Our Traditional Thanksgiving Table

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As you know from yesterday’s Kahlúa bar post, we enjoyed a pretty amazing Friendsgiving this year.  I wanted to share with you my table so that you could take inspiration for your Thanksgiving (or any holiday dinner) this season.  It was a simple palette that I talked about in my inspiration post.  I wanted to go very classic and traditional with mostly http://www.crateandbarrel.com/essential-dinnerware/f10931 and serve ware and a rust colored plaid for the table runner.  I actually used the same exact plaid that I used on the backs of my invitations so that there was a really wonderful tie-in. Plus, since it was just custom wrapping paper, I was able to cut it to size and make it long enough for my super long table.

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Aside from the plaid details, I used birch twigs and wood slices from the craft store to give an even more classic outdoorsy look to the table.  More sources, details, and photos below! 

I wanted each of our friends to have just a tiny token of our thanks for being so wonderful, so I ordered some custom printed coasters which all have different toasts!  Each person got a little set of four wrapped in brown paper and tied off with string and their name.  These adorable little packages doubled as place cards. Do not think for one second that I didn’t sing the Sound of Music favorite things song the entire time I was wrapping up each little parcel. The coasters had four different quotes and I’ve included the links at the bottom of the post so you can order them too if you’d like!

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Brown linen napkins (some polka dot, some plain) tied in nicely with all of the kraft paper elements and my wedding crystal added a more elevated vibe to the table to counter act all of more rustic touches.

I elevated some dish ware  (ready for the potluck goodies that were coming) with birch vases and little mini crates. Aside from just adding to the overall decor, staggering the heights of the dishes allows more to fit in a smaller space.  Try putting square risers on a diagonal to squeeze more in. Wood slabs made for low cost trivets which didn’t clash with the overall look!

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Of course the turkey got the spot of honor, right in the middle of the table.  I got the giant white platter with leaf detail from World Market this weekend for just $9!!  You should definitely see if your store still has it in stock if you need a big platter for Thursday!

Overall, everything went amazingly.  We sat around after dinner playing CAH and drinking spiked hot chocolate. There was lots of laughter and lots of tears from the aforementioned laughter.  I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate how thankful we are to have amazing friends in our lives.

I hope there are a few tips you can take and incorporate into your parties on Thursday!



Coaster Links:

“Here’s to hearts as full as our glasses”

“May our house always be too small to hold all our friends”

“Here’s to a night I’ll never remember with friends I’ll never forget”

“Here’s to the good old days, which we’re having right now!”


Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Zazzle, but all ideas and opinions are my own.  I have used Zazzle for YEARS to print everything from my wedding invitations to party invites, so naturally, I am quite happy to have the opportunity to bring my holiday visions to life with them.  Watch for more Zazzle posts coming up this Christmas! 

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