How to Set a Fuss Free Thanksgiving Table

The center of Thanksgiving is the dining table, and it’s a wonderful time to make the setting feel really special. It can also be a really stressful and overwhelming time if you’re the one doing the cooking and decorating! And lets be real– everyone is more worried about the food than the place settings (and possibly the football game on TV, depending on who’s playing!).

Here is a round up of simple, easy place settings that look great without all the fuss!

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5 Tips for Setting a Simple Stylish Table

My dining table is one of my favorite parts of my house. Its located next to really big windows that get the most beautiful morning sunlight that makes the table glow. I love updating it with new settings and pretty flowers all summer. Here are my tips for keeping your table setting easy and simple, yet perfectly styled:

5 Tips For Setting a Simple, Stylish Table | Style & the Suburbs

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Setting a Spring Table & Rope Charger DIY

Last weekend, I spent a fun Sunday morning attending a decorating class at Pottery Barn. The class taught how to set a table for spring. Although some of it was a little much (we don’t need a bunny on everything), there were some great tips about how to create a fun meal with your friends and family. It also inspired me to make my own rope charger in an easy DIY project.

Setting a Spring Table Rope Charger DIY

Here were some of the takeaways:

1. Create height with your centerpiece, but have an exit strategy for the tall items. Yes, they used the words exit strategy. I would have never thought to remove a centerpiece from a table, but it allows everyone to talk without flowers in their face, and you still get credit for creating an awesome centerpiece. So let everyone see the great centerpiece, but know how you will readjust during the meal.

2. Bring in greenery and naturals. This is more of a trendy way to signify spring without putting easter eggs and bunnies on everything. I love the idea of rope chargers, natural placemats, and pops of green plants on the table.

3. Its okay to use plastic dishes if the party is outside. No one wants broken glass, especially if you paid for it. Pottery barn has great glass-looking cups and beverage dispensers that even fooled me. Melamine plates add great pattern and a theme to your setting without costing a lot.

4. Serve food in a buffet-style to spend more time with your guests. Bring in elements of your decor onto the buffet table to make it feel connected.

Here’s how I made a rope charger for the centerpiece of my table:

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