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