Rustic Elegance: A Thanksgiving Table with a Garden’s Grace

Our Thanksgiving table comes alive with the bountiful beauty of nature, featuring garden-inspired elements like dried allium, beeswaxed leaves, pumpkins, and of course flowers (check out the tutorial below).The table setting is a mix of vintage and new, featuring cherished vintage plates and glassware passed down from my mother, classic brass candlestick holders, and additions such as amber glass votives that may be new, but really capture the vintage essence. The table’s centerpiece is a flannel blanket runner, adorned with Turkey feathers, birch wood, and beeswaxed leaves, while rosemary tied with velvet ribbon for the napkins add a fragrant touch. These simple yet artful arrangements bring the outdoors in, celebrating the warmth of tradition.

For me, Thanksgiving embodies the comfort of cherished traditions, and a beautifully set table is at the heart of it. These traditions from my childhood are a testament to the hope that my children, nieces, and nephews will keep up the traditions in a modern way. We opt for family dinners over extravagance, maintaining classic dishes passed down through generations, such as Grandpa Dan’s famous stuffing, cherished as a timeless tradition. As I reflect on the importance of the traditions that bind us together,  I am thankful for all of you. What traditions for Thanksgiving are important to you? 

Tutorial for No-Carve Pumpkin Centerpiece:

Step 1: Begin by washing the pumpkin and consider spraying it with polyacrylic if you want to prolong its lifespan, although this step is optional.

Step 2: Ensure the pumpkin has a 2-inch stem; if not, trim it to the desired length. Place pre-soaked florist foam on top. You can purchase florist foam in circular pieces, or like I did, use a rectangular piece and cut it to fit.

Step 3: Now, start adding your flowers to the florist foam. Begin with the largest flowers and ensure one takes the top center position for visual impact. Use an odd number of flowers for the best effect. Fill the gaps with greenery from your garden and landscape, such as dried alliums, astilbe, astilbe leaves, ferns, and your cherished dahlias. This centerpiece doesn’t have to be costly; utilize what you have from your garden and repurpose a Halloween pumpkin. As a bonus, if you prefer not to use a pumpkin, consider using a bottle of wine as a wonderful hostess gift. I took one to a get-together last night and it was a hit!

Thanksgiving Table (paid links)

Flannel Blanket Table Runner

Flameless Taper Candles

Victorian English Pottery

Velvet Ribbon

Amber Candlestick Holders

Florist Foam

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