appreciate that!!

  3. Lorrie Bredal says:

    Are you having a lot of people for Thanksgiving? I’m cooking for just my husband and I. Not our usual Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving, be safe and enjoy.

    1. So sorry I am just now seeing this!! We just had our grown daughter and her family, my son in laws parents and my mom. Just 10 of us, but it was perfect!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! Hope you had a great holiday!

  4. Absolutely love your green table! Those dishes are gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you! It was a little out of the box for me to use color, but I loved these dishes and how they blended with the paper table runner!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Beautiful! love the green wallpaper especially! I have done similar with better quality wrapping paper! Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!

    1. Thank you! I love using unexpected things for my tablescapes!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  6. This is so beautiful! I would like to share this on next week’s post.

    1. Oh, thanks so much Renae! I really appreciate that and so glad you liked it.

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