3 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescapes (using things you already have)

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on November 7, 2016
3 Holiday Tablescapes using what you already own

The holidays are such a fun time to play with menus, fashion, and home style. It’s a time to try something a little more special than your everyday and be a bit more adventurous. Having company is a great excuse to playing up your holiday table to make your guests feel welcome and special. I’ve put together 3 different looks for your Thanksgiving tablescape this season using items you probably already have in your house and a few unexpected surprises. I’m lucky enough to be doing this with a great group of bloggers again! In the Fall we brought you Decorating with Books and now we’ve joined up again to share some holiday tables with you AND to bring you into our families with some of our own families’ recipes! Welcome and enjoy!

The foundation of each tablescape is comprised of the same 3 pieces: white dishes, neutral cloth napkins, and simple flatware. Keeping your base design simple, provides a blank canvas on which you create any mood you wish! Read on for 3 ways I thought the holidays might look at our house; Traditional, Whimsical and Fresh or Truly Rustic:

 

1. Traditional

I’m starting off with what feels the most like Thanksgiving to me. The color palette and sensibility lend itself most to what we envision this time of year.

 I like decor to feel fresh and comfortable, but still elegant. By sticking with my usual aesthetics, I created a base of neutrals and yet added more interest with texture and pops of seasonal color.

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2. Whimsical + Fresh

For centuries citrus represented status and luxury. It appeared in paintings to show off the subject’s social standing. It soon started appearing on festive tables in Italy and Spain and were reproduced in silver, porcelain and glass. In China an orange symbolizes life, new beginnings and wishes for good fortune. Today it nods to southern tradition and warm climates. Citrus fruit will always feel special to me. Little jewels of luxury on the table. I love how they also add a touch of whimsy to this tablecape paired with the eucalyptus. It reminded me of a fresh harvest, for the summer days that are gone but not forgotten.

The ‘table runner’ here is actually one of my cozy winter scarves. The color was creamy and pretty and it had just the right amount of texture. Creative thinking goes a long way on a small budget! The citrus we already had for stocking our bar, the eucalyptus came from a dried arrangement I already had. This table had nothing new purchased for it. If you don’t have citrus already, try pears, apples or even pomegranates!

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You’ll notice that I use the same unfussy white dishes throughout this series of tables, it’s meant to show their versatility. You can get an endless amount of looks from using simple white plates like these.

 

Similar White Dishes // Another option // Stemless wine glasses //  Striped napkins


3. Truly Rustic

Ah, plaid! Who doesn’t love plaid? Fall is upon us. Crisp, cool nights, cozy fireplaces, dreams of upcoming holidays and non rushed time spent with family and friends. Those were my thoughts when putting together this table. Did someone say soup? Yes please! My all time favorite butternut squash soup soon to be in the crock pot! (Recipe at end of this post!) May I have some crusty cheese toasts (also at the bottom of this post) with that?! Sure I can! Yes time lingers at the table this time of year. Welcome fall one and all!

The textile in this table setting is another scarf! Like I said, use what you already have. That’s the beauty of these! I didn’t need to go out and buy anything Thanksgiving themed. This cozy blanket scarf was the perfect color palette and size for our table. I collected some similar options for you here:


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Thanksgiving recipes from our family to yours

Now onto the yummy stuff! Here are two of our family’s favorite recipes for this time of year. The soup has been at every Thanksgiving Dinner for years now.

Golden Winter Soup

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2      Tbs. butter

5      cups (½-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 ½ pounds)

1      tsp. kosher salt

½      tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2      cups sliced leek (about 2 medium)

4      cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1      cup half-and-half

12      oz. baguette, cut into 16 slices

¾      cup (3 oz.) shredded Gruyère cheese

3      Tbs. chopped chives

        Freshly ground pepper (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Melt butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add squash, potato, salt and pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add leek; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender, stirring occasionally. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bow. Repeat procedure with remaining potato mixture. Stir in half-and-half. Cover and keep warm.
  3. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Broil bread slices 2 minutes or until golden. Ladle 1 cup soup  into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 1 tsp. chives. Serve 2 bread slices with each serving. Garnish with freshly ground, if desired.

 

This has been such a fun post to create for you guys. I hope you enjoyed it 🙂 Now you MUST go check out the rest of the ladies’ ideas because you’ll just love them. (Links below!)

Happy Thanksgiving! xo -B

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5 Comments

  • Kellie

    Brittany all of the tablescapes are so pretty! the whimsical and fresh scape really inspired me to try that on my table. & I LOVE the scarf idea on your rustic scape, I did that last year on my christmas table and I saved the scarf for this year so I could do it again You nailed it! Your traditional table is so pretty and inviting, I love the napkin rings!And as always, my friend, your photography is gorgeous! It is fun to “tour” with you again! & I am a collector of soup recipes (especially squash), so I can’t wait to try yours!

    November 7, 2016 at 6:40 am Reply
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  • Martha

    What a cozy recipe and I LOVE that you provided several ideas, each beautiful!!

    November 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Brittany, this is amazing! I absolutely love how you created three unique looks using the same base pieces. SO gorgeous, and that soup sounds delicious!

    November 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • heather burningham

    Brittany! I love that you shared 3 totally different tablescapes using the same basics. These are all just beautiful. I have a special place in my heart for citrus too. That soup sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it!! So fun doing this tour with you!

    November 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm Reply
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