A Neutral Thanksgiving Table

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.

Thanksgiving Flowers

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.

Thanksgiving Table

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.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

In keeping with the soft, neutral theme, I used a simple flour sack tablecloth, folded in half to create a runner. 

Thanksgiving Table Design
Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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.

Thanksgiving Table

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.

NOTE:  Eucalyptus will dry out after a day or two, so don't make these too far in advance.

NOTE:  Eucalyptus will dry out after a day or two, so don't make these too far in advance.

The final touch, at each place, is a simple fall accent of eucalyptus and wheat tied with a gold ribbon.

Thanksgiving Table

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!

Thanksgiving Table

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!