Thanksgiving isn’t just about the turkey, holiday fixings, or decorations. It’s about coming together with family and friends to share gratitude with what has manifested in our lives this year, rewards gained for hard work, lessons learned from mistakes, and inspiration to create the life we want to live going forward. It’s a time where we really connect on a deeper level with people we care about and share memories and gratitude for all the abundance in our lives. My inspiration every day and not just for Thanksgiving starts with a simple and a well-known message – “Be grateful.” I believe we should all be thankful to the universe for every single thing in our life, good or bad. Thankful for the lessons we learned in order to elevate ourselves to the next best version of who we are and grateful for all the talent, hard work, and service we provide not only to the world but to ourselves. Whether you are preparing meals, organizing or decorating, being inspired is the key to creating a warm, inviting, and welcoming Thanksgiving table that reflects who you are. Spotlight your table with your personal style choosing colors, textures, and patterns that speak to you and lights you up. Here are 5 ways to inspire the creative genius within you to create a fun & festive Thanksgiving tablescape that highlights your personal style.
1. Colorful and Playful
Remember what it was like to be a child and to have fun without a care in the world? I bet you were fearless, willing to try new things, and weren’t afraid to play with lots of color. Wake up that child within you! If you love color as much as I do, set up your Thanksgiving table with bright accents such as colorful mini pumpkins, berries, gourds, and flowers. Flowers are full of color and instantly add lots of vibrant colors to your table. You can also add richly colored linens like a table runner or napkin in a toile or polka dot pattern. Bring out your vintage or antique dishes full of striking designs and colors. Pair orange and pink, yellow and turquoise, or green and purple as color scheme ideas that puts a modern twist on the traditional Thanksgiving colors.
2. Sparkling Metallics
Let your creative juices and personality shine! Metallics, whether it’s gold, brass, bronze, rose gold, or silver has been trending for some time now and will continue to be popular, so bring some of that sparkle and shine to your Thanksgiving table. Line your table with a metallic table runner in sequins or patterns. Place a gold charger plate on top of a larger neutral plate. Add some gilded cutlery or elegant wine glasses passed down to you from your family to create a glam look. Spray paint pumpkins in various sizes in gold, silver, or rose gold. Add pine cones with a touch of metallic on the edges and sprinkle them throughout your table. Mix metallics to add texture, depth, and visual interest to your table setting.
3. Natural, Soft, and Chic
If you love nature like I do, then you’ll love thanking nature for life and all the abundance it offers by inviting her to your table. There’s nothing quite like setting your Thanksgiving table so that it incorporates the beauty and creation of nature. You can source leaves, twigs, branches, or flowers if you have a garden in your own backyard. Or if you love taking a short walk around your neighborhood park, you can pick up twigs, branches, or leaves. I’ve seen people do just that and it makes me smile. They look really peaceful, relaxed, and happy being out in nature. Fall is the harvesting season, and there are lots of fruits and veggies that can give your table a natural, soft, yet chic look. Anything found in nature and grown organically will bring a wonderful sweet aroma to your home. Adorn your table with round wood chargers and organic cotton napkins. Add gold utensils to bring a touch of sparkle to your table. Light up some homemade candles from talented artisans on Etsy. Candles create a beautiful soft glow and brings warmth and compassion to your table.
4. Bold and Dramatic
If you have an affinity for drama and love bold, over the top pieces and decor, then creating a large ornate centerpiece or an elaborate hanging decoration should do the trick. You can use urns, large oversized vases, cake plates, or hurricanes – anything that gives you a good amount of height to create your bold, wild, and dramatic centerpiece. You can create metal orbs like the image below and top your oversized vases or urns with some moss and straw to hold the metal orbs in place. Fill the orbs with some fall foliage, large pine cones, mini pumpkins, garlands, and anything that you feel like. Add toys in your centerpiece if you want! If you like things bigger and even more dramatic, you could use longer tendrils of fall foliage and fallen sticks in your centerpiece. Finish off your table with vintage candle holders, amber or blue stemware, gilded cutlery, and a mixture of different plates in various colors, designs, and shapes. Look in your china cabinet and see what dishes you could mix up to give your table a blend of patterns and colors.
5. Black and Sleek
Black, especially Matte Black has become a huge trend in cabinetry, hardware, faucets, and finishes. It will continue to be popular into the new year. The color black exudes sophistication and elegance. When paired with white, it creates a beautiful contrast of light and dark that is timeless and classic. If your personal style leans towards modern, contemporary or minimalism, set your Thanksgiving table against a black background with gold or white accents creating an elegant, stylish look and feel to your space. Keep your table simple with minimal centerpieces and a few small metallic accents scattered on your table. Square plates with soft rounded corners are minimal bringing a modernistic sense of style to your Thanksgiving table. Create a centerpiece with artichokes and gourds with a few pieces of twigs, branches or berries adorning the table.