My Neutral Thanksgiving Table Design

The holidays are upon us and that means entertaining and lots of company.  For me, there is nothing that brings me more pleasure.  I love to welcome family and friends into our home, and I want my home to look picture perfect.  Creating a beautiful environment in which to entertain is so much fun, but it also means planning ahead so I can be present in each moment, alleviate stress, and keep from losing my mind! (Although I make no promises!)

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Winston says “Come on in, he’s happy you’re here!”

This year when I began thinking about what I wanted to create, I was feeling lots of neutral vibes!  Last year my Thanksgiving table was filled with bold yellow sunflowers, feathers, and greens, and although I loved it, this year I decided to change gears.  But first and foremost, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I went shopping in my own home.  Click here to see last year’s post!

I grabbed chippy wooden pillars, neutral leaf stems, antlers, lots of white pumpkins, silver and white candlesticks, two navy and white vases, and a burlap runner.   I also chose to use red and white woodland napkins, white plates, my brown woven placemats, gold and silver flatware, and my crystal stemware. I use many of these items over and over in my table designs, and all of this I have on hand.

To make my table really special I did want to find a few new items. The first item I purchased was a unique wooden lantern from my favorite local boutique, The Gingham Buffalo.  Then shortly thereafter while perusing one of my favorite Instagram pages, Purple Rose Home, I saw the most amazing rustic maple leaves.  I was sold! As with any design, I usually have one or two items that inspire me, and that was definitely the case with these pieces.  From there, I put together my plan.

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This beautiful and unique lantern can be used for every season!
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The rustic leaf, that inspired the look!

I began by simply laying down my thin burlap runner.  I like using burlap as a base because it’s a bit rustic, and neutral in color.  It goes with anything, and can be dressed up, or used casually.

Next, I placed my new wooden lantern in the center.  I knew that I was going to use my favorite white velvet pumpkins here, but then I had an idea.  I was fortunate enough to get some beautiful silver heirloom pieces recently that belonged to my husband’s grandmother, and I decided to incorporate one of her pieces into the centerpiece.  Adding some personal and special family items to your table, really helps solidify the reason for the season. I filled the silver bowl with the velvet pumpkins, added antlers, and the centerpiece was complete.

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I used the silver bowl as the base to hold my velvet pumpkins.

Now on to the rest.  I added all of my candlesticks and wooden pillars, placed pumpkins on the pillars at varying heights, and then added my leaves and some fresh flowers in the vases.  The entire centerpiece took me about twenty minutes to put together, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.  Here’s a view before I added the place settings.

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The centerpiece before the table was set.

I don’t want to bore you with a tutorial of every single step, but here are lots of photos so that you can see every detail.  I hope this helps to inspire your Thanksgiving table, and I’ll be back soon to share my “how to survive” guide you if you are hosting this year.

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The natural placemats are a great backdrop for the place setting.
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Starting to add the setting.

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The places are set!

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A view from above!
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Candlelight sets the mood.


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A close up of the antique mantle.
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We are ready for our Thanksgiving guests!

Please shoot any questions you have to me.  Some products are linked, and others are items I’ve had for years, so direct links are not available, but I’m happy to guide you in the right direction.

Cheers and Happy Tablescaping!! xoxo Deb

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