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8 Capsule Staples for an Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape

Tips for incorporating classic pieces on a Thanksgiving table that save storage space, time, money, and create versatility for every season of decorating.  

This post is sponsored by Walmart

One day, there will have to be some sort of special therapy for kids who grew up with blogger parents.

Because ours never really know what holiday it is around here since I usually post decorating ideas for different seasons a month ahead of when most normal people decorate.

So behold: Our Thanksgiving table… 2 weeks before Halloween.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

Luckily, it’ll be really easy to recreate when the actual day rolls around.

I thought I’d share a few of my “capsule” favorites that work for any time of year. Because that’s the beauty of always sticking with classics that never go out of style, right?

If you haven’t heard the word “capsule” buzzing around lately, it’s essentially a minimalist way of curating your decor collection with timeless items, augmented with a few seasonal pieces, to create flexibility that saves storage space, time, and money.

Ever since I started a “decor capsule” in our home, I have been so excited about all of the endless combinations of looks I can create for any season usually just by shopping what we already have.

I’m totally hooked on the whole concept because with the chaos of two little ones always running around, simple is what I’ve been craving lately. So I’ve teamed up with Walmart again to share a few of my timeless favorites that can last for many years ahead to stretch your dollar.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

8 Capsule Staples for an Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape:

1. A Textured Table Runner

Ever since I started sticking to neutral, non-season-specific linens, I have loved all of the different looks I can create on a table any time of year. One that is made from a textured fabric with fringe or chunky stitching adds a cozy vibe.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

2. A Neutral Stoneware Vase

We have a ginkgo tree in our front yard that turns bright yellow every year, so I love that I can fill a neutral vase with a few stems clipped from the tree to allow them to shine all on their own. The use of stoneware makes it feel even more earthy.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

3. A Large Wooden Bowl

I toss salad in a large wooden bowl for functional serving purposes, but it’s also fun to repurpose with seasonal fillers. Fill it with apples to keep on your kitchen counter for fall. Place ornaments and evergreen branches in it at Christmas on your coffee table. And replace the ornaments with pinecones on into January/February. It adds warmth to any space.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

4. Black Candle Holders

You can never go wrong with a set of matte black candle holders. They work for any kind of style, whether modern or traditional, and nothing sets the mood better than candles.

5. A Marble Serving Platter

Use it as a bread board on the table for friends to tear and share, arrange it as a small charcuterie board for a pre-dinner appetizer, or display pumpkin pie on the dessert table. But aside from food, you can repurpose it beside your kitchen sink to corral soaps and scrub brushes, place it on your bathroom counter to keep toiletries looking pretty, or use it on your bedroom dresser as a trinket/jewelry dish.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

6. Neutral Ceramic Dinnerware

We’ve had these speckled gray dishes for several months now and absolutely love them as our casual everyday plates that can still be dressed up. Stick to neutrals with your dinnerware and you’ll have a million possibilities to play with seasonal place settings, like these mini white pumpkins.

7. Simple Black Striped Napkins

You can never go wrong with natural linen fabrics and a touch of black, am I right?

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

8. Gold Flatware

Gold adds so much warmth to a table and makes a meal feel special. We pull out this set for all of our holidays, but our family loves using them for every meal just because they add a touch of fun.

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

You can find all of the sources on our tabletop here:

Modern meets traditional fall dining room set for Thanksgiving

Gotta love a good classic… or 8.

Now that we’ve updated the chandelier and rug, I’m ready for Thanksgiving to be here tomorrow! But I guess Halloween comes first or the kiddos will really have their worlds turned upside-down. 😉

Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? Do you have any of your own capsule staples that you always use on the table?

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Tips for incorporating classic pieces from Walmart on a Thanksgiving table that save storage space, time, money, and create versatility for every season of decorating.  

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6 Comments

  1. Your table is simple, gorgeous, fresh, and perfect. I love the color on your dining area walls too. And love your use of a splash of yellow with the flowers! Nicely done, ma’am.

  2. Love it! Such clever and earthy vibes! Now I’m looking for source link too…I will just sit backandit dream of turkey day while you that get link fixed!

  3. Hey Lauren what a great table setting! I love the idea of capsule decorating because I’m ready to unload all of he things I’ve collected over the years – too many! I wanted to let you know I was unable to use the table setting sources link – not activated??? Thanks – Leslie

  4. I agree with the neutrals. I purchased creamy white dishes about 17 years ago and still love them. They go well season to season and for fun I’ll add pretty cloth seasonal napkins.

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