The 7 Easiest DIY Cottage Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 12, 2015

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I absolutely adore tablescapes. I’m constantly adding pins to my tablescape Pinterest board for inspiration, and I just love create them myself.

Remember the coastal fall tablescape I styled for the HomeGoods blog?

coastal all tablescape,

I wouldn’t mind having an excuse to design a tablescape every week.

7 Easy DIY Cottage Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Here are 7 Thanksgiving table settings with a cottage flair, and I especially like them because they are  simple, yet so pretty.

Use candles: What a sweet idea to use these little steel cups as candle holders. I assume the candles are held up by sand or little stones, or maybe moss.

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The table looks like it’s an old door! What a clever idea if you need an extra table for Thanksgiving.

Here is another idea with candles: use a Christmas tree candle holder and clip it onto the plate. They are way too dangerous for Christmas trees anyway.

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Upcycle sweaters as candles wrapper: This is perfect for a fall-themed or Thanksgiving table setting. Simply cut off the sleeve part of an old sweater and reuse it to wrap a glass candle or glass with a tealight.

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Use washi tape: I know it says noel on this washi tape, but you get the idea — plus the rest of this table setting also works for fall.

Simply use washi tape to tape a little branch or herb or similar item to the plates. You could also make the tape a place card by adding your guest’s name.

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Combine flowers and pumpkins for a centerpiece: This looks so romantic! If you want to stay away from the pastel shabby chic look, you could recreate this with flowers in your desired color scheme.

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I think creme-colored pumpkins and orange ranunculus would look beautiful for a cottage Thanksgiving tablescape.

Use ribbon: I like how this designer used ribbon to add an extra touch to the plates.

If you don’t have enough plates from one set for all your guest, simply mix and match. Did you notice the use of milk glass for this tablescape?

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Use fruit instead of pumpkins, or in combination with pumpkins: The colors of apples and pears are perfect for a simple cottage Thanksgiving tablescape.

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Instead of adding the fruit directly to the table, create the centerpieces on pretty plates. You can buy vintage plates like this one for not much money at thrift stores.

That makes removing them after dinner faster, or your could surprise your guest by letting them take the centerpieces home — that would be a nice gift, wouldn’t it?

Which one of these cottage Thanksgiving tablescapes is your favorite? How are you decorating for Thanksgiving this year?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine September 2, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Beautiful roundup of tablescape ideas! I am also loving the one you did for HomeGoods. It’s just perfect!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Thank you for your comment, Christine!


Sandra Garth September 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM

I never tire of tablescape ideas, thank you!


Meena August 31, 2016 at 10:22 AM

These are just beautiful.

I found you on a link up. =)


Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane November 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Gosh these are all so beautiful but my fave has to be the blue and orange. Thank you so much for sharing at SYS and wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving!


Kim November 20, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Ohhhh, the blue & white! LOVE.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 23, 2015 at 1:14 AM

That is a stunning tablescape, right?


Christina Morales- November 19, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Beautiful ideas! We are going to family’s for Thanksgiving, but I am still wanting to decorate my table even if no one will see it! I love the Cinderella pumpkins! They are so whimsical.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 20, 2015 at 1:28 AM

I also decorate or table even though we are celebrating at Grandma’s house :)


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