Thanksgiving Table

The holidays are knocking on our door! In just a few short weeks we will gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving! I host Thanksgiving each year and this year I have a crowd coming! I am happy that I feel confident in my cooking {I do ask for some sides to be brought by guests}, as it can be intimidating at first. Just as I love to style individuals, I love styling a beautiful table. I’ve teamed up with my local Pottery Barn in the West Towne Mall to share a traditional, yet, delightful Thanksgiving table.

Pottery Barn Thanksgiving Table

I always start by softening up the table with some type of table linen. This year I was really attracted to this handsome woven, wide table runner. Placing the runner down the center of the table is a great first layer {yes, I’ve even added a runer over a tablecloth}. Next, bringing in a natural element such as fall foliage or greenery is a great idea . This magnolia garland is gorgeous and one of my favorite items on the table. It’s pre-lit {batteries} and has gold leaves mixed throughout. It will transition so perfectly into the Christmas holiday as well. Once I have that on the table I add fall pumpkins and gourds.

Pottery Barn has a superb selection of classy pumpkins. So many of them are on major sale too! I love this frosted style, mosaic style, and these simple styles are a great addition to bring in a touch of color. By using various shapes and sizes {like these little sugared pumpkins}, a centerpiece starts coming together.

To create the perfect ambiance for this special celebration, candles are a must! These simple, antique gold candle holders are a classic design and can be used year-round. Incorporating different heights on the table with the candle holders create an interesting element. Fill with real candles or these very real-looking flameless tapers. Along with the tall taper candles, adding candlelight in mercury votives brings in sparkle and adds a bit soft glow lower on the table.

with these elements in place, we can focus on the individual place settings. I love a layered look at each seat. Starting with a simple gold charger, I then place the dinner plate and salad plate on top of that. The reason I have basic white dishes is to add in FUN seasonal items like these turkey salad plates. I truly think they make the table. The colors are so rich and the gold rim adds so much class {plus, they are 50% off!}.

On top of the plates, I place my napkin. You all know I love plaid, so it was a natural choice this year to choose these plaid napkins! I bundled up my napkin with these simple wooden napkin rings and added a fresh piece of sage and thyme under each napkin ring to bring greenery to each place setting – it also creates a yummy scent in the room. On top of the napkin would be a great place to add a place card so each guest knew where they were sitting.

My Thanksgiving holiday will also be a time I bring out some of my favorite serving pieces. This reclaimed wood serving board is amazing. It truly creates the best serving piece for a marvelous charcuterie board. And, well, what would a celebration be without a little glass of bubbly? I’ve had my champagne glasses for a couple of years and the simple beauty they possess is classic and timeless. Plus, they feature a chip and break-resistant technology {that’s come in handy a few times!}.

Lastly, I have to share one of my all-time favorite things I bring out when I entertain. My monogrammed white napkins. We received these for a wedding gift almost thirteen years ago and they are still in perfect condition after many special meals. Adding something personalized to the table makes it so special. They also make the perfect gift for anyone that loves to entertain.

I hope you have enjoyed my Thanksgiving table this year. Each piece is simple, but when it all comes together it makes a big impact. Having a beautiful table shows guests right when they enter your home how important this time with them is them. After all, that’s truly what the day is about.

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For more Thanksgiving table ideas, see my Thanksgiving table from last year {a little more formal}.

I truly wish you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving filled with love and happiness. Cherish each moment together. Cheers!

As always, it means the world to me that you read this post. Make it a great day.

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