Elegant & Easy Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Today I’m sharing some new Thanksgiving Table ideas. Ever since remodeling my kitchen, I’ve been tapped with hosting our family’s Thanksgiving feast. I actually love hosting because I get to set a beautiful Thanksgiving table. I shared these colorful Mod Tribal Thanksgiving table ideas a couple years ago, but last year I decided to change things up with elegant black-and-white Thanksgiving table decor. I promise you don’t have to sacrifice style to have easy Thanksgiving table decor. Let me show you how…

Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Table Ideas - love the easy paper teepees and FREE printable "Give Thanks" banner from @PagingSupermom

Easy Thanksgiving Table Ideas - love the easy paper teepees and FREE printable "Give Thanks" banner from @PagingSupermom

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas from @PagingSupermom

Easy Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Feathers, smooth river rocks and splashes of gold make this Thanksgiving table feel elegant, but it’s really not fussy at all. You can totally pull off these family-friendly Thanksgiving table ideas with very little prep and even get your kiddos involved in the setup.

I made these DIY paper teepees again because they are such a great, inexpensive way to fill table space and my kids love making them. We didn’t set out to make a certain number, everybody just made a few until they were sick of it.  We used mainly just regular, letter-sized paper, but I to create a few taller teepees I cut off some white butcher paper from the roll I always keep handy (a 36-inch wide roll makes the BEST disposable tablecloth).

I had a general idea of the look I wanted for my Thanksgiving table ideas, and I ordered everything online a few days ahead. (Gotta love Amazon Prime — it’s seriously one of my Supermom Secret Weapons!)  Then the kids and I did all the prep and setup in about an hour on Thanksgiving day — I promise it’s so easy.

Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Table Ideas - love the easy paper teepees and FREE printable "Give Thanks" banner from @PagingSupermom

I am so glad I finally have a black-and-white stripe table runner — I seriously use it all the time because it goes with everything. I wish I could have just purchased this stripe runner, but my table is crazy long so I had to make one. I used this Ikea fabric.

Easy Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas - love the pebble and feather via @PagingSupermom

Black and White Easy Thanksgiving Table Ideas via @PagingSupermom

I used our everyday white plates, and my mom has a set of brass flatware, similar to this one. I’ve been trying to talk her into giving to me for years. She let me borrow it for the Thanksgiving table, and yes, I did give it back LOL! If you or your mom don’t have gold flatware though I found a really cute set of disposable gold utensils.

Simple Thanksgiving Place Setting - love the black and white Thanksgiving decor via @PagingSupermom

I love these river rock placecards paired with the long pheasant feathers. I’ve seen so many unique Thanksgiving placecard ideas on Pinterest, and I wanted something unexpected and elegant, but still totally easy to do.

You can order black river rocks or find them with the other vase fillers at craft stores. Pick out the largest, smoothest stones and write on your guests’ names using an Extra Fine White Sharpie paint pen. I set them on top of our crisply ironed white linen napkins.

Easy Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas - love the pebble and feather via @PagingSupermom

Simple Black and White Thanksgiving decor with FREE PRINTABLE "Give Thanks" banner from @PagingSupermom

I created a new Black and White Free Thanksgiving Banner to go along with these new Thanksgiving table ideas. I clipped on some feathers instead of extra decorative pennants, and I love how it tied in with the feathers on the Thanksgiving tablescape.

Download the Black & White “Give Thanks” Banner

Simple Thanksgiving Table Ideas - love the easy paper teepees and FREE printable "Give Thanks" banner from @PagingSupermom

Simple Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas

For our Thanksgiving kids table I continued the black-and-white motif, but it was super simple and all about the FUN! For a tablecloth, I pulled this black-and-white doodle print fabric from my stash. I think I bought it at IKEA several years ago. If you can’t find something similar you could always just use white butcher paper. For extra credit you could even paint lines, dots or doodles of your own onto the butcher paper ahead of time (sort of like what I did here.)

Fun Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas - love this whole black-and-white Thanksgiving table setup from @PagingSupermom

I set out stone dominos as a sort of centerpiece for the kids to play with. Each of the kids’ spots had a plain white legal pad as a sort of placemat, with the fun crayon turkeys set on top. These DIY crayon turkeys are always the highlight of our kids table.

Fun Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas - love this whole black-and-white Thanksgiving table setup from @PagingSupermom

Fun Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas - love this whole black-and-white Thanksgiving table setup from @PagingSupermom

Bettijo's Grandmother Betty Boushley
I miss my Grandmother Betty who joined us for Thanksgiving last year. She passed away in August.

As I was going through these photos from Thanksgiving last year, I was startled by this gorgeous photo of Miss Modette with my Grandmother Betty (who is my namesake). As I remember back, I felt compelled to snap quite a few beautiful photos of Grandma with my kids, my sister’s son, and my Dad. I think I somehow knew she wasn’t going to be with us very much longer. She recently passed away in August. While these photos stopped me in my tracks this year, I know that I will cherish them always.

My Grandma and Grandpa adored each other so much, and I love that they were not afraid to show it. Theirs is a love affair that will truly last forever.

Bettijo's Grandma and Grandpa

Thanksgiving Table Ideas & Inspiration

I posted my Black & White Thanksgiving inspiration board yesterday, but I thought I’d put it in here again with a round up of quick links to the sources and tutorials for all these Thanksgiving table ideas.

Easy Thanksgiving Table Ideas - love the easy paper teepees and FREE printable "Give Thanks" banner from @PagingSupermom1. DIY PAPER TEEPEES. An easy and adorable Thanksgiving centerpiece
2. PHEASANT FEATHERS. Add texture to a Thanksgiving place setting.
3. RIVER ROCK PLACECARDS. Use a white Extra-Fine Sharpie paint pen to write names.
4. BLACK STRIPE RUNNER. Bold but super versatile!
5. MERCURY GLASS VOTIVES. Classic and sparkly to up the glam factor.
6. GOLD FLATWARE. Makes the place setting pop, and I love this set’s unique lines.
7. DISPOSABLE GOLD UTENSILS. New flatware not in the budget? Use this surprisingly chic plastic set.

OTHER SOURCES

Free Printable Black “Give Thanks” Banner
DIY Teepees Tutorial
DIY Crayon Turkey Tutorial
Plain Ruled Legal Pad
White Butcher Paper
White Linen Napkins
White Buffet Plates
Buffalo Plaid Throw Pillowcase
White Dining Chairs

Here’s another fun & easy Thanksgiving project…

Caramel Corn Cobs Recipe - Super Easy Fall Treat from @PagingSupermom