The Thanksgiving Table

In all the rush to Christmas each year (guilty, guilty, GUILTY!) we (me) tend to overlook Thanksgiving and its non-gastronomic appeals. Since my turkey day decor tends to be limited to, well, turkeys, I went in search of a little inspiration. May the settings below inspire a little fall creativity at your own table.
High style thanks: Ralph Lauren's beautiful tablescape evokes fall in colors -
and non traditional patterns. Cheetah print chargers and
peacock feathered porcelain make the setting distinct.
Perfect for a "haute" Thanksgiving - or any elegant occasion. Gold Coil
Wainwright dinnerware, hand embellished in 22 karate gold, at Horchow.
A talented home decorator at Flickr combines a number of pieces to stunning effect.
Victorian plates, ceramic pumpkins, paper leaves, gourds, votives, and a fall-colored
centerpiece make a wining table. Many of these items you're likely to already
own. Add ceramic pumpkins to your collection, to be reused each year, and bring fresh
flowers to the mix.
Cottage country from Ballard Designs. Very simple, very cozy.
For your straight-forward homecooked Thanksgiving.
Setting the scene from Restoration Hardware - soft metallics
and candle glow make a warm holiday setting.
Another ceramic pumpkin from a Flickr user. This setting offers nice versatility - change the
centerpiece for cranberries, and the pumpkins for a little present, and it's
ready for Christmas, too (for an added touch, serve soup in the pumpkin bowl).
If ceramics are a bit too pricey for your budget, try these darling paper
options from Paper Source.
A literal interpretation of Turkey Day, from Horchow (English earthenware by Spode).
Many families collect Christmas china, but if your cupboards are already full of Lenox
and holly, try these for a new tradition.
A creative idea for place card holders from Victoria: a very light flora and fauna style
that would look lovely in a cottage-style home.

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?
All images attributed in captions above.


Christina said...

the fourth table setting is definitely my favorite...so simple and pretty! i don't decorate b/c i'm not hosting (wahoo!)

pve design said...

Thanksgiving to me is all about using natural elements, linen, corn, berries, leaves and things to share. When I host, I illustrate and calligraphy each place card. Simple touches for a day to enjoy, a day to gather and to give thanks.

ticklishfromadistance said...

That second image is my favorite. I am not great at decorating for Thanksgiving. Usually a zillion white pumpkins. I am going to do better this year. You have inspired me!

Kitty said...

love the paper pumpkin placecards(how alliterative was that!), but you can't go wrong with a cheetah print charger! decor-wise i use beaded pumpkins and gourds and fresh flowers. perhaps i'll post a pic or two while i hide out in my guest room from my extended family!

annechovie said...

Beautiful! Love that gold coil design. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Skyla.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I needed some inspiration & you did a great job. The gold Horchow dishes are calling my name. Thanks so much and a very happy Thanksgiving to you x


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