Can my Thanksgiving table still wear white after Labor Day? This year I’m going for a creamy neutral setting with hints of soft blue and grey for my family feast.
All images via Pinterest
What do you think? Need help getting prepared for Thursday, follow our Thanksgiving Timeline (1& 2, 3, 4.) I just ironed my napkins and bought all my baking ingredients and pantry snacks.
Personally I like a Thanksgiving table with a natural vibe. Save the glitz and sparkle for next month. Flickering candles and fall foliage are all you need to set a cozy, festive and elegant mood for dinner. Grab some nature to gloss up your table this time of year. Any old nature will do…
colorful garden vegetables
dried wheat bundled in a satin ribbon
a large vase of local greenery
fresh satsuma oranges or clementines
coppery gold pumpkins (ok a little shine is nice)
feathers and twigs
pears + berry branches
All images from MarthaStewart.com and Pinterest.
Remember our Halloween table? We’re using the same elements for our Thanksgiving decor. Run a similar arrangement down the center of your Turkey Day table or along your mantle for a natural, elegant and understated display.
We started with our faithful workhorses: the burlap strips. Then, inspired by the darling mini pumpkins, we clustered orb-like clear and white bud vases and filled them with Chinese mums. The repetition of almost round, squash-like shapes is what makes this look work. Lydia had the great idea to toss in some cipolline onions I had in the kitchen- it’s a cucurbita and allium table for those taxonomes out there!
Off-white pillar candles stand ready to bring the glow. My Juliska gourd carafe does double duty as an elegant vase, adding height to a side table or mantle.
For a dinner table centerpiece, you want something low enough to see over. So we removed the tall flower arrangement and swapped in a medium-sized white spray-painted pumpkin, adding in a few silver for sparkle.
All we need is food and family!
Burlap- Michael’s or any other craft store
Vases- Jonathan Adler and Heath Ceramics
Lydia and I were so excited to see gardening editor Stephen Orr’s Thanksgiving table setting in the new Martha Stewart Living. The picture hasn’t made it online, but if you flip to page 106, you’ll see why. Stephen set his table with a few of our favorite things! Lots of natural elements like branches, quail eggs and individual flowers in low vases as well as Lydia’s Heath plates in mixed colors (French grey, mist and aqua) and my tenugui cloth napkins in mixed prints and different shades of blue.
The article inspired me to purchase a new fall collection (you can see my old one here) so that I’ll be ready for my Thanksgiving guests.
I’ll be doing all-white plates and mixing napkins in navy, burgundy and gold. Each tenugui costs $13 at Tortoise General Store and each cloth makes 2 napkins. You simply cut them in half and toss them in the washing machine. They come out as soft as an old T-shirt with frayed edges. Use scissors to clip any long strings and press with a hot iron before setting your table.
Can you believe we’re already thinking about Thanksgiving? We’ll be sharing our centerpiece decor, tips for executing your feast in a small kitchen and our Turkey Day countdown in the next few days. Number two on the countdown? Make sure you have enough napkins. Check.
Have a wonderful, candy-filled weekend!