Casually Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Ideas to decorate a casually, elegant Thanksgiving tablescape using natural elements for a traditional table setting for the dining room table.

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Casually Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

I say this every year, but I can't believe that it is November!

Welcome to today's fun tour with lovely ideas for your Thanksgiving home and entertaining.

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I'd like to thank my friend, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing this year's tour. If you haven't yet discovered Amber's site, you are in for a treat. Her vintage home and collections are amazing.

Be sure to read to the end for links to the other blogs on today's tour!

You'll also find convenient shopping links at the end.

Thanksgiving dinner is fast approaching. The one thing that I usually have ready in advance is the table setting for turkey day!

There is just something about Thanksgiving dinner that has me leaning toward organic elements.

Here is a look at last year's tablescape. It was very simple with no natural elements.

If you are stopping by from Marty's blog, A Stroll Thru Life, welcome! I just love Marty's modern, classic style.

dining room decorated for fall

The Elements of the Table Decor (shopping list at end)

  • Table runner
  • chargers
  • glassware
  • copper mugs
  • dinner plate
  • special occasion salad plate
  • white pumpkins
  • soft blue-green pumpkins
  • brass candlesticks
  • neutral napkin
  • dried hydrangeas
  • clippings from magnolia tree
  • wine corks
  • candles
  • votives
  • bronze turkey statue
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This beautiful tablescape would work for a casual or more formal setting.

woman setting a table

Casually elegant is my favorite way to decorate a table. I'll be wearing this smocked blouse with jeans on Thanksgiving. Do you notice the curtain lights? I added them a couple of Christmases ago and never took them donw.

I tend to pick color schemes for the dinner table that are more neutral. Then I like to add warm metals like brass and copper.

Neutrals work so well with all the colors of fall from golds, burgundies, rust to shades of blues and greens.

How to Get the Look

Place your runner first!

Next, I like to decorate down the runner first before tackling the place settings.

center of tablescape

I prefer to keep my tablescape a bit on the lower side.

I hate it when you have to remove part of it to converse with your dinner party.

I like to sit at the table as I design the centerpiece as I go to adjust the height as needed.

I am not opposed to height if I'm just decorating the table for an everyday look. I just like to change it up if actually eating in the formal dining room.

Decide on a Focal Point

A focal point can go center or off-center. For this look, I placed this amazing bronze turkey statue front and center.

turkey centerpiece

Your focal point might me a floral arrangement, a cluster of candlesticks or some sort of statue or bust.

Arrange your pumpkins


If I am decorating a centerpiece to span a couple of weeks or longer, I typically use faux pumpkins.

dining room for fall

Trust me, I almost ruined my last dining room table with rotting pumpkins. It completely ruined my Pottery Barn linen runner, but my table was ok.

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If you use the real thing, make sure you place your pumpkins on decorative plates or platters.

Add Metals for warmth

You can never go wrong with silver and pewter for your fall table.

I love the warmth of copper and brass for fall.


I use a combination of golden mercury glass and brass candlesticks down the center of the table.

place setting or fall

Don't be afraid to mix fine china with casual. I love my white place settings because it allows me to mix and match salad plates.

Don't overlook the dollar store for affordable chargers! I love the soft neutral check napkin.

Mixing and matching is what transitions your look to casually elegant. The dinner plate, stemware, and flatware are more formal. The copper mugs and more casual salad plates tip the look to more casual.

Weave your candlesticks around the pumpkins.

Fill in with flowers and greeneery

dining room

Fill in around the pumpkins with the magnolia leaves.

Magnolia leaves will dry beautifuly!

Tuck in dried hydrangeas here and there.

dining room

Anywhere that there are gaps or stems are showing, I clustered a few wine corks.

dining chairs

Cozy up the dining room by adding a fall throw over the 2 end chairs.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Be sure to visit Shelly from Calypso in the Country. Her home is swoon-worthy!!!

While this post is not sponsored for the blog, it was sponsored by Belk on Instagram and Facebook.

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  1. I’ve got to find a turkey somewhere! Your table is so welcoming with all that color. I’d forgotten about the curtain lights but I want to do that as well. It all looks so inviting. Might have to add some extra cushion to your chairs because people might not want to get up! Happy Thanksgiving. pinned

  2. I had a feeling my first comment didn’t take yesterday so I’m back again…I adore your table! It’s truly a casually elegant tablescape and that stunning chandelier above makes it all even more beautiful!

  3. Oh, Debra I am blushing with your kind words. That means so much coming from you!!! Thank you sweet friend.

  4. Thanks so much, sweet friend! That turkey and all the gorgeous ones in this tour has me wanting to collect them! Lol!

  5. What a gorgeous tablescape! I am crazy about that turkey and those plates! Beautiful color scheme and great tips for styling, Love your top too!

    Thanks so much for hopping with us. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Christy, this is one of the most beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes I’ve seen. The soft blue-green pumpkins and the colors of the hydrangeas really make this so different and lovely. Your armoire is such a gorgeous backdrop and it compliments each element. Of course I love those amazing dishes and your handsome bronze turkey!!

  7. Thanks so much, Laura! I just love the colors of fall. It’s like bringing nature indoors.

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