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Green and Copper Thanksgiving Tablescape + Printable

My grandmother is the notorious “saver” in our family. I wouldn’t call it “hoarding” because there’s an art to it. And I’m pretty sure she passed down her saving tendencies to me over the years.

Every dish, every candle holder, every scrap of fabric that could possibly serve a purpose one day would get tucked into a closet at my grandmother’s house. And I remember sometimes, as a little girl, venturing into her closets with her on rainy days when she would tell me the stories behind each item she saved.

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 On holidays, they usually made a reappearance- those tarnished candle holders would be all polished and new on her dining table, those rarely seen dishes got their yearly spotlight on the buffet, and that scrap fabric would suddenly become a pretty tablecloth. Resourcefulness is a skill I’m convinced she learned from her mother during the Great Depression.

So this year, when Lory from Designthusiasm asked if I would share my Thanksgiving entertaining ideas, I instantly thought of my grandmother and what she would do- find the useful gems already hidden around our house and make cheap, ordinary items into something new.

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I ended up strolling through the dollar store while trying to brainstorm tablescape ideas and found these mesh candleholders and some plastic chargers that I knew would look all designer-y with just a couple of coats of copper spray paint.

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I dug through my closet and grabbed a couple of plaid scarves I had saved for Christmas presents last month (shh… don’t tell) for a tablecloth. Using a throw blanket works great too.

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To go on top of my spray painted dollar store chargers, I used some simple white plates (which were my best wedding decisions registry items ever) and these cable knit plates I got on clearance at 80% off at Michael’s after Christmas sale last year.

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I grabbed a couple of green whitewashed shutters I had hanging on our dining room wall to use as a makeshift table runner that originally came from my in-laws’ old barn.

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And I pulled my great-grandmother’s green Depression glass out of our china cabinet to join the party.

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The only other thing besides my dollar store finds I had to spend anything on were three heirloom pumpkins I picked up in the Walmart produce section and a couple of bundles of eucalyptus branches from Trader Joe’s.

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Just for fun, I whipped up these “I’m thankful for” printables on Picmonkey and printed them on brown kraft cardstock for a fun Thanksgiving dinner activity. You know… when you need a break between your 9th course of vittles and dessert. 😉

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If you want to print some for your own table, you can download my “I’m thankful for” printable here.

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Not too bad for mostly around-the-house leftovers and a couple of dollar store makeovers, huh?

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And also… I think I went overboard with the picture taking, as usual. The Thanksgiving lover in me made me do it.

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Green and Copper Thanksgiving Tablescape + Printable | blesserhouse.com - How to style a Thanksgiving tablescape using dollar store finds and repurposing typical items around the house for inexpensive holiday decor.

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If you want my tablescape’s source list, here’s the full shebang:

TOTAL: $42.59

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I got all techy and whipped up a GIF for how to decorate your own tablescape too:

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P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway with 1803 Candles over on my Instagram today if you want to enter. This candle has made our entire house smell like baking pumpkin cornbread. Mmmmm

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And you can see lots of Thanksgiving entertaining ideas during the rest of the tour this week from 29 amazingly talented bloggers. Starting today, you can check out what these 5 are cooking up:

Monday’s posts:

Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour | Day 1

Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Kelley Nan | Bless’er House | Maison de Pax

Tuesday’s posts:

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Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal
Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers

Wednesday’s posts:

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Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design
Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home

Thursday’s posts:

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Shabbyfufu | StoneGable | Savvy Southern Style
Maison Decor | On Sutton Place | The Enchanted Home

Friday’s Posts:

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Sunny Side Up | Finding Home Farms | The Wood Grain Cottage
Setting for Four | Becky Cunningham

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63 Comments

  1. I love all the copper and your design on a budget! I’m all about being budget savvy and I think I have a lot in common with your grandmother, I keep everything! Love that GIF too 🙂

  2. Pretty table. Neat idea to use old shutters as a table runner! I love your real pumpkins and greenery. I am a big fan of fresh decorations.
    Thanks for the ideas of spraying things copper. It is big this year and a nice change.

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! Same here. I keep the fake stuff around but love spending a little bit on the fresh pumpkins and greenery for special occasions.

  3. Lauren,
    this post is great! being the environmentally friendly person, as I am, I love the idea to shop around the house and use things you already own instead of buying new stuff and throwing it away later or clutter your house. This is a great example how to make things beautiful, eco-, and budget-friendly!

  4. Lauren, Thank you for sharing about your grandmother. I can relate so well, as I am the same way about saving. I too have a closet filled with things that will get used or repurposed on some special occasion. I am a grandmother as well, but my grands are far too young still to appreciate my efforts, but my daughters do. Love reading your posts as I am always inspired. Looking forward to your next post and seeing the completion of your playroom makeover!

  5. Lauren this is so beautiful friend!!! I love how you spray painted the votives as well as the copper touches. All of it came together so special and pretty!

  6. I love your Thanksgiving table, Lauren! So many great ideas and I love the color palette! Thanks for sharing…..

  7. What a sweet, wonderful post, Lauren. Hearing all your stories about your Grandma’s, er, “saving” tendencies reminds me of my dear mother-in-law. Growing up during the Great Depression frequently resulted in this as everything was saved. I love copper to start with and pairing copper with green is just gorgeous. A great way to bring in an accent color as well as the natural branches. And I really appreciate your price break down for supplies! Definitely helps those of us who budget.

    I know my local dollar store does not have those wonderful filigree candle holders so I wondered what I could find on the World Wide Web and discovered some great filigree cupcake wraps for cheap with free shipping through Amazon (not a Prime item) and thought they could be cute either wrapped around a glass votive holder or used as is with a battery operated tea light. I know I can get a package of two of the tea lights at my local dollar store for a buck. Some great inspiration, there, Lauren! Thank you! We’ll be out of town at a son and dear daughter in law’s home for Thanksgiving and she’s brilliant at tablescapes and such (well, she shines in all she does!) but this sounds very doable even for me for Christmas!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing a tablescape!! I scour the internet for inspiring table settings and never find much. I love setting a beautiful table. Also really enjoyed hearing about your Grandmother in the post too. I am a family keeper/hoarder (I don’t want anyone to get rid of anything that was passed down in the family so I hoard it all) & enjoy hearing about others that do similar things. Now I can’t wait for Halloween to be over so I can decorate my table for Thanksgiving!! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Michelle! We usually skip Halloween and just decorate for fall all over. I say go for it. Good for you for being the family “hoarder”. It’s a good job to have. 🙂

  9. I just love your tablescape! So many great ideas!
    I have some old metal chargers that are very discolored, now I know I want to paint those suckers to have a new life! I’m thinking maybe verdigris? I bet my local craft store will have a kit!
    I also love the use of your old shutters as a runner. Brilliant!
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Lauren,

    I just love how creatively you put together a beautiful table! I’m a scarf and throw user, as well, so I really appreciated that aspect, but then you really hit it out of the park with your chargers, shutters, and thankful printable… 🙂 It all looks so wonderful but then I got completely blown away by your techie gif!! Well done!

    1. Thank you for inviting me along, Lory! I’m always a sucker for a fun tablescape. LOVED your gorgeous blush fall table. I’ve never thought of incorporating those colors for Thanksgiving before.

  11. Your table looks lovely but my family would be doing some serious complaining ’cause there’s no room for the food!! LOL

    1. Oh trust me. This table has nowhere near the space we’d need for food, even with no decor at all. We’re a buffet style crew all the way and make our way around the kitchen countertops to fill up our plates. 😉

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