Deck out your Thanksgiving table

Scripps-Howard News ServiceNovember 22, 2013 

Want a rustic look for your Thanksgiving table? Consider these possibilities.

Try a cooler hue

Not a fan of orange and brown? No worries; your table’s color palette doesn’t have to be restricted to traditional fall colors. Instead try softer, cooler hues like the whites, pale greens and grays found on heirloom-variety pumpkins.

Stack a centerpiece

For a simple focal point, stack pumpkins in varying shades and graduated sizes to create a rustic topiary. Remove the stems from all but the top pumpkin to create a stable base.

Natural embellishments

Use fresh greenery, like waxy magnolia leaves or feathery evergreen boughs, to add texture and color around the base of the centerpiece. Tuck pine cones and nuts into the arrangement to celebrate nature’s bounty.

Go for a layered look

Layering plates in different finishes, colors or textures is an easy trick for setting an elegant table. Start with a charger, followed by a dinner plate, topped by a folded cloth napkin and small bread or dessert plate.

Beyond pumpkins

Some varieties of squash are beautiful and a perfect fit for a rustic fall table setting. Stroll the grocery store’s produce aisle or your local farmers market for inspiration. Artichoke, cabbage, pears and pomegranates are other great options for decorating a rustic fall table.

Complete the look

When setting your Thanksgiving table, don’t forget to add fall touches to the other main elements in your dining room. A few organic additions to the chandelier, buffet, hutch or cupboard will pull the seasonal look together.

Courtesy of Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors

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