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Casual Thanksgiving Table Setting in the Kitchen

Now that November is here, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Today, I am sharing my casual Thanksgiving table setting in the kitchen as part of a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate.  Each day this week, several talented bloggers will be sharing their Thanksgiving tables.  Please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post for tons of inspiration.

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Casual Thanksgiving Table Setting in the Kitchen:

An alternative to the “kid’s table”…

Even though we have a formal dining room, we also use our kitchen table for Thanksgiving dinner.  With our large extended family, there’s just not enough space to fit everyone in one room.   So in the kitchen, I set a more casual Thanksgiving table setting…

Colorful flowers in galvanized bucket for a casual Thanksgiving table setting

Casual Flowers for a Casual Table:

There’s no need to spend a ton of money on a centerpiece for casual Thanksgiving table setting…

For my Thanksgiving centerpiece, I just bought a bouquet of grocery store flowers and placed them in a simple galvanized metal container I bought at Homegoods last spring.  Inside the container, the flowers are sitting in a wide vase with water.  I just made sure I cut them to the right height so they would fill out the top and look full.  Last time I used the container, I just plopped in a potted hydrangea which was even easier.

Casual Thanksgiving table in the kitchen

Repeating the Colors on the Table:

Since I loved the fall colors of the flowers, I decided to repeat those colors on the table…

Luckily, I still had my old Macintosh – Pier One dishes from many years ago.  For a splash of red, I added one simple apple to each place setting.  If you love decorating with apples in the fall, be sure to read my apple decorating ideas.

Colorful place setting with apple

Then to repeat the galvanized metal, I added my new chargers to each place setting.  In my opinion, the galvanized metal really adds a casual feel to the table…plus they seem to be so popular this year!

Casual thanksgiving Place Setting with Apple

My navy gingham cork place mats pick up some of the blue from the plates and also help to keep the table casual.

Top view of Thanksgiving table

Neutrals and Textures for a Casual Table:

Natural accessories add to the fall vibe…

For the table runner, I used my old stand-by burlap one.  It really does seem to work with everything and adds some nice texture to the table.

Flowers and Wheat on table

For even more texture, the wheat bundles work perfectly.  Recently, I used them in my fall dining room.  Of course, the white pumpkins and the wooden candlesticks add more neutrals colors and texture to the table.  When I decorate with colors, I like to balance them out with some neutral pieces to keep everything from looking too busy.

top view of Thanksgiving table

Another way to keep the table casual is to mix in different glasses at each end.  Although in this case, I didn’t really have a choice.  Since I only have four of the amber colored glasses, I had to come up with something different for extra settings.  Luckily, on a casual table setting, you really don’t even notice.  In fact, it can look intentional.

Casual place setting with apple

Another way to add texture is on the napkin “ring”.  For my napkin, I simply rolled up a white napkin and tied a piece of twine around a sprig of sage.  After all, we do cook with sage on Thanksgiving so it’s a subtle nod to the holiday.  Plus, the color of the sage blends well with the plates…actually maybe a little too well.  From a distance, the apple and sage almost blend in too much…oh well.

Casual Thanksgiving Table Setting in the Kitchen

In the rest of the kitchen, I repeated some wheat bundles, white pumpkins and galvanized metal to coordinate with the table.  Since we keep our fall decor up until the day after Thanksgiving, I don’t have to worry about mixing in any Christmas decor in the background!

Colorful Flowers on Kitchen Table

As you can see, our kitchen gets a ton of morning light.  Unfortunately, when we eat our Thanksgiving dinner the sun won’t be shining in here…maybe we should do a Thanksgiving breakfast instead -ha!

Top view of Casual Thanksgiving Table


Farmhouse Style Thanksgiving Table

And here is an afternoon shot to the family room on the other side.  Maybe this year we will light a fire on Thanksgiving to make it extra cozy in here.

casual Thanksgiving place settings with apples and sage

Speaking of fires, yes I know my candles are a little close to that dried out wheat.  Don’t worry, I don’t plan on lighting them.  If I keep the table set this way, I will probably buy some battery operated candles.

Casual Fall place setting with apple

So, that’s my casual Thanksgiving table setting in the kitchen!  If you want to see how I set my table in the dining room last year, you can see all the details here – Thanksgiving table in the dining room.  And now that I have decorated for this year, be sure to check out my latest dining room table.  Hopefully, some of my ideas will inspire you to set a formal or casual Thanksgiving table this year!

