Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite holidays (it’s second to Christmas for me)! My parents generally host our family plus my Aunt, Uncle and cousins for Thanksgiving, so the house is always full and the post-turkey food coma is real.
Growing up, my Mom always took great pride in her holiday table decor, usually setting it up days in advance of the big meal. Why not enjoy your hard work a little longer right? This year I decided to take the table into my own hands and my Mom was happy to let me take the reigns.
I wanted to stay away from the traditional Thanksgiving colour palette of oranges, reds and browns and I didn’t need to look far! The grocery store proved to be the perfect place for inspiration. Local produce here in B.C. is so great this time of year with all of the gorgeous varieties of apples and pears. I also stumbled upon these soft, peachy hued pumpkins that perfectly complement the blush of the Ambrosia apples. I added in some white pumpkins for a touch of simplicity.
Here are my tips for creating a beautifully styled Thanksgiving table:
- LAYERING. Keep your table decor interesting by layering different items, varying heights of floral arrangements and creating a soft backdrop. Here I used a simple piece of oatmeal coloured linen as a runner then scattered local produce on top. Using small vases of different sizes I added height with florals. I finished the table off with two large peachy pumpkins and tall tapered candlesticks.
- GO NON-TRADITIONAL. Think outside the box with your colour palette and decor items! I went with soft pastel colours because they are unexpected for Thanksgiving but kept things feeling fall by still using pumpkins and fresh produce.
- DECORATE YOUR PLACE SETTINGS. Don’t forget about your place settings. Add interest by placing napkins in an unusual or unique way. I simply folded white napkins then placed them under the dinner plate and allowed them to hang off the edge of the table. I also placed a pear on each plate with a place card. You could easily do the same thing with a sprig of greenery.
- GET CREATIVE WITH FLORALS. Centerpieces don’t have to be one bouquet in the center of the table. Dividing up a bouquet and placing individual or small bunches of flowers in small vases can give you more impact with less flowers! Choose your blooms in a colour that complements your other decor.
- GET DELIVERY. Too busy cooking up a storm to pick up flowers? All the flowers you see here were provided by the Vancouver based Little Bouquet Company. Not only will they hand deliver you their gorgeous in-season florals adorably wrapped in burlap, each little bouquet will only set you back $20 including delivery! Not hosting a dinner this year? What a great thank you for your Thanksgiving host!
I loved styling this table and I hope it inspired you to create your own harvest tablescape for your friends and family to enjoy. However, it’s easy to get caught up in hosting the “perfect dinner” so don’t forget what this holiday really is all about . . . friends, family, and being grateful for time together.
Huge shout out to The Little Bouquet Company for providing all the flowers for this table. Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram account to see how you can win a little bouquet for yourself or a friend!
What’s your favourite part of Thanksgiving? How do you like to decorate your table? Let me know in the comments below.