How To Create A Cozy Thanksgiving Table

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This year with all that has been going on in our world I find that I am I’m craving time with my family to focus on our many blessings. What better time than Thanksgiving? This lovely holiday is just over two weeks away and I am in full on planning mode and loving every minute. I’m sharing my best kept secrets on how to create a cozy Thanksgiving table, all while keeping it budget friendly and beautiful!

How To Create A Cozy Thanksgiving Table

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Today I am joining A Season of Thanks blog hop hosted by Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home featuring 20 bloggers sharing their Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration. If you are coming over from Kim of Shiplap and Shells beautiful and natural tablescape, welcome. I’m so glad you stopped by!

Planning for A Cozy and Intimate Thanksgiving

This year we are planning on keeping our Thanksgiving intimate and cozy and enjoying just being together. So instead of decorating our large dining room table like I normally do, I decided to create our Thanksgiving tablescape on our sweet little kitchen table.

Our kitchen nook and weathered old table create the prefect setting for a cozy Thanksgiving table.

Our table fits the 6 people in our family comfortably and is situated in our kitchen nook. The table is old and has perfectly weathered wood and guess what?! I scored it for FREE from a friend who was moving! I love its quirks and I love its charm, and I especially love when we sit down together here as a family and intentionally spend quality time together.

5 Elements for A Cozy Thanksgiving Table

When creating a cozy and beautiful table I love to use these 5 simple tricks.

A gorgeous and cozy Thanksgiving table on a budget!

Gather Natural Elements

If you visited my Fall Home Tour then you know I have been known to pull over and grab “natural elements” from the side of the road to use in my decor. Or scavenge around our yard for fresh clippings.

This table was no different.

Candles and natural elements help create a cozy and intimate Thanksgiving table!

I grabbed some fresh eucalyptus and fresh magnolia leaves from a bouquet that my sweet husband brought me as a surprise one morning from CC’s Flower Truck. I laid them on top of this linen runner my mom made and alternated the green and brown sides of the leaves.

Simple ideas for creating a cozy Thanksgiving table.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and keep your eyes peeled for anything that could work for your table! Shockingly we have so many items all around us both inside and out that we sometime forget about. Using these “found or gathered” natural elements is a great way to save money!

How to create a cozy Thanksgiving table!


I’m a sucker for candles. They bring a certain cozy and romantic element to any table! For this table I used a mixture of mercury glass votives in a variety of sizes. The little ones are Balsam and Cedar scented and have me dreaming of Christmas! My moto is the more the merrier. I also find that grouping them in groups of threes and in varying heights makes them more meaningful, and keeps them from getting lost on the table.

Candles are the perfect addition to any holiday table!
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Faux Pumpkins and Florals

For a statement piece I added a fun faux pumpkin with a natural brown looking stem. I found it at Hobby Lobby years ago. Then I simply placed it on a brown transferware plate I picked up at my favorite local flea market, A & J Antiques. I sprinkled mini green velvet pumpkins and other small pumpkins down the center of the table. Faux fall colored button stems from Hobby Lobby were an easy addition around the plate and pumpkin.

Mixing faux and real elements on your table gives it a welcoming and cozy feel!
How to create a cozy and inviting Thanksgiving table!

Free Printable Place Cards

For that personal feel for your holiday or special occasion table, I have found that place cards add the perfect finishing touch. Last year I shared some beautiful free printable place cards with my subscribers and they were a huge hit. So guess what?! This year I have some gorgeous new ones. Actually, I have an entire Holiday Printables Bundle that not only includes several different place card options, but also some menu cards and gift tags!

These free place cards add that personal touch to your holiday table that you have been looking for.

Aren’t these place cards beautiful? I’ll let you in on a secret…I printed them off in several other colors like, red, white and on brown craft paper and they look just as gorgeous! They will be featured on our Christmas table and presents here real soon! 🙂

Download these gorgeous and free printable place cards for your next holiday or family gathering!

This bundle (shown below) will cover both your Christmas and Thanksgiving tablescape needs and can be easily printed at home. They are free to my subscribers and are in my printables library with several other free printables. You can subscribe HERE to gain access to them just in time for Thanksgiving! If you are already a subscriber (thank you!) the password is always in my Sunday emails!

Free Holiday Printables

Aren’t the menu cards just darling too? (just ignore my awful handwriting) I feel like once I added the place cards and menus to the tables it completed the entire look! Even my husband made comments about how cool they were when I finished putting it all together.

