Thanksgiving Table-scape Ideas

Even though I have only hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home twice (every other year has been at my mother’s or grandmother’s), I usually get the job of setting the Thanksgiving table.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

One of the best things about a Thanksgiving table is that there’s no right way to do it.  In fact, I’m so excited to be participating in a Thanksgiving tablescape tour with my friend Bre from Rooms for Rent and 24 other amazingly talented bloggers.  Be sure to visit the links at the bottom.

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But whether it’s a fine china and crystal goblet kind of meal or a paper plate and Dixie cup endeavor (and I’ve done both!), I think it is a lovely encouragement to count your blessings and relish the beauty of God’s gifts and this season of harvest.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

I love incorporating natural elements: clippings from my yard…

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

Fresh pears from the local grocery…

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

Real pomegranates and mini white pumpkins.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

I wanted to stay mostly neutral, but I went for rich texture with the gray burlap runner (tutorial here) and rustic teak bowl.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

And finished it all off with a mixture of my grandmother’s china and my own plus a collection of old family silver.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

I wouldn’t say I’m the best Thanksgiving table-maker ever, but I have gotten down to a bit of a science… And rather than simply share pretty pictures today, I thought I’d break it down into the little steps I take to create a Thanksgiving tablescape; you can see the step-by-step process below.

  1. runner (or a table cloth, but I especially love runners on long narrow tables like this)
  2. tall centerpiece (but not too bulky so people can still see across the table)
  3. shorter side centerpieces (I like the asymmetry of two different pieces with similar elements – in this case, the white pumpkins)
  4. filler (adding layers and texture with pieces on the runner between the centerpieces)
  5. plates (I love mixing patterns)
  6. silverware and plate decor (in this case, a simple pear)

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

There’s no real formula, obviously, and there are a million ways to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table, but I’ve found that most of the ones I create follow a similar pattern.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

And I hope this gives you some inspiration for creating your own!

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

Most importantly, I hope you enjoy a beautiful month dedicated to gratitude for all He has given us.  If you’re interested in a fun activity for your family this month, be sure to visit the Thanksgiving advent calendar I shared yesterday.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

And whatever you do, I pray you find joy and peace this Thanksgiving season.

How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

What’s your favorite element to include at your Thanksgiving table?

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How to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table: step by step process for a beautiful fall tablescape and gorgeous inspiration with white pumpkins, fall foliage, pears, and natural textures | maisondepax.com

Don’t forget to visit the other bloggers sharing!

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Day 1 Collage

Rooms FOR Rent | Finding Silver Pennies | Eclectically Vintage | Migonis Home | Kindred Vintage Co

Day 2 collage

Maison De Pax | French Country Cottage | The Chronicles of Home | Just Destiny Mag | Thistlewood Farms

Day 3 Collage

Shades of Blue Interiors | Jeanne Oliver Designs | Zevyjoy | Liz Marie Blog | Julie Blanner

Day 4 New Collage

StoneGable | Clean & Scentsible | Craftberry Bush | City Farmhouse | Jennifer Rizzo | Ella Claire Blog

Day 5 Collage

My Sweet Savannah | Finding Home Farms | Town and Country Living | Restoration House Blog | House 214 Design

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 MORE DIY DECOR FOR FALL:

Faux Heirloom Pumpkins

Try this paint and wax technique to make plastic pumpkins look like real heirloom pumpkins via maisondepax.com #fall #paint #diy

Free Fall Printable

Beautiful FREE autumn Scripture printable (2 options: white or chalkboard) - perfect for fall | maisondepax.com

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Comments

  1. aaaah, thais is awesome, rachel! i LOVE the muted colors and those natural pops of red that stand out brilliantly!

  2. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thank you Rachel this is a pretty table but,of course you always have simple and elegance in your decor. I hope you also have a great Thanksgiving with your sweet babies and husband and all other family members.

  3. This is a lovely tablescape, Rachel, and more up my alley than busier versions. I like that the focus will be more on the guests and the Thanksgiving fare, and yet the setting is beautiful and serene. Thank you for sharing, Ardith

  4. LOVE how your beautiful table is neutral but still has pops of red. Those pears are amazing!!! xx

  5. This was so beautiful – all of it!

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