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Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table

STEP BY STEP PHOTO GUIDE OF HOW TO CREATE AN EASY RUSTIC THANKSGIVING TABLE USING NATURAL ELEMENTS!


Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Good morning everyone! Thanksgiving is next week, can you believe it’s here already? We’ll be having family over for Thanksgiving this year but I’m keeping it simple not only with the food but with the table setting also. 

For me it’s going to be all about family not a fancy place setting with fancy looking food perched on a platter. Don’t get me wrong I love seeing a beautiful presentation of food but I’ll be keeping it rustic, warm, and easy. 

I didn’t purchase a thing to create the rustic table I’m going for this year. It sure is less stressful just using what I have rather than be on the continuous hunt for that one perfect item that really doesn’t matter anyway.  So here’s what I did to get the look:

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Neutral Linen Tablecloth

Since my dining table has a dark wood stain I though lightening it up with a linen tablecloth in a wheat tone would work best. Besides it was my Moms and just felt like using it. I even went to the extent of dragging out the ironing board and iron. That’s rare for me…..who even likes to iron, right? 

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Natural Wood Slice Chargers

My mother in law scored the wood slices at a garage sale this summer. She said she had no idea what to do with them but she knew I’d think of something. She was right, they make the perfect charger for that natural look I’m going for.

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural ColorsDinner Plates

I rummaged through what I call my blogging cupboard. It has all the dishes, in every color, that I use to set tables. I though the scalloped edge off white worked best so on top of the chargers they went.

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Napkins

Here’s my little trick for napkins……I used white cotton bar towels. They’re thin and cheap. So if guests get stains on them that don’t wash out it doesn’t matter. They’re so inexpensive that I through them in the rag bag if that happens. 

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Baby Boos

I’m getting the last little bit of mileage out of the Baby Boos from my garden. I planted several varieties of pumpkins this year but the Baby Boos are the only ones that produced.

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Centerpiece

My natural rustic centerpiece is made up of a faux stand of greenery, deer antlers from my hubby and sons hunts, amber Mason jars with tea lights, and a large glass olive jar with fresh greenery.

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

It’s definitely a simple rustic look but I’m loving it. My stress level has been through the roof since my Moms passing and the thought of coming up with a grand table was just too much this year. I’m very content to work with what I have and focus on enjoying the day.

 

Rustic Natural Thanksgiving Table Using Deer Antlers, Greenery, Wood Slices, Mason Jars, and Natural Colors

Our dinner menu with also be very simple…..a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, biscuits, cranberries, gravy, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie for dessert.  I’m not going to make a bunch of side dishes I fee people will enjoy whatever I server and make due with what there is. 

It always amazes me how many days it takes to prep and make the feast only for it to be devoured in 15 minutes. It hardly seems worth it at times. 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Wow – those white plates are really Beautiful! And the chargers? On my! Thanks for the share.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Jan, it’s always nice to do a no stress table that’s for sure.

  2. Cheryl Major says:

    There is so much that I like about your table. The candles, antlers , & the chargers with plates. Thanks for the inspiration ! I am also amazed at how fast a meal is eaten, and long it takes to prepare. My husband and I have often talked about one of these years going to a restaurant with our gang…No stress, no Mess !!

    1. Cheryl, we do exactly that at for our Christmas meal. As a family we go out for Chinese and have for several years. It makes it so much easier and we’re able to give the employees having to work on Christmas day a big tip to help make them having to work on Christmas worth it. I agree so much easier, and no mess!

  3. Laura Harrie says:

    Dawn,
    I know each holiday will be difficult for you with the lost of your mom, but you are remembering her using that beautiful tablecloth. Your table is lovely and your mom would be happy you used the tablecloth as the foundation! She gave you a strong foundation in life, you can always be thankful for her legacy!

    1. Laura, I’m crying reading your comment. Thank you for the kind uplifting words 🙂

  4. Dawn..I love everything on your table!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you Jeanie, have a wonderful Thanksgiving yourself 🙂

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. There is nothing that can replace a mother’s love. But remember, she is still with you. You may not see her, but you will feel her.

    1. Thank you Theresa your words are so kind and it’s just the thing I needed to hear. Blessings!

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