Sources for my Casual Thanksgiving Table Setting:

Once again, thank you to Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate for hosting.  Please visit the rest of the participants on the Thanksgiving blog hop from the list below…

Thanksgiving blog hop


Red Cottage Chronicles | Panoply | My Thrift Store Addiction | The Little Yellow Corner Store
A casa di Bianca


Life and Linda | Home is Where the Boat Is | Corner of Plaid and Paisley |Everyday Living
Calypso in the Country


Bluesky at HomeKatherine’s Corner | The Painted Apron | Intelligent Domestications| Celebrate and Decorate


White Arrows Home | Create With Cynthia | Gwen Moss Blog


Debbee’s Buzz | The Sweet Sensations | My Family Thyme | Zucchini Sisters 
Follow the Yellow Brick Home | Our Crafty Mom

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  1. Shelley, I love your attitude in making casual so comfortable on this table. Whether you’re seating six guests only or overflow guests at a table like this, it makes all the sense in the world to go casual. It’s comfortable, looking both toward the family room or that beautiful kitchen. I like those Macintosh plates. They remind me of a vintage pattern of majolica with various fruits….The mixing of glasses wasn’t even noticed until you mentioned it, but works perfectly! I’ve always loved the looks of the wheat bundles, and like how you’ve carried that into the kitchen decor too. That sunlight streaming in is beautiful, what a great space and inviting table.

    1. Thank you so much for the very sweet comment, Rita! I will have to look up the vintage majolica plates. I’ve had these Pier One plates for over 20 years and was disappointed when they discontinued them. For the longest time, I used them for everyday but I broke some and don’t have that many left. Yes, there are so many seasonal items available this time of year like the wheat bundles. Homegoods is always a great place to shop for those type of things. Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

  2. Shelley, I love your casual setting in your kitchen and family room area. The Macintosh plates are perfect with the checked placemats. The sprig of sage is a nice nod to Thanksgiving.. The galvanized chargers add a perfect layer and mix well with your centerpiece bucket. The wheat bundles are a lovely added detail to your table. It is so great to join you for this blog hop!

    1. Thank you, Pam! I love playing around with all the fall accessories. You enjoy decorating a table so I am sure you understand! So great to join you on this blog hop…have a great week!

  3. Your tablescape is lovely, Shelley. I love your pairing of fresh flowers and wheat for the centerpiece. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! I need to keep things simple during this busy time of year! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Shelley, what a warm, comfortable table and setting right between your cozy kitchen and family room! I especially like the wheat bundles and those fruit plates. I use to have wheat bundles, but storing them over the years in the attic they dried out and crumbled. You’ve motivated me to watch for a pair in the post holiday clearance sales. Like you, the size of the family necessitates setting multiple tables in different rooms. No one seems to mind and I love the happy buzz it creates throughout our home.

    1. Thanks Debbee! Yes, those wheat bundles can be hard to store. The two on my table are new this year but I stored my other ones in a plastic bin in the basement. So far, they have held up pretty well. I agree with you that the size of the family determines how you entertain. Luckily, no one minds in our home and since we do a buffet at the island, the kitchen people are closer! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my table!

  5. Oh this is gorgeous Shelley! I love the overhead shots where you can really see everything working together so beautifully! The flowers are perfect with your cute apple plates…I just love how you’ve combined simple things to create a special table! Your kitchen is beautiful too. I love these hops and seeing so many different styles and ideas!

    1. Awe thanks, Jenna! Yes, keeping it simple is essential in my home. Sometimes I do a more formal flower arrangement for the dining room but grocery store flowers can be just as pretty…and so much cheaper. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Hi Shelley What a beautiful casual Thanksgiving tablescape. It is like a sigh of relief and a breath of fresh air since holiday decorating can be so extravagant and stressful and your table proves it can be casual and yet beautiful. Your mixture of galvanized steel, burlap and gingham checks speak comfort and coziness. The pretty Macintosh salad plates are the perfect touch with the gingham placemats and sets the country living tone to your lovely table. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you, Marsha! Even though I love to look at fancier, detailed table settings, I tend to keep it more simple in my home. It’s such a crazy time of year for everyone. Since I host Thanksgiving for over 20 people, I have to focus more on all those recipes! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Your table is so inviting, to me, it just says come sit for an afternoon of casual holiday fun. I am crushing on your wheat bundles because I could not find any this year, I really wanted two as you did, flanking my table. I love your bucket of flowers and the sage tied to the napkins. Wonderful table, I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! My goal is to make my home as inviting as possible so I am flattered that you get that feeling from my table! Yes, those wheat bundles are fun accessories. I grabbed them as soon as I saw them at Homegoods because last year I remember they sold out fast. Thanks for stopping by and great to hop with you!

