Saturday, November 17, 2012

An Inviting Thanksgiving Table

I found some wonderful tips for creating warm and welcoming Thanksgiving table settings and centerpieces at several of my favorite sites. The ideas are simple and easy, using what you may already have on hand. And I'm sure these tips will inspire more ideas of your own!


From Southern Living...For a more casual table setting, mix and match different colors and styles of dinnerware, from contemporary handmade stoneware chargers to antique blue transferware and fresh white ironstone pieces.



Mix and match your silver, too...combine several patterns for an interesting look. The article at Southern Living recommends using the same combination of silver patterns at each setting to bring some consistency to the overall look of the table.



Another special touch...pair antique domed lids with simple platters for a look of vintage elegance. The silver dome doesn't even need to be polished...the patina looks unique and interesting just the way it is!


What a lovely idea to use vintage silver napkin rings in a table setting. None of the patterns match, but because they're all silver, it works. Next time I go to a flea market or antique store, I'll be looking for napkin rings like these so I can start my own collection!



Setting your table with mix and match stemware is a creative idea, too! Mix different vintage styles or mix vintage stems with contemporary ones for a festive look.



Use small vintage silver containers as one-of-a-kind place card holders...mixing silver pieces with simple natural elements like moss and speckled stones is a beautiful idea!



A striking arrangement of autumn leaves and branches on a sideboard warms up your dining area with eye-catching touches of glorious natural color. Group leaves by size and color, just like you would group flowers.

Now here are some ideas from another idea-filled site, Midwest Living... 


Create a simple yet elegant tabletop with white dinnerware and serving pieces. Use large, decorative candlesticks to showcase mini pumpkins and other pretty bowls and platters to display slightly larger gourds and pumpkins. Add some branches of leaves or bittersweet to complete the look.


For a warm, glowing centerpiece, display candles of varying heights on a wood cutting board, adding dried oranges, gourds, mini pumpkins, bittersweet, pine cones, nuts, or other treasures from nature. I like the idea of placing a leaf on top of each napkin and tying a ribbon around it...such a simple. easy way to dress up a place setting!


Being the hydrangea-lover that I am, I couldn't resist this image of a bouquet of hydrangeas displayed with gourds. It's beautiful on this rustic outdoor table and I think it would be just as beautiful indoors!



This is another floral centerpiece idea I love...using bunches of fall flowers and berries displayed in glass vases. They bring a beautiful burst of color to the Thanksgiving table! This photo shows them in round glass vases, but you could use vases of varying heights and shapes, too. 

I hope these ideas have inspired you as you make your preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday. How will you be adding an autumn touch to your table?

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