How to Set a Beautiful Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there isn’t a more perfect holiday for learning how to set a beautiful table.

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I am often asked about my favorite source for home décor finds, and Tuesday Morning is high on my list with its great deals (20-60% less than department stores) and high-quality brand-name items. I found everything I needed to create a beautiful table at Tuesday Morning.

The Importance of Setting a Pretty Table:

  • It shows your guests that you think they are important enough to put in extra effort for them.
  • It sets the tone for the meal.
  • It influences the appearance of the food served (which is important for me since cooking is not my gift).

How to Set a Beautiful Table:

Use Linens

Adding linens instantly elevates your table setting. Consider a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and/or a table runner. Linens are an extra touch that won’t go unnoticed by your guests and are a great foundation for setting the perfect table.

Tuesday Morning has a huge selection of quality tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins at fantastic prices. I instantly fell in love with these sweet napkins with the mini pom trim.

Layer Textures and Materials

Layer textures to create a beautiful tablescape. I layered linens, woven placemats, and live flowers (mixed in with some faux florals). I also mixed a variety of finishes including glass, porcelain, and brass.

I found the glassware and plates at Tuesday. I love the sophisticated shape of the drinking glasses, and I am always on the hunt for white plates. White dishes are perfect because they can be casual for everyday use or dressed up for a special dinner.

Mix Traditional and Modern

Mix traditional decor with modern pieces for a little tablescape design magic. I love to tone down the ornate traditional looks with simple modern lines.

While shopping at Tuesday Morning, I instantly fell in love with the traditional turkeys and added a more modern wooden bowl with simple lines to decorate the buffet.

The cute pumpkin butter dish and gorgeous candlesticks are also Tuesday morning finds, and I created the entire look for under $100!

Select a Color Palette

For a more uniform look for your table setting, select a color palette. I personally prefer to keep the color palettes around 3-4 colors. A focused color palette will make your table look more harmonious and balanced.

In this tablescape, I looked for pieces that were shades of white/cream and brown, and I added more color (green and rust) in the florals.

I found the white plates at Tuesday Morning, and a set of four was only $12.99! There were several different white plate options, but I selected this setting for the subtle raised border detail.

Accessorize with Candles and Flowers

Keep your centerpieces low so guests can converse easily. Candles set the mood and flowers allow for extra color bursts.

Create floral centerpieces that are repeated down the table. Smaller juice glasses make perfect vases for these smaller arrangements.

I found this white log centerpiece complete with candles at Tuesday Morning. I loved the price and how versatile it is through all the seasons.

By spending a little extra time creating a beautiful table, you can create a memorable dining experience for your guests.

If you’re like me and love to make your home look high-end without spending a fortune, you should check out Tuesday Morning.

Tuesday Morning is one of my favorite stores to find unique and gorgeous home decor for every season and every decor style.

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

I have a DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece tutorial (which transitions well into the holidays), and I’m also sharing a roundup of centerpiece ideas from a talented group of bloggers/designers. You will definitely find a centerpiece perfect for your next holiday gathering!

But first, watch this quick video which shows how I created my Thanksgiving centerpiece:

It really isn’t a hard process. It is all about adding layers of lush greenery and (faux) fruit. I found everything for my centerpiece at Hobby Lobby.

To begin, I cut a piece of floral foam to size.

I love using moss, and I found moss with an adhesive back. Using scissors, I cut the moss to size.

I covered the ends and had enough to create a border. My goal was to hide the foam, and I knew most of the top would be covered with greenery and fruit.

I began with my faux greenery which I cut down into small pieces and created a border. I used hot glue to adhere the greenery.

Next I added the dried greenery. I filled the center.

After the greenery was done, I began adding my faux fruit – also using a glue gun to adhere it.

I found these pretty glittery berry stems which I cut down to size and added to the centerpiece.

And that was it! I was left with a vibrant centerpiece – perfect for your next holiday gathering.

I love this centerpiece because it feels fresh and will transition well from the fall right to the winter.