  8. Shelley, your casual table is lovely set in your kitchen, family room. Love the fresh flowers and wheat bundles. The sage is a nice touch bringing in more natural elements. The Macintosh salad plates are wonderful and look great with the galvanized chargers. Always a pleasure to join you. Happy Tuesday.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I am glad I kept the plates because I felt like the table needed something a little different. See it pays to be a dish hoarder – ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. This is my kind of table and perfect for Thanksgiving! Those McIntosh plates are not only fabulous for Thanksgiving but all of Fall.

    I love your kitchen and family room. And I saw your mantel. Those layered pictures just spoke to me.

    Happy November!

    1. What a nice comment – thank you, Nancy! Yes, the plates definitely have that fall-harvest vibe. I have always loved them…too bad I don’t have too many left and they have been discontinued. Oh well. On my mantel, I display simple black and white family photos. I do switch them around sometimes and I sometimes change the whole mantel for holidays but it’s been my standard look I come back to. Thanks again for your kind comment and enjoy your week!

  10. Shelley, Your table is inviting and perfect for fall! I love the Macintosh plates with the galvanized chargers and navy gingham check with bundles of wheat. Happy to being hopping with you this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you, Mary! It’s fun to experiment with different accessories, isn’t it? So great to hop with you too. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Shelley your tables are always so cozy and inviting. I think it’s your personality shinning through your home. I love a casual table and I would feel so comfortable hanging out in your beautiful kitchen. Hope you’re handsome family is doing well.
    love to you.

    1. Awe thanks, Leslie! That’s such a sweet comment. I would love for you to hang out in my kitchen with me!

  12. It’s simply lovely Shelley! I love that you have so many guests that you get to use both tables! What a blessing! Your casual table is perfect with a balanced mix of neutral and color. The flower arrangement in the bucket is so pretty too!

    I am happy to hop with you this week! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks Amber! Yes, we have a large extended family so we just split up between the two rooms. The kitchen used to be more of a kid designated table but now everyone just sits where they want. We do a buffet on the island so overall the whole dinner stays pretty casual. Thanks for stopping by and so great to hop with you!

  13. Those galvanized chargers do seem to be all the rage this year and they look right at home on your table. The gingham place mats are so different and add even more coziness to this beautiful table. Enjoy the holiday and time with your family.

    1. Yes, I have seen a lot of people using the galvanized chargers this year. Thanks for your sweet comment and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  14. Shelley, love the casual feeling of your tablescape. Especially the burlap runner which never goes out of style. The gingham place mats are another classic. The galvanized bucket holding flowers is casual and classic and spot on. Wonderful design. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks so much, Carol! Yes, I use that burlap runner all the time. It really is versatile. Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. Those wheat bundles are the perfect centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table setting! Your gorgeous dinner plates with the napkins tied with little bundles of sage and the apples are a welcome way to welcome guests to the table. Thank you for joining in another hop!

    1. Thank you so much, Chloe! Those wheat bundles really are so versatile this time of year. I loved visiting all the wonderful blogs in the hop – so much inspiration! Thanks again for inviting me to join in. Have a great week!

  16. I think your lovely casual table is beautiful. The plates and apples and those beautiful wheat bundles all make your table so inviting. Your fresh herb tied napkins are inspired and bring such a personal touch to your setting. Pinned and it’s a pleasure to hop with you.

    1. Thank you so much, Katherine! Luckily, there are so many natural things to work with this time of year. So great to hop with you and thanks for pinning!

  17. So pretty! I love the color of those flowers! They really draw me in right away! I always love burlap too so those flowers the burlap and white pumpkins brings so much of what I love together on your beautiful table! So fun to hop with you!

    1. Thank you, Kristin! I was so happy to find an inexpensive bouquet of flowers with all the fall colors I wanted to use. So great to hop with you as well!

  18. Sign me up for the Kitchen table because that is where all the best conversations and laughter seem to take place. I love that you mixed the glasses because it makes it more down home, casual and relaxing too. The dishes are perfect for a nice Thanksgiving meal. Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoy hopping with you.

  19. Wonderful! I love a kitchen table–to be honest, this is where we always eat Thanksgiving dinner now, because our kitchen table seats more people than our dining room!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks so much, Richella! We have to use both tables because of the overflow…which is fine with me. The more the merrier! Thanks so much for featuring me this week!

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