Simple and Rustic Thanksgiving Table

Happy Monday friends! Can you believe we have only ten days until Thanksgiving?! I am headed to an overnight camp with my 4th grader this week. Then, the week after,  the kids only have two days of school next week. Apparently the kids call it no school November! I went on this same field trip two years ago and I came home EXHAUSTED! Helping to wrangle 200 4th graders is no joke! Anyway, I worked on our Thanksgiving table this past weekend because I knew I won’t have it in me this coming weekend. #recoverymode
Today, I’m sharing my simple  and rustic Thanksgiving table!

Simple and Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Thanksgiving is the one holiday that we host every year. So I like to make it special and I enjoy adding in little details to the food and decor. At the same time, our family is very laid back so I don’t want to make things too fussy or fancy. The point is for everyone to have fun and enjoy the time with each other.
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We have a crowd of seventeen this year, which I think is our biggest turn out yet. Our main dining table can seat 12 but then we take away one chair at the end of the table and add a folding table to it to add more seating. Usually two our kids share a piano bench at the end of the table to squeeze everyone in. It’s very cozy which is how we like it.
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We always use our wedding China. It is one of the few times during the year that we use it. This year I was excited to use my new buffalo check napkins. I absolutely love them and they were a great deal. You’ll probably see them again at Christmas. In my opinion, buffalo check is a style you can use all year long.
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Last year I picked up two of these tablecloths to use at the “kids” end of the table (although adults sit down that way too). I saved one for this year. It is always good to stock up when you see these things at Target because they run out by the next time you go there!
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Most years I have the kids make place cards for everyone. This year I decided to do something different and just write a Thanksgiving word or phrase on a card. This way everyone can sit where they want and we don’t have to worry about moving people around. Just trying something different to keep it easy!
Also, last year, I got the faux boxwood greenery from the Target dollar bins. I cut the garland in small pieces and twisted them into little wreathes. Perfect for adding a little touch of green to the table.
I always add some lighting to the table. I tested all of my battery operated  tea lights and they were all dead. So I just ordered these new ones that I’ll put in all the clear candle holders. I’ll mix in some real candles with the faux ones.
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I intentionally kept all the decor low on the table. Some years I have taller items and we have to move things off the table when we eat.
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What I am I most excited about at the table?? The disposable silverware I bought this year. Ha ha! We do not have enough utensils for 17 plus when you add in the need for another set of forks for dessert we’d really run short! Some years we are washing utensils in between courses. One little thing that will make clean just a little easier:)
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I have some fun ideas planned for our dessert and drink stations which I will share soon. This week, we’ve got to order our turkey and finalize our menu. We stick to the same recipes and everyone bring something so it is really isn’t all that hard! What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Holiday Ornament Exchange

Before I go, I am teaming up with two other ladies, Adrienne, All Adrienne, and Emily, A Little Bit of Emily to host a fun ornament exchange!  Here are the details:

  • Sign up via Elfster (link here) by Monday, November 19th. (Please only sign up if you are absolutely able to participate – trust me when I say it is a huge bummer when you are matched with someone who doesn’t follow through – I am speaking from experience!)  
  • Spending limit: no more than $10.00 (before shipping), or make something handmade!
  • Please ship your package no later than Monday, December 10th.
  • To spread the word / share your ornament, post online with the hashtag, #OrnamentExchange18, and/or link up with us on Monday, December 17th.
  • A few things to note:
    • To participate, you must reside in the U.S.
    • You do NOT have to be a blogger, or even have social media to participate.  This exchange is more about spreading Christmas cheer than anything!
    • Each person gives / receives one gift anonymously.  Who you give to is normally someone different than who gives to you.Christmas Ornament Exchange #linkup #bloggers #christmasgifts



  1. November 12, 2018 / 7:14 am

    How stunning! I love the colour pallet. Such a stunning set up. I might drop in to your house for thanksgiving. 😂

  2. November 12, 2018 / 7:25 am

    What a gorgeous table set up! I love all the details and will definitely incorporate some of your ideas into my next gathering!

  3. Alexandra
    November 12, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Just beautiful! I absolutely love your taste in table settings 🙂 I will definitely keep this in mind!

  4. Denise
    November 12, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Great setup, I am hosting this year and I just got a few tips on how to make my table look the best. thanks for sharing and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. candy
    November 12, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Now this is my kind of table setting, so rustic and country looking. Can’t go wrong with black and white buffalo plaid.

  6. November 12, 2018 / 8:33 am

    So pretty!

  7. November 12, 2018 / 9:38 am

    Looks gorgeous. I can’t believe the silverware is disposable. Of course, I love the napkins!

  8. November 12, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Love this space! It is so warm and inviting! The buffalo check is perfect!

  9. November 12, 2018 / 10:53 am

    The table looks beautiful Jaclyn- I am hosting and cannot wait to get prepared this weekend!

  10. November 12, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    The set up is lovely. I too try to carefully find a balance between a fancy, nearly formal arrangement and having more a laid-back dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  11. November 12, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Great table setting, I love plaid (who doesn’t) and I really like the black and white with the rustic theme, I agree you can use it all year long. Also, I’ve never heard of the elfster. I may have to get s gin up going with my fellowship ladies! thanks for sharing

    • Jaclyn
      November 12, 2018 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you Jen. Yes Elfster is great!

  12. November 12, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I love how natural your decor is. The burlap and fall colors blend beautifully together, while the buffalo check is so current! I love everything about it.

    • Jaclyn
      November 12, 2018 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you Colleen. I wanted to use things I had around the house instead of buying new items.

  13. November 12, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Adorable! I love the buffalo plaid napkins! Too cute!

    • Jaclyn
      November 12, 2018 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you and hello to a fellow Jaclyn:)

  14. November 13, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Your table is beautiful! I love that it’s decorative but still simple. And the place settings are amazing. The buffalo check napkins and cute little wreaths on each plate are great!

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