Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and has always been so! Gathering together to give thanks for the good things in life. Sharing food, traditions and memories with family and friends. I can't think of a more wonderful way to spend the day — or the weekend!
Setting a lovely table adds another layer to the scents and sounds of Thanksgiving and lets my guests know I'm thrilled to have them. Today I'm joining a group of stylists for a blog hop hosted by Rita of Panoply to share a variety of approaches to designing Thanksgiving tablescapes. If you've come from one of my fellow bloggers, welcome! You'll find all the links to their tables listed at the bottom of this post.
I designed my table using seasonal colors and items to have the feeling of abundance. The dominant colors are greens and oranges in their muted shades with a liberal sprinkling of neutrals. A beautiful jacquard runner and placemats depicting oak leaves and acorns bring rich color to the warm tones of the wood table. They contrast with the green of the chargers.
I placed white dinner plates on the chargers, the better to emphasize the dramatic black salad plates patterned with a variety of pumpkins and fall fruits. There are four different salad plate designs, each of which reminds me of Dutch still lives from the 1600s. I added matching salt and pepper shakers.
For a centerpiece I arranged vibrantly colored silk flowers in a vintage glass vase I found last weekend at the annual glass show. I took lots of photos at the show and plan to share them all with you soon in a series of posts. I liked the vase's generous size and its flared shape. Though produced from 1933 - 1938 it has a very contemporary feel!
On either side of the flowers are crystal candlesticks with candles in a dark shade of copper. The candles first graced a table in Easing Into Fall. They're joined by figural bowls decorated with fall vegetables, fruits and flowers. One bowl is round, the other is oval. They were generously given to me by my mother-in-law to go with similar pieces I had.
When I set a table in the dining room, I usually like to decorate the buffet as well. I added a coordinating turkey nested in a bowl and a small platter.
The turkey is more of a covered vegetable bowl than a tureen. The turkey and platter sit between two botanically detailed candlelabra, one of which played a supporting role in Autumn Tones for a Tray.
You might have noticed that each end of the table had solid pumpkin napkins rather than the jacquard ones. I wanted to vary the look of the place settings.
I still love the classic pattern of the flatware we received as wedding gifts and never tire of using it!
For glassware I chose vintage green water/wine goblets and mid-century champagne glasses. The latter belonged to my husband's mother.
In keeping with the richness of fall colors, I mixed metals — the warmth of copper napkin rings, the soft glow of sterling silver flatware, and the sparkle of gold on the edge of the salad plates.
I hope my interpretation of fall's bounty has given you ideas to style your Thanksgiving table!
I would like to thank Rita from Panoply for organizing this Thanksgiving tablescape celebration. I hope that you'll visit each of my fellow stylists — you are sure to be inspired!
Debbee's Buzz - Liberty BlueThanksgiving Table with Turkey Napkins
My Hubbard Home - Thanksgiving Table With Brown and White Traditional Colors
Everyday Living - WeGather Together
Home is Where the Boat Is - The Softer Side of Thanksgiving
Panoply - Thankful
Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One - Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021
Pandora's Box - Leopards and Checks
Hyacinths for the Soul - A Place at the Table - A Harvest of Ideas
Celebrate and Decorate - Set a Heartwarming Thanksgiving Table with Neutral Colors and Natural Elements
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Thanksgiving Breakfast Table
The Little Yellow Corner Store - Celebrating Thanksgiving a Little Differently
Me and My Captain - Football AND Thanksgiving
Life and Linda - Thanksgiving with Elegance
Sweet Sensations - Dining with the Gents for Thanksgiving
The Painted Apron - Pumpkins and Pickups
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Thanksgiving 2021 - A Bit Boho
Living With Thanksgiving - Blessings at Thanksgiving
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Heart Full of Thanksgiving
Bluesky at Home - 9 Steps to Set a Thanksgiving Table
Dinner at Eight - A Seasonal Table for Thanksgiving (you're here!)
The Bookish Dilettante - We Gather Together
Zucchini Sisters - Vintage Thanksgiving Table Setting
Jacquard table linens | Williams-Sonoma
Chargers, dinner plates | Villeroy & Boch
Salad plates, salt/pepper shakers | Williams-Sonoma 'Harvest Pumpkin'
Figural bowls, platter, tureen | Fitz and Floyd
Flatware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Vase | Fostoria 'Lafayette'
Champagne glasses | Libbey Glass Company 'Windswept'