Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!! I’m so excited to share my thanksgiving tablescape idea with you today, AND I have some fabulous blogging friends joining me! If you know me at all than you know I LOVE creating tablescapes!! I have even been known to declare them as my favorite thing to create – EVER! Now that is saying a lot! If you are new here, I even have a page dedicated just to the tablescapes I have done, which you can see if you click HERE. You can also find it in the top Menu bar (just under my logo), click on DECOR and the second drop down title is “tablescape”. Honestly Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, it always has been, so I couldn’t let fall pass us by without celebrating my favorite holiday by sharing a Thanksgiving themed tablescape.
If you are coming from Nina Hendrick Design, then welcome!! I’m so glad you are continuing on with the tour. As a fellow New Englander, I am particularly drawn to Nina’s home because it resonates so much with my native style. She has such classic design taste, but it’s nice and relaxed, just the way I like it!
I love that Nina chose to include some of fall traditional colors, like the warm toned foliage you see in her photo above!
Be sure to stay until the end of the post, because I will be guiding you on to the next stop in todays tour!
Last year I went with a little bit more elegant tablescape, seen HERE, complete with a DIY pumpkin centerpiece. This year, I wanted it to feel traditional, yet laid-back. Even though it’s a formal sit down meal, I chose to incorporate some pieces on my table that would help lighten the mood.
I added a touch of a casual feel by using a white ruffled tablecloth, and bunched it down the center of my table to act as a table runner, but also add some fluffy layers, and DIY recycled bottles that feel more casual than traditional vases.
Playing off of a more formal flair are these beautiful custom linen monogrammed napkins. I got them earlier this year from Ella Kate Co, and the quality is just stunning. You can kind her shop on Etsy, HERE, and she also monograms more than just napkins! They add such an elegant touch, which my traditionalist heart loves 🙂
When ever anyone would ask me as a kid what my favorite holiday was, I always answered with an eager exclamation “THANKSGIVING!!”. I literally could not contain my excitement as I said my answer in confidence. I knew they expected the typical answer of “Christmas”, as most kids might say, but even as a young child there was something so special that I held dear about Thanksgiving. It was a special time when our entire family and distant relatives would come together and share a special meal around the table.
Just the mere thought of it would fill my heart with thankfulness, and as a young girl I already knew what it meant to be content and have enough. It wasn’t about getting all the presents, which yes I loved that too, but being most thankful for a place to gather, the family around us, and the food on the plates in front of us.
To this day Thanksgiving still remains my favorite holiday. It’s no so much about the day, but more the meaning behind it. I suppose to some it can be seen as a day spent slaving away in the kitchen with football on the tv after the parade. However, I can’t help but feel a heart full of gratitude when I pause and think of all that I have to be grateful for, and a day to celebrate just that. To me it’s more than just a day, or the food that is being served.
It represents the love we have for one another being presented in the effort we put forth to bless our loved ones on this special day. Gathering together with family and friends to show them just how much we treasure their relationships in our lives. This meaning is what I hope to pass down to my kids.
It’s about inviting others in to our homes, and to gather around our tables, to show kindness and blessing, not just on Thanksgiving, but rather all year long. That we join together to be apart of something much bigger than ourselves, and carry a sense of belonging in being apart of something that is not solely about us, but rather celebrating those around us. When we take our eye off of ourselves, and focus on others, we choose to see all we have, instead of what we think we are lacking, and all of a sudden everyone has something to be thankful for.
As a girl, I might not have been able to articulate all of that, but I sensed deep in my spirit that there was something far greater and purposeful in gathering together around the table. When I set the table for any occasion my hope and purpose, is that anyone who sits around my table will get a sense and feel that they are welcomed and loved, and that is why I love tablescapes so much!
I love how all the warmer tones play off of each other. I mixed and matched different sets in similar colors for a casual eclectic look that keeps this formal holiday tablescape feeling just a tad bit more casual, and ultimately inviting. There is something about everything not feeling so perfectly in place that makes people feel more welcome!
Next up, sharing another beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape idea is Courtney from French Country Cottage! I absolutely love her outdoor setting, especially under those twinkle lights!! It is truly magical, you can see her entire tablescape HERE.