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Our Thanksgiving Table + No-Sew DIY Stencil Napkins

Dress your Thanksgiving table to wow in vibrant seasonal tones set against glimmery rose gold, accented by DIY no-sew stencil napkins you can customize (directions included!).

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Hi Friends! In our family, we feast on two Thanksgiving dinners! Thanksgiving Day we spend at a fun family gathering with 30+ of my in-laws. But, first, we have dinner at home, dubbed Ca-merican Thanksgiving – Canadian and American – since we have some of each! Sometimes, it’s a bigger affair, but this year, it’s our family of 7+.

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I’m excited to be joining Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate and a talented group of bloggers for a Thanksgiving Table Blog Hop – the perfect excuse to decorate early! Be sure to scroll down to see other Thanksgiving Tablescapes and check back every day for new settings!

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I love DIY elements on my tables.. this year it’s customized, n0-sew stencil napkins – scroll down for instructions. I’ve also added these two adorable “Give Thanks” Thanksgiving printables to my Goodies area. Click HERE and subscribe to my mailing list to get them!

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Our Thanksgiving Table + DIY Cloth Napkins (No Sew!)

Our DIY dining table seats twelve. We use it twice/year – once being Thanksgiving.  The dining room is a favorite area in my home, and I enjoy dressing it up with an eclectic style for the holidays.

The Table Runner

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Hatch Table Runner | Stencil Napkins |

I’ve been crushing on this Hatch Table Runner from Target forever and finally added it to my collection. With lovely rose gold glimmer, it comes in two sizes – extra-long being perfect for our dining table. I love how striking my new stencil napkins look against metallic dots!

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The Centerpiece

Clipped Loropetalum stems surround faux wheat stalks. Faux peonies and mums in oranges and rusts add color while heather and wisteria spikes add interest and contrast. Eucalyptus is a great sub for Loropetalum.

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The Table Setting

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Our good china is stacked on orange napkins from my Halloween table, and topped with preserved oak leaves and ripe Bartlett pears – why should pumpkins have all the fun?

You’ll find this Rosegold Silverware set on my Christmas list. Until Santa visits, I used a disposable set; the same look for a fraction of cost.

DIY Stencil Napkins

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These DIY stencil napkins are very special to me, despite being new, as the fabric to make them was my mothers. I like the idea of a piece of my mom sharing Thanksgiving with us, from heaven.

What You’ll Need:

  • 18″ length of fabric per napkin
  • Stitch Witchery
  • Stencil
  • Tape
  • Pounce brush
  • Acrylic Paint

What You’ll Do:

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  1. For each napkin, cut a square of fabric to 18″x18″ square.
  2. Fold over fabric edges 1/4″ then again 1/2″. Press a deep crease.
  3. Cut a piece of Stitch Witchery the napkin side length and lay it under the folds – press to secure.
  4. Tape stencil to your fabric.
  5. Apply your stencil with a “pounce” brush and a thin layer of craft paint (too much will cause bleeding).
  6. Peel back the stencil. Dry.
  7. Set the paint with a hot iron.

Mini Bar

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An uncomplicated drink station nearby ensures we’ll be celebrating all the things we’re thankful for, while DIY personalized wine glasses add family tradition.


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Even with my new/old stencil napkins, I’ve still things to do…  DIY Holiday Crackers and of course, cooking but, I’ve made good progress! How about you? Are you ready for Thanksgiving? How do you decorate your holiday table? I’d love to hear!

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Oh! Don’t forget to visit the other Thanksgiving table settings and grab your free printables before you go!

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How to set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table (with informal stuff)

How to Set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table with informal stuff. Use your everyday dinnerware and decorative items from around your home to set the festive holiday table of your dreams! 

How to Set a Semi Formal Thanksgiving Table

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I’m popping in today with some tips for decorating your semi-formal Thanksgiving table using your everyday dinnerware and items from around your home. To make this task even quicker, I’m also sharing a free Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet PDF that we can both refer back to every year! #whichsidedoestheforkgoonagain

Download Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet



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 As a blended family with busy, grown children, that also shares custody of our younger children, we celebrate Thanksgiving twice – once on Thanksgiving day and usually the week before. We often invite friends to join us and have affectionately named this day Ca-Merican Thanksgiving, combining my Canadian traditions with My American hubby’s. Our family looks forward to this celebration every year. This year was even more special as my bestie of 33 years was visiting from Canada. This girl and I go waaaaay back and will forever be friends if for no other reason then to protect our secrets. #SheKnowsTooMuch
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We enjoyed a hectic visit with all kinds of shenanigans and even managed to fit in an overnight road trip! Her response to everything we saw in Washington DC? “I thought it would be bigger.” Just like a Canadian.
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Finally, Ca-Merican Thanksgiving arrived, and it suddenly occurred to my foggy brain that I hadn’t given three seconds of thought to my Thanksgiving table decorations. #alottawine #stillrecovering
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I know – the world would not end if I didn’t have a perfect table-setting, but my blog brain doesn’t work like that.No doubt you can relate! But what if you don’t have the tablecloth/charger/fine-China/Crystal wine glasses/etc., but still want to set a semi-formal table? Use what you have!

How to set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table (with informal stuff)

Add a tablecloth

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I found this runner last spring on clearance at Home Goods – it’s me to a “T” with lots of color and pattern.
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My tablecloth is another matter altogether. Whether you have a 10 feet long table such as this or are putting together multiple tables, I’ve yet to find an affordable cover that will fit. This year, I used curtains panels and layered them on top of one another. Here are some other ideas for runners and cloths:
  • bed sheets
  • blankets
  • long scarves
  • unfinished fabric
  • wrapping paper
  • craft and scrapbook paper

Make a centerpiece

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Make a centerpiece of several colored pumpkins, both real and faux fabric, dollar store tealight candles, and glass bottles filled with 2-3 stems of faux flowers and eucalyptus stems. Even better? Use Fresh flower stems! Other centerpiece ideas:

  • A single row of lit candles
  • seasonal fruit
  • flowers laid out in a row, interspersed with candles or tealights

Pick a charger – or not

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You don’t need a charger, but they give an additional layer of depth to the table. Find metallic chargers at Walmart or the dollar store for $.98 apiece during the holidays. I use these gold chargers for pretty much everything – they are a classic look that works for many occasions. Other charger ideas:
  • placemats
  • wrapping paper
  • cardstock or even fabric


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I almost always use real fabric napkins to up the fancy-meter, no matter what else is on my table – paper plates, plastic plates, etc. If you don’t have any hanging around, you can achieve a fun look by layering paper napkins, folding a cocktail napkin over a dinner. Napkins rings are elegant when you tie a colorful piece of bakers twine or ribbon around your napkin.

Add your dishes

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Place your Soup Bowl, Salad Plate, and Dinner Plate on a charger. Not serving soup? Skip the soup bowl. Serving coffee? Set a cup and saucer out. Go eclectic by mixing and matching your dinnerware instead of making them all the same.
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One of my favorite looks is to set a white dinner plate with a patterned or colored dessert or salad plate. In the past, I have used formal style plastic plates as well as disposable plates. I do have a set of China, but I only have eight place settings. To get around that, I used my everyday white dinnerware and alternated the plate patterns. Just go with it – An eclectic table can be fun and beautiful!
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No matter what you’re using, you can up the elegance factor by setting your table correctly. Here’s a free cheat-sheet that you can download after subscribing to my newsletter. No spamming, I promise!
Download Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet
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Although it was unplanned, our Ca-Merican Thanksgiving table was beautiful and festive. With just a little bit of creativity and a few minutes, yours can be too! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by your besties and all of those you love!
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