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