Tablescape: Golden Leaf Thankful Tablesetting

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We tend to associate Thanksgiving with fall colors–orange, red, yellow and brown–and tend to decorate for our Thanksgiving meals in them. But there is no rule that says you have to. If you are looking for a new take on how to do  your Thanksgiving table, check out this golden leaf Thankful tablesetting.

Last year I was “called” to buy some “Thankful” salad/dessert plates–I have salad/dessert plates for almost every holiday that I use with my white dinnerware. I had never bought Thanksgiving plates before, because I was always celebrating with my extended family and was never serving a Thanksgiving meal at my house. However, as my parents are aging and no longer hosting the big luncheon at their house, I can see a time coming that I may be celebrating the day with my immediate family at my house. So, when I saw these simple “Thankful” design dishes at Crate and Barrel, I thought these were the dishes to buy. For their debut at my house the weekend before Thanksgiving, I decided to go with a gold theme to pick up on the lettering color on the plates. I began with a crisp white cotton tablecloth on the table as a bright grounding for my tablescape. I used four tapestry placemats that have gold leaves on them–these were one dollar a piece at  A. C. Moore craft store. You could as easily use a solid color gold placemat.

Then I used my white 10 Strawberry Street white dinnerware and the “Thankful” salad plates at each placesetting.I have a set of gold damask cotton napkins that I decided to use for this occasion and folded them in half lengthwise and in half again to lay under the plates. I wanted everyone to see the word “thankful” and the gold damask added color. You could as easily used a solid gold napkin or a white one.For the centerpiece, I choose to use some gold artificial leaves I bought in a garland strand a number of years ago at an after-Christmas clearance at Michaels. I love these leaves–they can be used in some many ways! I left one strand intact as a garland to drape on a mantel or down a long table. I cut clusters of leaves off the other garland and have used them tucked in greenery wreaths at Christmas on the dozen tables I decorate at church or in greenery garland runners down the center of the luncheon tables.  I tuck them in the greenery on my holiday mantel with my nutcrackers or with my creche.I got out three thin brass candlesticks I have, added cream-colored candles and placed them equidistant from each other down the center of the table. Then I placed my clusters of gold leaves around them–just lay them out until they look good to you.

You could gather your own real leaves and spray-paint them gold. I have seen magnolia leaves done this way, and they looked good. It’s easy to create a simple Thanksgiving tablescape that will surprise your guests with your unexpected color scheme. The gold color adds formality as does the while tablecloth and the taper candles. The “thankful” plates will remind your guests as to “the reason for the season.” Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends!

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