Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Colorful Thanksgiving

I always come up with something different for Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception. 

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Those of you who know me, know I always use what I have, but I found these linens at World Market and knew they would be a great addition to my table. The pattern is called "Succulent" and I think they will be great year round.

Once I got the linens, I knew I wanted to use the Blue Willow my grandmother collected for me years ago.

Of course, I added the heirloom Wallace "Louvre" sterling flatware to fancy things up a bit. 

Wanting to bring out the orange tones, I used the iridescent glasses I bought at Pier 1 years ago, and gold-rimmed green cordials that belong to a vintage set my mother gave me. 

Gold painted wood chargers are enhanced by green woven round placemats, and  just give the table some texture and color.

For the centerpiece, I simply topped the "Succulent" runner with a small, chestnut board then added my mother's brass candelabra from Lebanon, my grandmother's antique brass candlesticks, along with nandina and azalea leaves.

I fell in love with these orange velvet pillows when I saw them on a fall home tour, so I bought two of them from World Market. I love how they work with the fuchsia overdyed rug and the kilim pillow. 

On the buffet, I kept things pretty simple.

Navajo and Sioux pottery along with a statue I picked up in Bolivia rest on a brass tray. 

This is definitely a more casual table for me, and I really am enjoying trying something different this year. 

Honestly, you don't need to spend a lot of money or use expensive things to set a pretty table, and you can see some of my tips in this video we did a few years back. 

You can also see some of my other thanksgiving tables HERE, and last year's table HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by😀

I'll be joining:


  1. Be still my heart! The candelabra and candlesticks with the beautiful candles has the feel of days of past. The saturated colors make it warm and fresh. I just love it when you incorporate your family treasures. The painting above your buffet is a beautiful work of art.
    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends,
    Kathleen in Az

    1. Thank you Kathleen:-) My late uncle, who was a rancher in Montana, painted the painting so it is special to me. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

  2. It is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you use color, it is always amazing.

  3. this is beautiful, anita! i always love your dining room anyways, but it really shines at the holidays!

  4. Wow, what an incredible use of color, Anita! You just have the magic touch! Your table is stunning!

  5. I love it! So different and unique. It feels kind of old world to me, but the colors make it more modern. I love that! Everything works so nicely together. I really enjoy seeing what you come up with. Delightful!

  6. Anita, I love your bright colors.
    I know you are in NC. Are you affected by the wildfires ? One of my friends in Lake Lure may lose her home.
    These people need our prayers.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

  7. Your pink rug is AMAZING. Whenever I see one of your posts, I miss a lot of things because I can't take my eyes off of that rug. Love your dining room with the rug on the bench and the kilim pillow working with that beautiful rug.

  8. Your pink rug is AMAZING. Whenever I see one of your posts, I miss a lot of things because I can't take my eyes off of that rug. Love your dining room with the rug on the bench and the kilim pillow working with that beautiful rug.

  9. Absolutely Beautiful !!! Love... Love the orange pillows and the candlesticks!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family ... (and sure do hope you remain safe from the fires in your area !!! Have joined so many of my friends who live in and around the Smokey Mountains in prayer for rain !!!!!)

  10. Anita, this is a gorgeous feast for the eyes, and I love it. Your family treasures are displayed beautifully and the whole setting is just heartwarming. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. You had me at Blue Willow! I love that pattern so much, it looks beautiful for a Thanksgiving table.

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  12. I really love al this color! I added a pop of aquamarine this year and that was my big color enhancement. Your center arrangement is beautiful. I just don't have anything to cut here since it's all died back and ready for winter. Your last photo looks like a magazine shot! Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

  13. Your wonderful elements are all brought to life by your use of a variation of colors in the candlesticks. So clever and well done. I love the point/counterpoint of your blue willow with the more mid-century feel of the linens. I adore the entire look. I've been gone from blog world for quite a while. It's good to find you here again upon my return. Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  14. Absolutely stunning! I love your style and use of color!