Our Thanksgiving Table

dsc_0385-titleWhenever I design a tablescape, I generally start with one feature that provides the inspiration for the rest of the table. Sometimes it’s the table linens. Other times it’s the dinnerware or a centerpiece. Last September, I came upon a table display in Dillard’s home department showcasing Southern Living’s Acanthus salad plates. I fell in love with them and immediately knew they would be perfect for our Thanksgiving table.  I loved the colors and the sweet pattern with the little bird,  blooms, and leaves.

dsc_0396ecw2A few weeks later, I found a set of coppery autumn leaf napkin rings at Target. These two items determined the direction of this tablescape.

The Acanthus salad plate is stacked atop a white Madeline dinner plate from Pier 1 and a copper charger that’s embossed with autumn leaves. These chargers were from World Market, purchased about 4 years ago, and they were previously gold. I painted them with metallic copper spray paint for this tablescape. The sterling flatware originally belonged to my grandmother. The pattern is Lady Edith.

dsc_0384ecw2The ivory tablecloth adds texture to the setting and is very practical as well. The fibers are bamboo and it’s very stain-resistant, which makes it perfect for family dinner parties.  I chose pale blue napkins to coordinate with the blues in the plate design.

dsc_0385ew2 I selected flowers for the centerpiece that repeat the plate colors, blue thistle, burgundy, rust, and white chrysanthemums, and white mini carnations.

dsc_0392ew2Five small copper mercury glass votive lanterns serve as vessels holding the flowers. Copper candle holders of varying heights are interspersed among these vases.

dsc_0377ecw2Faux lambs ear and a few small white pumpkins unify the various elements of the centerpiece.



It’s Thanksgiving Eve. The table is set. The pies are baked. The turkey and veggies are prepped and ready to be cooked tomorrow. Then the family will gather around this beautiful table and express our gratitude for our many blessings. I love Thanksgiving!

I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving, too.

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11 Responses to Our Thanksgiving Table

  1. I am applauding your table Carolyn. Those plates are just stunning!

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  2. kelleysdiy says:

    Beautiful tablescape!!!


  3. Linda Miller says:

    Love the new plates and this is a lovely Thanksgiving tablescape. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family.


  4. tsanta516 says:

    Very pretty. You are lucky to have your family with you for the holiday.


  5. Happy Thanksgiving to every member of the Guthrie family. I love your posts and this one in particular. I always sensed you were a closet Martha Stewart. It looks like you have outdone yourself!


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