Thanksgiving Tablescape

I used the moss placemats at the Indianapolis Home Show several year ago, and they made an appearance again.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

I found the gold flatware, bowls, and napkins at HomeGoods.

Thanksgiving tablescape

My dining room looks so festive and ready for guests!

Too bad I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year – haha! 😉

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Holiday Tablescape

Today I am partnering with Balsam Hill on their Let’s Give Thanks campaign and sharing Holiday Tablescape decor ideas to help you plan for Thanksgiving.

A Holiday Tablescape - Tips for creating a beautiful table

For as long as I can remember, my mom has always set a beautiful table for special events – including Thanksgiving. Now that I am older and aware of the time and effort she put (and continues to put) into creating a pretty and memorable experience, I want to do the same for my family!  I am so grateful that she believed we were worth the effort, and I want to continue the tradition of a beautifully set table with my children. Today I’m sharing our holiday tablescape and tips for creating a beautiful table.

There are oversized hanging chalkboard nameplates on the back of the chairs – one for each member of the family.

Three festive 26″ Orchard Harvest wreaths were added to the walls in our dining room.

The wreaths firs are filled with rich berries, gilt leaves, and copper fruits.  They are so festive and beautifully and effortlessly transfer from Thanksgiving into Christmas.

The rich colors in the wreath continue to the table.

The Charlestown Decorated Foliage Garland  is on the table, and it coordinates beautifully with the Orchard Harvest wreaths.

Its lifelike pine needles adorned with leaves, fruits, pinecones, rustic bronze bells, and pale gold shimmer are stunning – especially by candlelight.

Several sets of Balsam Hill’s Miracle Flame Taper Candles add drama to the table.

These candles give the natural beauty of candlelight with the touch of a button.

The candles are set to run for 10 hours everyday and add elegance to the space (with no effort on my part).

When setting a table, layers helps add elegance and makes the tablescape more special.  In this thanksgiving tablescape, gold chargers are the first layer under the dinner plate and finished with pretty bowls with a the pear as the finishing touch.  The napkins are knotted with a small piece of fir tucked in the fold.

I added some smaller pears to the buffet behind the dining room table.

Although I was not gifted with the ability to craft delicious meals, I do love to create a pretty dining experience through the decor.

By creating a pretty dining experience, I’m expressing my gratitude to my family.

And maybe distracting them from the not-so-amazing meal?

My hope is that my guests will be excited to dine in the festive space…

I love adding fresh fruit to the tablescape.

Fresh fruit is such an inexpensive way to liven up the tablescape – while gifting your guests with a sweet treat.



Also, please visit the other bloggers’ sites to see their Thanksgiving tablescapes (and enter their own personal giveaways):

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for you and your support! Go create something!

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Thanksgiving Table Decor

I have Thanksgiving table decor ideas for you today.

Thanksgiving Tables Decor

A pretty Thanksgiving table was necessary since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year (and I can’t cook).


Earlier I shared these DIY succulent pumpkins.  They are still alive – almost two months later (and it is down to the home stretch now)!



The gold flatware is from eBay and the white plates are from Walmart’s Better Homes Homes and Garden line.  The smaller gold dishes and napkins are from HomeGoods, and the little frames are from The Dollar Tree.


The large captain chair at the head of the table is from a garage sale (only $10), and I am looking for something similar for the other end.  Until then, I bring in one of the kitchen table chairs to fill the empty space.


The succulent pumpkins turned out so well and have been well worth the time and effort they required to make.


I found the copper mugs at The Home Depot but am not sure what I will serve in them.  I added them because I loved how the copper and gold worked together.


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I found the gray table runner on Amazon.


The hand-lettered “give thanks” was clip art purchased off Etsy.


This table will be for the adults and we will have a kid’s table as well.  I haven’t planned the kid’s table yet, but it will be much more relaxed than this table decor.


I share the tutorial for this DIY vintage pumpkin patch sign as well as the (editable) printable.


I ended up chalk painting the smaller white pumpkins because the bright orange stood out too much with the rest of the table decor.


I am looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving this year with our Thanksgiving table decor.

Go create something!

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