How To Create A Cozy Thanksgiving Table

The Tattered Pew
by The Tattered Pew

This year with all that has been going on in our world I find that I am I’m craving time with my family to focus on our many blessings. What better time than Thanksgiving? This lovely holiday is just over two weeks away and I am in full on planning mode and loving every minute. I’m sharing my best kept secrets on how to create a cozy Thanksgiving table, all while keeping it budget friendly and beautiful!

How To Create A Cozy Thanksgiving Table

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Today I am joining A Season of Thanks blog hop hosted by Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home featuring 20 bloggers sharing their Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration. If you are coming over from Kim of Shiplap and Shells beautiful and natural tablescape, welcome. I’m so glad you stopped by!

Planning for A Cozy and Intimate Thanksgiving

This year we are planning on keeping our Thanksgiving intimate and cozy and enjoying just being together. So instead of decorating our large dining room table like I normally do, I decided to create our Thanksgiving tablescape on our sweet little kitchen table.

Our table fits the 6 people in our family comfortably and is situated in our kitchen nook. The table is old and has perfectly weathered wood and guess what?! I scored it for FREE from a friend who was moving! I love its quirks and I love its charm, and I especially love when we sit down together here as a family and intentionally spend quality time together.

5 Elements for A Cozy Thanksgiving Table

When creating a cozy and beautiful table I love to use these 5 simple tricks.

Gather Natural Elements

If you visited my Fall Home Tour then you know I have been known to pull over and grab “natural elements” from the side of the road to use in my decor. Or scavenge around our yard for fresh clippings.

This table was no different.

I grabbed some fresh eucalyptus and fresh magnolia leaves from a bouquet that my sweet husband brought me as a surprise one morning from CC’s Flower Truck. I laid them on top of this linen runner my mom made and alternated the green and brown sides of the leaves.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and keep your eyes peeled for anything that could work for your table! Shockingly we have so many items all around us both inside and out that we sometime forget about. Using these “found or gathered” natural elements is a great way to save money!


I’m a sucker for candles. They bring a certain cozy and romantic element to any table! For this table I used a mixture of mercury glass votives in a variety of sizes. The little ones are Balsam and Cedar scented and have me dreaming of Christmas! My moto is the more the merrier. I also find that grouping them in groups of threes and in varying heights makes them more meaningful, and keeps them from getting lost on the table.

Faux Pumpkins and Florals

For a statement piece I added a fun faux pumpkin with a natural brown looking stem. I found it at Hobby Lobby years ago. Then I simply placed it on a brown transferware plate I picked up at my favorite local flea market, A & J Antiques. I sprinkled mini green velvet pumpkins and other small pumpkins down the center of the table. Faux fall colored button stems from Hobby Lobby were an easy addition around the plate and pumpkin.

Free Printable Place Cards

For that personal feel for your holiday or special occasion table, I have found that place cards add the perfect finishing touch. Last year I shared some beautiful free printable place cards with my subscribers and they were a huge hit. So guess what?! This year I have some gorgeous new ones. Actually, I have an entire Holiday Printables Bundle that not only includes several different place card options, but also some menu cards and gift tags!

Aren’t these place cards beautiful? I’ll let you in on a secret…I printed them off in several other colors like, red, white and on brown craft paper and they look just as gorgeous! They will be featured on our Christmas table and presents here real soon! 🙂

This bundle (shown below) will cover both your Christmas and Thanksgiving tablescape needs and can be easily printed at home. They are free to my subscribers and are in my printables library with several other free printables. You can subscribe HERE to gain access to them just in time for Thanksgiving! If you are already a subscriber (thank you!) the password is always in my Sunday emails!

Aren’t the menu cards just darling too? (just ignore my awful handwriting) I feel like once I added the place cards and menus to the tables it completed the entire look! Even my husband made comments about how cool they were when I finished putting it all together.

Affordable Place Settings

When creating any tablescape I always want to make it affordable, approachable and useable. For this cozy Thanksgiving table I used my everyday white plates, affordable gold flatware from Target and paper bowls. Yep, I found these brown and white Spode paper bowls at Home Goods! They actually look like real Spode china if you glance at them! The best part is they make clean up easy too. The wine glasses and green cotton napkins dress it all up!

Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips

This just might be one of my all time favorite tablescapes to date. And the best part was that it literally took me 15 minutes to set up! I sure do appreciate you joining me today as I shared how to create a cozy Thanksgiving table! My prayer is that you and your family are able to be together and share in all of your many blessings this Thanksgiving! Now before you go make sure to visit my friends below and continue the hop with, Stacy of Bricks N’ Blooms and her stunning Thanksgiving centerpiece post.


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    Plse learn how to set silverware; knives are turned in (& glasses to the right of the plate.) Doesn’t matter if it’s a casual or formal setting.