How to style an easy Thanksgiving table

Who else can not believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! I dont know about you but I am ready for some good food and a little R&R.

Today, however, I want to get real about Thanksgiving tables. Every single year I absolutely gawk at all of the gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescapes that float around the interwebs making us all feel less than up to par. Being the designer that I am there is such a HUGE part of me that would love to go all out and decorate the heck out of my thanksgiving table... but... I am still of the age where I travel to my parents house and just show up with a box of cookies. Ya feel me? (ok, maybe I am not that bad... I am making a pumpkin bread this year ok? gah, get off my case!).

But, even if I were hosting my very own Thanksgiving (which I will be one of these days) I still don't think there would be enough time in the day to make my table as perfect as what Martha Stewart would advise. My schedule just seems to fill up to much for that.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving tables.... and my ideas on how to make them fit your real life.

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

When it comes to Thanksgiving decor you really can not go wrong when you give things a "harvest" theme. Luckily, lots of pumpkins are going on sale now that Halloween is over and all of the stores are gearing up for Christmas. To pull of this look all you need to do is run to your local grocery store and pick up a few pumpkins and squashes; then snag a few branches from the back yard and your done!

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

This table is stunning isn't it? This look seems a little more intimidating than the last, but it shouldn't be too hard to put together. Keep things simple. Grab a few similar candle sticks from your attic or from Home Goods. Dont worry so much about the gold accents if you dont have can always pick up a can of gold spray paint from the craft store and spray some baby pumpkins. Once you are done fill a few glass vases with them and you'll have a glam table in no time.

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

If you have some left over gold paint and really want to jazz things up. Try spraying some fallen leaves from the yard and making place cards out of them!

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

This is one of my favorite ideas I have seen lately. I have a rosemary bush in my yard and it would be so cute and easy to cut a few branches and make tiny wreath place cards with them. I kind of like the idea of incorporating a little hint of Christmas into your Thanksgiving decor. Added bonus:  it would make the table smell amazing!

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

If you are a little overwhelmed with setting a magnificent table, then don't sweat it. Go simple with the table and style a bar cart nearby instead. It is a smaller area to tackle and it will have just as much impact! Who doesn't love a good holiday cocktail anyway?

How will you be styling your Thanksgiving table this year?