Setting the table in gold and white

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Last year was the first year that we did a real table setting for Thanksgiving (seen here) - no more paper plates Ma!  The blue and orange colour theme ended up being wonderfully matched with our turkey centerpiece and the guests had a fun time playing with the toy orange moose (meese) by their plates.

This year, I'm hoping to sway our table into the classy, elegant and adult territory with a white and gold colour scheme.  White plates are standard at my parents' home and I'm hoping to find an affordable table cloth with a metallic sheen.  Gold candle votives are cheap and plentiful at Target and Ikea and I'll see if I can't find some sparkly accent pieces to fill out the rest of the table.  Our dining table ends up getting too overloaded with food so the candles are swept away once the real eating begins but it's fun for the guests to walk in and see their eyes light up with the dining area nicely laid out.  I might wrangle my sister into doing some Thanksgiving crafts with me as well - maybe some homemade place cards or even a Happy Thanksgiving banner?

Do you all have any suggestions for me with regards to our Thanksgiving table setting?

27 comments:

  1. Pumpkin candles look so cool!

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  2. Such a beautiful mood board! I personally love fresh flowers - I wonder if you could do small (inexpensive) arrangements on the table? http://abeautifulmess.com had a really lovely DIY post just yesterday about this.
    Ronnie xo

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  3. Agree with Ronnie - I like fresh flowers too - they add a nice touch. White and gold sounds lovely and glamourous!

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  4. I love the golden pumpkin candles. Those are so elegant. Your plans are way beyond my family!

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  5. We love meeses to pieces!!!

    White and gold will be lovely. I'm afraid my only Thanksgiving craft item is a pine cone-pipe cleaner turkey. I made one in the 2nd grade, the year my craft skills stopped progressing. :)

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  6. Love, love gold and white. I second the idea of small vases and fresh flowers in one color - so fresh and friendly!

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  7. Gold and white scheme looks so elegant. Happy decorating. :)

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  8. We don't really celebrate Thanksgiving here, but if we did I'd probably go with gold/white or silver/white as a colour scheme too. Very elegant. Have a lovely weekend xo

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  9. Oooooo.....I really love that white-and-gold theme! I think it's perfect for Thanksgiving....well, even for Christmas too:)

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  10. I like the golden decoration. Wish we had Thanksgiving here too...

    LUXESSED

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  11. Gold place settings make anything look instantly more classy and chic. I totally thought that coaster said "CLASSY!" actually, haha. My friend made place-cards out of card stock and used wine corks to hold them up. Fun craft project!

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  12. Oh wow I love the gold and white (although blue and orange sounds quite stunning as well).

    I've seen twigs and branches spray painted gold all over pinterest.

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  13. I love those place cards from last year!

    "Adult territory"!!! hah..love it. Are there any babies in your family, yet?

    I have no suggestions, because I've never done a formal Thanksgiving...but LOVE the idea, and love what you are already thinking about. I say go to good ol' Pinterest for more inspiration!

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  14. i love those paper flowers! i also love the gold rimmed glasses. i always do a nice setting too then people start shoving it in corners when the food comes on the table which makes my heart hurt a little bit. so now i stick with really lovely dishes and tapered candles (so i can keep them on the table while we eat!)

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  15. This is a lovely color combination! I think perhaps adding bits of gray in there would be nice, too. With a white set of plates, you have a pretty good blank canvas with which to start!

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  16. I think it will look great... Like getting ready for Christmas!

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  17. Beautiful! SO christmassy! Can't believe it's coming up that soon. With the warm weather here, I can't get in the mood.

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  18. This looks so beautiful ! I wish I had a big table to do it exactly like this !

    www.universeandyou.com.br

    xoxo from Japan

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  19. Ooh, looks like you are dialing it up a notch (although I really liked the "meese"). My suggestion would be plate chargers in gold. I think if you look around you might be able to snatch some up inexpensively and this will allow to use your white plate again. Hope this helps!

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  20. Oooh, I like where you're going with this. So classy.

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  21. The paper flower arrangement is so beautiful! I have never done a table setting, so this feels like an unknown territory for me, but I'm sure your table will look awesome. It certainly is heading towards awesome!

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  22. You know, I have never been much of a fan of gold until this year. I even bought my first blouse that has a little gold in it. :) It's my favorite.

    I think your moodboard is gorgeous! GO WITH IT! So very elegant too. And perfect for a thanksgiving meal.

    I second Ronnie though. Flowers would be the perfect addition!

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  23. I would have loved to have a moose at my thanksgiving table. I'm sometimes stuck at the kids table so I get no decorations. :)

    I like the idea of candles, some tapers for height {perhaps flowers} and some lower votives scattered in between would be nice. That and some nice place settings are all you will need with that much food.

    Paper source has a super cute turkey that you could probably do as a craft - it doesn't look difficult to make your own version either and you could change the colors/papers to fit what you are doing. http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Turkey-Place-Card-Kit/2950.402/40928006.html

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  24. I'd also add brown branches or wood painted white. I think that brings the luxe feeling of gold down to a more rustic country feel. All still very thanksgiving!

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  25. I love Gold for its Opulence. It's so Victorian in a sense. Love it!

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  26. Oh, I love gold and white. We've done that before. I have a tablecloth from Pier 1 from a few years back that's white with a sort of gold plaid (it really does look better than it sounds!). Keep the decorations low and spread some about the room (console table, window sills), so it'll make sense when you clear the dining table off for all that food!

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