A Simple Thanksgiving Table

Our plans for next week are finally set (does anyone else out there have trouble getting your adult children to commit?), and we are looking forward to our week.


My son and his wife will be in Tuesday for a couple of nights. On Thanksgiving day, they will be heading to her parents’ home for the next few nights. Her grandmother will be in town, and Callie is really anxious to visit with her since she hasn’t seen her in several months. We will travel to my husband’s parents’ home for the day on Thursday. The good thing about this plan is that her parents and Russell’s grandparents live in the same town, so we will see them again later in the day when they come to visit his grandparents.


Since they will be here for the days leading up to a weekend of rich food, I plan to keep the meals simple to allow more time for visiting and catching up. To that end, I am doing a simple Thanksgiving table while they are here as well-no elaborate centerpieces, layers of plates, or several pieces of stemware. I started with my sage green placemats (Fred’s) and The Friendly Village dinner plates.


I just chose one plate for the next layer. Our meals will be simple, so no need for extra plates. This one plate is all we need for a salad or dessert. I got these acorn plates and the fall leaves as well at Family Dollar a few years back.


I love these April Cornell napkins with my turkey napkin rings. I think they look great with this table setting.


You know, one drawback to working at the flea market is that I find it pretty hard to resist purchasing tablescaping items. However, I normally do resist, but when I saw these fall leaf place card holders reduced to $1 for a set of 4, I had to have them. I also got another set of pumpkin place card holders that included several cards like the one above, also $1 for 6 pumpkins and about 12 cards. Cute, right?


I like to use my Grosvenor silver for my family. The Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses and my fall wine glass charms complete this simple place setting.


Once again, in keeping with the simple theme, my only centerpiece is this set of 5 fall votives. The same booth that had marked down the placecards had this set for $2. They are a Better Homes & Gardens set from Wal Mart that was brand new in the original box. I’m not sure what they would have cost if had purchased them brand new at Wal Mart (which I wouldn’t have), but I’m sure that it would have been more than $2.


So for $4, I got 2 sets of place card holders with some extra cards  and 1 set of votives. Can we agree that I did really well with these purchases?


The candlelight makes the pumpkins kind of flicker, but you can’t really tell it from my photos. Trust me, they look really cute.


I also finally cleaned all the salt and pepper shakers off the buffet (took me about an hour to repack and store) and set the buffet up for our fall dinners.


Keeping it simple with fall colors, I used my Friendly Village accessories.


Also, fall leaf votives and a platter with some autumnal colors in it give the feeling of autumn.


I love this green mercury glass piece in the fall and finished off with my pillar candle set.


I am planning hamburgers and fixin’s one night and haven’t quite decided on the other night they will be here. I’ll probably go with chicken or smoked sausage.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

I hope to have time to post one more time before Thanksgiving, but in case I don’t, hope everyone has a great long weekend and enjoy counting your blessings!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design



About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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8 Responses to A Simple Thanksgiving Table

  1. I love that friendly village dinner plate! The leaf plate…Isn’t it amazing the cute stuff Family Dollar and Dollar General have?

  2. Lori is so right! If we keep our eyes peeled and use a little imagination, we can get lots of cute ideas at dollar stores.

    Thanks for visiting Bev and commenting. For some reason, I still wasn’t able to visit via your comment but I just put your url in my browser and it worked 🙂 Looks like we started blogging around the same time. I will take a look around and for certain will visit again.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. lulu says:

    You are absolutely right about adult children committing. Eventually they do but it sometimes takes a while. You learn to enjoy the time you get, and I’m sure they will enjoy being at your table.

  4. I love those pretty dishes and I know your children will love sitting at your table. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  5. Have a wonderful time with your family Bev~ simple is a good theme during these busy days and your sideboard with the Friendly village pieces looks great and useable! Happy times~

  6. MaryJo Materazo says:

    lovely decorations bev. wishing you a lovely thanksgiving week with all your loved ones. thanks for dropping by & leaving a message. blessings- MJ

  7. Looks like you’re ready to roll. I like your KISS plan for your table…no fuss equals more visiting. The place card holders are precious, and I adore the napkin rings. Happy
    Thanksgiving! Cherry Kay

  8. sujatha says:

    Thank you for your love and support. You always come out with beautiful displays on your blog. Wishing you a beautiful Thanks giving Love and hugs sujatha:)

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