A Simple Thanksgiving Table & Family Traditions

Well believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just over one week away. ONE WEEK. Craziness, right? It’s hard to believe how fast this month is flying by. And even though many of you are probably already starting to think about Christmas decor, I still wanted to share my Thanksgiving table today because I just love this holiday so much. It’s all about two of my favorite things in life: food and family. I mean, what’s not to like about a day completely dedicated to eating and hanging out with people you love? It doesn’t get much better than that in my book. Anyway, I styled a very simple Thanksgiving table that I hope gives you a few ideas for your own home. I also gathered up some unique and sentimental things you could do with your loved ones to celebrate the day.

A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving


A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving

I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of super fancy tablescapes. I don’t feel like I’m very good at putting them together and I typically lean more towards a laid back table. This Thanksgiving inspired look is about as fancy as I get! And I still kept it really simple with just a few pumpkins, candlesticks, and some greenery. I absolutely love this eucalyptus and pinecone garland and I think it works perfectly for any holiday look. But you don’t have to spend money on greenery–you could always go outside a trim a few branches to make your own.

Simple farmhouse style Thanksgiving table decor.

A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving

A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving

I’ve had these galvanized chargers for a while now and I love them. They add a bit of “fanciness” to the table, but they’re still casual at the same time. I also added a few vintage touches to this look with the antique cloth napkins wrapped in twine and vintage book pages slid in between the plates.

A Simple Thanksgiving Table and Family Traditions to do on Thanksgiving

I love the simplicity of this look and I hope it gives you a couple ideas for your own Thanksgiving table! I also wanted to share a few traditions/fun things you could do with your family on Thanksgiving. I actually asked people to share their traditions on Instagram recently and I got so many good responses! Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Gather a list of what everyone in your family is thankful for and print each one on tiny sheets of paper. Then fold the paper up in aluminum foil and place in between two rolls that are prepared in a muffin tin, and bake. At Thanksgiving dinner everyone gets a “thankful” dinner roll to open up and read (and eat!).
  • Play board games or cards as a family after your Thanksgiving meal.
  • Gather supplies and paint Christmas ornaments together–everyone gets to make their own. The ceramic or wood ornaments work best!
  • Make a no phone rule so that everyone can can stay present and focus on being together.
  • Go to your local food shelter and serve as a family on Thanksgiving day.
  • Watch Miracle on 34th Street together, or your favorite holiday movie, and drink hot chocolate to kick off the Christmas season.
  • Reach out to someone who is alone, or even a family that is struggling, and invite them to join you for your Thanksgiving meal.
  • Use a paper tablecloth and ask everyone to write down what they are thankful for–well wishes, notes, and the kids can draw pictures. Then save the tablecloth and use it the next year at Thanksgiving to reflect on the past year!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s simply about gathering with people you love and reflecting on life’s blessings. But it can also be a very difficult time for those of us who have lost loved ones or suffered through recent tragedies. So if you’re in a tough season this year, just know that my heart goes out to you. xo

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Here are a few other holiday posts you might want to check out:

Vintage Thanksgiving Table

Farmhouse Holiday Shop

Granny’s Easy Cinnamon Rolls (these are GREAT for Thanksgiving morning!)


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  1. 11.14.18
    Melissa Filson said:

    Absolutely looooove your Thanksgiving table and your kind and thoughtful heart ❤

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Melissa, I appreciate that! xo

  2. 11.14.18
    Jeannie said:

    Your table is lovely. I applaud you for being in the season of Thanksgiving and not rushing into Christmas. Your kids are adorable too! Have a blessed day!

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Ah thank you Jeannie! 🙂

  3. 11.14.18
    Becky said:

    Precious Sarah Joy, your table is so beautiful. Love the garland. Never thought to do that. Very pretty. I’ll be using my Aunts dishes for thanksgiving. She is 92 and have them to me a few years back. Very special to me. Also my Mom’s
    Silverware. she s gone but I know she’s still with us. Happy Thanksgiving Sarah. I am grateful for you sweet girl! 💕💞💞💕

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Aw that’s so special you are using your Aunt’s dishes and your mom’s silverware. I love that!! Thanks for all your support and kindness, it always means so much to me Becky! xo

  4. 11.14.18
    Pam Rychener said:

    Love this Thanksgiving table. Was wondering where you found the cute blackboard message stands.


