If you have been following me for awhile you know how much I love Christmas. I always seem to be the first person I know with my tree up and house fully decorated for the holidays – full on!

But I know many people prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving, so I wanted to share some ideas to bring in some Christmas elements, while not making it look full-blown santa-land.

So in the dining room I am going for a christmassy thanksgiving look, ha! A thankmas look? Christgiving? You know what I mean. I’m just trying to find a socially acceptable way to have a tree, twinkling lights and garland up without it looking quite like Santa’s workshop in the dining room (just yet :)).

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You may have seen my sneak peak of my new tablescape on my instgram, and I wanted to share a few more the dining room details with you in hopes to inspire your space for Thanksgiving this week!

This room was real struggle for me last Christmas, and in general! It is such a big room – it requires big decor, and coming from our tiny little matchbox house, we didn’t have any big decor. Ideally, I would love to eventually do board and batten on the wall, but that is just not in the cards right now!

And if you have been following me for awhile you know I love neutral-colored decor (especially the permanent stuff) to keep things clean and simple, and make it each to pull in seasonal pops of color.


wood chairs |   dining table  |  wood candle holder  |  throw pillow

I grabbed this pencil tree from Michael’s last year on black friday (I just checked and it is currently $50, regularly $150!!) – they always have such good deals on their trees on Black Friday, so if you are in need of a new tree definitely add that to your list for Friday. I love the shape of a pencil tree in a dining room, still brings in the twinkling lights and cozy look while not taking up too much space!


whitewash console table  |  dark console table

I am holding off on decorating the pencil tree to keep it looking a little let Christmas-y for Thanksgiving. I just added some ribbon I also grabbed at Michaels to style it up a bit.


white hurricane candle holder  |  large hurricane  |  wreath

The garland is Hearth and Hand by Magnolia at Target! It would look beautiful on a mantle, but was the perfect length to lay across my table runner. Speaking of tablerunner, long ones (102″+) can be really hard to find and not to mention expensive! So instead of spending $100+, I spent $24 by grabbing two matching 72″ table runners at HomeGoods for $12 each! I just layered them on top of each other, and when you place the decor on top you will never even notice that they aren’t connected!


I love having lots of candles on my tablescapes, it always adds such nice, soft lighting to the space. They can also be reused over and over again (unlike flowers) so it saves some money in the longterm.

There you have it! Some ideas on how to incorporate some fall and christmas decor for your Thanksgiving dining room. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.


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