A Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Table

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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.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

 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.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

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.

Worthing Court: Centerpiece for a Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

 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.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape Centerpiece

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

 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.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

 A cute little fall plate tops of the each one of the plate stacks.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving place setting

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving place setting

Instead of purchasing new napkin rings for my table this year, I made some easy and thrifty ones.

Worthing Court: Easy and thrifty napkin rings

A cute little boo pumpkin tops each place setting.  Each pumpkin holds a place card that I made.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

Next came water goblets for each place setting.  They’re filled with pine cone ornaments for now.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

 And finally – my favorite part – layering on the details.

Worthing Court: Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

 Thank you for coming by to check out my tablescape!

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  1. Suzy, I love your woodland inspired table, your Fitz & Floyd vase makes a beautiful centerpiece! All your details from your acorns and feathers, to your embellished ribbon napkin rings make it so inviting. So smart to turn your tablecloth over and use the other side for a softer effect, I need to remember that trick 🙂 Thanks for all the wonderful Thanksgiving table inspiration!

  2. Opulent, Suzy! I love that you kept this table thrifty… and it looks ANYTHING but thrifty! What a great tip about using the wrong side of the tablecloth! Brilliant!
    The Fitz and Floyd piece is perfection. It looks like a well orchestrated walk in the woods. You certainly set a magnificent tribute to Thanksgiving!!!!
    Pinnning and sharing on FB!

  3. So glad I stumbled upon this meme of inspired tables. Love all the details that you created on your table. Our daughter was living in N.C. at Camp Lejeune but is now with us here in the Seattle area while her hubby is in Afghanistan. Blessings on your Thanksgiving gatherings…

  4. Suzy, this table is gorgeous! I love the woodland setting and your centerpiece with the pheasant feathers and branches (that’s right up my alley)! Now we both have green walls in our dining rooms too 🙂 So glad to have been on the tour with you!

  5. Suzy, I love all of the wonderful elements you added to your tablescape! So pretty, traditional and completely fitting for the season!

  6. Suzy, such a beautiful woodland tablescape! I love the centerpiece you created. Love the napkins and the napkin holders you made are so pretty…truly portray the real meaning of the holiday. Blessed are those who’ll be dining at this wonderful table!
    XO

  7. Using the same things differently is a challenge, but it sure beats the heck out of buying something new every time you want to do a special table. You’ve certainly shown how well it can be done.

  8. Gorgeous table, Suzy. I think you and Marty and I each bought the same orangey plates from Dollar Tree. (Next time, we should coordinate!)

    I love that you were able to use so many things you already had to make your Thanksgiving table without spending lots of new things. Your family is in for a treat come Thanksgiving. Can you accommodate 3 more? (Just kidding!)

  9. Love it Suzy! The birds perched in the branches is my favorite part! A perfect woodland touch! It was so fun to be a part of the Tablescape Party with you! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Heather