Let your guests know what being served with these free printable menu cards!

Affordable Place Settings

When creating any tablescape I always want to make it affordable, approachable and useable. For this cozy Thanksgiving table I used my everyday white plates, affordable gold flatware from Target and paper bowls. Yep, I found these brown and white Spode paper bowls at Home Goods! They actually look like real Spode china if you glance at them! The best part is they make clean up easy too. The wine glasses and green cotton napkins dress it all up!

The place settings at a table can make all the difference!
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How to create a cozy Thanksgiving table!

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This just might be one of my all time favorite tablescapes to date. And the best part was that it literally took me 15 minutes to set up! I sure do appreciate you joining me today as I shared how to create a cozy Thanksgiving table! My prayer is that you and your family are able to be together and share in all of your many blessings this Thanksgiving! Now before you go make sure to visit my friends below and continue the hop with, Stacy of Bricks N’ Blooms and her stunning Thanksgiving centerpiece post.



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  1. Kelly your dining room looks beautiful! And I love the touches of green and your centerpiece idea! It all looks so pretty!

  2. Kelly, this table is beautiful! I love the magnolia leaves and how they tie in with the branches and faux elements for their colors. The place cards are a nice touch (and color too). The candlelight photos with lower light are gorgeous! Happy season of thanks to you and yours.

  3. Such a pretty table setting and the printables are the perfect addition. Beautiful inspiration to use some unusual elements in our designs.

  4. Your beautiful table makes me realize I want small candles and mini pumpkins everywhere! And that deep green looks amazing with the color of your table and flatware. It’s all so inviting. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I love your cozy Thanksgiving table tips and how beautiful your table came out Kelly. Your place cards are perfect for the holiday. Gathering natural elements are always my favorite thing about a fall table.

  6. Kelly, your cozy table gives me all the festive feels for Thanksgiving! You have featured so many pretty features! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  7. So many beautiful layers and festive elements on your Thanksgiving tablescapes, Kelly. Being with family is going to be the biggest blessing of all this year and something I plan to keep front and center. Love your transferware plates (I’m SHOCKED they’re paper) and your fun pumpkins too. Hugs and enjoy your holiday season, CoCo

    1. Hi CoCo! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind compliments too! Family is an amazing blessing and I am blessed indeed! Praying you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family too!

  8. Kelly, your table is so beautiful! I love the colors, the pumpkins and the sparkle of all the candles. Such an inviting – and cozy table! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  9. Kelly!! This table setting is absolutely stunning! It’s so cozy and inviting! I love all the beautiful colors and the natural elements!! 😍 Xoxo Aliya

  10. I love all the textures and beauty you brought together here, Kelly! I love the rustic fall against the crisp white backdrop; it adds a bit of modern. And your industrial chairs with the rustic pine table and bench; perfection! Always love seeing your style and your home!

  11. This is beautiful, Kelly. We’ll be keeping our celebration smaller this year too, but I still look forward to making it special with a beautiful table. This is giving me some gorgeous inspiration!

  12. Kelly you have created a cozy tablescape indeed! I love your printables and I was totally crushing on your brown ironstone transferware bowls…surprisingly they are paper! Either way they are so pretty and add that cozy vintage Thankgiving look to your table. Love the candlelight and the foraged items too!

    Thank you so much for joining the hop! I hope you have a blessed, healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

  13. So beautiful, Kelly, I’m such a sucker for mercury glass, and I love the way you’ve grouped them to give them more impact. I’ve been looking for those plates/bowl, but haven’t been to Home Goods in a year. Your table is just a perfect, natural look. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  14. Kelly, We are all going smaller this year, aren’t we? Setting your kitchen table is a fine choice for this year. It maynot be your grand dining room, but is a lovely and welcoming table all the same. the centerpiece is perfect. I really love how you used the magnolia leaves, showing off both sides of the beautiful leaves. Wishing you and your family safe and happy holidays!

    1. Yes we are. Thanks Chloe for taking the time to stop by today. This was my firs time using the magnolia leaves and I absolutely love how the colors on both sides were perfect for my table. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  15. So pretty! And I love the way you used the runners going across the table! I need to try that!! It looks so pretty! The printable menu and place cards are so awesome!

  16. Oh my gosh I was just Pinning and sharing to FB and I noticed it wasn’t runners it was how you did the napkins! Now I’m double inspired!!! Love! Love! I think it’s that color of green that I love so much too!!

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