Pumpkin Floral Thanksgiving Table

Looking for simple, elegant Thanksgiving table decor ideas? This pumpkin floral centerpiece combines sage green and dusty corals for a nontraditional fall table.

pumpkin floral centerpiece

I’ll admit that this fall I’ve been struggling with inspiration. Everyone was setting out pumpkins and turkeys, and it was all I could do to change out my pillow covers. Then the temperature dropped 40° overnight – literally! It was in the 80’s when I went to bed on Sunday and in the low 40’s when I woke up. And I feel like I recaptured my fall mojo.

wide image of a Thanksgiving table with pumpkin floral centerpiece

I now have pumpkins displayed in no less than four rooms, and I’m on my fourth pumpkin-filled mantel arrangement… You can’t stop me! And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect since I’m joining my friend Lory again from Designthusiasm for Styled + Set – sharing all the inspiration you need to entertain this fall. If you’re stopping by from Maison de Cinq, welcome! Obviously Sheila and I are both francophiles and decor lovers, but I also happen to think she’s an absolute sweetheart, and I’m so happy you’re here! Don’t miss the rest of the tour at the bottom of this post.

pumpkin centerpiece with gold and ivory china

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Nontraditional fall colors

As I mentioned, I finally felt inspired to play with some fall decor, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not still embracing my non-traditional fall colors. This time, I decided to go with dusty sage and soft corals, and I’m smitten…

french country china hutch behind an elegant Thanksgiving table with white tablecloth, pumpkin centerpiece, and gold and silver china


candles and pumpkins and roses on a Thanksgiving table

Pumpkin floral centerpiece

I’ve got a full tutorial coming later for this centerpiece (update: get the full tutorial here!), but suffice it to say that roses and eucalyptus have always been a favorite combo of mine, and they certainly didn’t disappoint this time.

green pumpkin with roses and eucalyptus

roses and eucalyptus centerpiece

Mixed metals

I coupled the more muted colors with both silver and gold, using my favorite gold flatware and mixing my grandmother’s and my own china…

fancy dining table with rustic elements


Adding my favorite brass candlesticks as well as some mercury glass…

pumpkin with roses and eucalyptus, candles, and china creates an elegant Thanksgiving table.

Modern accents with traditional furniture

And even bringing in a gold-rimmed mirror for the wall. I’m actually loving the more modern look of this mirror against the traditional French dining furniture (which was my great grandmother’s; you can see how I refinished it here). This room has been feeling more traditional than the rest of my house for a while; I love when a small “shop the house” episode results in a better flow throughout!

French country dining room set with an elegant Thanksgiving table.

I feel like the key here is that a combo of colors you love, a few pumpkins, and some mixed metals makes simplicity both interesting and elegant.

white and coral roses with seeded eucalyptus centerpiece

French country dining room with modern elements such as a round brass mirror.

And simplicity + interesting + elegant might just be my favorite combo these days.

pumpkin floral centerpiece with brass candlesticks and pink and white and green pumpkins


pumpkin floral centerpiece with Thanksgiving Table Ideas written across the image

I hope you enjoyed my first rush of fall inspiration… Now I’m going to try to follow through on that promised centerpiece tutorial. 😉  In the meantime, be sure to visit Setting for Four for the next stop on the tour!

MONDAY’s posts:

Monday Thanksgiving 2018

Life on Virginia StreetCedar Hill FarmhouseTaryn Whiteaker
So Much Better With Age | Town and Country Living

TUESDAY’s posts:

Tuesday Thanksgiving 18

Designthusiasm | On Sutton Place | Shabbyfufu
French Country Cottage | Julie Blanner | Craftberry Bush

WEDNESDAY’s posts:

Wednesday Thanksgiving 18

CitrineLiving | StoneGable | Maison de Cinq
Maison de Pax | Setting for Four | My Soulful Home

THURSDAY’s posts:

Thursday Thanksgiving 18

Happy Housie | Ella Claire | Sand & Sisal
Zevy Joy | Styled with Lace | Dimples & Tangles

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  1. Love your glimmery touches of gold and stunning floral arrangement Rachel! Hope you have a beautiful upcoming Thanksgiving with your fam! xo Heather

  2. I absolutely adore this pumpkin centerpiece Rachel!! So, so pretty! And the colors are fabulous. They look gorgeous in your dining room – the whole table is truly elegant simplicity!

    Happy (finally!) fall to you:)


  3. Just lovely, Rachel! Love the coral/sage coloring, and the simple but elegant place settings! Great inspiration!

  4. Rachel that centrepiece is so beautiful, such a stunning arrangement! The colors are so pretty all together and I just love all the gold touches tied in with it!

  5. Love the centerpiece! Could you please share the painting and waxing technique you used! And source for pumpkins! Thank you! Amy

    1. Thank you, Amy! I found the pumpkins on sale at Michael’s. I was hoping to put together a full paint tutorial, but it hasn’t happened yet -ha! So here is a quick version: Ibought those real blueish and pinkish pumpkins at my local grocery store, and tried to match the colors in them using a mixture of leftover chalk and craft paints. I started with a solid coat of the darkest color from the pumpkins and then layered with a lighter one, purposefully not fully mixing the colors I created. When they were all dry, I gave them a coat of clear wax and then a heavy coat of dark wax, purposefully not rubbing it in evenly… trying to create natural imperfections. I finshed off with a real stem taken from old pumpkins of years past. I hope this helps!

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