UPDATE: Enjoy this tablescape from our former home. We’re giving our new home a total remodel with a whole new look! Click HERE to see more.
Whenever I’m preparing to set any kind of a special table I need something to inspire me. Inspiration can come from anywhere – a piece of fabric, a napkin or tablecloth, a placemat or even the pattern on a dish. Sometimes inspiration comes from whatever ‘feeling’ the occasion or season brings to mind.
This is typically a gorgeous time of year here in North Carolina and is perfect for taking long walks in the woods.
Thus, my inspiration for a woodland inspired table for Thanksgiving.
My goal was to keep this table as thrifty as possible by reusing some of the items that I already have and by not spending more than a few dollars on anything that I wanted to add.
OK – I started off by using the my richly colored rusty/coppery tablecloth. I no longer care for the shiny right side of the tablecloth, so I simply turned it over to the duller wrong side.
Next came one of my fave Fitz and Floyd pieces. It’s a vase that is from their Christmas Lodge collection that is covered with embossed brown leaves, has a twig running around the top and bottom and has pretty fall colored leaves running around the perimeter.
I filled it with some curly bittersweet, leafy sticks, a few feathers and some acorns.
A couple of neighborhood birds came by to roost along with some squirrels who wanted to play pass the acorn. 😉
The birds were my one sort of splurge item. I found them at a Christmas shop in Southport, NC over the summer. They were only a few dollars each and I plan to use them at Christmas too, so I guess it isn’t so bad.
Next came the place settings.
I used my woven straw placemats that I purchased last year for the base. They kind of resemble a charger to me. Then, to fallify my Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes, I added some rust colored plates that I found at the Dollar Tree. Paying $1 for a plate isn’t very much, but I actually scored these for 50¢ each since they each have a slight defect.
A cute little fall plate tops of the each one of the plate stacks.
Instead of purchasing new napkin rings for my table this year, I made some easy and thrifty ones.
You can see how I made them HERE.
A cute little boo pumpkin tops each place setting. Each pumpkin holds a place card that I made.
You can get the free printable to make some for yourself HERE. I’ll have something else for you later this week that coordinates with them.
Next came water goblets for each place setting. They’re filled with pine cone ornaments for now.
And finally – my favorite part – layering on the details.
Thank you for coming by to check out my tablescape!