Featured Guest Post {Annapolis}

Hi!  My name is Mary Beth.  Nice to meet you!  
I’m an East Coast girl turned Midwesterner and I blog over at annapolis about my new home in the heartland, my naptime-DIY-obsession, my diet coke addiction, and my crazy life with three kiddos three and under {and a hubby to boot}.
 I enjoy inspiring people to do something creative every singl
eday.  Even if it’s simply cutting your kiddo’s sandwich into a heart for lunch, being creative is therapeutic, people! 


So, with Thanksgiving nearly upon us {less thank 2 weeks!}, and lots of entertaining opportunities in the weeks ahead, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about getting creative with your Thanksgiving table. 

First of all, have a theme or direction you want to go in.  I prefer an earthy/natural look and gravitate towards neutrals.  I like bringing in elements from the outdoors to the indoors.
And I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s much cheaper to decorate this way!  My kids and I collect leaves, acorns, branches, you name it, and create things all the time for free!
Carry that theme throughout your table setting while being subtle.  
It’s in the little things.

Think in layers!  I like to use lots of texture…
The centerpiece.

It need not be big and showy, but it should be substantial enough that it anchors the table in the center.  Make sure guests seated can see across the table, without having to crane their heads to see around it.

Make the seats personalized.  
Name cards are a no-brainer way you can do this.  Besides, I kinda have a thing for them. 

It’s also wise to have something at each seat that gets conversation started, just in case that uncle you haven’t seen in years says something awkward and you need an out.  

I tucked cards in my napkins at each place setting for guests to write things they’re thankful for…

 Don’t be afraid to mix and match your dishes.  
You should, however, attempt to have a common thread going with some of your pieces.

The goal is to create something YOU love and that has guests wanting to linger at the table, 
long after the meal is done.

Thank you for having me, Courtney!


Oh my Mary Beth!!! That table is gorgeous!!! Thank YOU for guest posting today and bringing us such a beautiful tablescape!!!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this … I’m practicing tablescapes for our Thanksgiving luncheon involving 50 members of my husband’s family. I’m going to copy some of Mary Beth’s ideas!

  2. Beautiful. I wasn’t born with the gene for coming up with things like this, but I am glad I can glean ideas from you. 🙂

  3. Lovely table! Think I would linger a while there. 🙂
    Visiting from TT&J

  4. This tablescape is beautiful! I, too, love the neutral pallet…especially for Thanksgiving. Great job!


  5. wow this tablescape is amazingly beautiful, luv all the details.
    Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  6. WOW, this could be in magazine! You did such a great job!

  7. Beautiful setting. So warm and inviting. Love the layers and textures.


  8. Very lovely table setting. I have loads of pinecones too, and I really like the burlap.

  9. Gorgeous! Very elegant! Thanks for the tips!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie this week! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  10. I featured you twice. If you ever want to guest blog on my site you are more than welcome. If you want to do a blog swap–I would love that too.



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