Sunday, November 15, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--A Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

Hello, is with a somber heart that I write this post.  The tragedies that have taken place in Paris have left me questioning our world's sense of humanity.  It is truly terrible.  May God bless and keep those in pain and those who have lost; the families and/or people who now must sort out their lives....also our veterans currently serving, and our fallen.  Atrocities like these make me pensive and truly grateful for my family, because we are never promised tomorrow.  Just so sad.  I digress.

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming very shortly, so today I am sharing a tablescape with simple, rustic elements (and of course a little bit of pretty) fit for the occasion.  I do hope you enjoy the post. 

Isn't this beautiful?  Jarrahdale pumpkins or cucurbita maxima are very rare in the United States. I of course was immediately attracted to the soft, muted color of this wonderful gourd, and it is the inspiration for my table this year.

To pay an homage to this pretty pumpkin, I created my own with a simple burlap modpodge.  Here is my process:

I began with a large foam pumpkin I found on clearance at Michael's Crafts.

With a paintbrush, I painted the pumpkin with Mod Podge.

I encased the pumpkin in a light blue burlap, and then used the brush to paint the Mod Podge all over the outside of the pumpkin, being especially sure to paint down into the creases.

Here, the pumpkin is almost completely dry.

It made the perfect foundation for my rustic centerpiece of soft, muted color.

Finally, I added a faux leaf right on top.


It is the perfect soft grey-blue; it mixes sublimely with the rustic, woody elements such as cotton, pinecones, and leaves,

the subtle grey-blue flowers,

as well as the soft green foliage and grey pussy willows.

To create the centerpiece,  I began with my simple candelabra and placed the pumpkin right in the center.


Two large pillar candles will provide a bit a warmth for the table, which is a great juxtaposition to the coolness of the color palette.

The setting began with rustic chargers and fleur-de-lis plates of soft blue.

Gorgeous tom turkey plates with just the right amount of rustic brown, beautiful blue, and grey will make for perfect dessert service.  I'd like to thank bloggy pal Susan at Between Naps and the Porch for putting the bug in her readers' ears about this pretty pattern from Williams-Sonoma.  To see this and more inspiration, you may visit her post here.

Tiny pumpkins of jute threaded with hemp thread

hold the crocheted napkins.  I love these little rope-like pumpkins, a placecard will fit easily between the tiny twists.

This Thanksgiving, I am going for no-fuss, no muss, so I kept things simple...adding gold flatware and crystal to complete the setting.

Completed tablescape.

Place setting.


A few more shots.

From my collection:
White whipstitch table linen, generic, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods
Rustic chargers, Pottery Barn
Fleur-de-lis plates, Tai Pan Trading
Turkey plates, Williams-Sonoma Plymouth pattern
Crocheted napkins, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Gold flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Grand Duchess, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Crystal goblets, Godinger Dublin Collection, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Jute pumpkins, Kirkland's
Faux floral elements, Michael's Crafts

I hope everyone enjoys a holiday with great food, family, friends.  The floods, tragedies abroad, and here in the states have been humbling and made me truly thankful this year.  

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  1. This is lovely and I like the colour palette. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Autumn blessings,

  2. Your guests will so enjoy sitting at this gorgeous table. So welcoming.

  3. I love your charger, dinner plate and turkey dessert plate combination!! The colors are wonderful and then to be set off by the texture of the rope pumpkin - it just makes for a very pleasing place setting and a beautiful table.

  4. I love that color scheme. I sometimes get tired of ORANGE for Thanksgiving and your peaceful blue-grey was just right. And how cool that covered pumpkin turned out. A touch of different but beautiful! Do you have a huge storage pantry for all your amazing creations??

    1. Thank, most are tossed, donated, or fashioned into something new, or were made from items I already had. I do have quite large bins one each for Fall and Winter décor, and honestly both have grown substantially since I've started blogging. I may need to invest in one soon, ha!

  5. What a pretty table setting! It's fun to learn about different patterns from bloggers.

    1. Isn't it!!? It's been such fun since I began reading and visiting blogs. So many talented people!! Thank you so much for stopping in!

  6. Beautifully done! Love the blue you added in and the pumpkin you created. Your floral arrangement is wonderful. Love the dishes (I used the same ones). I wish I had something blue to add in but didn't- perhaps next year! Have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you, Liz!! I saw yours, it is quite lovely! Isn't that a gorgeous pattern!? Have a blessed holiday!

  7. A very pretty tablescape and I'm going to be setting a no fuss table too. Thanksgiving is my favorite it all about food and getting together to share. Your color scheme is very pretty!

  8. I love the soft colors for your Thanksgiving table. The transformation of your foam pumpkin is just wonderful. Your guests are going to be in awe!

  9. It's beautiful, elegant, with the perfect amount of rustic for the occasion~ love what you did with the napkins! Enjoy the holiday!

  10. Me encanta la mesa puesta y los platos hermosos!
    Felices celebraciones!

  11. So very pretty! I love the cool colors!....Christine

  12. What a beautiful table! The burlap pumpkin turned out so pretty and those turkey plates are to die for! Love them on top of the blue plates. The tragedy in Paris was horrible. Keeping them in my prayers.

  13. This is a stunning table. Love the colors and am not crazy about Turkeys, but think those plates are
    gorgeous.........Great job, it is lovely lovely lovely.

    Blessings for a Wonder Thanksgiving,

  14. your setting is lovely and welcoming. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.