Creative Thanksgiving table setting and decorating ideas.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Do you like to set a special Thanksgiving table setting? I do… it is one of my favorite things to decorate and make pretty.
What shape is your dining table? In my previous house I had a rectangular dining room table that we would gather around for holidays and special occasions. In the lake house there is no dining room, only an eat-in kitchen where we have a round table that seats 6. This year there will only be 5 of us. When I started to plan out how I would set the table, I didn’t want to use a cloth since I like to see the wood of the table. Placemats don’t work, the corners overlap. I thought of a runner, but I would need a few.
Then my Waverly Inspirations box for the month of November arrived on my doorstep, I got an idea. Every month Waverly Inspirations sends me a box filled with their products challenging me to come up with a project using as many of the items in the box as possible. This month the theme is to create a Thanksgiving table setting.
I received two boxes this month. With the contents of the first box, I made the Thanksgiving menu chalkboard, today using the contents of the second box, I am making a cross between a tablecloth and a runner to go on my Thanksgiving table.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year.
Mostly this… I still can’t believe we made living along a lake a reality.
I like my thanksgiving table to be equal parts rustic and chic, pairing fall colors and textures from nature. The chic part is tossing a faux fur over one of the chairs. :-)
There is a local landscaping business near me that sells firewood, I asked them if I could buy a few wood slices and sections from some of the smaller branches. I added Walmart candles on top of the smaller sections.. The dried berries are from one of the palm trees in my front yard. I have no idea what they are called. They grow in a big long mass. If anyone knows what they are called, please tell me in the comments. I love them… you will be seeing more of them in my Christmas decor.
I have been collecting white dishes and serving ware for many years. I mix and match it at each setting. If you look closely, some plates have an embossed basketweave design, others a fruit motif and the dinner plates are plain.
I made the place cards. You can find out how I made them using free fonts in this post: Table Place Cards With Pretty Handwriting.
The table looks festive, yet a relaxed spot to give thanks with my nearest and dearest. XO
I made the place cards using gift tags. You can find out how I made them here: Pretty Handwriting Place Cards
How to Make A Runner Style Tablecloth for a Round Table
To make the tablecloth, I went to Walmart to buy a few more designs of Waverly Inspirations fabrics, along with chalk paint in the color Truffle and brown striped ribbon.
Depending on the size of your table, you may have to alter the measurements I used for my table that is 4 feet in diameter.
My suggestion is to do what I did, layout your fabric on the table to see what size runners and middle circle look best. I made each runner: 15″ wide x 28″ long. The center circle is 21″ in diameter.
- 6 coordinating Waverly Inspirations fabrics. You will need 1/2 yard of each. This amount may vary depending on how the design runs on the fabric. Using overall or solid fabrics work best since you can cut anywhere on the yardage to get the piece. If you have a fabric with a design that runs one way, make sure that you can get the length of fabric needed to show the best part of center of the design on your cutting.
- 3/4 yard of fabric for center circle of tablecloth
- 3 rolls of 7/8″wide Waverly Inspirations ribbon
- Thread to match fabric and ribbon
- Measuring tape
- Optional: pinking shears
- Straight pins
- Ruler or straight edge
- Marking pen
- Once you have your fabrics picked, lay them out on the table the way you want them arranged. I put the solid fabrics opposite each other, same for the overall and larger printed fabric. (Note: When first starting to make the tablecloth, I thought about using burlap in the center, it didn’t work out so I switched the center circle to fabric.)
2. Cut each runner to size. The overall size of each runner before I folded is 30″ wide x 28″ long.
3. Fold each piece of runner fabric so right sides are facing each other. Press with a iron. Repeat for each runner.
4. To make cutting the bottom pointed end of each runner easy, pile the runners on top of each other. Use a marker, ruler, yardstick or straight-edge to make a diagonal line along the bottom end of fabric. (If any of your fabric designs run in one direction, make sure it is laying in the right direction in the pile before cutting the bottom to make the point.)
5. Cut fabric.
6. Fold the pile of runners over length-wise. Use the marker and straight-edge again to make a diagonal mark. Cut on line.
7. Unfold the pile of fabric. The end should look like this.
8. Sew each runner’s bottom and side. Leave top open. Notch corners with scissors, press seams open. Turn right side out and press again. Repeat for each runner.
9. (Note: Since I don’t have a photo showing the fabric I ended up using to make the circle, pretend this is a piece of folded fabric and not burlap)
To make circle: Fold 3/4 yard of fabric in half with right sides together so you can cut a double thickness 21-inch circle. Use a push pin to hold ribbon at a center point. Length of ribbon should be 10 1/2″inches so that you get a 20-inch diameter circle. Cut out circle through folded fabric.
Sew circle fabric together, leaving a few inches open so you can turn the fabric right side out. Sew the opening closed.
10. Lay and arrange the 6 runners on the table so there is a hexagon shape opening at the center of the table. (WOW…a math term.. I had to look up what a six sided shape is called. My high school math teacher would be so proud. :-)
11. Center sewn fabric circle on top. Use straight pins to attach the runners to the circle. I used 3 pins for each runner, one at each end and in the center.
12. Take the pinned tablecloth to the sewing machine and sew on the right side, around the top of the circle making sure the attached runners are flat and not bunched up as you sew. (If you are going to use the ribbon trim, then this seam will be hidden.)
13. Place tablecloth right side down on table and trim the excess part of each runner from under the circle. Use pinking shears if you have them to do this. It will lessen any fraying.
How to Attach Ribbon Trim Around the Center Circle of Fabric on the Tablecloth
- Starting anywhere along the edge of the circle, lay end of ribbon along edge of circle, make a pleat using the ribbon and pin down, repeat pleating ribbon. You will need a lot of good quality straight pins.
- To join a new ribbon, simply lay end of next spool of ribbon as shown.
- Make a pleat, pin
6. When you reach the starting point, pleat the last pleat in the opposite direction and put the end under the first pleat, pin.
7. Take tablecloth to the sewing machine and using thread that matches the ribbon, sew down center of ribbon. (For easy sewing, make sure the loops are away from you as you sew. If they are closer to you, you would have to hold each loop down as you sew.)
Press and place on table.
Set it and your Thanksgiving table setting will be all ready for T-Day.
I will post how I made the place cards using the ribbon and chalk paint on Wednesday.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? How many will be around your table?