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Simple Thanksgiving Table Settings

Oh, how I love Thanksgiving! A day set aside to spend quality time with those we love while savoring yummy food and renewing a spirit of thankfulness. While the focus of Thanksgiving should not be the décor, setting a table can be an easy way to show your guests they are welcomed and loved. Being that I’m a DIY, on a budget type of gal, all of these settings consist of free or very inexpensive pieces that can be found at places like Goodwill, Target, and even Publix.

Finding Thanksgiving decor can be as easy as going on a walk with your little ones and bringing a few pieces of nature back inside with you. It doesn’t have to be expensive or flashy. Here in Florida, we might not have an array of fall leaves to choose from, but we do have beautiful Magnolia trees whose dried, autumn-colored leaves are perfectly suited for your Thanksgiving table. This year I made my first DIY Magnolia leaf runner. It’s simple enough for anyone, even if you aren’t the Martha Stewart type. Find the full tutorial here.

I love using vintage pieces in my table settings. These vintage books make for great conversation pieces and can be found for mere cents at a thrift store. Add a leaf and some twine, and you have a one of a kind setting. If you happen to know the names of the guests coming to your table, the leaves can serve as place cards as well. Just use a white or gold pen.

Now let’s talk about the kid’s table. My favorite piece in this setting is the “tablecloth” aka kraft or packaging paper. It’s dual purpose in that it protects your table from the inevitable messes that happen at the kid’s table, and it serves as cheap art paper for the kids to use while the adults are putting the final touches on the meal. Just leave a few crayons, markers, or stamps on the table, and let the kids get creative. If you’re the sentimental type, feel free to trace their hands, date, and save it.


Add some dried leaves, a few mini pumpkins, and the kid’s table is set. If you like the idea of place cards for the kiddos, these chalkboard tags from Target’s dollar section work great and can be reused for gift tags when Christmas comes around. There you have it, a few simple and easy settings for your Thanksgiving table.

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