If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, it’s a given you want to create a fantastic meal. But what about the décor? From runners to centerpieces to napkin rings, evoke the magic of autumn by crafting an unforgettable tablescape. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:
Celebrate the beauty of fall produce with an unexpected, veggie-inspired arrangement on your Thanksgiving table this year. Start with a round or oval planter or basket and fill it with a variety of pumpkins and winter squash. You could also add a few heads of cauliflower to add some texture to your centerpiece. To help fill the container and create a lusher look, add leaves of kale and chard. Place your centerpiece on a table runner made of burlap to add some rustic texture.
To top it all off, add white napkins and plates. Place a sprig of rosemary or thyme on top of each napkin to complete the look.
Pumpkin Patch Pretty
It’s hard to escape the pumpkin craze this time of year, so why not embrace it with a DIY pumpkin vase? Cut the top off of a large pumpkin and remove the membrane and seeds, rinsing the pumpkin thoroughly. Treat the emptied pumpkin like a vase, arranging a variety of colorful fall flowers inside. Our favorites include mums, sunflowers and dahlias. Although this pumpkin vase looks great on its own, why not throw in a few tiny pumpkin friends? Choose a mixture of six small white and orange pumpkins, remove the tops, membranes and seeds, and rinse and dry them thoroughly. Place tea candles in the pumpkins and arrange them around your pumpkin vase. Pumpkin vases look great not only on dining room tables, but on coffee tables and buffets, as well.
Chic and Elegant
If you’re all about chic with a touch of old-fashioned flair, then you may want take a more classic approach to your tablescape. For starters, opt for a simple, crisp white tablecloth to set an elegant tone. Stick to signature colors like rich golds and silvers for your candleholders and smaller vases. Instead of more traditional autumn blooms, try an all-white arrangement of hydrangeas? Because of their size and fun snowball shape, you won’t need very many to fill your vase.
For those planning a last-minute fall gathering, simplicity can go a long way. For lighting, place clear hurricane glass over tall white candles for a lantern-like look and a gorgeous fall glow. Another simplistic option for fall flair in a hurry is to fill tall, transparent vases with autumn accessories. For example, stack small pumpkins in taller glass vases and fill others with a mix of pinecones, acorns and fall leaves. To complete this simple look, use twine and a leaf for napkin rings.
Fall is all about staying warm with great food and great friends. Once your tablescape is set, all that’s left to do is enjoy it. Don’t forget the cider!