In this post: Fall centerpieces can be a lovely focal point to beautify your tables. Here’s how to add warmth to your autumn table with a vintage dough bowl.⇒
Does anyone get dressed up for Thanksgiving?
In our family, while other occasions bring out our holiday finest, Thanksgiving invites cozy sweaters, jeans and other casual fare. The focus is on family and the feeling is warm and grateful.
So, of course, I like my table decor to reflect this same attitude.
Fall Table Decor
Before I get to the centerpiece at the heart of this tablescape, let’s take a look at the place settings around it. I love to start with my favorite seasonal salad plates, but try to make them look different each time I use them. This time I paired them with animal print dinner plates and placed both atop chargers of mother-of-pearl mosaic.
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I’m loving these fabulous rugged linen napkins, edged with fringe and a delicate sheer ruffle. The napkins alone embody my concept, mixing casual with elegance all in one piece. To support the theme of warmth I’ve used gold trim throughout, including these napkin rings encircling the linen.
In addition to gold, I used touches of copper, primarily in the flatware adjacent to the patterned plates. This is the closest that I come to using traditional fall colors, with gold, cream and copper imparting that spectrum.
For stemware I used these exquisite gold trimmed goblets, which add a note of “holiday special” to a table that’s otherwise very casual. They’re the pearls you wear with your sweater and jeans!
Which brings us to the star of this table, the bountiful dough bowl that’s brimming with flowers.
Perhaps you’ve seen me do this in the past with spring blooms, but fall centerpieces require a very different palette. I used wheat stalks and mums, hydrangeas and baby boos. But I always need to add in a dash of pink, too.
Here I went with coral pink roses to add that feminine twist that’s emblematic of my style.
The underpinning is a ruffled linen tablecloth, creamy and laundered for a foundation of relaxed attitude. I love uncovered windows for bright crisp fall lighting and my vintage crystal chandy is the cherry on top. (I will be lowering it shortly, as it’s about 8” too high.)
Finally, I draped seeded eucalyptus as a table runner and interspersed candlesticks in vintage brass.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, family centered and celebrating gratitude. These values warrant a warm and lovely setting, but relaxed and casual is the order of the day. The day is best spent in the company of loved ones and my table is set to welcome them home!
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Please enjoy my friends’ Thanksgiving tables below, as well!