Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

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Rustic Thanksgiving Table Decor

It’s time for a little housewarming! Get ready for the season of brisk air and crunching leaves. Autumn is a time of stunning natural beauty with decorating ideas just waiting to be discovered. If you love all things rustic, It’s also the perfect time to starting thinking about creating the perfect rustic Thanksgiving tablescape for your guests.

Nothing is inspiring as the fiery colors and inviting textures that Fall captures; from vibrant gourds to stunning fall foliage such as pine cones, birch bark, twigs and dried leaves.

Thanksgiving is about the tradition of coming together. From memorable meals to post-turkey naps, this is the time to celebrate friends, family and the comfort of home. It’s also the perfect time to use your finest, from bone china dinnerware, flatware, crystal wine goblets and stemmed water glasses.

A beautifully set table with Thanksgiving décor sets the stage long before the turkey appears. Although white linens are the classic choice for formal meals, festive Thanksgiving plates, napkins and serving platters add a touch of warmth to the table setting.

Create a stunning rustic Thanksgiving centerpiece with gilded pumpkins, soft candlelight and hand-blown hurricanes filled with dried pomegranates, nuts, cranberries, and leaves. Weathered woods, homespun burlap, and pumpkins of all sizes mingle with family heirlooms. It’s time for family gatherings that involve lots of pie and pretty plates to serve it on.

Long before the appetizer is served, your table can make a lasting first impression. There is a wide variety of unique tablescape and Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. From traditional to modern, organic, romantic, elegant and rustic. Here are a collection of images to help inspire you in the upcoming season. I’ve also created a blog post on Rustic Christmas Decorating Ideas – if you’d like to check it out.

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Rustic Table Setting

Capture the elegance of the season with fresh evergreen garlands, wood stump chargers, crisp white linens, and pinecones. Using wood slabs as both a placemat and place card holders are an easy way to make a Thanksgiving table feel like a woodland gathering.
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Decorating with Pumpkins

Stacking Pumpkins
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Fall Centerpiece with Pumpkin

White Pumpkin Rustic Centerpiece
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Rustic Elegant Thanksgiving Table

Rustic Elegant Thanksgiving Table
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In the first image, the stems were removed from pumpkins in varying shades and graduated sizes to create a beautiful rustic topiary.

The second image shows just how beautiful a simple rustic display can be created with an elegant white pumpkin.

The third image is both rustic and refined, combining a brambling bittersweet vine sitting atop a velvet runner and au naturel pears placed atop hemstitched linen and china.

Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Tips on Creating a Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

Bring the outdoors in. Nature’s bounty adds the perfect touch to rustic Thanksgiving tablescapes. It’s easy and economical to gather items from nature that will help you create the perfect autumnal season, from branches to fall leaves, acorns, and pinecones.

Fresh greenery works well in rustic Thanksgiving tablescapes. Add magnolia leaves and branches, evergreen boughs and nuts to create texture and color around the base of your fall centerpiece.

Visit your local fruit & vegetable market. Pumpkins and squash are a perfect fit for a fall table setting, as well as artichokes, cabbage, pears, persimmons, and pomegranates. Don’t worry about creating a perfectly asymmetrical display as imperfections lend a cozy, casual feel to a table.

Play with texture, pattern, and elevation. An alternative to a classic white tablecloth is adding a textural woven runner, such as burlap or wool or incorporating earth-tone plaids or stripes.

Be sure to add some height with dessert stands or wooden chargers. Try removing the stems, and stacking pumpkins in varying shades and graduated sizes to create a beautiful rustic topiary.

Remember that a long, narrow runner can get lost under a centerpiece, and extra-wide runners really stand out.

Rustic glam. If you want a more glamorous rustic Thanksgiving tablescape, consider adding gold, copper, and marble and keep greens to a minimum. Accent with a few raw touches, such as cinnamon sticks, rosemary or sage bundles and twigs in the napkin rings.

Incorporate layers. Create an elegant table by layering plates in different finishes. Layer chargers, dinner plates, folded cloth napkins and small bread or dessert plates in different colors or textures to add dimension and interest to the table.

Charges make a huge difference in creating a finished table, and they are also very versatile. Silver, gold or woven chargers can be used over and over for an infinite number of special occasions.

Turkey-themed dinnerware in rich colors and patterns also provide the opportunity to bring in rich colors and patterns.

Create balance. Don’t forget to add fall touches to surrounding elements in your dining room, such as your chandelier, buffet or hutch to pull the look together.

Be creative. Consider adding chic glass pumpkins, luminous string lights, a sprinkling of fall foliage, patinaed metal vessels as well as faux blooms and foliage. Create an enchanting autumnal moment with vintage-inspired lanterns, soft colors, and touches of romantic botanicals.

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