01 Nov How Calligrapher’s Do Thanksgiving Tablescapes
We know, we know, it’s only the first week of November…but to be honest, we’ve been waiting ALL year for the holiday season to start. And while Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, if you’re hosting this year it’s never too early to get some MAJOR tablescape inspo and start planning for your own!
Whether you’re looking for something budget-friendly, or you’re determined to create a table Joanna Gaines would approve of , there are so many different ways to decorate and make your table feel festive! We asked our squad to show how they’re decorating this year and we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to re-create these for yourself!
“Incorporating calligraphy is a given for any occasion that calls for me to set the table (duh!) but I usually try to get inspired first by finding/creating an item that will set the tone for the whole tablescape, in terms of colors or theme. In this case it was the blanket (found at Home Goods!) that I turned into a table runner. I’m loving all the mauve-y tones popping up everywhere lately and just ran with it! The feathers were cut from a strand sourced from Michael’s and I used a hot wax stamp to seal them to the tag. For the floral centerpiece I added sea grass (that I literally made my husband pull over and cut on the side of the road) to help balance the pinks.”
-Meg Chaloner, Sip & Script Co-Founder
“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! I’m definitely a bargain/DIY decorator whenever I can be, so I always try to work in a few things I have on hand and then spice up with some smaller purchases. For this tablescape, I used my every day white plates, neutral chargers, and linen napkins as a starting point. I purchased a few yards of fall-inspired plaid fabric, as well as some white cheese cloth to use as a runner. Candles and candle holders were purchased at Michaels for under $20 (coupons FTW!) and gold flatware was purchased at Target. I crafted a simple bouquet with fall flower finds from the local market to add a little life to the table. The final touch were the gourds ($0.69/each at the local market!) used as place cards and calligraphed note cards for each setting. I love the idea of remembering what this day is for, so a little interactive activity for guests is always a fun conversation starter and moment to reflect!”
-Molly Petroski, @mollygracemakes
Our general guidelines for styling any holiday tablescape:
1. Figure out the color palette and overall theme, and stick to it! When in doubt go for neutrals – you can always add in a pop of color with florals and linens!
2. Fresh flowers can brighten a whole room! Shop for what’s in-season!
3. Search for pieces you already own, or check out your local antique store. Sometimes the best details are hand-me-downs and thrift shop finds!
4. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a few metallic pieces!
5. ALWAYS add in a touch of something handwritten! Even if you’re picking up the pen for the first time!