In this post: Do you enjoy vintage-inspired table decor? This soft and charming Thanksgiving table utilizes vintage plates to create a unique display.⇒
I must’ve started fall decorating really early this year, because I feel like I’ve been waiting for creamy white baby boo pumpkins to become available for an eternity.
I genuinely was headed that way.
Really, I was.
But when I sat down to do my tablescape and contemplate my visual concept, I was utterly romanced by the baby boos I finally found. (Well… ok, I found them on the table at my niece’s wedding last weekend, but she was happy to donate them to my cause, once the evening was over!)
Vintage Thanksgiving Table
The truth is, I set a completely different table and took lots of photographs, but then my intuitive side took over and pulled everything off the table.
Out came the baby boos, and a new plan was hatched.
I often explain that when styling a table, I start with a concept and specific plan for the key elements, but once those are in place, I let intuition take over.
That’s when I begin rummaging around my own home as if I was searching through flea market stalls. For this table I started with baby boos and vintage china and anyone who knows me, knows I have plenty of that.
I also did a bit of foraging in the huge wedding centerpiece we brought home (I promise I left the silverware on the table… ;-)), pulling out the blooms that would highlight my soft vintage palette, discarding the burgundies in favor of blush pink roses and pale green hydrangeas, always with a bit of eucalyptus, for drape and movement.
I confess, I love to collect china and I use lots of plates on a table. They don’t need to match and they often don’t.
In this case I used silver chargers with decorative edging, then simple white dinner plates, and delicately bordered Limoges china.
Topping my stack I chose mismatched vintage salad plates, selecting only soft pink florals to tie them all together.
The underpinning for this tablescape and its unifying, if not defining feature, is a lovely blush pink ruffled throw that I repurposed as a tablecloth.
The other vintage elements that add a festive glimmer to the table are my favorite antique silver candlesticks topped with smoky grey bobeches and the silver repousse pitcher used as a vase for my floral bouquet.
For napkins I chose an embroidered white linen with a crystal bracelet napkin ring.
It’s entirely possible that the brilliant sunshine influenced my decision to opt for soft vintage pastels. I love using these flowers at this time of year because as they dry, it only adds to their beauty and works so well with this type of theme.
The baby boos are then scattered, neatly placed at each setting, and gently tossed along the table’s center. The tufted white chairs are a recent addition and I love the way they look with the rest of the components.
The obvious choice would have been to use my blush pink flutes, so of course I chose to do something different.
These golden crackle goblets add just a note of warmth, subtly reminiscent of aged vintage book pages. They make the table feel older and a bit more timeworn.
I tossed in a few pinecones for another seasonal layer and I enjoy the way they play off the pretty white pumpkins.
I like to be cognizant of varied heights on the table. The tiny pumpkins have a sculptural quality, while tall silver candles lead the eye up toward the windows.
There’s nothing quite like the view out the surrounding windows, where fall foliage is there for the asking.
Fall is a wonderful season to inspire a table setting, rife with lush visuals and the emotions they evoke.
In the end, it’s best to follow your muse when setting a table and everything will fall into place. If baby boos are calling out to you, why argue?
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