We'll already be celebrating thanksgiving this weekend in Canada ... and American thanksgiving will be just around the corner! Our extended family has had an intense couple of years that have forced us to experience a roller coaster of emotions. But, my husband and I talk frequently about the blessings we have been given and we feel so grateful for the life that we're building together and for our two kiddos, our family, and our friends. We certainly want to take some time this Thanksgiving to take a breath, spend time with our family, and embrace our feelings of thankfulness.

We are very much looking forward to celebrating the day with our extended family so we have put together a simple, but elegant tablescape for the occasion. We wanted to give you a sneak peek in case you are still thinking about throwing something together and needed some inspiration.

This particular table setting is budget friendly and easy to put together. We cut down a few trees in our back yard over the summer and saved a couple large branches for this project. The branches ranged in width from 2.5" - 4.5". We started by cutting the branches with the chop saw into a variety of heights including 2", 4", 6", 8" and 10". Next, we placed the cut branches into the sink and washed them with soap and let them dry overnight.

Once we were ready to start setting the table, we placed the runner on the table. This runner is no longer available in this teal colour, but comes in a beautiful creamy colour. We love the subtle hints of shimmery gold that this runner has!

Next, we set out the branches on the centre of the table in a layout that looks visually appealing. Play around with this step a bit if you would like until you get the branches set out in a way that you're happy with. At this point, the table is looking pretty masculine, so I added a few twine bows to the lower branches and some candles to add a feminine touch.

I have the plates layered using a natural-coloured place mat that compliment the colour of the branches and has beautiful texture. This particular place mat is only $5 and looks beautiful and it's versatile - I would be able to add it to an elegant or casual table setting. Next, I added a gold charger plate that ties in perfectly with the gold elements that we have in our dining room. I actually got these charger plates from the dollar store for $2 each, but they look exactly the same as these ones from Michaels if you're looking for similar ones. I added our seafoam-coloured plates next - we purchased these plates from IKEA and they no longer sell the exact same ones, but they have the Fargrik dishes.

Next, I ironed the white table napkins, folded them, and set them on top of the plates. I was nervous to buy white table napkins, but we bought our table napkins about 4 years ago and they still look clean and it's really not hard to maintain them. After we use them for a dinner, I will spray oxi-clean onto any stains sometime in the day or two following the dinner and wash them in the washer and then dry them. So go for it if you're thinking about it! Here's a set of ivory ones that are reasonably priced!

And lastly, I placed the pumpkins on top of the napkins. I actually only had orange pumpkins and that wasn't jiving very well so I sprayed them with Rust-Oleum Chalked Matte spray paint. I used the colour 'Serene Blue'.

Wishing y'all a happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have some time to reflect on what you are thankful for, enjoy some peace, and catch up with the family. Cheers!

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