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Thanksgiving Decorations for an Elegant Gathering

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I love gorgeous thanksgiving decorations. It is something I think about all year ‘round! Today I’m not focusing on a birthday party or a dessert table with cute cakes, but I do want to share some wonderful ideas from Nicole, at Tikkido, for Thanksgiving themed decorations. {Want to check out more Nicole’s work on our blog? See these awesome cupcakes!}This entire set-up is elegant, inexpensive (surprise!) and easy-to-do well ahead of time, using easy to find supplies. Take this as an invitation to be inspired! When you first look at this gorgeous table, you might be too intimidated to replicate it —but wait! Focus on the elements one at a time and you’re on your way to create your own beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.

Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table Decorations


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Nicole spent under thirty dollars on the three large floral arrangements! You can do this by using a lot of inexpensive “bulk” such as spray painted fruit (real and artificial), painted pumpkins and even leaves and wild grasses (aka weeds!) from your own yard. Nicole likes to use inexpensive wooden bender board (get it at your local home improvement store) as a base for her arrangements. It also adds a rustic texture.

Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table Decorations

In these pictures, Nicole used fresh flowers from a local grocery floral display. There are a lot of realistic silk flowers available nowadays, too, if you want to make the entire display ahead of time. A decorator tip that can make lush floral arrangements more affordable is to use some artificial elements mixed in with the real deal—it tends to all read as “fresh”.

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Beverage containers have been given the same treatment. Wrap the bottles with a few leaves or fabric strips, and twine keeps it in place. Hot glue an acorn or two onto the arrangement and your decanters are party ready. For an elegant presentation, plastic cups or paper plates won’t work, but dishes don’t need to be bone china or true crystal to look lovely. Real glass wine glasses can be found for under a dollar (at dollar stores for example) and everyday dishes look more festive when the rest of the table is “dressed”. Glass charms are a good idea to keep guests’ glasses identified.

Wine Bottles Decorated for Thanksgiving

Nicole made the napkins with economical, unbleached muslin. In this case, she opted to hem the napkins and embellish with trim, but she advises that cutting 18” x 18” squares with pinking shears works, if you don’t want to sew. Nicole also stamped a simple leaf design on her squares. Floral wire from the craft store has been finger wrapped to make napkin rings. Nicole has hot-glued acorns she made from real acorn caps and balls of felted wool roving. Added grace notes include name cards and favor boxes.

Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table Decorations

The favor boxes are simple to craft with cardstock, snippets of trim and more acorns. You might want to include a few special chocolates as a take-home treat. If you look at this table now, you can not only appreciate Nicole’s splendid artistry, you have some idea of how you can dress your own table with economic elegance and ease — before you dress the turkey!  


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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.