Natural Elements Thanksgiving Table and Place Cards

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

Natural Elements Thanksgiving Table

I admit, I’m a sucker for a pretty table set-up. I went into this Thanksgiving season with an idea for a rustic farmhouse tablescape, which I created here.

But then I started looking at all the elements in another way, and I couldn’t resist setting the table one more time. After all, a beautiful presentation makes the entire meal more pleasant and memorable, right?

To watch me talk about my tips and ideas for this tablescape live on Good Day Rochester, check out the video at the end of this post!

 

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

This tablescape is an easy way to use natural elements to create a feeling of calm and peace as you gather around to enjoy a meal.  If you were to replace the greenery and fruit with pine cones it would give it a wintry Christmas feel, or you could use green apples in the springtime. Lemons and limes in the summer would be a fun touch, too.

I started by putting everything on the table, which is how I usually start styling. This way you can see the overall look and the colors and textures together.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.  By now you know that I love a good budget find, and this contractor’s paper is the best secret I have. I use it all the time for gift wrapping for a simple, rustic look.

Wrap your gift, tie with some twine, and it’s a lovely package. Sometimes it’s fun to have the kids color it or use stamps or stickers for birthday parties. Home improvement stores sell several sizes pretty inexpensively. Grab some and let me know how you use it!

I used the 12″ roll to make a table runner.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

After placing the paper down the center of the table, I cut up the eucalyptus leaves and branches and scattered them around on top. I didn’t worry too much about placing them in a pattern because I wanted it to look a little messy and earthy.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

I had a bag of tangerines in the kitchen and a few persimmons I picked up from Trader Joe’s to scatter about on the runner. I love the green and orange colors together. They look so fresh and vibrant to me.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

Place a few white candles and some silver foiled votives, and the look is complete.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

Natural Place Cards

I had some leftover eucalyptus leaves, so I made a few different place cards to see what I liked best. They were all simple with minimal fuss, which is a must on such a busy day of cooking and preparing. You could also make these up quickly the day before to save time.

This one is a tag that I punched out of brown card stock and then attached with jute twine on a eucalyptus stem tied in a circle.  These would look beautiful at each place setting for guests.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

This one is a similar idea using spare eucalyptus leaves from the table, too. I just hole punched two places and then threaded a tiny stem through the top. You could write each guest’s name on the card, or leave it blank and have guests write what they are thankful for on it.

This is another thankful card idea that my boys and I made that would work perfectly on each plate.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

Or you can leave it completely natural and just place the card and stem next to each other. Beautiful simplicity.
How to set a natural element Thanksgiving table.

Let me know which table or place cards you like the best! Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I hope it’s wonderful for you.

 

Love Norah Pritchard from Willowcrest Lane

 

 

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