Happy November Everyone!
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So, we’ve all seen those gorgeous table settings in magazines and online that show these elaborate table setting displays on looooooong and large tables.
They are beautiful to look at, it’s true. And you can get some great ideas for them. But you rarely see small table settings – or round table settings for that matter. We do not have a long table in our dining room.
We just don’t have the room in our craftsman and since we moved cross-country, it’s pretty much just been the four of us for holidays so far. (I know, it is hard – but that’s another post).
We have a beautiful small round table with a leaf insert. But actually, I left that out for this post because I wanted to show you how to dress up your small but pretty dining tables for the holidays.
First up is Thanksgiving of course. But you can really use these ideas for a small dinner party as well. If you’ve been a reader of mine (thank you by the way) you know I like to keep things simple and inexpensive. Read on to see some Thanksgiving Table Decorations (for a small table that is!)…
Well, I will get right into it! Here’s the full table setting. I’ll go through each component in more detail but I wanted you to get a look from above.
Blue is one of my favorite colors and we have blue throughout the house. I originally had my rattan chargers out for this, but then I thought – I want to live on the wild side and go blue! And I love the way the blue pops against the orange tulips and mini pumpkins.
I think the trick with a small table setting is making it feel full without taking over the whole table. You only have so much space. I didn’t crowd this up with a bunch of plates and bowls and silverware. I kept it simple with one water glass, one wine glass, a pocket napkin of silverware and the blue chargers and the white plates obviously. Also – and this might be weird. But we don’t have fancy water glasses. I use my stemless wine glasses to hold water.
Actually, my kids love drinking out of them on special occasions (water – not wine! lol) and it makes the table look a bit more pulled together than throwing our casual drinking cups on there. Plus, paw patrol doesn’t really go with this setting. ;0)
We have rosemary growing out back and I snipped a few branches to tuck into our pocket napkins. It’s a simple touch, they smell heavenly and it adds that touch of green you need…
I also set out a few of my favorite gold candleholders. They look gorgeous when they’re lit and they are small enough to fit on the table. If you have small tea candles, you can also put them in a tiny drinking glass – the same effect.
I will definitely do a post on the napkin pocket! It’s so super simple and gives you the option to stuff a little greenery in there or red berries for the holidays. Or a candy cane!
Oooo just thought of that. Cute!
Everyone gets a mini pumpkin too…
Put a sharpie on the table – and keep away from small children. LOL. The photo shows a Crayola marker but they don’t write well on pumpkins – I couldn’t find my sharpie for this post. Everyone can write what they are thankful for on their pumpkin. Then, I can display them across my mantel or windowsill for the remainder of fall and it can remind us of all we are grateful for.
Super simple yet decorated enough to feel special. When you are ready to serve dinner, just remove the flowers and set them on the buffet or somewhere noticeable but out of the way.
Of course, it was pouring rain when I took these photos so the house shows a bit dark – please don’t hold that against me. 🙂
Sources for some items:
Placemats – Mine was a gift from years ago but here is something similar. It comes in different colors too if interested!
White plates – Crate and Barrel Basic.
Gold votive candle holders – Mine were from years ago but these votives are really pretty and popular!
What do you guys think of our thanksgiving table decorations? How are you all decorating your small tables?
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Talk to you soon!
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