Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting with White Pumpkins
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Today, I’m sharing my elegant Thanksgiving table setting to give you some ideas for your table. Since I went with formal look this time, I decorated with a neutral color scheme and plenty of white pumpkins. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration for your Thanksgiving table!
*For your convenience, please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking my links below, I will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you).
Ideas for an Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting:
For holidays, I like to use my china and crystal for an elegant feel. Since each piece was a wedding gift, they make large family gatherings feel even more meaningful.
On top of my formal china, I added a simple Thankful” plate to acknowledge the holiday. After all, sometimes we forget to slow down and appreciate life…and well, be thankful!
Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting with Textures and Natural Items:
To keep the table from being too formal, I mixed in natural elements and textures
When decorating a holiday table, I always try to find a balance between pretty and practical. In my opinion, sometimes an overly formal table can feel a little stuffy and uninviting. My goal is to make my guests feel welcome so they linger at the table and enjoy themselves!
White Linens are Simple and Elegant:
You can’t go wrong with crisp white linens on an elegant Thanksgiving table setting. After all, when you dine at a fancy restaurant, the table linens are usually white. Why not enjoy that same elegance at home?
For this table, I simply placed my white napkins under my “thankful” plate. By the way, if you’d like to see another Thanksgiving table where I used this “thankful” plate, pop over to see my Thanksgiving table with warm fall colors.
As a base, I used a plain white tablecloth…once again, just simple and elegant. Since the linens are white, the table runner and place settings stand out more.
With a white background, you’re able to notice subtle details more. For example, you can see how the gold writing on the “thankful” plates coordinates with the gold rim around my china.
An Elegant Centerpiece with Seasonal Items:
When decorating, I like to use seasonal items when they’re available. During this time of year, it’s easy to create elegant Thanksgiving centerpieces with white pumpkins, pine cones and eucalyptus.
For this centerpiece, I used a large faux pumpkin from Michael’s. At one point, I actually had a real white pumpkin but I somehow misplaced it. Seriously, do not ask me how I managed to “lose” a pumpkin but I did! I’m thinking that I might have thrown it out when I disposed of the rotting carved Halloween pumpkins…but I have no idea!
Anyway, faux pumpkins will work when you can’t get a real one. This faux one actually isn’t too bad, I mean if you squint a little… Plus, it won’t rot. No one wants a rotting pumpkin on their table, do they?
Each fall, I like to buy little white pumpkins. I can’t imagine I’ll ever get tired of them. Of course, it helps that they seem to stay fresh for a long time too. At least I didn’t lose those!
Once again, all the neutral and whites contribute to the elegant look.
Even though, I think decorative runners are pretty, I prefer plain or textured ones so the centerpiece can stand out more. This way, I can add a bunch of items down the center without it looking too busy.
Once Thanksgiving Day arrives, I’ll be adding a few more chairs and place settings. Every year, we host a large crowd so we usually set the kitchen table for the overflow. Like most families, we used to call it the “kids’ table”. Though nowadays, we just split up between the two tables. No one seems to mind. Anyway, it’s more important that we’re all celebrating the holiday together.
But that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, isn’t it? Sure, it’s fun to set a pretty table but it’s the people that matter the most!
Hopefully, I’ve inspired you with ways to decorate an elegant Thanksgiving table setting of your own!
Thank you for stopping by and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Since writing this post, I have painted my dining room so if you would like to see my most recent Thanksgiving Table, pop over to Thanksgiving Table Setting in a Navy Dining Room.
Sources for an Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting with White Pumpkins:
- China – discontinued by you can find some here – Lenox Gold and Ivory Dinner Plates
- Thankful Plates – (Crate and Barrel discontinued) – these are a more casual look.
- White Napkins – Williams Sonoma or these white cotton napkins which are also 20 inches
- Rattan Chargers – Pier One (similar chargers)
- Burlap Runner- Crate and Barrel (discontinued) now they carry this textured one. Here is a nubby hemp version (or your could try this option for a burlap table runner)
- Silverware – International Silver
- Crystal – Noritake (but I can’t remember the name of the pattern)
- Large White Faux pumpkin- Michael’s (in store) but here are various faux pumpkins and gourds.
