It’s that time of year again! The leaves are turning, the mums are out, there’s a crispness in the air, and the holiday entertaining season has begun!
Today is all about planning your Thanksgiving Tablescape (centerpiece and place settings) as well as other Fall entertaining ideas for table decorations, food, and drinks.
Oh New England, you make me so happy in the Fall! Look at these amazing colors!
My inspiration completely came from ideas I had seen on Pinterest and what was on sale at the local craft store! The craft store was having a 60% off sale on all Fall silk florals, so I picked through what was left and made it work! I already had the green napkins, the brown tablecloth, the gold chargers, and four large Fall berry picks. I used everyday silverware and plates, but I did buy the burlap runner at the craft store. The pumpkins are craft pumpkins (on sale!) and I spray painted the one in middle from black to metallic dark copper. I used candles and hurricane candle holders I already had and just filled in the gaps with the silk florals I picked up at the craft store!
The centerpiece includes:
- Three craft pumpkins (white, orange, and dark copper)
- 2 large pine cones
- 1 bag of small pine cones
- 4 silk hydrangeas in gold, red, burgundy, and green
- 4 picks of Fall berries
- 2 picks of an assortment of Fall leaves, berries, pumpkins, and pine cones
- 2 gold berry garlands
- 2 hurricane candle holders with pillar candles in ivory, burnt orange, and brown
- Burlap table runner
So I would have a larger space to work with, I pushed two long folding tables together to make one wide table. There is plenty of room to add more place settings if needed.
Other Tablescape Ideas: Take it Outdoors!
I would love to do an outdoor Thanksgiving one year! Here are some great inspiration photos for an outdoor table, I love the use of color and texture in these!
I used a pine cone with a gift tag for my Thanksgiving table which tied in with the pine cones in the centerpiece.
Some other great Fall place card ideas:
Reuse the same decorations in different ways. We were having a few people over for a buffet style dinner last Saturday, so I just used the same items from the Thanksgiving table in a different configuration. Quick, easy, cheap, and gives an otherwise simple table a little extra Fall flare!
The menu for the night was:
- Baked Brie with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cranberries served with crackers
- Cheese Ravioli in a Pumpkin Sage Alfredo Sauce (with toasted walnuts)
- Mesclun and Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans and Dried Cranberries (totally bought this at Whole Foods and put it in my own salad bowl to look homemade…no one was fooled! 🙂 )
- Roasted Maple Brussels Sprouts
- Pigs in a blanket with sharp cheddar (for the kiddos)
- Hot Apple Cider mulled with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, and orange zest (with dark rum and butterscotch schnapps for the adults)
- Crock Pot Baked Apples (stuffed with brown sugar, butter, and chopped pecans, placed in 1/2 inch of black cherry soda in the bottom of the crock pot, then cooked for 2 hours or until soft)
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!