I have to confess…I am always looking for an excuse to set a beautiful table, so when Thanksgiving is on the horizon, I get excited! The great thing about this blog is that I get to experiment with fall table settings several times throughout the season and share them with you. This week I was inspired by some beautiful flowers I saw at the flower mart, so I set an elegant Thanksgiving table using some of my favorite dishes and vintage pieces.
I usually prefer a very neutral color palette for fall, without too many bold colors, but when I saw the gorgeous burgundy tones of the dalias and the dark centers of the anemones at the flower mart I was inspired to set a more dramatic fall tablescape.
Flowers are almost always the starting place for my table settings. I wanted an elegant table with a bit of a vintage feel, so I decided to use a silver “trophy” style vase for my main centerpiece. I used eucalyptus and maple leaves for my “greenery” and then added in the dalias. anemone and some white protea.
Because I was setting a long Thanksgiving table, I wanted to extend the flowers along the length, so I also made two smaller arrangements in pretty mercury glass vessels.
Because I was trying to achieve an elegant but simple look, I used a long piece of gray toile linen as a table runner. The black pattern picked up the tones of the anenomes and the gray background worked well with my dining room colors. Win-Win!
For my place settings, I used a classic silver charger and my new favorite POTTERY BARN dishes. I also used some vintage flatware I recently found at a local shop. I was super excited to find this set and love the way it adds a vintage feel to the place setting.
I love the drama that the black napkins add to this Thanksgiving table, and with the addition of a simple protea bloom, it is just the right amount of elegance and simplicity.
I had originally planned to use white candlesticks for this table setting, but they didn’t add the drama I was looking for, so I decided to use a deep, wine color instead. I love the way it extends the color down the length of the table.
I also used some black and cream plaid pillows on my larger end chairs for a more seasonal look.
The final touch to complete my elegant, yet simple Thanksgiving table was the addition of a few clusters of mini white pumpkins. I think this is such a simple way to add a seasonal touch without going overboard.
The truth is, without the pumpkins, this table would be beautiful in any season or for any celebration. I hope this gives you some ideas for setting an elegant yet simple Thanksgiving or holiday table. What is your favorite style of table setting? Let me now in the comments below.
Have a great day!
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