Set the table!

November 22, 2013
The place cards

One week from yesterday?…Thanksgiving (gulp)!  It’s now go-time here at our house.  I haven’t planned a thing…cleaned a thing…or really done much thinking about the meal and the entertaining that is to partake here in less than a week.  At least I have a nice banner and some art, right?

So, to give me some extra motivation, and to kick start my Thanksgiving preparations…today’s post is about a Thanksgiving table setting.  This table setting is more for a small dinner party … us and another couple (and the kiddos at their own table).  On the actual day of Thanksgiving, our guests will be eating in various places throughout the house.  Maybe a couple at the actual table, some on the couch, some at the counter, some at the ‘bar’, and I’ll probably either be standing or sitting on the floor with the kids.  Not exactly a picture-worthy sit-down dinner (that is, until someone finds me buys me an extremely large table, with about 20 chairs, and room to put it … maybe next year??).

Also, as anyone who knows me can attest to, I LOVE TARGET.  I guess I never realized quite how much I loved Target until this post.  I’m really not sure what I would do without that store.  And really…Target, you should be paying me for free advertising in this post.  I’m completely open to that :).

So, here’s how it turned out:

Small Thanksgiving dinner party

Gold and Black Dinner Party

Gold and Black Thanksgiving Table

Gold and Black Thanksgiving Table

Here are couple of my favorite items:

The placecards:

The place cards

The place cards

Simply made with sparkly gold paper, black paper, stick on letters, and a ‘sprig’ of faux fall floral.  I purchased the faux fall leaf steam this past week at Target … 70% clearance … $3.98 for a big branch.

One more shot:

Thanksgiving placecards

Thanksgiving placecards

While at Target, I also spotted these awesome festive gold glasses (plus several other items that coordinate):

cheersBut, instead of purchasing them, just because they match my gold and black table setting, I refrained, and decided instead to jazz up some of my existing wine glasses.  I didn’t want anything permanent (who knows, I might hate gold next year), so here’s what I came up with:

Gold Washi Taped Wine Glasses.

Gold Washi-Taped Wine Glasses.

I bought the sparkly gold washi tape at JoAnn (though, I’m sure they sell something similar at Target).  Good news?  The tape is super easy to remove afterwards (with no residue).  You could decorate them all just a bit different and the designs could act like wine tags helping your guests keep their glasses straight :).

Adds a little sparkle

Adds a little sparkle

As for the rest of the table, here’s the breakdown …

  • White tablecloth: I made this last year for a bridal shower.  Just had fabric cut to length.  All I had to do was sew a hem on all four sides.  Easy and way cheaper than purchasing one.
  • Gold sparkly burlap runner.  I just purchased this fabric from JoAnn last weekend (use a coupon!).  Since this fabric was like 55″ wide, I knew I would have plenty of extra width.  Instead of purchasing two yards (to get the 72″ length I needed), I simply purchased 1 yard, and sewed two pieces together in the middle.
  • Placecard holders:  Crate and Barrel several years ago (Thanks, Mom!).
  • Gold chargers:  Target … 4 for $10
  • White linen napkins with a gold sheen.  Yep, Target … $4-$5 for a set of 2.
  • Napkin ‘rings’:  Wrapped twine with gold sparkly circle cut outs + black leaf cutout glued on
  • Candle’sticks’:  Ummm, Target… 70% off clearance earlier this week.  $2.98 a piece!!!
  • Gold votive holders, Target $2.99 each
  • Random pumpkins … Goodwill $0.49 each.  Spray painted bronze.
  • Black ‘tree’.  I pulled this out of our Christmas decorations.  I purchased it quite awhile ago … not sure where from.  You could get the same effect with a real branch, spray painted (or not), stuck in a vase.
  • Star ornaments.  Target.  Ornament section.  $2.50 right now.  I like these for Thanksgiving because of the little natural wood pieces glued onto the surface.  I think that helps them seem a bit ‘fallish’.  Best part?  They’ll also make a great Christmas decoration.
  • Gold garland.  Target.
Black and Gold Table

Black and Gold Table

Looks even better at night!

The candlelight looks even better at night!

I just love how it turned out!  I think all the sparkly gold and candlelight makes the table feel festive, and the black really pops.  It would look even more fantastic with gold silverware.  Oh, how I love gold silverware right now!!!  But again, not exactly essential (or in the budget).

And…as for that kids table I mentioned … here’s their decor (from … you guessed it, Target):

Kids table decor ...

Kids table decor …

Owen help assemble these guys

Owen helped assemble these guys

See what I mean about my apparent {slight} obsession with Target??

Happy Friday, and have a wonderful weekend.




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  • Reply Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable November 25, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I love your table and the price! What a great way to glam up the glasses! :) Happy Thanksgiving

  • Reply Jenna November 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Love your table, the colors and the style~never would have guessed that was washi tape on the glasses! so brilliant!

    • Reply Katie November 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks, Jenna! For a small dinner party, this simple {and cheap} table worked great! Thanks for saying ‘Hi’! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Mandy Hank December 1, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Adorable Katie! Love the table set up and the glasses with the tape are so cute! I am featuring it on my blog tomorrow! Thank you so much for linking up to Get Your DIY On! I hope you’ll join us tomorrow with your Holiday Wreaths or Door Decor!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

    • Reply Katie December 1, 2013 at 4:42 am

      Awesome, Mandy! Thanks so much! I will be sure to check out the post tomorrow. I also have a wreath to share (that I finished just in time … whew!). Love your blog and your link party!

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