This Neutral Contemporary Thanksgiving Tablescape embodies the mood of the season without the traditional fall color palette.
This Caramel and Merlot Thanksgiving Table bears a color combo that adds to and plays on the traditional autumnal palette to create a relaxing ambiance.
Once I styled this table and began taking pictures I realized that this is also a pared-down Thanksgiving Table. I’ve become so used to having lots of dinnerware and accessories that a simple tablescape seems scarce to me. This doesn’t mean that I will stop doing either of these, just an observation. Honestly, if you’re planning on serving your meal from the table, a pared-down table makes perfect sense. We rarely do that, so I have fun creating a fuller one. [Read more…]
Thanksgiving Dessert and Tablescape Ideas
I’m reaching back into some old sweet and savory posts to help me put together this year’s menu. When it comes to the savories there are a few mainstays. Turkey & Dressing, Turnip Greens, Potato Salad and Macaroni & Cheese. Also, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Sweet Potato Pie. Every once in a while I like to add a few non-traditional items. We’ll see what’s on the table this year. Here are a few of my favorites.
This Pared Down Thanksgiving Tablescape with Dough Bowl Centerpiece holds faux pumpkins and bowl filler to create a fall ambiance.
Design a tablescape with an Edible Centerpiece as an alternative to flowers.
This Foliage and Burlap Thanksgiving Tablescape was styled with simplicity in mind. Also, because the centerpiece is mostly foliage and it will stay fresh longer.
When all else fails mix and match. This table includes different styles of cutlery and two different colors of chargers.
A little glitter goes a long way. These shimmery placemats add shine and texture without going overboard.
Sweets & Savories
Caramel Glazed Pear Cake
This Caramel Glazed Pear cake is made with oil rather than butter. It’s chock full of diced pears and roasted pecans for the quintessential fall dessert.
Initially, I wasn’t sure if it would be good and honestly thought I let it bake too long.
Due to the inherent saltiness of the pork shanks,use unsalted broth for this recipe. With the holidays, approaching this dish would be a great alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The little lovelies are baked in a muffin tin, doused with a buttermilk glaze and topped with a vanilla hard sauce which in reality is a thick vanilla buttercream, plus a slice of fig and a sprig of rosemary.
This stick to your rib dish goes a long way.
I hope a few of these Thanksgiving Dessert and Table Ideas serve as inspiration for your holiday meal and table.
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This is the table we will dine at on Thursday. After much reluctance to dive headlong into the traditional holiday color palette, I went all in with my Foliage and Burlap Thanksgiving Tablescape.
Dinner is served!! My fellow dinner companions have contributed some top notch dishes for the occasion and I am thrilled to be in such good company. Our hostess for this Fall Harvest Dinner is Eileen from Joy of Caking. I am also thrilled that Eileen asked me to put together a tablescape for our gathering.
My color palette is totally fall and the setting is abundant. To show off the colors I chose an ivory polyester tablecloth and the runner is a repurposed door mirror. Upcycling the mirror is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and this dinner was the perfect opportunity.
After removing the worn frame, the surface was covered with vinyl wall decals that I found in the clearance section at Target. Leaf garland was laid around the edges. For the centerpiece I used a large ceramic pumpkin that was centered in a twig wreath. There are two smaller versions on the table as well. Filling in the rest of the runner was fun and I had lots of room to work with. Wooden candleholders flank the centerpiece and gold toned candelabras were placed at the ends along with glass and metal pumpkin tealight holders. Various gourds and fruits are placed throughout to create a bountiful feeling.
Each place setting starts with a faux wooden charger with embossed acorns around the edges. The china pattern is September Song by Bristol. I love any occasion where I get to bring out my mother’s dishes. Here I’ve used the dinner plate, bread and butter plate and a small bowl.
The flatware is gold toned and monogrammed, with the forks resting on cinnamon colored polyester napkins. Simple water and wine goblets complete the setting. Thanks again Eileen for bringing us all together and I hope we get to do it again. Please visit the rest of my dinner companions.
Eileen @ Joy of Caking – Crusted Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chicken
Liz @ That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Pumpkin Challah
Anne @ From My Sweet Heart – Heart Cinnamon Applesauce Tart
Dionne @ Try Anything Once – Eggplant Caviar
Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes – Roasted Pear Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Terra @ CafeTerraBlog – Apple Pie Cocktail with a Twist
Jeanne @ Inside NanaBread’s Head – Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple with Almond & Honey Streusel.
Sharon and Denise @ BeBetsy – Onion Rolls
Monet @ Ancedotes & Applecores – Goat Cheese with Herbs de Provence