Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Setting Your Thanksgiving Table

 If you're like me, you are already pondering the centerpiece and potential layout for your Thanksgiving table. Will you go with simplicity, or be over the top?  I may just opt for the simplicity of gourds, grasses, and candles this year. Then again, I may just change my mind. If you're in a quandary, here is a little eye candy from years past to help spur your creative juices. 
 A Thanksgiving table need not be fancy or make use of your best china. This table makes use of my every day Fiestaware, along with a special autumn pattern, and multicolored, fringed placemats. I just used a favorite pumpkin tureen and some berries as the centerpiece. Easy, colorful, and fun. 
 With an October birthday and a tradition of hosting the Thanksgiving meal I have acquired a lot of autumn dinnerware over the years, and I love it! This cozy house always makes a colorful splash no matter the setting. 
 Here it is shown on rustic placemats against a boldly patterned fabric used as a table covering. 
 Yellow-handled flatware and matching chalices as water glasses make this table really pop.
 A busy table cover and dinnerware calls for a simple centerpiece.  This lantern does the trick.
The same, simple pumpkin tureen from the first picture makes quite a showy centerpiece here. I arranged the flowers myself using four inexpensive bouquets from Sam's. I filled in with herbs and cuttings from both indoor and outdoor plants.
 One of the easiest ways to decorate a table is with a cornucopia. I found this one for a couple of dollars on clearance at Michael's. A trip to the produce section of my local market and the job was done. 
Tom Turkey makes an appearance every now and again, along with a harvest swag in which I intersperse gourds and little turkey candleholders. 

However you set your holiday table, whether simple, elegant, or over the top, remember to make it festive and fun. 


KathyB. said...

What festive table-settings ! I especially like the last one though. We are having Thanksgiving here but I am still not sure if I will opt for simplicity or not. Either way, I will be thankful !

The Quintessential Magpie said...

They are all amazing! I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite! Love them ALL!



Marigene said...

All beautiful, but the second one is my favorite. I love the many shades of yellow and oranges.
We will be going to relatives, but I will have ours on the Saturday following...the table will be simple.

Diane said...

Wonderful tables! Fall colors are my favorites, so I enjoyed every one of these tablescapes. The huge centerpiece in the pumpkin is gorgeous!!

ellen b. said...

I like festive and fun. Those chalices are very cool...
I'm visiting from Kathleen's Let's Dish as the Happy Wonderer...

Mary said...

Pattie, Fall is my favorite time of year and I love your tables and collection of fall dishes! Your house plates and bowls are so cheery and I love your tureen filled with flowers!

Sarah said...

Pattie, thanks for sharing all you beautiful fall tables. Each one is charming! Love the different dishes you have for the season.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Your table is just gorgeous! Love those beautiful colors here.
Very festive.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Love it all, especially that pumpkin dish.


Oh Patty, how did I miss this amazing tables for Tksgiving! I love the turkey mugs in each place! The pumpkin dish is gorgeous, just wonderful.
Thanks for all the inspiration.
Have a great week.

zerry ht said...

OMG!! This thanksgiving party table is really awesome. Loved everything arranged here. Planning to arrange next thanksgiving party at one of venues in Chicago. Will love to use few of your ideas for the day as really liked them.