I wanted to share some makeshift decorating tips with you to show how to create a beautiful tablescape for Thanksgiving without spending money. This was a very impromptu decorating idea I threw together at nap time and had Arabella help with when she woke up. I love getting my kids involved in whatever I am doing.
We had gone to a park earlier in the week and collected a bunch of leaves, pine cones and some other “nature-y” things. It was part of our science learning for the week we were doing about leaves. Here’s a picture from our day.
I started with a green tablecloth I’ve since John and I got married. My mom had brought some trays that she spray painted for activity trays for the kids. I snagged this one since I thought the earthy greens would contrast well with the fall oranges and browns.
I found this silver bowl at a thrift store before John and I met. I let it get a little tarnished because I like it to look aged and well-loved. I put the pine cones, a leaf and a pine tree sprig inside and placed it in the middle of the tray.
I let Arabella arrange the leaves and little pines cones and sweet gum balls we found. She did a great job! I have a few sets of napkins that mix and match with my table cloths. I made these napkin holders with wire ribbon a few years back by tying them on the back side. Slip some utensils in and your set! I know this isn’t a proper table setting, but I like function over formality.
I hope you are inspired to create your own nature inspired tablescape for Thanksgiving!