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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!

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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.

Thankful salad plate on Formal Thanksgiving Table Setting

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

Table set with Burlap Runner and White Pumpkins

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!

Neutrals and Textures for Thanksgiving

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?

Thankful plate - Thanksgiving dinner table setting

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.

Formal Thanksgiving Table Setting in the Dining Room

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.

Thankful plate on fall place setting

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.

Elegant Thanksgiving Table

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!

Tablescape with White Pumpkins

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?

Thanksgiving Table mixing casual and formal pieces

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!

Thankful for Thanksgiving

Once again, all the neutral and whites contribute to the elegant look.

Thanksgiving Table in Dining Room

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.

Burlap Runner and White Pumpkins for Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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!

Casually Elegant Thanksgiving Table

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you with ways to decorate an elegant Thanksgiving table setting of your own!

Thankful Place Setting on White Tablecloth

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.

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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  

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  1. Such a pretty table and I love those Thankful plates. I wish you and your family a very Blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. Looks gorgeous, Shelley. I totally understand losing a pumpkin because stuff like that happens here all the time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. 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!)

  4. 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

  5. Shelley, what a beautiful and elegant table. I hope that you and your family have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Lovely Table……your centerpiece is simple yet elegant…..and love those Thankful salad plates, sobeautiful…..Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving.Blessings, Nellie

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

    1. 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!

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