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An Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape Made Easy

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Does the thought of creating a Thanksgiving tablescape fill you with dread, especially after looking at all the Pinterest-fueled inspiration out there?

Have no fear. The tablescape heroes are here!

You’ll love what my friends and I have cooked up…a Thanksgiving feast for the eyes!

Burgundy and gold Thanksgiving table garland with gold painted pumpkin accents and gold taper candle holders

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The Pinterest Challenge

A fitness challenge I could take or leave, but a Pinterest challenge…I’m always down for that!

Pinterest Challenge with bloggers

Each month, Cindy from County Road 407 shares an inspiration photo from Pinterest and challenges a group of lovely bloggers to recreate the look.

Sound like fun? It sure is!

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If you’re visiting from French Ethereal, welcome!

Barbara is a fellow Texan, and she’s the absolute sweetest lady. Naturally, we get along swimmingly well with our shared love of home decor.

I hope you’ll read through to the end and visit the 13 other bloggers participating in this tour.

This Month’s Inspiration: Thanksgiving Tablescape

Simple Thanksgiving table setting with copper flatware, a printed place cards saying "thankful" and a sprig of wheat with burgundy and copper floral accents
Courtesy of Lindsey Brunk

This month’s inspiration photo came from Lindsey Brunk’s Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Inspiration post.

The styling in Lindsey’s place setting looks impeccable, and as she explains, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve this look.

Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape: Key Elements

While Lindsey’s place setting has several key components, it leaves plenty of room for us to add our own interpretation. Yay!

The critical pieces in this vignette include:

  • Rich navy tablecloth
  • A garland with burgundy floral stems
  • DIY place cards
  • Copper flatware
  • Copper/gold floral accents

My Interpretation

Thanksgiving place setting with silver flatware, DIY place cards and washi tape pencil with faux greenery and burgundy flowers

As you can see, I tried to capture the essence of the original photo while taking some artistic liberties. Let’s talk about easy substitutions you can make, too.

Thanksgiving Tablecloth

If you have a salvaged wood dining table, like me, you might not be inclined to cover it with a tablecloth.

Simple Tablescapes for Thanksgiving using navy tablecloth, greenery garland and burgundy accents with DIY place cards

However, I quite like seeing how some fabric can transform a table for special holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Faux Floral Garlands & Stems

If you don’t have access to fresh greenery like Lindsey did, you can always find great faux garlands at places like Hobby Lobby.

Faux greenery with burgundy flowers, mercury glass votive candle holders, gold painted pumpkins and DIY pumpkin place card holders with place cards

While there’s turkey and stuffing around, no one will notice (or care) whether the greenery is faux or real.

A few burgundy flowers really add a rich, moody vibe to this rustic Thanksgiving tablescape.

DIY Place Card Holders

Last year, I shared an easy hack for making DIY pumpkin place card holders. (Seriously, you won’t believe how easy.)

Thanksgiving place card holder with printable place cards

I decided to reinvent the free place cards I offered in that post with a simpler design. This little berry watercolor graphic reminds me of cranberries at Thanksgiving.

Tip: To rip the edges of your place cards, try tearing the paper in long motions, as opposed to short strips, for a prettier effect.

You’ll also notice in my place setting I also included discussion cards and washi-tape pencils to allow guests to practice gratitude before the Thanksgiving meal.

Learn more about a fun gratitude activity for families

Metallic Accents – Painted and Purchased

Though I purchased the most beautiful copper mugs for my outdoor fall table in the last challenge, I lacked the copper flatware for this particular table setting.

I’ve learned over the years it’s fine for metallic tones to co-exist. As long as you balance each tone, it can look deliberate instead of accidental!

Gold candle holders, faux greenery, burgundy flowers and painted gold pumpkins

I used gold-toned taper candle holders and gold painted dollar store pumpkins (from my upcoming Halloween mantel) to give the centerpiece garland more visual interest.

A few mercury glass candle holders added more ambiance to the greenery and also complemented the silver flatware (deliberate balance).

Pin it for later!

Thanksgiving tablescape ideas with moody colors like burgundy and navy with printable place cards

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Continue Your Tour

DIY place card with the word "thankful" on Thanksgiving tablescape

I’m so thankful you joined me today!

Be sure to pay a visit to the other bloggers on this tour for more Thanksgiving tablescape ideas. (Click the numbered squares below.)

Next on your list is Laura from Everyday Edits. As a realtor, she has a trained eye for decor!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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36 Comments

    1. Thanks, Michelle! That means a lot to me. I appreciate the sweet words, and you know I always admire your style, too. Too bad we don’t live closer so we could trade some table decor back and forth!

