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5 Tips to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape In A Small Space

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    Thanksgiving dinner table setting in a small space

    Last year was my first time ever to decorate a Thanksgiving table, and I had no idea it would be my only time to do so in our first house. Even though it was just the two of us gathering around the table last year, I had so much fun creating an elegantly rustic tablescape.

    While we will be spending actual Thanksgiving in Idaho this year with my family, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a little creative and style a Thanksgiving tablescape in the RV.

    thanksgiving table setting in a RV

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    Setting a table has always been meaningful to me. Growing up I would always watch my mom set the table just so. Watching her I’ve learned how the littlest of details can make all the difference when it comes to making the holidays extra special.

    Whether you’re setting a table for 30 guests or just two, a festive table is always a fun way to celebrate and gather with loved ones.

    Below are some tips on how to achieve a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape, even if you don’t have a lot of space!

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    1. Let the food double as decor

    Since we don’t have a traditional table, I had to get creative when it came to styling the table and also allowing room for the food.

    Since this was our pre-Thanksgiving meal, I opted for a lighter spread that was also pretty! A cheese board and some accompanying snacks not only satisfied our bellies, but they looked good too.

    Mike could barely wait to start digging in!

    thanksgiving table setting on a small table

    Sage was pretty excited about these double duty table decorations too. 😉

    thanksgiving tablescape in a RV

    If you’re looking for simple table decorations, don’t overlook this tip. Make the most of your table space by arranging the food in an aesthetically pleasing way.

    The jute table runner was a great anchor for the simple tablescape vibe and kept things feeling cozy.

    Thanksgiving table centerpiece with cheese board and wine

    Cheese board | Cheese spreader

    Thanksgiving table bread slices

    2. Choose classic white dinnerware

    To keep our tablescape simple (and affordable), I went with our classic white dinnerware. Neutral dinnerware that is great for everyday and can still be dressed up for holidays or special occasions is always a great idea.

    small Thanksgiving tablescape with classic white dinnerware

    Dress up the place settings with linen napkins and a festive accent, like the mini ornamental corn ears I placed atop each plate.

    I love the harvest feel this instantly brought to the table.

    3. Set the mood with candles

    Candles are a great way to add a festive touch without taking up a lot of space. Plus their soft glow will make your small space feel extra cozy (and fancy)!

    thanksgiving tablescape in an RV

    I added height with some brass candlesticks and mixed it up with a couple of small jar candles.

    4. Real florals go a long way

    Since our table is so tiny there wasn’t room for a traditional centerpiece, so instead I kept it simple and affordable with two small floral arrangements. Usually I’m an artificial flowers kinda girl, but there’s something about a fresh bouquet of flowers that instantly transforms a table.

    RV thanksgiving table decor

    thanksgiving cheese board

    When it comes to easy tablescape ideas, you can’t go wrong with real florals!

    5. Just add wine

    decoy wine with cheese board

    You really can’t enjoy a cheese platter without wine, and Decoy wines are the perfect way to elevate the occasion. I love how the bottles are classic, yet elegant, and can double as part of the decor!

    decoy wine

    Even the corks are cute!

    thanksgiving tablescape grapes, almonds, salami

    I set the table with our classic stemware and brought in a fun touch with these ombre glasses as well.

    thanksgiving table setting with wine, cheese and candles

    I love the sweetness and delicateness of it all, mixed with a variety of textures.

    This may not have been our most traditional Thanksgiving tablescape, but it was perfect: elegant, easy, and comfortable for the two of us to laugh and share and truly be thankful for this season of life.

    Here’s another peek at the table before we dug in.

    rv camper thanksgiving tablescape

    The holidays can often be so rushed with all of the hustle and bustle, but let me encourage you, friend. Whether you’re planning all of the parties or just trying to create a sweet space for your family to enjoy each other this season, remember to slow down and enjoy it.

    Grab a glass and toast the holidays. Because they’ll be over before ya know it!

    decoy wine, thanksgiving cheers!


    PS: If you’re loving this table set up, we put together a “Get the Look” for your next celebration. Check it out!


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