This Thanksgiving Table is Golden

So how does our table look for the Thanksgiving? 

Well…kinda like this:

I was inspired to mix up some patterns.  I’m about as good at putting patterns together as Angelina is at saying no to orphan children.  As in…I’m not good at all.  I am good at challenging myself though…and that is exactly what I did when it came to patterns.  I tried my darndest to create a tablesetting that had a huge variety of textures and interesting variety of pattern without looking overwhelmingly busy or just plain fugly.

I started with the homemade table runner (I wrote about it’s history here).  Then I picked up the golden hues with what I like to call my pineapple placemats.  Then I took that blazin’ yella down a notch by placing a woven charger on top with a white china dinner plate.  Then those rich reds needed a little nod (plus it creates some amazing fall color contrast)…hence the red napkin.  Last but not least is our little ‘kins.  I love the golden touches in the little gourd.   

Moving to the centerpiece….I focused more on the neutrals.  I wanted them to take center stage…or center table, if you will. 

First, I knew this would centerpiece would be completely contained in a tray.  It makes it uber-easy for quick removal…which is great when you are entertaining and plan on putting food on your dining room table.  Imagine that, huh? 

Overall, the entire arrangement cost VERY little…and I have accumulated the items over time…so it really is an evolutionary tablesetting. 

One of my favorite things is mixing browns.  Can you tell since I paint like every room tan?!

Anyhoo…these faux balls are great because they nod to the woven chargers…but also because the color is similar to the wooden acorn…which ties in the pumpkin and the wood veneer candle wrap.

Speaking of wood veneer…this little piece was on sale at Michaels in the scrapbooking section…and I love that you can create your own wooden candles for cheap.  Especially since they cost over $20 at other home decor stores!

I also gave the room a little whimsy by tucking some stray craft leafs around the mirrors.  No tape.  No glue.  Just hang or tuck or twist the little stem till it worked. 


So there you go folks…our tablesetting…just in time for our Thanksgivin’ guests.  (oh yes…we are housing two of the ten relatives that are comin in town for Turkey Day- yahoo!).  And I am sure this room will get at least one good hearty meal (I’m thinkin’ it’ll probably be breakfast seeing as how I do not have the slightest notion on how to cook a bird). 

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week…stay tuned throughout the holiday…I’ll be random posting about the goin-on’s around here.  And if you get a chance, please shoutout a little prayer for us.  We have A LOT on our plate right now (that’s not counting the turkey & mashed potatoes) and we have some pretty huge things we are tryin to wrap up, nail down, and decide about…so I could use a little extra heavenly boost, if you know what I mean :)  Thanksloveyakisses!



  1. Lynn says

    hey Katie! Love the table…the giant acorn is my favorite. I have some smaller versions of them from the clearance section of Pier 1. Hope you have a great holiday, and that ‘the answers’ you need for what evers filling your plate, come to you easily :)

  2. says

    I am horrible at mixing patterns! Thanks for sharing and giving me the inspiration to try again. I always hear how great Hobby Lobby is, and now that I’ve seen your centerpiece I am muy jealous that you have one too! It looks great. Maybe one day we’ll get a hobby lobby in Western North Carolina.

  3. Rebecca says

    Happy Thanksgiving Katie! I’m thankful for all of the inspiration you’ve thrown my way this year. You will be in my prayers, God will lead you in the right direction. It sounds like some exciting changes may be in your future :-)

  4. Brooke says

    Love the festive Thanksgiving setting! My dining room is very similar to yours, and I too have the china on the shelves for display. So my question is, Do you have seperate china that you use for your table or do you simply just have empty shelves when they are in use? I am a little stumped as to whether I need to go a whole new set, or just throw knick knacks on the empty shelves before guest arrive!

    Prayers sent your way!

  5. Sara says

    I love love the bright leaves on the mirrors!! Looks like they just fluttered down from the tree.
    Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

  6. Charley says

    Katie, best wishes to you and your family! You always brighten up my day, so hopefully my warm wishes will help to brighten yours.

  7. says

    After seeing that little white tray all over your blog, I was determined to get my own. Finally found one at Goodwill (wahooooo!!) that had some horrible rose design painted on it. I planned to sand the design off and then paint the whole thing white, but after the sanding it looked so rustic and vintage and wonderful that I left it alone. Now I will have to throw things in it and use it as a centerpiece :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Jane says

    haha Katie, you said fugly!

    also love the table setting – I cooked my first turkey last night and it was a great success, I’m sure you’d be great if you had a go, but if someone is willing to make it for you then I say sit down and enjoy!

  9. says

    Great job with the tablescape – I love these posts of yours! I’m planning on buying a new place sometime soon so I haven’t been able to accumulate fun decor stuff to build off of just yet (because anything I buy now will just have to be moved later and I’m trying to make moving as easy as possible). BUT, I can’t wait to be more settled someday so I can pull out all of the fun stuff and decor like you! For now, I’ll just live vicariously through the Bower Power fam! :)

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