  1. This tablescape is amazing Chrissy! I love all the different layers you have on the table too. It’s such a gorgeous mix of rustic and refined. Every detail is just so pretty. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks, CoCo! I appreciate you stopping by. I’m always so inspired by your decor too, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving (a little early)! Crissy

  2. Such a beautiful tablescape Crissy.
    Thank you for sharing your fabulous tips and ideas at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your simple Thanksgiving tablescape at tomorrow nights party and pinning too.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

    1. Hi Kerryanne! Thank you so much! I’m so honored and excited to have my Thanksgiving table featured. I’ll be sure to stop by to say hello. Hugs back, Crissy

    1. Thanks so much, Tiffany! I’m looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving this year. I hope you have a great start to the holiday season, too! Hugs, Crissy

  3. Stunning table setting. I love the floral with the deep rich wine and the pretty flatware.
    Pinned!!!
    Happy Halloween,
    Kippi
    Ps. Please share this lovely post on my site at the You’re The Star blog hop

  4. Crissy, think you win the award for replicating the inspiration pic the closest! And I love your version; so beautiful and vibrant. Your printable placecards are awesome, too; great color and simplicity! Pinning!

    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Lora! This was a fun challenge to pull together. I still need to add those place cards as a printable on my site. I loved your suggestions on using fabrics as table linens, too. Thanks for pinning!

    1. Thank you, Katie! I had fun making those little pumpkin card holders and just switching out the cards each year. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. You are definitely a ‘Tablescape Hero”! 😉 Your deep burgundy accent color is beautiful and perfect for fall. I love the entire centerpiece and table setting. Even the small detail of the color on your printable cards is awesome. I love it all! Thank you so much for joining in. Big hugs!

    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Cindy. Maybe I’ll dress up for Halloween as a tablescape super hero. I’ll use a centerpiece on my head and a tablecloth for a cape. The people who think it’s funny will become my fast friends. 🙂

      I appreciate your sweet words and all your efforts coordinating such a fun hop every month!

  6. Oh… your posts always make me giggle and smile! I love your sense of humor, not to mention your creative eye for detail and decor! Your fall tablescape is lovely, dear friend! And your place cards are so pretty! Where did you get the table cloth? (You don’t have to answer that! LOL!)

    1. Tee hee! Thank you, dear. Oh, my tablecloth is one of a kind. They don’t sell any more like those. LOL! Only you know the secret behind my tablecloth. We’ll just let the others wonder. Thanks for stopping by, as always.

  7. Chrissy your table is beautiful. I love all the jewel tones and the metallic pieces you add for the accents. I love the place card holders. Everything is just beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving season!

    1. Thank you, Terrie! I enjoyed the challenge of trying to find just the right elements. It’s fun to take some liberties and experiment, too. I always enjoy seeing the DIY elements you incorporate as well. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

  8. Your table is gorgeous, Chrissy! The navy tablecloth is a great base but with a pretty wood table like yours, I don’t blame you for not wanting to cover it up. I love you table centerpiece, your pumpkin place card holders, and the beautiful place cards that you created. I always enjoy seeing your decor!

    1. Thanks so much, Paula! You’re so kind. The other reason I don’t often use a tablecloth is that our table is very long. I loved Lora B’s suggestion on using fabric because I often encounter the same issues with tablecloth sizes! I’m happy to be hopping with you, as always.

  9. Love your beautiful tablesetting. Your centerpiece is stunning and so reminiscent of the “challenge” table. I also adore the idea of the twig pumpkins holding the “thankful” cards. Great table.

    1. Thanks, Marty. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge again. It’s exciting to see so many different interpretations. I appreciate your kind words. Happy Thanksgiving (a little early)!

    1. Thank you, Laura! I hadn’t used those colors before, so I’m glad we had some inspiration to try a new combo. I enjoyed hopping with you again!

    1. Thanks, Laura! Yes, we did have similar elements, but I love how distinct everyone’s table setting looks, even starting with the same inspiration photo. I enjoyed hopping with you! -Crissy

  10. How pretty, Crissy!!! I love your table recreation of this month’s Pinterest Challenge! Love all the red mums… The woven pumpkin placecard holders are very sweet, too. Thank you for the lovely shout-out. <3 Happy to be on this month's PC tour with you.

    Have a wonderful fall,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thank you, Barb! It was fun to be in this challenge with you, too! I loved your pretty table as well, and I’m sure you and your husband enjoyed it for your anniversary. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Crissy