Put together a simple and elegant thanksgiving tablescape with these easy ideas using things you may already have on hand.
I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest things for me to do after fall is to get rid of the plants, flowers and produce that may still be flourishing. You know they’re doomed with the coming cold, but still. So why not weave fall flowers, herbs, squash and pumpkins into your Thanksgiving table decor and get both an economical and eye-catching centerpiece?
White pumpkins are just a boon to fall decorating, don’t you think? Is it a Lunar, Flat White Boer or a Caspar pumpkin? I’m not sure how you tell the difference but it anchors one end of the tablescape beautifully.
And how visually compelling is this Marina di Chioggia pumpkin? It’s a favorite source of squash ingredients in Italian pastas and is covered in bumps known as “sugar warts,” which are created from the buildup of extra sugars in the squash’s skin and flesh. Soooo, maybe the pumpkin version of cellulite.
A bunch of mini pumpkins and a Porcelain Doll pumpkin (love these names!) surround this warty and wonderful specimen.
Break up the dance of pumpkins down the table with a colorful statuette or figurine. This fantastic pheasant does the trick. Talk about a beady-eyed stare, though!
A Great White pumpkin provides a backdrop for the bright hues of the bird statue and balances the white winter squash at either end of the table.
Rosemary is very tricky to keep through the winter in cold climates. Repot it in a larger container to overwinter indoors (it won’t survive if it’s pot-bound). Then, make it a star of the Thanksgiving tablescape. The wonderful fragrance will add to the scrumptious aroma of the meal.
Little pots of bronze mums add vivid color to the tablescape. Warty squash and deer antler sheds provide interesting texture.
Turned on its side, a Speckled Hound pumpkin offers more of the orange color along with a unique pattern on this end of the table.
A large Hubbard squash in cool blue-gray tones has an elongated shape that contrasts well with the rounded forms of the pumpkins.
A pot of fragrant thyme injects more fresh greenery that balances the container of rosemary.
Ceramic deer head vases filled with yellow mums punctuate the display on both ends of the table. And we finish here as we started with a last white pumpkin.
Like the centerpiece, we’ve kept dinnerware and linens simple with rustic twig placemats, solid glazed plates and amber-hued goblets.
Pattern comes to each place setting with leaf-painted vintage salad plates. A bronze leaf napkin ring echoes the motif.
Displayed as decorative objects down the table, these simple harvest elements embody the season and the abundance that’s celebrated at Thanksgiving. Have a happy holiday, everyone!
Photography and styling by Carla Sayklay, Vintage Chic Trading Co.
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