Both pumpkins and apples are fruits of the harvest, but somehow pumpkins won out over apples as the iconic symbol of Thanksgiving and fall. Maybe it’s a size thing? Whatever the reason, I am equal opportunity tablescaper, so I decided that this year’s Thanksgiving table would feature both of these quintessentially autumnal fruits. And since my dining room is decorated in a palette of greens and burgundies, I thought I’d create a tablescape using a color scheme of brown, burgundy, white and green.
My linen tablecloth which I bought at an estate sale years ago (and frankly is slightly stained), was not very visually interesting. To liven it up, I employed my favorite trick of using different widths of burgundy and brown grosgrain ribbons to create a plaid pattern on the plain white damask cloth. This is a great way to create a custom look for your table. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a burgundy and brown plaid tablecloth when you are looking for one!
I chose to build my table around these charming vintage Johnson Brothers Thanksgiving Historic America, “Frozen Up” dinner plates. They have a beautiful border of brown acorns and oak leaves surrounding a center, which depicts a red and brown “Over The River And Through The Woods” snowy scene. We don’t get much snow in the Piedmont of North Carolina, so I have to live vicariously through the guy on my plates.
I wanted to place the transferware plates on dark brown wood chargers, but when I priced ones I liked, they were prohibitively expensive– costing $20 and up. I ended up buying much cheaper antique ivory melamine chargers from Pier One and painting them brown with Espresso gel stain.
On top of the plates, I placed pretty little white pumpkin tureens with lids that are embellished with flowers and vines. Hemstitched linen napkins bring more burgundy into the place setting. And antique ruby goblets and butter plates, also add more color and sparkle to the table.
For the centerpiece, I arranged sunflowers, Red Delicious apples, burgundy mums, green hydrangeas, and alstroemeria in a large white ceramic pumpkin tureen. I purchased the large tureen from Michaels at a deep discount because the accompanying ladle was broken.
A pair of vintage red pressed glass turkey candy dishes complete the tablescape.
I love the way the tablescape turned out. I think the red apples really pop next to the white pumpkins. So, this year, don’t discriminate–consider giving apples equal billing with pumpkins on your Thanksgiving table.
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