Wow! Can you believe it is already the end of October?! It sure doesn't feel like it in Southern California! We have had 90+ degree days for weeks, and I am having a hard time keeping my pumpkins from melting on my front porch! Nevertheless, we are quickly moving toward one of my favorite holidays, and I am already dreaming of Thanksgiving tablescapes.
In case you haven't noticed, I am kind of obsessed with setting a beautiful table, regardless of the occasion. I often find my inspiration and color palette in fresh flowers and this week was no different. I have been really loving the beautiful seeded eucalyptus at the flower mart, mixed with soft whites and pale blues and purples for this Fall season.
I often use more traditional warm tones for a Thanksgiving table, but have found that with the right accents, the softer, neutral tones can be equally festive.
I grabbed some beautiful garden roses in a soft white with a very subtle blush cast as well as some heavily seeded eucalyptus, fresh wheat and silver brunia.
I can honestly say that I did not have a concept of what I was going to do with these beauties once I got them home, but I was confidant that inspiration would strike.
I decided to experiment with a new black pedestal container I had recently gotten. I added some water soaked floral foam to the inside and then filled the outside edges with eucalyptus. I filled the interior with the garden roses and inserted the silver brunia randomly.
This was a truly easy centerpiece to make...the key is using floral foam to keep all of the blooms in place!
In keeping with the soft, neutral theme, I used a simple flour sack tablecloth, folded in half to create a runner.
I wanted to create a garland effect down the center of the table, but did not have any more seeded eucalyptus, so I grabbed some faux greenery I had in a vase, and began playing with that. I was able to layer it in a way that it laid perfectly along the table, but I did not want the faux stems to show, so I used some simple gray ribbon and wrapped the stems...kind of like a bouquet.
My favorite thing about using the faux greenery, is that I don't have to worry about it drying out before everyone sits down to dinner. It is easy to maneuver and looks fresh forever!
To complete the look, I used my favorite faux white pumpkins alongside some baby white pumpkins from the market. A sprinkling of votive candles and two large hurricane candles completed the tablescape.
I don't get our fine china out too often, but to me, Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to dust off the "good stuff" and enjoy it! I recently got some silver (acrylic) chargers with a pretty detailed edge, so I used those as a base for the china and then layered the dinner and salad plates on top. I also used flatware with a pretty charcoal gray handle. I softened the look with a soft gray napkin placed on each plate.
The final touch, at each place, is a simple fall accent of eucalyptus and wheat tied with a gold ribbon.
Finally, I brought out some of my favorite vintage silver pieces to set up a small bar on the sideboard. This provided a place for another pretty vase filled with white delphinium and some additional candles!
So there you have it...my take on a neutral Thanksgiving table!
It was nice to move away from the traditional tones and create something fresh and different this year. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Leave a comment...I would love to hear from you all!