One thing you may or may not know about me is that I love, love, love to set a table! Granted, I am not the most domesticated woman in the world. Michaels & JoAnn’s completely overwhelm me. I don’t love being in the kitchen either, although I do have about a dozen recipes I can make pretty well, especially those that require a crockpot! I can make some pretty great side dishes—mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, brussels—and my broccoli (Tammi’s broccoli!) is now the most requested veggie in my house.
All that said, I guess you could say I’m more Martha Stewart and less Pioneer Woman.
Few things bring me more JOY in my home than setting the table. It’s become an event around my house, meaning the evenings before Easter Sunday, a birthday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day the girls and I turn on our favorite playlist (holiday appropriate) and go to work. We open all of my cubbies and cabinets and bring out my years-collected dishes, stemware, glassware, linens, and the like.
(Note: the above makes it sound like I have passed-down generational treasures. Not so much. My plates are from Pier 1. My most used glasses are from a restaurant supply store, my silverware is from Pottery Barn, and the napkins are from HomeGoods and Target.)
I love life around the table. I love the intentional conversation. The laughs. The tears. The games. The victory sharing. The lessons learned. The hurts. The breakthroughs. The face time! I believe a beautifully set table communicates, “let’s savor this.” We’re here. And we’re going to prioritize this time together. No rushing. No devices. And no distractions.
All this said, I’m thrilled to share my Thanksgiving table with you! Fancy folks call it a tablescape, but that just sounds weird to me. Ha! I thought it’d be easier to break it down with each item, and I’ll share my thoughts behind each.
Flatware | Table Runner | Napkins
White Tablecloth: I love a white, crisp tablecloth. This is one of my favorites. It’s the only color I own. Some folks prefer the bare table, and I think that’s beautiful too. But there’s something about a white tablecloth that seems to elevate the holiday or special occasion. Fun fact: I iron the tablecloth while it’s on the table! (Be careful not to damage your table though.) Also, I would recommend investing in a thicker “hotel-style” tablecloth. It will wear better, and the thickness looks really nice.
Table Runner: 1000%. No questions asked. I have never set a table that didn’t have a table runner on it. If the tablecloth is the sofa, the table runner is the throw pillow. It brings the color, theme, and feel to your table. Here are my three go-to’s:
The West Elm one is hands down my fave. I use it the most. Although, I’m using the Pottery Barn one for Thanksgiving Table. A more affordable option that I also LOVE is this classic jute burlap runner from Amazon.
Chargers: I love layers on a table. It brings that special-occasion feel that I love as we sit around the table with family. I have four sets of chargers that I rotate between. I’ve had them for years, and I use them over and over.
Here are my Pottery Barn ones.
Here are my World Market ones.
I’ve got gold & silver sets too that I got from Target YEARS ago.
I’m using the World Market ones for Thanksgiving.
Plates: Easy breezy. I like white. It’s classic. As my girlfriend, Tammi says, “we like to see our food!” True! But the great thing about white is that it will always be in style. And you can put literally any table runner, decoration, napkin, candle or anything with it, and it will match. You will never go wrong with white. My plates are from Pier 1. Again, I’ve had them for YEARS. I love this style and size, but you can find a similar pack of six on Amazon.
Napkins: I’m a sucker for cloth napkins. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about Bounty 365 days a year! But the five or so special occasion days, I’m going to pull out my cloth napkins and give that pop of color or pattern to my table. The napkins you see in this pic are from Joanna Gaines’ Target collection. I don’t think they have them anymore, but I found a good duplicate. Although, mine are black & white check, you can’t go wrong with buffalo check (a slightly different pattern). It’s just hearty & very Fall.
Glasses: Oh how I love these glasses! They are straight out of my childhood. My grandmother had these glasses, and I drank many-a-glass of (unsweetened) tea out these things. I found them on Etsy a few years ago and gave them to myself for Christmas. I love the mixture of modern and vintage on my table. Believe it or not, they have some on Amazon! You can also try Etsy. I have them in avocado (yep!) and clear. I know they won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak, but if you do like them, you can google:
“Green Indiana Whitehall or Fostoria Footed Drinking Glass”
Most of the time we use these restaurant-style goblet glasses.
