A Simple and Pretty Thanksgiving Table Setting

Do You Ever Feel Like Bringing The Outdoors In?

Maybe it’s because I recently reupholstered my dining chairs, but this year I felt like going in a different direction with my Thanksgiving table setting.

I was already craving the soothing colors of nature, and I always want to blur the line between indoors and outdoors – without sacrificing comfort, of course.

But I also started thinking about how a contrast of different textures – rough natural textures with polished manmade materials – is so interesting and brings balance to any design.

Budget-Friendly Ideas

I got a plain, inexpensive jute table runner – just the natural texture and color that I was looking for.

The tablecloth is discounted fabric yardage that I hemmed.  You can’t tell from the photos, but the fabric is very smooth and has just a touch of shimmer.  So now I have my polish.

For the napkins, I scored some 99-cent bandanas in chartreuse green – a pop of color to wake up the soothing earth-toned palette, but still itself a color found in nature.

Old School Elegance

My dining table is a bit small, so for dinner parties I have to be sure not to over-clutter it with decorations.  Instead I have to make every piece count.

So I am using our antique china, crystal, and silverware to lend some elegance to the setting.  The antique plates are also slightly smaller than modern-day plates, so the spacing between place settings doesn’t look crowded.

The Centerpiece

For the centerpiece, I took a small fishbowl I got at a thrift store and lined it with florist moss.  Then I tucked reindeer moss in where there were any holes or gaps in the florist moss.

Then I set a small vase inside the fishbowl, hidden by the moss.  The vase will hold the flowers.

Then to continue contrasting natural texture to polished materials, I used long-stemmed roses, always so buttoned-up and formal-looking, as the main flower.  I used millet seed heads and wild iris seed pods from the garden as the rough natural contrast.

Thanksgiving table setting - ingredients for floral arrangement

 

Thanksgiving Table Setting: Centerpiece

 A Relaxing Feast

The result is an uncluttered, elegant Thanksgiving table setting.

Thanksgiving Table Setting - Closeup

Be sure to check out my companion post about formal table settings, where we will hear from an expert who worked in “domestic service” at a manor house in England.  She has some very entertaining stories!

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