Our Thanksgiving Table

We are hosting my in-laws for Thanksgiving this year, which is perfect because they make the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and pie! I’m hardly responsible for anything, so I focus my energy on the table setting. And eating.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I decided to be thankful for what I already own, and create the table using only items I had on hand.


These mini-pumpkin votives are my favorite part. I just cut out the top, emptied the guts and inserted a tea light. The kids think I’m some sort of creative genius now. I didn’t bother telling them I probably spied this idea on Pinterest!


The Paper Pumpkin Placecards were my starting point, so I pulled green and orange, along with the natural elements from them.

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Sticking with a casual paper theme, the runner is a roll of brown packing paper.


The jute and sisal pumpkins are from our Tricked Out Pumpkins created for Halloween. The bread plates are quirky dishes I picked up on clearance from West Elm awhile ago, and the green flatware and goblets are ‘vintage’ World Market.



To keep things clean and un-fussy, I layered basic white Pier 1 dishes with white linens we brought back from our trip to Belgium.

thanksgiving table

To give the centerpiece a little height, I draped a scrap of burlap over a cake stand and topped it with the Decoupaged Pumpkin.


Simple white carnations in mason jars tied with jute string, and mini-pumpkins and gourds make up the remainder of the centerpiece.


thanksgiving table

I love the peek of the Fall Mantel with our Thankful Tree.


The buffet holds white stems in a burlap-wrapped vase, and more paper pumpkins.


The Scented Pinecone Wreath rounds out our simple Fall decor.


All the table needs now, is to be surrounded by my family. My cup runneth over….
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Leave a Comment


  1. adore burlap and love the paper pumpkins!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  2. Being thankful for what you have, so wonderful Cass. Your table is beautiful, and how lovely that your inlaws handle the big ticket food items! Hope it's perfect for ya'll!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  3. Britton wrote:

    Your table is absolutely beautiful!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  4. gorgeous! i need to figure out a tablescape for thanksgiving asap! xo

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  5. I love that you're "thankful for what you have". I'm definitely adopting the same motto. I just tagged your paper pumpkin tutorial and can't wait to try it!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  6. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Cass, this is by far one of my favorites this season! The table is beautiful, but the fact that you took the time to stop and think about the true meaning while decorating is what I truly love! Great job! And, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  7. Leslie wrote:

    It looks really great! You're certainly ahead of the game. 🙂

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  8. So so pretty, C! Those pumpkin votives really are adorable. And I am in love with the gold/white Mod Podged pumpkin! Glamourous : )

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  9. Looks great Cassie!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  10. It's beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  11. It's lovely!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  12. Your table setting looks great!!! Love the various pumpkins and carnations…those flowers last forever! 🙂

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  13. This is so pretty. I love the little skeleton key dishes, paper pumpkins and especially the little carnations in the jute-string-wrapped jars. Gorgeous!


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  14. So adorable Cassie! I love the tea lights in the little pumpys! Happy Thanksgiving, friend.

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  15. Love it, love it, love it!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  16. Can totally use that runner idea for other party ideas! 🙂

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  17. This is so pretty! I say pull up at foldout table and eat right beside it then you can look at the awesome-ness all dinner long1

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  18. Cassie, you never disappoint me with your tablescapes. Is it wrong I am hosting the in-laws this year and all I have done is pick up pine combs for the table? oh and I did buy wine- priorities, right! being thankful is right though, we all are blessed!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  19. Oh my word loving your tablescape!!! xo

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  20. Woot! I quite like the idea of the burlap and the cake stand 🙂

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  21. Shanna wrote:

    I love it! It's fun and festive and yet elegant at the same time. And there is plenty of room for food, which is the most important thing. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  22. Cassie I love this – it looks so pretty! You did such a great job. The colours look fab!
    Rachie xo

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  23. So creative, chic and fun!!Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    Posted 11.23.11 Reply
  24. What a beautiful table! I love how you were able to pull that together with things you already owned- you're inspiring me to step it up! I would not have anything to put as a centerpiece!

    Posted 11.23.11 Reply
  25. Emily wrote:

    So cute and fresh! Happy thanksgiving.

    Posted 11.24.11 Reply
  26. Love the placecard holders!

    Posted 11.30.11 Reply
  27. Cassie, this is so wonderful! I adore your paper pumpkin placecards and your inviting table, thank you so much for linking up today!

    Posted 12.1.11 Reply
  28. Taunnie wrote:

    I love the way you mixed the rustic with the classic elegance and your place card pumpkins are to die for!

    Posted 12.1.11 Reply