The other day my dad and I were trimming some branches for a different project (he was trimming, I was observing) and we were both struck by the gorgeous colors of the leaves on the branches he was pruning. One look and I knew right away that I had to create a tablescape around these leaves, and do it quickly before they fell off! Fortunately it was a cool, rainy day and the branches were able to sit out overnight while I gathered my thoughts and supplies to set up this outdoor thanksgiving table, or fireside thanksgiving table as I like to think of it.
When I first thought about this tablescape with tree branches as the centerpiece I knew I could go two ways – entirely rustic or punch it up with lots of golden accents. Clearly the gold won out!
The crepe myrtles that these branches came from are behind the evergreens and stone fireplace you see here, which is in my parent’s backyard. I just love the colors of fall in Virginia!
I actually forgot I had these napkin rings (the perils of having so many treasures in my inventory!) but was super excited when I came across them in my napkin drawer. I bought these at a vintage shop but I found some similar Autumn Leaves Plated Pewter Napkin Rings on Amazon (affiliate link).
Ah, the cozy lure of an outdoor fireplace. I love how it expands the outdoor entertaining season. By making it warmer, it means you can stand the cooler temps longer. Hooray!
The branches make a wonderful centerpiece and have an almost braided effect even though they are simply laying on the table. How easy is that?
I nestled in a few white pumpkins and some gilded pumpkins and votives for sparkle! Together they add interest without overwhelming the scene.
I’ve had these wire pumpkin placecard holders for ages and ages (you might recall seeing them here on my Cinderella inspired tablescape). I can’t recall where I got them originally but I did find this set of Wire Pumpkin Cardholders here on Amazon (affiliate link).
I love plaid everything, even glassware!
Even humble juice becomes glamorous when served in a cut-glass decanter like this. Lately, I’m really enjoying a Cranberry Hibiscus juice I found at my local Trade Joe’s.
Here’s a fun overview shot. I know the table looks lush but it really did come together very quickly. Do you like what you see? Here’s a handy image perfect for sharing on your favorite social media:
Have you decided how you will decorate your Thanksgiving table yet this year? So far this season I’ve shared this white pumpkin & plaid table, this aqua & orange table, and this blue, white & chocolate table. I can’t decide which look will win the big day. I love them all in their different ways. Of course knowing me, I could end up doing something completely unique but even if I do, I have to say, I have truly enjoyed dreaming up all these options with you and I dearly hope you’ve enjoyed virtually dining at these tables with me!
p.s. I’m sharing this at Between Naps on the Porch’s Tablescape Thursday!