Bark Charger | Candle Sticks | Tapers
Flatware: I bought a nice set of silverware probably even before Abbey was born. Last year, I started eyeing the gold flatware. I decided last Thanksgiving that I wanted to set next Thanksgiving with gold flatware. The style I was looking at, at Pottery Barn, was a little pricey, so I decided if I bought a set each month of this year, I’d have a service of 12 by this year’s Thanksgiving Day. I bought my last two a few weeks ago! They also have more affordable gold flatware on Amazon, Target, and a set on sale at West Elm right now!
Nametags: I love personalizing everyone’s seat. The fact that I have a calligrapher in the family makes it all the more “bougie!” Haley is my secret weapon in this department. She makes everything a little extra with her lettering. For this table, we used Hester & Cook’s table accents. These are super easy, festive, and you can lay them right on the plate. I’ll show you some different holders for my Christmas table!
Bark Chargers/Tree Slices: I have 3 of them, and use them ALL the time. Just a tip: when you do decorations, do them in groupings of three, whether it’s the chargers, votives, etc. I have these from Pottery Barn, but we found some similar in packs of 4 on Amazon.
Comment below if you have any questions~ And if it’s something you’d like to see, I’ll set up my Christmas table in the next few weeks, and show you that too!
The glasses !!!! Love love love ❤️ my momma has a whole set of these and they are so special! Looks fantastic how you paired them and so special that your grandmother had them and you remember drinking your tea from them. It’s the little things sometimes. Keep doing what you do CarCar… your extra special Is a blessing XO
Those decorations are so cute.. This table hands down is one of the best ones I’ve ever seen!
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition is fried Turkey! But most of all using my special full ser of everything china, handed down, everything matching and looking pretty to eat off of
Doing something totally different for Thanksgiving this year, Spending time with just my husband and him and I are doing our own Thanksgiving this year. We’ve lived in Florida for about a year now but everyone else is in Michigan celebrating the holiday so we figured why not just do our own thing. Honestly I am thankful and blessed for this time to be able to spend with just him.
I was so excited to hear this morning that there are others who love setting their tables ❤❤❤yours is beautiful love all the tradition and happy memories my family looks forward to our Christmas table I have to share a sweet memory my grandson age 5 maybe peeked in at table before dinner and said gramma the table is beautiful ❤❤❤❤my heart melted and was fine I didn’t go to bed til 2 am 😉❤have a blessed thanksgiving
What a gorgeous table! Before we eat, we go through the alphabet of blessing.s…for each letter of the alphabet, we say things we are thankful for. There are about 40 of us, so it takes a while. But it’s fun and special.
Beautiful tablescape!! Where did you get the gold and white candles? Thanks
Thank you for sharing your beautiful Thanksgiving table! I learned alot about setting a table from reading this and really enjoyed it. I’m ready to buy some table decor soon!
Those glasses.. I can’t even😊. I grew up with these as well and in the same color. My mama just gifted them to me and I use them daily. I have such great memories of sitting around the table drinking iced tea with my family.
Simply beautiful my friend. Miss you!! I’ll be heading out to Hobby Lobby to try my hand at this fancy smancy table decor now that you’ve inspired me..
I just cannot tell you HOW MUCH I love seeing and reading EVERYTHING YOU SAY AND DO! You are simply amazing!! Please share your crockpot recipes with me when you have time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving sweet friend. I love you! 😘❤️
Beautiful table and very much the way I like to decorate a table for a holiday. Got some great ideas, too. I inherited those same green glass ware from my mother in law, a dedicated southern lady who lived to cook and serve. I really miss her dining table laden with all her traditional dishes.
Hi Carmen, I hope thou have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I love setting a pretty table, too. You may enjoy the Thrifty Tablescapers FB page. It’s just nothing but people sharing their tablescapes, mostly set with their thrifty finds. Some great looking settings!
I’m thankful for your work/ministry and for all the morning show. You all add sunshine to the day, lift our hearts towards heaven and lots of smiles across the faces of your listeners. Thanks so much!
I love your table! I’m inspired to start doing this for special occasions. Is there somewhere I can find your (Tammi’s_ broccoli recipe?