Thanksgiving Prep Part 2

By Melessa

My sister loves decor and beautiful table settings, but she hates crafts, complicated set up and buying expensive items she’s only going to use once or twice a year.  So I wanted to create a simple, practical table setting that showed natural arrangements, texture, layers and beauty.

Remember that leaf project I posted a week or so ago called Thanksgiving Prep Part 1?  Well, you’ll need it if you want to do a similar look.  Or you can use the painted leaves from the leaf project we did back in September called Happy Fall, Y’all.

Ok, you’ll hear me say this a lot as I talk about designs, dressing, decor, etc… think “texture.”  Layers are good too, but not always necessary.  I just love layers!  I also love it when things don’t match exactly, but still work and flow together.

There are lots of ways to use leaves as name tags.  You can write on them with metallic pens or a colored sharpie, or you can do what I did and loosely thread them through a name tag.

I designed these name tags just for you! Download below.

I designed these name tags just for you! Download below.


I just sprinkled the preserved leaves in the center of the table for color and texture.  It’s fine to set objects on top of them.


Notice how my plates, napkin, mug and even silverware don’t match.  Again, you don’t need to have a perfect matching set. I think it’s even cooler if you borrow items from friends and family (if they are planning to dine with you) to mix and match.



The twig placemats are from World Market.  The plain white bottom plate is from Ikea. Wine glasses are from Ikea. The geometric white dessert plates are from World Market.  The burlap you can buy at Joann Fabrics.  My pottery bowls are made by John Campbell.  My mugs were a gift.  My white pitcher and vases are from local thrift stores.


I went into the woods and pulled out some sticks for the center piece and took a walk around my yard and cut down my tall field grass.  You can find different grasses around a pond near you too.




So what do you guys think?  We want to hear from you!! Don’t forget to download the free name tags (in black, brown or gold)!  P.S.  If you’re having a smaller crowd joining you for Thanksgiving and you’re up for a little more detail, trace over my tag design with a gold metallic pen, like I did in the above images.


Thanksgiving Tags_Gold




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  • Elane
    November 20, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I think you could make anything go together!!! How do you see all this? BEAUTIFUL!!! I need to go collect a bunch of sticks. Although I know my sticks will look like sticks and not like a beautiful arrangement. LOVE the table and settings.

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thanks, Elane! And I’ll bet your bunch of sticks will look beautiful–you can totally do this!!!

  • Amy
    November 21, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Lovely. I especially like how much of your table was thrifted or found – such a smart way to make your table beautiful but also affordable. It can be so expensive to get fancy dishes or centerpiece flowers, on top of all the food for the holidays.

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

      It really can get out of control fast. And found objects make the best table talk too!

  • Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the great photography which helped me see the potential for me to come up with something similar. This is creativity at it’s best. You help the juices flow. I loved it. Brenda

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      You’re welcome, Brenda! Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving!

  • Growing up zee
    November 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Stunning! I love the placemats – what a fun addition!

  • momentsdippedinink
    November 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, wow! So beautiful! We’re not hosting this year, but I’ll save this for next year! I am hopeless at decorating.

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Just keep looking at inspiring images–you’ll find something that is simple but beautiful, and you’ll knock it out of the park!

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