Collected Thanksgiving Table

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Today I am joining the Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour put on by Bre of Rooms For Rent. If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome, I’m so happy to have you here! My belief is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to create a beautiful home. I love finding ways to get the look for less as well as sharing attainable DIY projects. I hope you enjoy my collected thanksgiving table that I’ve put together for today’s tour.

Thanksgiving will no doubt look different this year than it has in years past. Even if you are gathering with just your smaller immediate family, you can still make this holiday worthy of celebration. There is always much to be grateful for even at a time when there has been so much heaviness. So, no matter how you celebrate this year, my hope is to bring you some inspiration that you can use now or save away for another day.

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simple thanksgiving table
piano in dining room


My only plan going into this Thanksgiving table was that I wanted to use non-traditional flowers and blend formal and casual style. I wanted a table that felt a little more fancy than everyday, but wasn’t too fussy.

Every time I put a table together I use items I already have. This is HARD as a blogger. I’ll be honest, I struggled with pulling this table together in a way that felt fresh. The temptation to buy something new so that I could create a table you haven’t already seen from me before was strong. But, I reminded myself that it doesn’t have to be earth shattering every time. And, just folding your napkins in a new way can be all the change you need.

casual thanksgiving
casual collected thanksgiving centerpiece

Flowers, Pumpkins + Candles

I found a grouping of greenery and white flowers tucked in the corner of our grocery store’s floral department. In a sea of Fall themed flowers they stood out, so home with me they came. I used a mixture of vases for a collected look. To keep the flowers from looking too summery I added in a few dried, chocolate brown flowers, and a couple of small white pumpkins from the front porch.

Along with the mixed vases I used a collection of vintage brass candlesticks. These have been picked up over several years at garage sales. Using black tapers give the table a more moody feel and play off the darker dried florals.

simple thanksgiving flowers
traditional modern thanksgiving

Table Linens

If you’re wanting a more relaxed feel, go without a tablecloth and let your table shine on its own. I brought back the same mismatched set of linen napkins I used in my early Fall table, but folded them flat over the soup bowl. You can use leftover clippings from your centerpiece to add more life to each place setting by just laying them on top of the napkins. It’s the smallest of details that can make a difference.

Napkin Tip: If you don’t have a set of matching napkins, blend coordinating napkins together. This is perfect for the collected Thanksgiving table look. Or, you could do different napkins for just the head chairs.

modern thanksgiving table
striped linen napkins
neutral thanksgiving table

Dinnerware + Flatware

Our everyday classic white coup dinnerware works with any type of table since they’re easy to dress up or down. You’ll never regret a set of plain white dishes. I paired them with the vintage flatware we recently found at my father-in-law’s house. The shape of the soup spoon is so cool.

simple thanksgiving place setting
minimal thanksgiving table
modern collected thanksgiving table


The best part of Thanksgiving dinner is always dessert. If you can, set your dessert up near your table so everyone knows exactly what they’re saving room for.

Here’s a timesaving dessert tip: If you don’t have time to make dessert, place a store bought pie in a pretty pie or quiche dish. Give it some extra attention by placing it on a stand.

I love a sideboard because you can keep your table from feeling overcrowded by setting large salad bowls and wine off to the side but within reach.

Thanksgiving dining room
thanksgiving sideboard


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More Tours!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my collected Thanksgiving table! I hope you find even more inspiration by checking out the other bloggers on the Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour.

Rooms for Rent | Crazy Wonderful | The Turquoise Home
Nick + Alicia | Designthusiasm | Shabbyfufu
Maison de Pax | Modern Glam | Maison de Cinq
My Sweet Savannah | Shades of Blue Interiors | Jennifer Rizzo


  1. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    this looks so beautiful! love the color of wine added in the florals, candles, and well… wine!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thanks Cassie! So, funny story, the wine is actually cranberry juice because I didn’t want to open a bottle of wine for the photos 😀

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