This Neutral Contemporary Thanksgiving Tablescape embodies the mood of the season without the traditional fall color palette.
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.
It’s not often that I put an extra leaf in the dining room table. We actually have two and if I were to put both in, someone would end up falling into the living room. We’ve been in our home for 34 four years and this dining room set with china cabinet is the only original furniture left in the house. It was purchased from Ethan Allen and has held up through five children, seven grandchildren and a host of special occasions.
I was somewhat shocked to see that the cane backing was pulling away from the side of one of the chairs. Probably only noticeable to me but there nonetheless. 34 years is a long time for anything to last so I’m certainly not complaining.
Using the extra leaf called for a longer tablecloth and luckily I had a couple to choose from. Ivory works for so many occasions and well with most colors so this was another wise purchase. A not so wise purchase over the years has been buying tableware and some linen in a set of four. Really Sandra? You and the Mr have five children. Unless they’re going to draw straws to see who gets the matching set I’m going to have to add to my stash.
In the meantime there’s nothing like mixing and matching to make things work. I used the placemat/charger combo again to add depth to the stack. Satin taupe and beige patterned placemats are the foundation. Hurray for seven chargers faux wood chargers that match! The leaf patterns on them are a perfect match to the September Song Bristol china that we ate from. I used coordinating napkins with round wooden napkin rings and gold toned flatware. Amber and clear goblets were used for our beverages.
Years ago I bought the large and small pumpkins from Meijer’s and they cost less than $15.00 for all three. I gave them a couple of coats of taupe metallic spray paint and they’ve graced my table every year. The large pumpkin sits on a gold cake stand. Underneath I place faux seasonal fruit and foliage. Another metallic gold pumpkin and wooden taper holders round off the centerpiece.
I’m catching my breath, trying not to eat too many leftovers and gathering my energy and supplies for the next couple of weeks. Hope your holiday was as fantastic as mine!
Sharing and caring at these parties this week.
House of Hipsters
The dishes used on this tablescape were my mother’s. To date, Thanksgiving is the only time of year that I use them. Mama didn’t have lots of fancy stuff, but she had a fancy demeanor. I remember shopping at a George Washington’s birthday sale with her when she got these dishes. It was at a store called Weichman’s. This gorgeous pattern is September Song, from Bristol China. When the kids were little they were almost afraid to eat from them for fear they’d break them. Going forward I will do my best to use them more often, I’m sure Mama would like that.
I started the table with an ivory cloth and added a burlap type cloth for an overlay. Raffia is a bit hit with me these days and it added the autumn feel I was looking for. I found the chargers at Walmart and knew they’d be a perfect fit. The goblets are a dollar store find.
One of the workers at my favorite thrift store told me to ask her about the china sets when I come in and she’d make me a deal. You don’t know how I was tempted to play lets make a deal while I was there. I restrained myself and only bought the smoky quartz glasses and the wire basket.
This goldtone flatware is getting it’s fair share of use these days. I’ve promised it that after Thanksgiving it will get a well deserved rest. On a whimsy one day I went into Country Sampler thinking I wouldn’t find anything. I found these beautiful napkins on clearance at 75% off. They’re super soft and only cost $3.50 for the four of them winner! I played mix and match with the seasonal napkin rings, and it worked; at least I think so.
I must give credit to Jackie at Purple Chocolat Home for the pumpkins I used in the centerpiece. She was even kind enough to share that she used Krylon Metallic Caramel Latte spray paint on hers. Thankfully I scored the ceramic pumpkins after the holiday last year. The large one was regular priced at $14.99, I got it for $1.49; the small ones were marked down to .49 from $4.99. That my friends is what you call a sale!
The large pumpkin is sitting on a small glass cake stand. I used silk leaves to help disguise it. After the small pumpkins were in place on the table I filled in with flower picks, seasonal faux fruits and more leaves. I added a pillar in a large votive holder that was also sprayed with the same paint as the pumpkins. When I started going through my holiday bins I found things I hadn’t seen in a while. Namely the leaf votive holders. I’m pretty sure they came from Big Lots years ago. The gold toned candle holders are thrift finds and the plastic baubles I scattered on the table I got at Michaels.
As I arranged my table I counted so many blessings that I lost count. I am blessed in so many ways and I make it a point to always be grateful. Blogging has been an incredible adventure and learning experience. I’ve made so many friends through our common bond of food and pretty things. I thank you for visiting, leaving so many kind words, being supportive and inspiring me through all you do. Have a blessed, peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving. I look forward to sharing many more with you.
Love you Mama~
Tablecloths – Kohl’s
Raffia Runner – Joann’s
China – Weichman’s eons ago
Chargers – Walmart
Flatware – Fingerhut
Stemware – Dollar Tree
Tumblers/ =Wire Basket- City Resuce Thrift Store
Napkins – Country Sampler
Napkin Rings – Hobby Lobby
Ceramic Pumpkins – Meijers
Silk Flowers/Faux Fruit – Michaels, Big Lots
Goldtone Candle Holders – Thrift Store
Leaf Votive Holders – Big Lots
Large Leaf Votive Holder – ?
I’ve always thought it was unfair at big family gatherings for kids to have to sit at their own table. Granted they sometimes play with their food, make lots of noise, sometimes break dishes or can be downright unruly. However, maybe if they’re in the company of adults when eating at more formal or even casual dinners they may pick up on some social graces. That is, as long as the adults don’t play with their food, make lots of noise, sometimes break dishes or act downright unruly.
If there isn’t room or if the host/hostess insist that kids have their own table how about making it special for them. A plain old card table and chairs would make me a bit unruly come to think of it.
To start with I found a paper table cover that is one giant activity pad. The kids can color, play word games, tic tac toe, and find their way through a turkey maze. It can keep them busy for hours. I know a couple of adults in my family that could amuse themselves for most of the evening with this. I found the cover at Walmart.
The golden/yellow dishes are the same ones I used here in my From Summer to Fall Table. We use them most everyday. I topped them with some whimsical cornstalk plates that I picked up at Big Lots years ago.
Not wanting to press my luck too much and because they worked with the napkins I chose these holiday appropriate cups for the kids.
The flatware I’ve had for many years and I really like the weathered look.
I bundled several crayons and tied them with ribbon as favors for each child. A pack of 48 from the dollar store will go a long way.
I made the wreath probably about 15 years ago and it shows. It really needs a touch up and it’ll get one after the holiday. The cornucopia came from a dollar store a long time ago. I bought it with the idea to use it as a gift basket. After trying to fill it with bath products to no avail, I gave up on that idea. I thought the tissue tuffed turkey was a fun addition to it.
These Indians and scarecrows are so cute. They been at the big table several times, but I think they’re more appreciated by the kids. Although the young ones probably won’t use the salt and pepper shakers, or the sugar and creamer they fit better here also
Since this is a kids table I had to get an experts opinion on how it would work for the holiday. Gabbi’s cousin Aubrey came over to play just in time to test it out with her. Clearly they loved the table cover.
Clearly they like the banana cupcakes I made as well.
Recipe coming soon for the cupcakes.
Tablecover, turkey centerpiece, napkins, cups – Walmart
Golden Yellow Dishes – Meijers
Flatware – don’t remember
Cornstalk Dishes – Big Lots (many years ago)
Indians and Scarecrows- Big Lots (many years ago)
Cornucopia – Dollar Store
Homemade Wreath – components for Michaels
Turkey salt & pepper, sugar & creamer – Big Lots
Crayons – Dollar Store
Cupcakes – Sweet Sensations
Cupcake Liners and Picks – Michaels
Also, come over to A Stroll Thru Life for more fabulous tables.