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by Cassity Kmetzsch

Cassity Kmetzsch, an interior designer with a love of remodeling, shares tons of decorating ideas and problem-solving tips on her popular blog, Remodelaholic. A Remodelaholic through and through, both Cassity and her husband Justin have remodeled four homes together. One of the things that she loves the most? Reinventing and recycling pieces or building leftovers that she already has on hand. Cassity has two young daughters that she hopes to teach her remodeling ways just as soon as they are able to!

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  • Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the only thing better than sitting down to eat a delicious home-cooked meal with loved ones is if that delicious home-cooked meal is served at a beautifully adorned table. Create your own beautiful tablescape with these five basic elements:
  • 1. Table Cloth or Runner


    A table cloth or runner is the perfect place to start the style of your Thanksgiving table setting. If your style leans toward rustic, try a rough-woven fabric like burlap, jute, or embroidered muslin to add some country charm. This twig table runner would add great country charm!

    If your style is more classic, a simple tablecloth or runner in a beautiful fabric, like this hemstitched linen runner, makes the table simple but stunning.
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  • 2. Natural Elements


    No matter what your decorating style is throughout the year, Thanksgiving is a time to bring the bounty of fall indoors. I love my garden-grown veggies, so I used them to add some true fall color (not just brown and orange) to my table setting last year. Gourds, pumpkins, wheat, twigs, and leaves are also great (and typically inexpensive and locally available).
  • 3. Container(s)


    You don't want your natural elements rolling onto guests' plates, so find a few stylish containers to keep them in their place. Having most of the table decor in a box, jar, or platter also makes it easy to clear the decor to make room for the feast! Using containers of varying heights adds visual interest to your table, so add a few cake plates, candlesticks, apothecary jars, and other taller pieces.
  • 4. Tableware


    Beautiful tableware is worth the investment! A neutral white or cream set is classic, but any solid color provides a beautiful accent to your table. You can combine sets of solid color with crystal or glass for a stunning look that can fit any style, from rustic to elegant, based on the rest of the table setting. 
  • 5. Place Cards


    Place cards add a final touch and tell each guest that you are thankful to have them join you. (If you have a large gathering that necessitates a buffet-style meal, use place cards to label the menu items instead.) A place card can be as simple as a pretty piece of paper folded nicely on the plate or as elaborate an individually potted plant or another take-home favor.

     Happy Thanksgiving and happy decorating!
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