Thanksgiving is a month away, so it’s time to break out those table settings and start experimenting with decor for your Thanksgiving dinner table. You know if you don’t, you’ll be scrambling around the week before (or a few days) haphazardly throwing random things on the table and ultimately be unsatisfied with the end result. A little over a month ago I was asked to participate in a shoot to promote some amazing local artists and brands and I could not turn the opportunity down! I was so excited because I’ve never worked with so many talented people in one shoot. Everything turned out beautifully and to top if off, I met a few amazing women, discovered talented local artists and brands, and had the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing, which is one of my biggest passions! I wanted to keep my table relatively inexpensive, using decor pieces I already had around the house and items I could get for a reasonable price, if not free. I wanted my table to feel like it was taking you back in time, to a different century perhaps, when decor was functional and people didn’t really use elements that were not natural or part of their every day lifestyle. Read on to find out how you can create a budget friendly tablescape that is simple yet elegant for your Thanksgiving dinner!
If you enjoy decorating, you probably have a plethora of candlestick holders of various shapes, sizes, and styles lying around your house. For that reason, candlestick holders were my anchor, my starting point for this tablescape. I used sticks I had in my cupboard, on my mantle, picked up two on clearance at Big Lots (because I wanted to incorporate some black, but didn’t want to paint mine), and borrowed two from my sister. Don’t forget, borrowing is always an option too, especially if you need to create a tablescape or some type of decor display for a one time event or specific holiday. Shopping in your friends or sisters decor bins is a great way to change things up without dropping any dollars.
The next thing I wanted to incorporate was books. I’ve been so into using books in my decor lately, trying to return to simple and meaningful decor. I especially like using books because we have a great source for free books right here in Baltimore. If you haven’t heard of it, the Book Thing is your one stop shop for every kind of book, and they’re all free! I talk about it all the time, but free does not exist anymore, and decorating your home (and buying books to read wink wink) can get expensive, so it is worth sharing! Free books for everyone!
I know, I know…burning books is bad! But we did not burn the books whole and we did not take these books to read. So, I’m telling myself it is okay. It’s all for the sake of decor and beautiful tablescapes. For each table setting, I wanted to steer away from heavy layered plates and chargers. As I mentioned before, trying to return to a simpler time, with natural elements. So, we ripped out a single book page for each setting (there were only 4), and just barely burned the edges. We then wrapped a few stems of dwarf bunny tail, at least I think that’s what it’s called, and a few feathers with a cloth napkin in a long piece of leather cording. I incorporated the leather throughout tying it around the two stacks of books on the runner, and scattered the feathers along the table with a few other dried florals as well. By the way, when I say we, I am referring to myself, my sister, and my good friend, Candace. Special thanks to them for coming over and helping me organize my thoughts and ideas while trying to put together this tablescape for several hours one September afternoon.
And last but certainly not least, the remaining elements on the table are from a few local artists. The table runner was hand painted and lettered by Yvonne Lawson of Coffee & Calligraphy. Such a stunning and unique addition to the tablescape! The colorful dried florals are from Washday Florals and Belvedere Farms. My original plan was to stick with neutrals, but when I saw them available, I had to sprinkle a few in. And I love what they added to the table. And finally, the stunning wood table handmade by JR of JR’s Timeless Treasures. Such a timeless piece!
Special thanks to all the local artists, designers, planners, movers and shakers who came together to make this shoot a success! Please check them out on social media and give them some love!
Tables: JR’s Timeless Treasures
Photography: Kirstin of bbeautifulartistry
Design Location/Props: Belle Patri
Makeup & Hair: Spa on the Boulevard
My Wardobe: Velvet Trunk