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Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Um, I can’t believe it’s already about to be Thanksgiving in ONE MONTH. I’d say, “where did the year go?” but honestly I think we’re all so ready for 2020 to be over that nobody is really asking any questions! Am I right?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this years table design with you guys. Hopefully you can find some inspiration in this for your own family dinner table this year!

I know that we see a lot of Thanksgiving tables that incorporate pumpkins or leaves or red and orange, because duh, those are a classic! Personally, I like to lean towards a more romantic and unexpected theme that still feels festive. It challenges me to think and design outside the traditional box and while that process can be a bit frustrating sometimes, it always lands me with a fresh concept that I fall in love with!

This year, I leaned into a fall fruit theme. Figs, blackberries and a deep purple grape. I foraged the greenery from the tree in our front yard and added just a touch of nude blush in my taper candles to tie in with the purples of the fruits! All together it ended up feeling romantic and inviting which is kind of my jam!

In all the romance, I felt like I needed something a bit more rustic for balance…that’s where the bread comes in! Wrapping it like a present using twine felt right and prevented it from falling flat as just a piece of bread on a plate. You could add small dishes of seasoned olive oil to your table for dipping if you wanted to!

I almost always go with a simple white plate. I like a neutral base (obviously, see : my entire house lol) and clean natural plates give me room to build without looking busy. I came across this amber glassware at Target one day before I planned anything else for this table and knew they would be perfect for a fall theme. They’re festive without being too in your face, if you know what I mean.

Now if I could just perfect the whole cooking for a small army thing…but hey, at least the table looks good!


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October 26, 2020


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A photographer of all things life & love. Dog mama to two tiny pups that have my whole heart, and married to my best friend of 13 years. Together, we share a little house on Lemon St.

I’m Shannan Leigh.

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