    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Hi Pam, those are from Michael’s.

  5. 11.14.18
    Tammy Ganci said:

    Hi, I too love the simple look for a tablescape!! But first I want to tell you the new blog name and look are amazing!! Job well done. I look forward to your post everyday!!! Thank You!! xo

    I love the look of this tablescape so much that I am heading over to Target after work today to purchase the eucalyptus and pinecone garland!! For Christams I put a large wrought iron lantern with a battery operated candle in the middle of my dining room table. Well this year I am going to place a grampvine wreath on the table then place the lantern inside it and wrap the wreath in this garland….I am so excited!!! Thank you for sharing.
    Have a blessed day,
    Love your blog friend

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Oh that sounds awesome Tammy! And thank you for the kinds words on the new blog look–I love it too!! 🙂

  6. 11.14.18

    looks wonderful. i especially love the chandelier

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      thank you Glenda!

  7. 11.14.18
    Dana said:

    I absolutely LOVED reading your suggestions of Thanksgiving traditions! Some of them even made me tear up a bit. There is nothing like family time, and it seems we don’t get enough of it in our fast-paced culture today. Your tablescape looks AMAZING, and I so love the colors of the room that tie in together…from the lighting to the chairs to the table to everything! Such a warm, inviting, and welcoming space that says ,”Come sit a spell at my table…there is room for you here.” I love this post so much! 💕

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      I agree Dana, there is nothing like family time!!

  8. 11.14.18
    Carol Holtorf said:

    I had a friend who always set a pretty table. Sometimes it was just fresh flowers but if she was having several people she always would go a step above. As a guest I always felt special as I’m sure the other guest did too. i love how you decorated your table. A decorated table sends the message that your family or guest are worth that extra effort.

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Yes I totally agree Carol!

  9. 11.14.18
    Angela Servello said:

    So pretty. Love the simplicity and the colors. So inviting….what time Thursday??? Have a wonderful and blessed Turkey day.🙏 Happy thanksgiving to all.🍗🍴🍛

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      haha!! Anytime you want Angela! 🙂

  10. 11.14.18
    Nancy said:

    Thanksgiving is also one of my favorite holidays. Your tablescape is beautiful because I love the simplicity of it.

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      thank you so much Nancy, I love Thanksgiving too!

  11. 11.14.18
    Brenda Johnson said:

    I love this table, and that you featured Thanksgiving amidst all the bloggers that are diving into Christmas and kind of sweeping the Thanksgiving decor under the rug. I still love them, but I just personally think we rush it and I want to enjoy the “fall” holidays before I jump into all things Christmas. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      I agree Brenda, it’s sad to see Thanksgiving get such little “coverage”. But it’s still one of my favorite holidays!

  12. 11.14.18

    I love the whole tablescape but my favorite part of it all are those little chalkboards at each place. Those are the best! Where did you get those?

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank Tara, those are from Michael’s actually.

  13. 11.14.18
    Dina said:

    Thank you for not forgetting Thanksgiving!! Your table is Beautiful.
    We have so much to be Thankful for!! Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

    • 11.18.18
      Sarah said:

      Yes indeed, so much to be thankful for! Thanks for dropping by Dina! 🙂

  14. 12.10.18
    Stephanie Birmingham said:

    Those picture frames, with the chains…where are those from? I have been scouring every website and then some looking for just this. Thank you in advance Sarah!

    • 12.10.18
      Sarah said:

      Hi Stephanie. They’re from Target! Unfortunately they’re no longer sold 🙁 But here’s the link if you want to see them: https://rstyle.me/n/c7wjsjb6hgf