- Mini White Pumpkins – Mine are real but here are some cute faux ones.
- Elegant Centerpiece – if you want the look of my centerpiece without the work, this floral arrangement is very similar.
Today, I’m participating in the Give Thanks Tablescape Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Katherine of Katherine’s Corner. Be sure to stop by and see all the other beautiful Thanksgiving table settings on the tour…
1. Katherine’s Corner 2. Venice Beach QT Pie 3. Blue Willow House 4. Calypso in the Country (that’s me!) 5. Debbie This and That 6. Cozi Nest 7. Gr8tful 8. Nancy’s Fashion and Style 9. French Ethereal 10. The Bespoke Lifestyle 11. Christines Home and Travel Adventures 12. Gwin Gals’s Inside Out Adventures 13. Belle Bleu Interiors 14. Follow the Yellow Brick Home
What are your tips for an elegant Thanksgiving table setting?
Follow along so you don’t miss a post!
Subscribe by email – HERE
Pinterest/ Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Good evening! !The current Japan time is 20 o'clock.Thank you for always nice blog message.Ryoma.
Such a pretty table and I love those Thankful plates. I wish you and your family a very Blessed Thanksgiving.
Looks gorgeous, Shelley. I totally understand losing a pumpkin because stuff like that happens here all the time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Your table looks lovely, Shelley! Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Your table is beautiful! ~Dazee
So stunning Shelley! I love your dining room. Simple, elegant and classy. So happy to be joining you for the tour. Happy Thanksgiving!https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/turkeys-straw-thanksgiving-tablecape-tour/
Wow, so beautiful, how wonderful you host Thanksgiving for your family! Thank you so much for being part of my tour. Big Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving ( Pinned!)
So very pretty and I bet it smells divine! What a great idea to add eucalyptus! Happy Thanksgiving!
Gorgeous! I lol'd at the losing of the pumpkin. And I love the juxtaposition of the rustic burlap and eucalyptus with the china and all the gold. Digging those curtains and tassels too!:) gwingal
Shelley, what a beautiful and elegant table. I hope that you and your family have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!!!
Hello Shelley! Your tablesetting is beautiful with all of your Cinderella pumpkins, faux and real! Personally, I really like the new faux pumpkins that have come out on the market ~ they are surprisingly realistic. I understand about losing your pumpkin. I was just looking for some little Christmas trees I was sure I brought with me but perhaps we took them back to our storage units in California, but still… They have GOT to be here somewhere??! Lol! 😉 I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It has been fun being on the Give Thanks blog tour with you!Barb :)@French Ethereal
Your Thanksgiving table is lovely. All of the elements you used worked together to create a peaceful and serene setting. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. So glad you joined the tour.
Your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous with that wonderful centerpiece featuring the white pumpkins.Love your thankful plates too.I love Fall and specially Thanksgiving, I wish it wasn't so close to C'mas so we can enjoy it a little more.Fabby
Lovely Table……your centerpiece is simple yet elegant…..and love those Thankful salad plates, sobeautiful…..Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving.Blessings, Nellie
You can see I am very behind commenting. I did want to tell you I think your table is very elegant and just right. I love the thankful plates and the simplicity of your table with an elegant feel.I had a house full of company for Thanksgiving for which I am thankful.
Hello Shelley,This is Marie @venicebeachqtpie. I participated in Katherine’s “Give Thanks” tour along with you talented bloggers. I absolutely love your Thanksgiving table. Your “Thankful” plates are minimalist but play along so nicely with your formal dinner plates. The white pumpkins are delightful, and I can believe how a pumpkin, even a large one, can get lost in the busy-ness of the Season. How nice you host Thanksgiving for your loved ones. I am sure it was nothing short of a wonderful and memorable event! Love, Marie xo
Love that you kept this setting simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing your ideas on MM. Pinned and will be including this on this week’s MM roundup.
Thank you so much, Erlene! What a nice surprise!
What an elegant table for Thanksgiving! The Chiba is such a delight but your centerpiece is stunning! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks, Nancy! I have to let the white pumpkins take all the credit because I think they make everything look pretty! Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!
Love this simple and elegant tablescape, Shelley. And those salad plates are so pretty!
Thanks so much, Julie! Happy Thanksgiving!