Set a Heartwarming Thanksgiving Table with Neutral Colors and Natural Elements

The place settings:

I have been collecting these Royal Stafford or Victorian English Pottery salad plates whenever I have seen them at Home Goods. You can certainly find them on Amazon and at Spode also has a beautiful line of Woodland plates along the same line, with a much wider variety of animals.

The thing I really like about the set that I have is the oak leaves and acorns that adorn the edges of the plates. Like most of my place settings, I tend to collect patterned salad plates and mix and match them with solid color dinner plates. I feel like that gives me more opportunities to create different table top looks.

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The two different names on the bottom of my salad plates got me wondering about their provenance. It was time for a little internet detective work. It turns out that “The Victorian English Pottery” is just a marketing trend used by Royal Stafford. You may read more about it and about the history of them at Staffordshire Potteries.

Wood handled flatware seems an obvious choice for this table setting. I have used this set of flatware over and over again. I would love to have a set of

The Centerpiece:

I always feel like the centerpiece is the star of the show. What do you think about that? Do you think the centerpiece is the star or do the place settings deserve the starring roles? For this centerpiece I began with a paper table runner. Keeping with my love of oak leaves and acorns this year I used this Hester and Cook runner.

I have a little secret, or actually two about this centerpiece! Shhh! Don’t tell! When I went searching for small to medium size white pumpkins this year they all seemed to be bruised or stained, or whatever happens to pumpkins as they grow in the fields. Sooooo…I just helped them out with a little paint!

I know my guests enjoy sitting around the table long after the meal is finished and place settings have been cleared. The centerpiece is still on the table. Do you do that? I guess that is why I consider it the “star”.

Shop this tablescape:

Please visit all of these other blogs sharing their beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes:

Debbee’s Buzz – Liberty Blue Thanksgiving Table with Turkey Napkins
My Hubbard Home – Thanksgiving Table With Brown and White Traditional Colors
Everyday Living – We Gather Together
Home is Where the Boat Is – The Softer Side of Thanksgiving
Panoply – Thankful
Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One – Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021
Pandora’s Box – Leopards and Checks
Hyacinths for the Soul – A Place at the Table – A Harvest of Ideas
Celebrate and Decorate – Set a Heartwarming Thanksgiving Table with Neutral Colors and Natural Elements
My Thrift Store Addiction – Vintage Thanksgiving Breakfast Table
The Little Yellow Corner Store – Celebrating Thanksgiving a Little Differently
Me and My Captain – Football AND Thanksgiving
Life and Linda – Thanksgiving with Elegance
Sweet Sensations – Dining with the Gents for Thanksgiving
The Painted Apron – Pumpkins and Pickups
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Thanksgiving 2021 – A Bit Boho
Living With Thanksgiving – Blessings at Thanksgiving
Belle Bleu Interiors – A Heart Full of Thanksgiving
Bluesky at Home – 9 Steps to Set a Thanksgiving Table
Dinner at Eight – A Seasonal Table for Thanksgiving
The Bookish Dilettante – We Gather Together
Zucchini Sisters – Vintage Thanksgiving Table Setting

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  1. Your table is beautiful, Chloe!! I love the twig chargers with that little bit of greenery on them, it pairs perfectly with your chargers and dish stack. You have captured some fabulous photos of them, I especially love the photo with your crystal goblet with your plate stack behind just out of focus, that is eye candy to me!! Lovely runner and centerpiece as well. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  2. Hi, Chloe! I agree 100%! The centerpiece takes center stage literally AND figuratively! It’s something that can remain on the table all season long should you desire, but also something that is a conversation starter when guests gather around for a meal. Paying extra attention to it makes great sense to me, and I always try to do just that! You most certainly did it here! The runner is FABULOUS!!!!!! REALLY fabulous!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE your flatware! It is so substantial!!!

    A little makeup for the pumpkins is a good idea! When we have a little blemish, we run to our concealer. So it makes perfect sense to me that you’d do that with pumpkins! We had a pretty good crop around here this year, so no touch-ups required. I was surprised at the sheer NUMBER of boo pumpkins, though! They were just EVERYWHERE, whereas a couple of years ago people their scarcity had people practically going to blows over them! I guess with the pandemic there’s been an opportunity to just plant, plant, plant! I’m going to try to grow some of my own next year. Ha! That should be fun!

    I knew you would create something really fantastic for this blog hop! Great to pop in here and treat my eyes! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

  3. Chloe, you table is so pretty. The runner is lovely with your chosen centerpiece. It is the star of the table. The pumpkins and antler are a nice touch. The twig chargers are perfect for this rustic table. I love the plate stack and the wood flatware. I have the Spode Woodland dishes and love them. I think it is wonderful you painted the pumpkins, who would know. A pleasure joining you on this hop. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Gorgeous table Chloe! The centerpiece is perfect and is that an antler I see? Love it. The place settings are beautiful as well – I love the neutral palette. So glad that you got to unplug for a weekend!

