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How to Set a Thanksgiving Table with Warm Fall Colors

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, it’s time to start preparing.  If you’re like me, you won’t be hosting a large crowd this year though you still want to make the day special for your family.  Today, I’ll be sharing my latest dining room tablescape to give you ideas on how to set a Thanksgiving table with warm fall colors. 

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How to Set a Thanksgiving Table with Warm Fall Colors:

Thankful plate with feathers - How to set Thanksgiving Table

I’d also like to mention, I’ll be joining 19 other bloggers for A Season of Thanks Blog Hop hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.  From Thanksgiving tablescapes to Thanksgiving decor, we all hope to inspire you with our creative ideas!

If you are just arriving from The Crowned Goat, Welcome!  Coco always sets the most gorgeous tables so I’m sure she wowed you with her latest!

When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful Thanksgiving inspiration!

Welcome to my Dining Room Set for Thanksgiving:

Traditional Furniture in Navy Dining Room

How to Set a Thanksgiving Table with Warm Fall Colors:

With the temperatures cooling down and the sun setting earlier these days, I think we’re all craving warmer colors.  For my Thanksgiving table, I gathered up a bunch of colorful fall accessories for a cozy look.  Down the center of the table, I weaved in a fall themed garland (which I recently used for my fall mantel).  Then I filled in real and artificial pumpkins, pine cones, and some battery operated candles for a nice glow.

Traditional Dining Room decorated for Thanksgiving

Lighten Up with Some White:

To balance out all the warm autumn colors, I mixed in some white accessories.

White pumpkin with bittersweet centerpiece

For my Thanksgiving centerpiece, I dressed up a simple white pumpkin with some faux bittersweet wrapped around it.  Then I elevated the simple centerpiece on a plain white cake stand.  To see more centerpiece ideas, read 5 Simple Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving.

Since my curtain panels were already white, they conveniently added the brightness I was looking to achieve in the room.  In my opinion, when your walls are painted a dark color, you should mix in some lighter colors to keep the room from feeling heavy.

Thanksgiving Table with blue and white buffalo check placemats

Simple References to Thanksgiving:

Although this table setting would be appropriate throughout the fall season, adding the “thankful” plates are a simple way to acknowledge the Thanksgiving holiday.  On each place setting, I also included some feathers which could symbolize pheasants or turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Thankful plate on Thanksgiving table

Layers and Textures on the Thanksgiving Table:

Beginning with the buffalo check place mats, I then layered a brown woven charger and then two napkins between the plates.  Of course, we don’t exactly need two napkins for dinner, but I like being able to pick up the colors from the placemat and the colors from the centerpiece accessories.

Blue and White Thanksgiving Tablescape

Velvet pumpkins in various shades add to the cozy textures.

Thankful plate with navy and rust napkin - How to set Thanksgiving table

And of course, the feathers for soft texture. To see more ways I’ve decorated with feathers, read Easy Thanksgiving Feather Decoration Ideas to Try!

Top view of Thanksgiving Table with Navy Buffalo Checked Placemats - How to Set Thanksgiving Table

Since only my immediate family will get to enjoy our Thanksgiving table this year, I’m happy I could share it with you!

Blue and White Thanksgiving Tablescape - how to set Thanksgiving Table

Now that my dining room is decorated for Thanksgiving, that’s one thing I can check off my list.  Actually, two things…because I already set a Thanksgiving table in the kitchen!  Now, I need to decide which table we’ll actually use on Thanksgiving day.  Yes, this is what happens when you’re home too much!

Cherry Furniture in Navy Dining Room

Hopefully, I gave you some creative ideas on how to set your Thanksgiving table.  Obviously, we’re all trying to make the best of our situations this year.  Let’s all appreciate any time we get to spend with loved ones…and hopefully things will be back to normal next year!

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Once again, thank you to Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting.  If you’re following along in order, Bluesky at Home is next on the list.  Carol is sharing some Thanksgiving decor for her mantel!

Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the blog hop from the list below…

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Follow The Yellow Brick Home

A Stroll Thru Life 

Common Ground 

Our Southern Home 

County Road 407

Decor to Adore

Let’s Add Sprinkles

My Thrift Store Addiction

Shiplap and Shells

The Tattered Pew

Bricks ‘n Blooms

Thistle Key Lane

The Crowned Goat

Calypso in the Country

Bluesky at Home

Celebrate and Decorate


Lora Bloomquist

Belle Bleu Interiors

White Arrows Home

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  1. Coco, as usual, you have created a gorgeous table for the Thanksgiving holidays. It’s rich, lush, and colorful. Your velvet pumpkins add beautiful color and texture. Happy to be hopping with you again.

  2. Your dining room is stunning and your tablescape is gorgeous. I love the combination of blue and orange. Your centerpiece is so beautiful too. Love it all.

  3. Very smart combination of complementary blue and rust orange colors in your fabulous dining room, Shelley. The feathers on the thankful plates is quite handsome!

  4. Love, love, love, this beauitful blue and white tablescape, Shelley! It’s perfect for your dining room and this season too. The thankful plates are really festive and I love all the pops of orange and natural elements you’ve included as well. It’s all just fabulous! Hugs, CoCo

  5. Shelley, the feathers are such a beautiful touch on each place setting and your dining room looks gorgeous as usual! Love the navy and orange together, it’s one of my favorite combinations!

  6. Your dining room is so beautiful Shelley! I loved your Thanksgiving tablescape and especially loved your Thankful dishes. Loved it so much!

  7. Wow! Your dining room is so striking with the navy! I really love how you carried the navy to the table with the orange accents. It’s just so elegant. Too funny in that you have a big decision about which table to use for Thanksgiving! Maybe dinner at one and dessert at the other! Enjoy the holiday. XO, Christy

  8. Well, I actually do need two or more napkins for Thanksgiving, (I am messy!)so this gives me an excuse to layer away! Love your gorgeous tablescape this year, it may be one of my favorties that you have created. Over the past couple of years, you and Shannon have converted me to a lover of blue and orange for fall, whereas before I had never really considered using blue for fall. Your windows with the sheer curtains let in the prettiest autumn light on your gorgeous table. All the details are so pretty!

    Thank you so much for joining the hop. I hope you have a healthy, blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

  9. First of all I have to tell you how much I love your dark walls over the white paneled lower walls, so so gorgeous!! The navy and orange are amazing together. I would never have thought of it, but it really pops and adds that perfect touch! Beautiful tablescape, Hope you have a happy happy Thanksgiving!!

  10. Shelley, I love your crisp navy and white with the warm Fall colors; great combo! And the big pumpkin on the cake plate is so elegant and classic. You styled your table just beautifully! Happy Thanksgiving:)

  11. Oh Shelley, another visit to your beautiful dining room! I love all of the orange with the blue. Your combination of centerpiece with the luxurious velvet pumpkins and rich bittersweet are so lovely. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.

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  13. Your table is beautiful and so is your room! I like the center arrangment and the feather on each plate. It’ll just be the two of us this Thanksgiving.

  14. I had such an immediate response to your dining room; elegant without being fussy and traditional without being pretentious. You always seem to strike that perfect balance between dressed-up formal, and welcoming warmth. This is a classic, beautiful table and I so appreciate you sharing it!! You BET I pinned it !! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Wow Kristine, your comment just made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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