Ideas for setting a cozy Thanksgiving table with soft shades of burnished fall colors, plus a free conversation starter printable.
There are many reasons why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year, but the main one has to be that it’s the official kickoff of the holiday season. It’s the one time of the year when close and extended family and friends all come together for good food, good conversation and new memory making.
For the last few years, it has become a tradition for my daughter and granddaughters to spend the whole day with me the day before cooking and laughing and generally loving on one another. It’s a treasured time that I’ve come to look forward to with great anticipation every year!
Thanksgiving is also the time when the chilly temps outside cause me to crave cozy, intimate gatherings and meals. I want both my home and my holiday tables to feel especially warm and inviting all the way through Christmas.
To create that cozy, intimate feeling for Thanksgiving this year, I set my table with various tones of burnished gold. It’s a lovely type of golden color that you only seem to see in nature during the fall when the leaves are turning and the angle that the sun hits the earth changes.
The inspiration for this Thanksgiving tablescape came from the wonderful color of the faux hops stems that I stumbled across in Hobby Lobby one day. I purchased a ton of them and spread them throughout my breakfast room when I decorated for fall this year!
I used them in a vignette over on the sideboard and as part of the centerpiece that was in place prior to my Thanksgiving table setting. I just love them!
While I was at Hobby Lobby, I purchased several mini cutting boards to go along with some golden pumpkins and faux foliage to use as an embellishment at each place setting.
The foliage came in the form of a bush that I simply snipped apart so that I could place a little sprig under the cutting board and top with a pumpkin at each place setting.
The ruffled burlap placemats add a lot of wonderful texture to the table. Their neutral color mixes well with the colors in my plaid chargers.
I felt that using my everyday white dinner plates, instead of fall-colored ones, added a little pop of brightness to each setting and breaks up some of the fall colors to prevent the table from being too awfully themey.
The centerpiece couldn’t be easier to throw together! It’s just a wooden box that I added several white candles to and then loaded down with those glorious hops.
I love that it’s nice and low so that it won’t interfere with any conversations across the table.
And speaking of conversation, it can be easy to feel out of touch with people that you might not spend time with very often. When I do get to spend time with those people, I much prefer to have meaningful conversations about what’s going in their world versus surface conversations about the weather and things of that nature.
I think it can be especially challenging to get young adults, teenagers and smaller children to express what’s been going on in their lives. Don’t you agree?
So, to help along the those lines, I’ve created a five-question list of fun conversation starters for each place setting at your table. No need to sign up for my newsletter – the printable is available to everyone as my Thanksgiving gift to you!
The questions are purposely designed so that they require more than the famous one or two word answers that some of our young people are famous for and are meant to give you insight into what has been going on in each other’s worlds and are bound to lead to lots of memories and laughs!
Simply click on the “Thanksgiving Conversation Starter” link above the image below to be able to download the pdf file and print them on your own computer. Two of the question lists will print on each page so that they can be easily cut apart and placed at each setting.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy conversing, my friends!