  5. Chloe, as always, your table is absolutely beautiful! Those plates are so pretty and perfect for Thanksgiving. I love the texture the vine charger adds to the plate stack. Your centerpiece is so elegant with the white pumpkins, I hope you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  6. Chloe, your table is full of beauty. I love the different textures and your plate stack. The grape vine wreath and wooden charger add great texture and interest. I happened to pick up a pair of the Royal Stafford pheasant salad plates today. i was near a favorite consignment store, so I popped in. The pair for $6. Thought that was a great price.
    Thanks for sharing your pretty table. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Hey Chloe you posted a FANTASTIC Valentine table I think last year that had the most beautiful white glass flutes and I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for the set or something similar, could you please share where you found that set?? Thanks searching in Missouri

    1. Thank you so much! I got those at Z Gallerie and am so sorry to say they no longer have them. It is particularly disappointing because one of mine got broken. BUT! I did find these online! I hope you can get them and they will end your search!

  8. Stunning table Chloe!! I am in total agreement about collecting various salad plates and appetizer plates as well. It allows for more creative options. Centerpieces are sometimes a hiccup in my table styles and for sure they are the star of the show. Love the paper runner, it is a great idea. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. Oh Chloe, this is a beautiful table! I love the runner you found, it adds just enough color to make everything sing. Your plates are beautiful and the layers in your plate stack so pretty! I love all the natural elements and textures and I would love to sit and linger enjoying the centerpiece after dinner!

  10. Chloe, so happy I could finally link to your post! It was worth the wait. Such a classic and beautiful Thanksgiving spread. Love the table length centerpiece. I agree, I like to be able to leave mine up to display for the entire month of November. Particularly like the plate stack with all the wonderful texture and color layers. Those chargers are my same go-to’s for setting fall tables. On Thanksgiving, I encourage guests to use them to support fragile china (some heirloom) when serving buffet style for a crowd.

    1. Thank you so much Debbee! Yes, although I scheduled the post, it didn’t go live for some reason! I am up in Maryland once again watching my granddaughters and not watching the blog as I should have been! Hugs and happy Thanksgiving!

  11. A beautiful table for fall or Thanksgiving Chloe! I love the Royal Stafford plates (as you know 🙂 and your centerpiece is bountiful and easy to create too! I’ve seen so many wonderful Hester & Cook paper mats and runners recently. Love the addition of green from the acorns and oak leaves in the runner, perfect for pairing with your twiggy/vine chargers! As always it’s a treat to hop with you. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. ♥

  12. Beautiful table, Chloe. I’ve only managed to get to TJ’s when all that was left were Spode bowls but I love that entire line. Like you, I think mixing salads with staple china makes for great variety in tablescaping. Hester & Cook carry a fantastic assortment of paper goods. Your choice is perfect for this oak leaf and acorn natural look. Brilliant idea to touch up blemished pumpkins with paint! And though I have those natural chargers, I think I’ve only used them once. They look so good with this fall setting. Chloe, thank you for joining us in this Thanksgiving event. What was your brainchild is now a fantastic group of us who share this dish love, and for that I am grateful.

  13. Hi, Chloe. I Love the neutral color scheme. It definitely speaks to the current season. Painting real pumpkins definitely makes them look better if they are not naturally at their best. The paper running with leaves is a great idea and fits your natural theme. Love all the dishes. Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Chloe, I love your beautiful collection of plates. They are so classic and your sage green runner with oak leaves really complements them well. I love the combination of brown and sage green. All of your natural elements are stunning. It is truly an exquisite stack with your grapevine, acorn trimmed charger, neutral taupe dinner plate and your Stafford salad plates. Your centerpiece really plays up the plates with white pumpkins and antlers. A very pretty setting that beautifully expresses Fall. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Your table is so very inviting! The natural elements really draw you in and invite you to sit awhile. As for the centerpiece vs place settings, I think it’s a tie. A great centerpiece welcomes you before, during and after the dinner. It’s what makes the impact from across the room. And as you sit, your focus shifts to the place settings and their myriad delights. Sometimes they balance, sometimes one attracts more attention. Here it’s a great balance! Those pumpkins and pine cones are delightful, each one a bit different (and I can’t tell that any are painted!). The green and white table runner is a pretty design. The plate stack has beautiful tonal changes, from the lovely plates with their intricate designs to the ‘place mats’ of vines. Have a beautiful fall weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. Chloe, I just love your bountiful centerpiece of natural items! It’s definitely a show stopper! What a smart idea to touch up the pumpkins with paint. I’ll have to remember that! I can never seem to find antlers for my decor. Can I ask where you found yours? The large deer sheds make such a statement on your table. I would’ve never known that runner is made out of paper. It’s stunning and makes the perfect base for your table. I also love how the feathers on the table are a nod to the pheasant transferware plates. So well done! It’s always a pleasure to hop with you, my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you Rebecca! I only have one of the little antler sheds. I wish I had more! My husband found that one on a friend’s property while fly fishing in Montana. I really want more, I think I am going to have to break down and buy them off of Etsy!

  17. Chloe, your table is beautiful. I do believe the star of the table is the centerpiece. Shh…I have also painted the white pumpkins that were bruised. I love your Hester & Cook runner. Your natural elements are so lovely for the Thanksgiving season. Wishing you and yours a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  18. Chloe, So sorry I am late but I have been out of town.

    Your table is very attractive. I love your natural centerpiece with the pretty runner by Hester and Cook. Thanks for the tips about touching up real pumpkins with paint and collecting salad plates. Your plate stacks are always striking and impressive. You use variety and texture so well.
    Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving.

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