This Neutral Contemporary Thanksgiving Tablescape embodies the mood of the season without the traditional fall color palette.
At long last, this is the table my family and I will dine at for Thanksgiving. My goal was to stick with the typical décor, pumpkins, wooden elements, etc. while shying away from the traditional orange/rust colors palette. In doing so I was still able to create the familiar autumn ambiance.
For this table, it was also time to add an extra leaf for extra seating and my plan is to leave it in until the first of the year. One of my goals is to style a table using both table leaves which would give us seating for ten. That goal might also require buying additional dinnerware (Yay!).
I covered the table with an ivory polyester cloth Efavortmart, and at $6.49 it was a steal. This oval cloth measures 90×132 which gives a nice drop all the way around. The centerpiece almost runs the full length of the table.
I use various sizes of faux pumpkins, a few real gourds, gold votive holders along with cylindrical vases lined with cloth like scrapbook paper.
The burlap pumpkin with gold embroidery was a last-minute buy from TJ Maxx and it sits on a small wooden slice that I found at Burlington’s for $5.99. The centerpiece is rather simple, but I love the visual impact of the different sizes and textures of the pumpkins.
I thought I had enough of the acorn embossed chargers from the Better Homes and Garden line at Walmart to accommodate each setting, but alas, I didn’t. To accommodate I used two glittery pumpkin placemats at each end of the table for balance.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the Sweet Sensations household without dining on my mother’s china. This set is over 50 years old and I remember shopping with my mom at Weichman’s the day after Thanksgiving for this set. We stood outside for what seemed like forever waiting for the store to open and when it did there was a mad dash to the china department. I didn’t know mama could move that fast! There were only a few boxes of this set left and someone mom managed to get her foot on one of the boxes, staking her claim. Way to go, mom!
The manufacturer is Bristol and the pattern is September Song. Originally, the set was service for 12 and consisted of dinner and appetizer plates, soup and small bowls, a large serving plate, teacups, and saucers, along with a creamer and sugar bowl. The teacups are the only items that I have 12 of. Each year I’ve vowed to find replacement pieces for the ones missing but haven’t gotten around to it yet. The search is on top of my to-do list for 2018.
A bit of mixing and matching was in order when setting the table. The appetizer plate sits atop of the dinner plate and the soup and small bowls top them.
The two settings at the end of the table have a cream napkin with sparkling taupe edging. The other six napkins are a very soft cotton with a hem stitch around the edges.
I also used two sets of flatware, one with a basket weave handle and the other has a swirled handle. For dining purposes I know we will only use one glass during the meal so that’s all I set out.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my Thanksgiving tables with you and I’m anxious to start my Christmas tables and décor. Have a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving!
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