How To Pull a Stunning Thanksgiving Table Together in One Hour

How To Pull a Stunning Thanksgiving Table Together in One Hour

Taryn Williford
Nov 25, 2015

It's Thanksgiving morning, the turkey's in the oven and, after getting yourself and your family ready, you only have about an hour to pull together a great looking tablescape. Don't panic! There's a lot you can do with the things you have–plus maybe a quick run to the store or scavenging trip in the backyard.

Part 1: Embrace What You Have

There's no time to head out and shop for seasonal decorations, so you're just going to have to get creative with what you've got.

(Image credit: Joel Maus)

Redefine "Seasonal"

Think your blue linens aren't particularly autumnal? Who freakin' cares. Instead of flowers, make arrangements out of greenery from the grocery store (I love eucalyptus this time of year). Add a gourd or two, and voila! Your summer blues are feeling like fall. The table above is from Style Me Pretty and designed by {found} Vintage Rentals.

(Image credit: Jessica Weiser)

Mix and Match

Don't be scared of having to gather up an unmatched set of chairs, plates or glasses for your table, either. It can be rustic and beautiful, like this Friendsgiving table setup from Lauren Wells, featured on Style Me Pretty.

(Image credit: Chloe Crespi)

Play With Alternatives

By the way, while we're in the spirit of "I do what I want!," now might be a good time to get versed on the new, modern school of setting a table.

Part 2: Get Creative With Decorations

The final step is to dress up your table with, well, whatever you can find. Here's a buffet of ideas you can potentially pull together in a half hour. Pick and choose from the centerpieces or place settings below based on what's on hand around the house, the yard and the neighborhood.

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Butcher Paper & White Marker

This table runner, from LJ Design and spotted on Inspired by This, is still pretty even if you skip the calligraphy and use your neatest print.

(Image credit: Matthew Land)

Scavenged Leaves

Rake the yard, collect the leaves for the table. Two birds, one stone. From Sinclair & Moore, via Style Me Pretty.

(Image credit: Oh Happy Day!)

Embrace Printables

You can find a lot of great last-minute DIY decorations by searching "Thanksgiving printable," like I Am Thankful For... cards from A Fabulous Fete or these mod black table turkeys from Oh Happy Day!

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Pretty Produce

Use artichokes as centerpieces, or as place cards. Or craft this centerpiece from The Kitchn: It's simply a bowl full of seasonal fruits and succulents.

(Image credit: Spoon Fork Bacon)

A Sprig of Something

Gather some herbs for Thanksgiving dinner, and while you're at it, clip a few extra sprigs for the table. These simple place cards from Spoon Fork Bacon use rosemary as decoration.

(Image credit: Dez and Tam)

Borrowed Frames & Objects

Glance around the house and see if you can't borrow some elements from other rooms, such as decorative objects (wreaths, antlers?) or even a framed picture, like in this table from A Fabulous Fete.

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Pumpkin Candles

There may not be time to make them from scratch, the way they did here on The Kitchn, but you can hollow out a tiny pumpkin and slip a tea candle down inside.

Good luck!

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