A Classic, Thanksgiving Table with Orange and Gold

Orange, brown, and gold table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us, and if you haven’t started dreaming up your table setting already, we have some ideas. We love this holiday because the only goal is to spend time with family. The Christmas rush hasn’t begun, and the pressure is off. But that doesn’t mean you can’t set a beautiful table to give your feast an extra special feel. 

This year, we started with a classic Thanksgiving color palette of orange and brown. A tangerine linen table cloth sets the tone for the whole table, but we added unexpected accents of gold to bring a more updated twist to our table scape.

Layer linens and accents to create a warm, Thanksgiving table setting

Layering linens makes for a more interesting table setting. We topped our table cloth with a gold embroidered runner. It brings attention to our magnolia centerpiece, and that little touch of gold gives the table a dressier feel.

On top of our embroidered runner, we added a length of gilded magnolia garland. We’ve talked before about using the color wheel in design, and in this case, the waxy, dark green leaves contrast the orange table cloth. That contrast makes each color more vivid and the table as a whole more interesting.

Layer linens and accents to create a warm, Thanksgiving table setting

To add dimension to our garland centerpiece, we tucked in oranges and gold candle sticks. If there’s ever a time to set a dressy table setting, Thanksgiving is that occasion, so why not pull out all the stops with tons of glittering accents?

At each place setting, we chose a mixture of brown and gold. Bunny Williams’ Melange dinner plates feature a brown, bamboo detail around the edge that works with tortoise shell glassware and wooden handled flatware. 

Layer linens and accents to create a warm, Thanksgiving table setting

Setting the table is meant to be fun, so whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute to pull out your linens and dinnerware. Give yourself plenty of time to pull your table together — we like to set the table the weekend before so there’s no stress! Once Wednesday rolls around, you can just relax, welcome out of town friends and family, and worry about enjoying yourself.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.