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:
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.
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!
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.
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:
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
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)
- Preheat broiler.
- 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.
- 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
PS Don’t forget about this free Thanksgiving printable I made for you guys!