Succulents and little white pumpkins are a match made in heaven! And so I combined this heavenly combo and used them as an inspiration for a soft white Thanksgiving table! And what an easy table to style! Really a table of “fall leftovers”. Today, I’m sharing how to set this table lots of other ideas for your Thanksgiving table!
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Here’s my Thanksgiving table this year…
Truth be told I really hate to iron large table linens so I’m giving myself permission to set a Thanksgiving table without a tablecloth. I did iron my linen runner because I am an ironer! I even ironed the napkins that are really rather crinkly by nature. Tackling a great big tablecloth was just too much for me this year!
Here’s the best tip if you are going to use table linens this Thanksgiving… wash your own linens and take them to your local dry cleaners to have them ironed there.
Part of our family tradition is to put a small take-home gift at each person’s Thanksgiving place setting. This year I’m sending everyone home with little succulent topped pumpkins. How cute are these?
You can see a very easy tutorial for making these succulent topped mini pumpkins. Even if you are not crafty you can make these. See the DIY post HERE.
Here are some great ideas for Thanksgiving place setting gifts…
- a Christmas ornament to use on their tree this year
- a small book
- a potted herb
- a photograph in a frame
- an apple or pear in a small basket filled with crinkly paper
- a heartfelt note
One year I found pictures of all my guests and family when they were babies or children and put them in small frames that I embellished. The framed pictures became name cards and also Christmas ornaments because
I made a little loop with the brown organza ribbon and attached it to the back so the picture could be hung up.
This is a picture of my brother-in-law Jimmy when he was a boy growing up in Canada. Wouldn’t a gift like this look nice at your table?
Each place setting is defined by a log slice charger on little feet. I think I found these at Hayneedle. Keeping the table mostly white, I stacked a white dinner plate with an embossed rim with a turkey plate I found at my local Pottery Barn outlet a few years ago.
When serving a big meal like Thanksgiving I usually put all the food on the island in my kitchen, buffet style. It really keeps the table from being overly crowded.
My rule of thumb when it comes to a table and buffet is the fancier the table the plainer the buffet! For this Thanksgiving buffet, I will probably add a couple large mums and some tall candles.
Always serve food in bowls, serving platters and warming service pieces. Take the time to pull out all serving pieces and utencils to know what you are going to use ahead of time.
I collect white serving pieces so they all work well together!
I also am leaving my silverware a little tarnished this year. I think it looks so beautiful against all the white on the table. Who knew I would ever put silver on my table that needs a little bit of silver polish!!!!! But I have warmed up to the idea of a little bit of patina, especially against white.
The napkin came from my local Pottery Barn Outlet. After I wash them I am definitely taking them to be ironed by my dry cleaner!!!
I love using cloth napkins but if you like paper or it’s easier for you than go ahead and use them!!!! There are so many gorgeous paper products to choose from!
I rounded up all the white pumpkins I had all over my home and consolidated them onto my table for Thanksgiving! Because I get them for a song at a local Amish greenhouse I don’t mind that they have scars and are not quite perfect. It gives them character!
My table is sporting a little white pumpkin patch!
Small white bottles became vases for clipping from my white mums and snippets of succulents. Buy a big mum and then clip it apart to make bouquets. So smart and very very economical!!!!
I’ll be using the succulent clippings to propagate new succulents. Look for a post about growing new succulents from clippings in the New Year. It’s so easy!
Did you notice this table was set for six? Instead of using the head chairs I set the center of the table with three place settings on each side. I think it makes a more intimate table.
I put the candles on the ends of the table instead of the middle. This might be a great way to set a second Thanksgiving table if you need more room for your family and guests.
Or set your table this way if you are celebrating Thanksgiving with just a few people you love!
I hope this table has inspired you and given you a few ideas to use on your Thanksgiving table!