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Create an elegant yet rustic Thanksgiving table with these 6 easy tips.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?

Time to gather with family and friends to celebrate all we’re grateful for.

Not only is Thanksgiving a time of reflection, but also a time to look forward to what lies ahead, with hearts full of gratitude.

If you’re like me you want to create a beautiful thanksgiving table for your loved ones to enjoy.

Certainly, it’s the perfect time to start looking for ideas to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table on a budget.

Not only will we share tips for creating a rustic, yet elegant setting for the Thanksgiving table, but also ideas to make it affordable. 

As a result, of all we’ve gone through in the last 18 months it’s more important than ever to create beautiful memories with family and friends, that will last a lifetime.

Today we are excited to share 6 tips for creating a memorable rustic Thanksgiving table that’s also elegant.

How Do You Make Thanksgiving Meaningful?

If it is more important than ever to create meaningful memories with your loved ones, how do you go about doing that?

Clearly you want to create an environment where your guests feel comfortable.

Of course, welcoming them when they arrive and creating a cozy atmosphere will definitely make them feel at home.

For example lighting candles, a fire in the fireplace and cozy pillows and throws, all create an atmosphere that’s both inviting and comfortable.

At our rustic Thanksgiving table we also like to place conversation starter cards around the table or at each place setting.

The younger generation absolutely love to hear stories from their grandparents and great grandparents.

Not only is this entertaining, but it also creates bonds that last a lifetime.

Also it’s a great way to jog their memories and invite a fun conversation around the table.

It’s also a great time to express gratitude.

Often in a year where there have been many struggles and trials, we find tender mercies from the Lord in our lives.

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect and see the hand of God in our lives and share that with our children and grandchildren.

Another important area to address is setting the Thanksgiving table.

Would you believe I still remember my grandmothers dishes she set out on the Thanksgiving table.

These special dishes had a pine cone and branch motif and were only used only on Thanksgiving.

In fact, I have a few pieces from this set and when I see them, they bring back a flood of fond memories.

Enough of my reminiscing, scroll on down for our 6 easy tips for creating a rustic Thanksgiving table.

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1. Shop Your Home for a Rustic Thanksgiving Table Elements

Rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving table setting, Grey and mustard table scarf topped with a mix of rustic pumpkins. Thrifted brass candlesticks with white candles. Galvanized chargers with off white dishes, paisley napkins and a burlap pumpkin

Often, if we look around our homes and think outside the box, we can repurpose or use items we already have on hand.

In fact, that’s exactly what I did this year.

For example, grey windowpane plaid linen on the table is actually a throw blanket I picked up last year at Ikea.

I believe the warmth of the grey and mustard tones add a cozy feel to my rustic Thanksgiving table.

In fact, everything on this fall table was found around my house. I did not purchase anything to create this rustic look for my Thanksgiving table.

As you begin thinking about your Thanksgiving table, take a look around your home and see what you can repurpose for your Thanksgiving table.

2. Use Your White Dishes

Rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving table setting, Grey and mustard table scarf topped with a mix of rustic pumpkins. Thrifted brass candlesticks with white candles. Galvanized chargers with off white dishes, paisley napkins and a burlap pumpkin

Although I do have China that I often use for special occasions and holidays, this year I’m using my everyday white dishes.

And with my rustic and elegant theme I think they work perfectly for my Thanksgiving table. 

3. Add Burlap For A Rustic Thanksgiving Table

Rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving table setting, Grey and mustard table scarf topped with a mix of rustic pumpkins. Thrifted brass candlesticks with white candles. Galvanized chargers with off white dishes, paisley napkins and a burlap pumpkin

Personally, I think burlap just speaks fall.

Whether it’s the rough texture or the natural color, I love incorporating rustic burlap somewhere on my Thanksgiving table each year.

For example, this year I layered a printed burlap table runner over the grey windowpane plaid.

Layering different fabrics creates texture and interest.

Also on each place setting I also placed a small burlap pumpkin.

Actually these cute pumpkins have been part of my Fall and Halloween display on my mantle. And now they look terrific on my rustic Thanksgiving table.

4. For a Rustic Thanksgiving Table Use Natural Elements

Natural Elements of pampas grass in large glass vases, thrifted brass candles sticks, and a mix of pumpkins create a rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving table

Certainly, one of the favorite elements on my rustic Thanksgiving table is the use of natural elements.

Clearly, incorporating elements from nature adds to the rustic vibe and creates a relaxed feel.

With this in mind, I pulled out my Eucalyptus seed pods that I found on the beach in Monterey.

Along with wild pampas grass that I cut from the side of the road. 

In my opinion the soft and natural feel add just the right touch to my rustic Thanksgiving table.

Other natural elements you might consider adding to your Thanksgiving table setting are:

  • acorns
  • nuts
  • dried hydrangeas
  • twigs
  • maple leaves
  • sun palms
  • yarrow
  • cattails
  • pampas grass
  • wheat stalks
  • purple fountain grass

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5. Add A Little Shine

Grey and mustard table scarf topped with a mix of rustic pumpkins. Thrifted brass candlesticks with white candles. Galvanized chargers with off white dishes, paisley napkins and a burlap pumpkin

Certainly, every table needs a little shine, a little glimmer.

This can be as simple as the vintage brass candlesticks.

Also, a little gold spray paint can transform cheap plastic pumpkins.

Definitely anything that reflects light will add shimmer, that will make your rustic table feel special for Thanksgiving.

You might also consider adding glittery acorns or amber glass to your rustic Thanksgiving table.

6. Add A Little Surprise at Each Setting

Rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving table setting, Grey and mustard table scarf topped with a mix of rustic pumpkins. Thrifted brass candlesticks with white candles. Galvanized chargers with off white dishes, paisley napkins and a burlap pumpkin

Last but not least, add a little something special at each place setting.

A little surprise to let each guest know how special they are. 

With this in mind, I placed a burlap pumpkin at each setting, which I plan to add a personal note to.

Certainly adding a personal note of gratitude is the perfect way to make your Thanksgiving table memorable.

Other ideas to make each place settings special:

  • a little box of homemade pumpkin fudge
  • a little hand written note of appreciation
  • a gilded leaf
  • a plastic wishbone with a conversation starter

The sky’s the limit. Let your creativity flow!

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Are you now ready to start planning your  rustic Thanksgiving table?

Certainly, we hope you’ve found a little inspiration today for your Thanksgiving.

Would you like even more inspiration for your Thanksgiving table?

Then see 20 more Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Ginger

    As usual, this is a beautiful post. The table is elegant yet tremendously welcoming! But the best component of your story was in the email – your dad’s good and steadily-getting-better-every-day health. I am giving thanks this year, too, for all of God’s mercies. We have surely witnessed plenty!! Thanks again for the post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Thank you Ginger, you brought a tear to my eye this morning. I appreciate your kind words and thoughtfulness. God is merciful and good. We do have plenty to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

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