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One White Plate and 3 DIY Thanksgiving Table Settings

Thanksgiving is a time for family, a reminder to be grateful, a challenge to run the Turkey Trot, a quiet moment to a nap after a big meal, and the official kick off to holiday decorating season. So with that in mind, Thanksgiving gives us a great opportunity to decorate the dining room table in any style. And if your dishware is simple, your tablescape doesn’t have to be; just using one white plate per table setting it’s fun and easy to accomplish any theme you can imagine.


One white plate and three ideas to get you inspired:

1) Monochromatic

Using one white plate, incorporate grey or neutrals around it and on to the table. Start with the tablecloth, and then add a table runner and/or a placemat; making sure everything is in the same color scheme. Create napkins from the same color but use a different material for each element because it adds texture to the table. You can add whitewashed pinecones, neutral floral, or feathers and floral beads in a clear glass vase for the centerpiece. It gives a simple and modern look to your table.

Photo of the monochromtic table setting and link to DIY Table setting name sash 2) Rustic Glam

Using one white plate, lay it on top of a woven leather placemat, the linen can be a complimentary color like brown, beige, rust orange, deep burgundy. You can absolutely incorporate burlap into these theme. Simply, tie your utensils in the napkin by wrapping it with a piece of twine, add a piece of vintage jewelry to the knot. For the centerpiece, find a small barn wood crate to place the pot of flowers in or cover a smallish jewelry box with craft paper, add some ribbon around the top and drop in some gemstone jewelry pieces and a battery operated tea light. For the last touch of glam, add more gemstone pins to the tabletop or vase. It’s fancy without being too serious.

Rustic Glam table setting with link to DIY Woven leather placemat

3) Opulent Elegance

Using one white plate, lay it on a metallic charger plate then build your layers of elegance from there. You can use bright white linens; pull out the vintage lace tablecloths and metallic faux flowers to set in crystal vases and bowls. To up the level of elegance, add champagne flutes or wine glasses trimmed with gold rims and serve them on a repurposed serving tray. Finish off the table centerpiece with a DIY gold candelabra that is just dripping with crystals to make it a vintage Hollywood, classically pretty table.

Photo of the beautiful lacey elegant table setting and link to make your own candelabra.

Simple Creativity

The simple ideas can be achieved with the odds and ends, fabric scraps, beads, linens, ribbons and jewels you already have at home. Ideas are endless for your tabletop; do a table setting with one bold pop of color throughout, gather up some fall leaves to scatter on the table, or use chalk board fabric as the table runner so everyone can write what they are thankful for. All you need to do is start with one white plate and let your imagination soar!



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