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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Until a few days ago, my work table was overflowing with a mish-mash of flowers, seasonal pics, feathers and pumpkins. All this in an effort for me to come up with a decent centerpiece for my Floral and Feathers Thanksgiving Tablescape. This year I am head over heels in love with neutrals for the fall season. In seasons past I’ve relied heavily on the traditional color palette and I feel the need for a change. Hubby loves the reds and earth tones so I will work that color scheme into my next table.
Someone once said we eat with our eyes. I’m sure it’s more to the saying than that but that’s all I can remember. What I do know is that it’s true. Food should be appealing, even if it’s just a snack. I also think that the table you sit at should be appealing as well. It’s not unusual to pull out all the good stuff at holiday time and make a big fuss over our tables. However, doing it everyday can present a challenge I will admit. One thing that often holds us back from setting a pretty table is the notion that we have to have “real” china and crystal. “Real” china and crystal can cost an arm and a leg, and while beautiful, it isn’t an absolute must have when setting a pretty table. Use what you have and don’t worry if the pieces don’t match. If you have kids, there’s a good chance that some dishes have been broken along the way. For that matter you’ve probably broken your fair share as well, so don’t get hung up on matching either. Sometimes mixing different shapes and even textures adds interest and character to a table.
If you want to just play around a bit with your tables, find the nearest thrift store and have at it. I’ve found some of my favorite pieces at Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. Another great idea for acquiring dishes and other seasonal decorative pieces is the end of the season clearance. Especially when shopping at some of the pricer places. Don’t rule out dollar stores, and value stores like Big Lots. Then there’s TJ Maxx. I’m well on my way to needing a 12 step program for that one. Take a look at the picture below. Everything in it, included the fabric cost $13.25, less than the cost of the large pumpkin. How’s that for a bargain. Those white ceramic pumpkins will resurface soon.
Along with the turkey that’s been baked to perfection, the stuffing that dreams are made of and the most perfect crust for your sweet potato pie; treat yourself and your family to a gorgeous table to sit around and give thanks. Check out this short video from Rebecca Cole at Howdini for some steps to putting together a stunning holiday table. I’m working on my Thanksgiving table now and can’t wait to share it with you.