Thanksgiving Table Setting in a Navy Dining Room

Have you set your Thanksgiving Table yet?  Since we painted our dining room navy earlier this year, I decided to also try a new color combination for our table.  Before the navy, the room was red for many years.  Now that we made the change, I am loving all the new options I have for decorating with navy!

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Welcome to our Thanksgiving Table Setting in the navy dining room…

Thanksgiving Table with blue and white

Since I was inspired by the navy on the walls, I decided to add a touch of navy to the table.  (In case you were wondering, the wall color is Sherwin Williams – Naval.)

Maybe navy wouldn’t be the first color you would think about for a Thanksgiving table setting, but I love trying something different.

Thanksgiving Table Setting in a Navy Dining Room

After all, this room is designed for special occasions.  Why not put in some extra effort to make it pretty for guests?

Formal Thanksgiving table setting with navy napkin and white pumpkin

navy napkinssimilar chargerchinasimilar gingham ribbon

Recently, I found these navy napkins at World Market and thought they would be perfect for my Thanksgiving table.

Not only will they work for my Thanksgiving table setting but I know I’ll be using them in the spring and summer.

Decorating with navy - Thanksgiving table setting ideas

Since I still had some white pumpkins lingering around from my fall decorating, I added them to each place setting.

The mini white pumpkins are real but the larger ones down the center are faux.  I think white pumpkins have become my go-to item for fall decorating.  They are so versatile and just so cute!  Be sure to check out some other ways I have used white pumpkins in my decor – Decorating with White Pumpkins.

White pumpkin with blue and white gingham bow

similar gingham ribbon

To dress up the pumpkins, I tied a simple bow on each one with a navy and white gingham ribbon.

I don’t think I will ever get tired of classic gingham…

Navy and Neutrals for an elegant Thanksgiving table setting

navy napkinssimilar chargerchina

In order to restrain myself from going overboard with all the navy, I kept the other colors subtle for my Thanksgiving table.

Simply layering cream colors with brown was just enough to let the navy stand out.

Navy and brown for Thanksgiving

Covering my burlap runner with pine cones, feathers and brown eucalyptus allowed the center of the table to be neutral.

There are so many natural elements to work with this time of year.  Even though this year I used neutrals with the navy, I am already thinking about the colors I can use next year.  Changing from a red to a navy dining room has opened up a whole new world of colors for me to use!

gold and glass hurricane for candle centerpiece

similar hurricane

Since I didn’t do a floral centerpiece, I added one large glass hurricane with a candle in the center of the table.

It never hurts to include some gold to the table.  In case you didn’t notice, my china also has a gold rim.  We registered for this pattern over 20 years ago and I am still happy I went with a classic look.  Even though we don’t use our china very often, I love to take it out for holidays.  Why not go a bit formal for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving place setting with crystal and silver

Besides the china, I brought out the wedding crystal and the silver to make each place setting extra festive.

Like I said, we don’t use the “good stuff” very often so it’s nice to give it some special attention.

Formal navy dining room decorated for Thanksgiving

Although I love the table with the extra decor down the middle, I will be removing the eucalyptus and some of the pieces in the center when we actually eat dinner. 

While we’re eating dinner, it’s nice to have a little candlelight in other areas of the room.  As you can see, I decorated my  bar cart to coordinate with the style of the Thanksgiving table.

Round gold bar cart with blue and white fall accessories for Thanksgiving

Here is the simpler version of our Thanksgiving table setting…

Simple Thanksgiving Table setting with navy and neutrals

This way is definitely more practical…after all, we need to make room for the food!  I will be adding a few more chairs and settings as well.  We host a large crowd and end up using the kitchen table for overflow too.  

Thanks for stopping by to see my navy and neutral Thanksgiving table and dining room decor.  I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

While you’re here, swing by to see a some more recent Thanksgiving decor – Warm and Cozy Thanksgiving at Home.

If you would like to see what my dining room looked like for Thanksgiving in previous years, click over to these posts:


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  1. November 19, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    It looks lovely, Shelley! You played off the navy walls just perfectly. We won’t be here for Thanksgiving, so our home is completely dressed for Christmas!

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 27, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Carol! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  2. Lisa
    November 19, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Oh So Pretty🍁

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 19, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. November 19, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Shelley this is absolutely stunning. I love that beautiful hurricane in the center of your table and those cute gingham bows add just that special touch. Happy Thanksgiving and Many Blessings.

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 19, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Marty…you are so sweet. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  4. November 19, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    So pretty friend! I will be lucky if the plates even make it to the table this year. Tucker is keeping us quite busy. LOL

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 19, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Ha! Too funny! I’ll trade my set table for a cuddly golden any day!

  5. November 19, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Very classy and elegant!! Blue would look wonderful with orange too, as they are complementary colors. You’ll have options for years to come.

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 19, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Carole! Yes, I thought about adding orange too but since I had lots of white pumpkins around, I used them. You’re right, now I have a plan for next year!

  6. November 19, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Love it! I bet the high brass in The Navy and the Marines would also be envious!


    • calypsointhecountry
      November 19, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you! Ha- that’s a thought!

  7. November 19, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Perfection! So lovely!!!! Great job, Shelley.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 19, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      What a nice thing to say! Thank you, Bonnie and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. November 20, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Such a chic tablescape!

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 20, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thank you so much, Kay! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  9. November 20, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Your table looks so beautiful and elegant!

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 20, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Alice! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. paulasweetpea
    November 20, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Your table looks beautiful! The navy napkins really pop on your white china and the small white pumpkins with gingham bows are the perfect touch for each place setting. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 20, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Paula! I love any excuse to use navy…and gingham! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  11. November 21, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Beautiful table, Shelley and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 21, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you, Kim! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. November 30, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    I enjoyed seeing your beautifully set table, I love the tailored look. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • calypsointhecountry
      November 30, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Karen! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well!

  13. Jan Roy
    February 18, 2019 / 9:40 am

    I really like the color of navy on your walls. Can you tell me what color it is?

    • calypsointhecountry
      February 18, 2019 / 9:57 am

      Thank you, Jan! The color is Naval by Sherwin Williams. The room used to be red and we repainted it navy last year. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. rawsonjl
    October 5, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    That is stunningly beautiful! I love all the brown/nature accents too. That pop of navy looks fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Happy fall party. Pinned.

  15. October 20, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Beautiful sophisticated table – love it!

    • calypsointhecountry
      October 20, 2019 / 8:47 am

      Thanks so much Carol! There are so many fun accessories to work with this time of year! Enjoy your week!

  16. Chloe Crabtree
    October 26, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    Such a beautiful table! I too, have navy walls in my dining room, so this is lovely and inspiring for me! It looks elegant without being over fussy!

  17. October 28, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I love the pheasant feathers mixed in with all of your other beautiful layers. Thank you for sharing at All About Home!

    • calypsointhecountry
      October 28, 2019 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Amber! Enjoy your day!

  18. November 15, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Your table looks beautiful, Shelley! Navy paired with brown is a great color combination.

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