“Gratitute unlocks the fullness of life.” Melody Beattie
Thanksgiving tables are fun to set with all the rich colors of fall and the theme of abundance. Every year my tables vary with how many people I am hosting. In this post, I’ll share several ideas for setting your holiday table.
This year I’ve played around with white and gold as a color theme, simply elegant. Off-white woven placemats were set on a bare table with an off-white and gold runner, repurposed from Christmas. A beautiful pashmina scarf or a length of fabric you love can stand in as a runner. I came up with 2 variations of this basic table setting. In both, I tied a gold organza ribbon around off-white napkins embroidered with gold Fleur-de-Lys. The Fleur-de-Lys are a nod to my family’s French ancestry. I added a gold leaf ornaments with a tiny gold acorn on each. The ornaments can be given to the guests as a favor. A gold charger was layered with a white dinner plate and topped with a glass amber salad plate. Amber glassware adds another layer of gold.
In the second version, the plates are left bare.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not about the food for me but all about the gathering with loved ones and taking time to reflect on life’s many blessings.
Today I share with you our Thanksgiving table. The inspiration was the glittered pumpkin in the center of the table which I placed on an embroidered bronze organza runner. I surrounded it with gourds, mini pumpkins, pheasant feathers, seed pods, rattan spheres, horn candleholders ,silk artichokes, bittersweet vine, mercury glass votive holders and 3 large glitter oranments in gold and bronze to pick up on the glitter of the pumpkin. The rest of the table elements were all foraged from my back yard: pine cones, dried astilbe, dried oakleaf hydrangea, dried sedum Autumn Joy and sweet gum seed pods. I heaped all these around the table to create a feeling of abundance and bring loads of texture. I made name card holders out of twigs and twine and used gold cardstock. Casual dishes in fall colors were chosen and set on rattan chargers. Gold napkins were tied in birch bark napkin rings. Amber glassware completed this harvest tablescape.