I am so excited to be part of the All Things Home Fall Tablescapes Tour! (See the list at the bottom of this post to check out all the inspiring tables on the tour!) Today, I’m sharing my Thanksgiving tablescape. Traditionally, I lean towards warm chocolates and golds for Thanksgiving table decorations but this year I’ve been rather obsessed with Blue and White (if you read the July/August issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll you’ll see what I mean!) and thought it would be fun to do something with that instead. But I definitely wanted it to feel Thanksgiving-y… a few touches of orange and voila!… a perfect way to infuse the warmth of the season to a pattern that tends to be thought of as more of a Spring or Summer pattern (at least to me).
Plus, it’s a great way to give the pumpkins that have been lingering around my house one last hurrah before transitioning to Christmas! There are several ways to approach planning a tablescape and I admit I do it differently all the time. For me the key is to begin at my inspiration point. Whether I’m inspired by the place setting, a place card, centerpiece, whatever, I follow the inspiration.
For this table, it all began with the place setting. I love the traditional Blue Willow pattern but I wanted to break it up a little bit. I layered the dinner plates and bread & butter plates with these Lace Edge Milk Glass plates I found on ebay a while back.
Next I gently folded a striped orange and white ribbon (mine is from May Arts) back and forth and snipped the ends in a “V” shape to finish. Rather than tie the ribbon, I simply placed a miniature pumpkin on top. Easy, easy!!
I embellished these plain white napkins with my monogram using my embroidery machine. I gotta say, I love the feeling of taking something simple like a plain napkin and turning it into something heirloom worthy by personalizing it!
I love these wreath place card holders I got from Decor Steals. They are so pretty it helps me not feel like I have to do much to make an attractive place card. Here I’ve simply punched out two pieces of paper – one orange and one blue and written a name in gold. The punch I used is the Real Estate Sign Punch which you can purchase on Amazon (please note this is an affiliate link). The cute border on this punch makes it look fancy with no effort – love that!
I wanted a “collected” look for the centerpiece, especially since I didn’t have a container which was large enough to make a statement on its own. Here an assortment of complimentary pieces come together beautifully to create interest but not overwhelm the scene.
I really, really wanted to use this small tureen as my centerpiece but do you see how it’s a bit small on its own? I elevated it with a small white cake platter (from World Market) and filled it with some blooms I bought in my grocery store’s floral department. I love the bit of height from the blue delphiniums and orange tulips while the white and orange garden roses make a lovely base for the arrangement. A few safflower blooms add textural interest and the faux bittersweet adds nice “energy” as it loosely wraps around the blooms and spills down onto the table.
I really love the safflower blooms – I wasn’t really familiar with them before – they feel a little bit tropical and remind me of a firecracker exploding. I like using some unexpected elements like that in my flower arrangements to keep them interesting! Allowing one bloom and a bit of the bittersweet to lay on the platter help draw your eye away from the fact that the platter is much larger than the base of my container.
But one of my favorite elements on this table are the blue & white octagonal plates I got recently at a local store called Greenwood Antiques & Uniques. The pattern is called “Stuart” and is Woods Ware by Wood & Sons of England.
Plus, I hope you’ll hop over to check out all the other wonderful tables included in the tour! Check out the list below. I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous tablescapes!!
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