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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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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DIY Gold Dipped Table

Do it yourself gold dipped table tutorial. Easy DIY! Jenniferrobertusdesign.wordpress.com

I’ve been on a great journey to remodel my basement into a more livable space. When I bought my house, it was just sort of giant and empty with lots of spiders. I’ve been chipping away at it as I find good deals on pieces and materials– it’s hard for me to justify spending a lot on rooms I don’t use every day! With a basement it’s so easy to just leave the project when you’re sick of working on it and not have to sit and look at what you’re not done with.

I decided to create a gym/’mancave’ in the entry room to the basement. Mancave is the working title–any ideas on what to call rooms where single girls watch lots of football? I’ve been collecting vintage Minnesota football items as inspiration for the room. I’m hoping it makes the room a little more chic/ a little less beer commercial.

I’ve done everything from stripping paint of cabinets, to building walls, and installing 500 square feet of tile floors in the basement, but one of the easiest little projects I did was a gold dipped table to use as a stand for a tv.

I wanted some sort of stand to place the tv for my gym on but I didn’t want it to take up too much space. (I obviously need lots of open space in the gym I don’t actually use…). I checked out target looking for a deal on side tables with no luck, so my next option was to raid my parents house for something to ‘borrow’.  I found this little raw wood table under a tablecloth and negotiated my way into taking it home.

I decided to paint it a clean white to keep things simple, but noticed my collection of gold spray paint as I was grabbing the paint can. I thought it would be fun to add a little pop of gold on the bottom of the table legs.

Here’s how to make it:

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