In this post: Fall door decorations, such as wreaths and swags, can be used to dress up your Thanksgiving table. Here are some ideas how.⇒
I have one, and only one, Thanksgiving tradition and it involves a tattered old piece of paper, torn from a book that’s held together by nothing more than sheer will to stay in tact.
But we’ll get to that in a minute. First I want to invite you to join me for Balsam Hill’s Let’s Give Thanks event for which I was provided some of their wonderful products and asked to share with you a lovely tablescape and my timeless Thanksgiving traditions.
(Be sure to scroll to the bottom for chance to win a wonderful Giveaway.)
Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know, the one thing I like to do consistently is buck a little tradition. When decorating I like to use things in new ways and put my own spin on the classic way to style. Today’s table includes once such twist and I’m excited to share it with you.
A few months ago I bought this huge vintage dough bowl and filling it with flowers has become a favorite past time. It makes a wonderful centerpiece for a table setting, keeping the flowers lush but low to allow conversation to flow. For fall, however, I wanted to include some seasonal elements like pumpkins, berries, pine cones and greenery.
I certainly could have collected all of the elements and spent some time arranging them meticulously into a centerpiece.
But as it turns out, the Autumn Abundance Swag from Balsam Hill was the perfect size to tuck right into my dough bowl and fill all my requirements as perfectly as it filled the bowl. All I added were some blush pink roses and boom! Perfect fall centerpiece!
To complement the tones established by my centerpiece, I set my table with a plate stack comprised of copper chargers, jaguar print dinner plates and textured white salad plates.
A bronze sheer napkin is layered over a white embroidered one, then clustered into a copper dahlia napkin ring.
(See resource list below.)
The warm tones are mirrored on the sideboard nearby, where a trio of Ombre Gold Glass Candle Holders are topped by Miracle Flame LED Wax Pillar Candles. I’m charmed by the idea of LED candles, as they make it possible to safely display candlelight up close to the wall. I use real pillars on the table, but love the LEDs for areas that seem unsafe for real flames.
Also on the sideboard, this fabulous Tuscan Entertaining 2-Tier Stand serves up pears and a fresh baked apple pie, but could be used for countless other things.
The swag would also look beautiful gracing my front door, but for that I selected another option. The Autumn’s Bounty Wreath is the very definition of fall, with golden pumpkins, bits of wheat, varied berries, and greenery accents. For my Thanksgiving table it rests on the china cabinet door, but leading up to the holiday it will welcome guests to my front entry.
Warm metal highlights are scattered around my table, found in gold rimmed stemware and brass hurricane lamps.
My dining room furniture and accessories have a strong French Country feel, with pieces old and new that I’ve collected throughout the years. The sconces are new and the gilt cane back chairs vintage, and I love to mix items of various pedigrees together.
So what then is my one and only tradition?
Besides the simple fact of gathering family, I always use the exact same turkey recipe, pulled from a simple cook book I received 35 years ago. It’s more a pamphlet than a hard cover cookbook and it’s been used so much the binding has pretty much disintegrated.
I finally scanned the recipe last Thanksgiving because I knew my herb butter turkey recipe would be unreadable after one more use. Each year I try lots of new side dishes and have cooked countless different stuffings. But my simple but delicious turkey recipe… that’s one tradition I’m not willing to buck.
Fall Door Decorations Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Autumn’s Bounty Wreath
- Autumn Abundance Swag
- Ombre Gold Glass Candle Holders
- Miracle Flame LED Wax Pillar Candles
- Tuscan Entertaining 2-Tier Stand
- Copper chargers
- Jaguar dinner plates
- Ivory salad plates
- Bronze sheer napkins
- Copper dahlia napkin rings
- Gold trimmed stemware
- White Orchid flatware
- Hemstitch runner
- Brass hurricanes
- Large pillar candles
We also have a wonderful giveaway for one lucky reader – the Autumn Abundance Garland that matches the swag used in the dough bowl in my post. It would look wonderful on your table or draped on the mantel. You can see it in the photo below. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Winner will be selected at random and notified at the close of this event. Good luck!
For one more chance to win beautiful fall foliage or harvest decor, you can also enter the Let’s Give Thanks Comment-to-Win Giveaway on the Balsam Hill Facebook page. Winners will be announced each day of the event (November 1st – 3rd) at 8 PM PST.
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