Fall to Thanksgiving Tablescape

Fall to Thanksgiving Table

During the early onset of autumn, I posted a blog on how I created my fall tablescape. If you missed it, you can check it out here. I love fall decor and I especially love that it sticks around for a few months. But, by the time Thanksgiving arrives, I’m ready to switch things up a bit. Since we were hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our home this year, I wanted to modify our table with the primary goals of 1. Not crowding the dinner guests; 2. Maintaining a sense elegance and drama; 3. Working with what I already had on hand. With a few changes, fresh blooms, and personal touches, I completely transformed the look of our table. 

This is how our table looked prior to the transformation.

Fall Table

Since we were expecting to host 10 guests, the first order of business was to clear the table and put in the leaf extenders. To simplify, I also added a white tablecloth and removed the leaf place mats. I love place mats but they tend to make one feel confined in the area in which they are allowed to eat. Since a tablecloth doesn’t have defined boundaries, it makes the table a feel a bit less cluttered. It is also super easy to ball up along with the napkins, and send along for dry cleaning after the dinner is over.

I took the layered napkins down to one usable napkin and rolled it neatly. I finished it off with by tying a place card onto the napkin ring and removed the individual plate pumpkins.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Since we did have 10 total guests, place cards were a must. For a quick solution, I printed the names on card stock, cut them to size, punched a hole, and tied them with a thin silver ribbon I had on hand.

Thanksgiving Name Tag

I kept all tapered candle holders and placed the larger pillars on silver leaves, previously on the buffet. I also used the same china and glasses as on the original table.

White Thanksgiving Table

I removed some of the larger pumpkins and incorporated some smaller varieties, including a couple I previously had on the individual plates.

Gold Thanksgiving Table

I also mixed in a couple of turkeys- I found these at HomeGoods for less than $5 each.

Thanksgiving Table with Pumpkins and Turkeys

I kept the fall leaves exactly as they were arranged previously and just adjusted them to nestle the pumpkins and turkeys.

My favorite part of the table had to be the centerpiece. I picked up a couple of hydrangea stems, a bouquet of roses, and an assortment of white flowers from Costco and created five arrangements throughout the house. The primary arrangement was assembled in a large gold fishbowl and plopped right in the center.

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Gold and Silver Thanksgiving Table

While not present for these photos, I did move chairs to the ends of the table. Since I have it set for six as my standard setup, we keep two spares set aside in the dining room. I used two chairs from my breakfast table to complete the seating.

Thanksgiving Table for 10

Thanksgiving Table Details

It is hard to believe the difference that adding a tablecloth and a flower arrangement can make, virtually the only big changes to Table 1 and Table 2. The white base completely brightens the room, making it feel more spacious and less crowded with 10 guests.

Set Thanksgiving Table

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below! Did you like the fall table or the new Thanksgiving table? Do you have any tips, tricks, or “go-to’s” when preparing to host a dinner? Stay tuned for details on my Christmas table, coming soon!

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  1. 12.1.15
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Thanksgiving at The Canterbury was fabulous! Can’t wait till the rotation comes back to you!

    • 12.2.15

      I loved hosting with the help of the hostess with the mostest!

  2. 12.2.15
    Tamara said:

    It’s so hard to choose! They are both absolutely stunning! I do love the formality of your Thanksgiving table – that crisp white table cloth is perfect and the flowers add such elegance! So gorgeous my friend! Tam xo

    • 12.2.15

      Thank you! I don’t know if it was because it lasted for such a short time, but I think that was my favorite also.

  3. 12.3.15
    Randi said:

    Kelley it looks so elegant and inviting! You did an amazing job! The flowers are my favorite part too. Stunning my friend!!!

    • 12.3.15

      Randi, thank you so much! I so loved your fall tables- they were all rockin’!

  4. 12.16.15
    Tamara said:

    Kelly, another absolutely stunning masterpiece!! I ADORE this so much! I love your incredible eye! Can you give me lessons in floral arranging?? I need the help!! Love you, my friend, you are amazing!!! xoxo

    • 12.16.15

      Tam, thank you! You always inspire me to do more and be better! And, now that you mention it… 😉

  5. 9.8.16
    Nan said:

    I agree with all postings so far … absolutely lovely. The only difficulty I see is the height of the flowers. There are guests who won’t be able to see each other because of the fullness and height of the wonderful flowers. If you look at the view down the table from the head to the foot, for example, those sitting in those seats cannot see each other. Same for a few across from each other. Something to consider …

    • 9.8.16

      Hi, Nan (love your name 😉 ). Thank you so much for stopping by! Because our dining room is immediately to the right when you first come in the front door, I like to do big arrangements for impact. Once we sit down, if the centerpiece is tall, I will usually relocate it to the buffet for the meal. 😉

      • 9.10.16
        Nan said:

        That is really a grand idea. Go for the impact first. With two arrangements, the dining room would be delightfully graced with flowers! Who doesn’t love that?