Fall is traditionally bursting with classic colors of the season: rust, deep reds, plums, and rich yellows. These are the gorgeous shades of changing leaves that signal the start of crisp weather and the holidays ahead. I typically bring these colors into our home during this season, however, this year, I wanted to try something different and unexpected for my Thanksgiving table. I opted for a more neutral, soft palette with aqua, cream and celadon, making this table decor a bit more versatile than the usual harvest color scheme. I’m certainly not against bold colors, but change is a good thing!
Can we just talk about these plates? I absolutely fell in love with them. They’re hand-painted using centuries-old Hungarian techniques and come in about five different color palettes ranging from orchid, indigo blue, sky blue and a lovely chartreuse hue. When I shop, I look for pieces that are versatile, so I selected aqua, which can double as a Thanksgiving setting, as well as a Spring feté. Fair warning — these were expensive ($ . If you’re not up for spending this much, consider buying just a dinner plate or salad plate, and building up your collection from there. I do that a lot with my dishes, flatware, even mint julep cups. Get them here.
One of my most often used pieces of table decor are these glass beaded chargers. They’re a great way to add another dimension to a place setting since they showcase the plate on top, while also enhancing the table, place mat, or runner below.
Decor Tip: A super easy, inexpensive way to transform the look of a table setting is by using paper place mats — check out Hester & Cook for fun patterns and colors. Bonus: They’re easy clean-up since you can toss them when you’re done!
In this spread, I love how the gold polka-dot paper serving papers and place cards offer a whimsical touch and play off the gold flatware. The neutral flax linen napkins add softness without taking away from the aqua, cream and celadon color scheme. Finally, fresh eucalyptus sprigs keep my finishing touch organic without looking stuffy.
Decor Tip: Trader Joe’s always has a nice selection of fresh decorative greens, making it a great place to grab a few bundles of eucalyptus to place between your pumpkins.
Remember how I told you that I bought all of my Halloween decor at Michael’s? Well, I got all of these pumpkins there at the same time for 50% off (you know how I love a good steal). As a result, they will be repurposed for years to come!!
Gold votive candle holders were on my wish list, but I couldn’t find the right size. Soooooo, I took some plain glass votives that I already had and spray painted them a matte gold. Don’t you love how these turned out? Rose gold would have worked too.
Seriously, this may be the easiest tablescape I’ve ever created. I love that this holiday spread is unexpected with neutral tones, yet still includes traditional elements like the low profile candles and pumpkins.
Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Tablescaping, everyone!