Monday, November 19, 2012

shades of purple and gold: my Thanksgiving table


I usually don’t set my table this early but I wanted to share this year’s color scheme with you. Just in case anyone out there still needs some ideas for their own table.

This year I chose shades of purple and gold as my accent colors because I found this great deal on dinner plates at Home Goods a few months back, and I’ve always wanted plates with a classic turkey design on them.


Since I host Thanksgiving every year I couldn’t resist the deal, four dinner plates for $12.99. Not bad huh? 

So this morning I tried to take a few pictures and give you a glimpse of how my Thanksgiving table will look. I realize that shades of purple aren’t for everyone, but it really looks pretty with the brown and gold tones throughout the table.


I decided to use my miniature pumpkins for flowers. In case you missed it, you can see how I did this HERE.


And these are simple flowers I bought at the grocery store. Thanks Kirsten, for your fresh cranberry idea, I love the way they pop out of the flowers.


I even added cranberries (on small skewers) to the flowers inside the pumpkins too.


Now I seriously think these little guys might be my favorite thing about this whole tablescape.


My cloth napkins are a deep purple and these look quite dramatic against the gold chargers. And remember these pumpkin place cards from my rustic Thanksgiving tablescape? I simply changed the rough twine to sparkly gold ribbon.

And I like the simplicity of the Kraft brown tags with this new ribbon, do you?


The dinner plates are on top of gold chargers that I already had. And those are my Mom’s stemware with the gold rims.


I used a cream colored tablecloth with a dark brown floral design on it. And almost all of my candlesticks are thrift store finds. I bought them for under $3.00 each.


A velvet ribbon is wrapped around the glass vase. And green moss is tucked into the small pumpkins.


I haven’t put water goblets on the table yet. But honestly, we’re pretty casual. Sometimes I’ll fill a bucket of ice with bottled waters and cold drinks. And I’ll skip the water glasses altogether. Less dishes to wash. Am I bad?


You can get an idea of how it will look in the evening.

I think there’s something magical that happens when candles are lit and fresh flowers are on the table. But let’s not forget that the very best part of any Thanksgiving table are the people who are sitting there.

It’s being together. It’s looking around the table and closing your eyes and saying a silent prayer that everyone is safe and sound.



Patrick will be driving hours to get home. And I know you’ve got family traveling too. Lets be outrageously grateful when they arrive safely.

Blessings to you all. And thanks so much for stopping by during such a busy time.



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Anonymous said...

I like the cranberries, I'm still loving the flowers in the little pumpkins, and I'm ALWAYS a sucker for candles! Beautiful!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

nicely done! love the purple napkins, and how they fit with the rest of the table. Happy Thanksgiving

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL Leslie!! Love your turkey plates and love the shot with the candles lit, sooooo pretty! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love it all :) Have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

How many beautiful elements! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Italy but I'm already thinking I should make more of an effort for Christmas this year. It has become so physically difficult to get everything at the table, in the one place!

Your photos also made me think of a group of people reunited, relaxed, talking and laughing. Enjoy!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Leslie, Your table is beautiful and I love the turkey plates. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for joining the Open House party.

Monica said...

Leslie this is so so beautiful. I love seeing all that you are doing in your home. As always, simply amazing. Enjoy T day! xx - Monica

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful table, Leslie! This is my first visit to your blog from this week's BNOTP. You have quite a creative touch! The cranberries in those cute pumpkin flower arrangements are just the best!!! Great deal on your plates. I have yet to add turkey plates to my collection. I love the shades of purple mixed with the deeper brown. Very pretty! I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day together!

Leslie's Garden said...

Leslie, this is a lovely table. I'm jealous of your new dishes! Oh, how I want some turkey dishes! Maybe next year...if I'm good:) I love the picture in the candlelight, so romantic and peaceful. That's a neat trick with the cranberry skewers, I'll try to remember that, I like the solid color it added. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Leslie

Marigene said...

Lovely table...I used the same wonderful plates on my table this year, too!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh what a beautiful tablescape - very sophisticated! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Together, safe and sound is just the best!

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