Inside: How to set an elegant Thanksgiving table using blue, plus free printables to match – DIY Thanksgiving place cards, menus, and napkin rings to make every place setting special for turkey day! ➡
Do you decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table with blue?
It’s not on the traditional fall color wheel. But it actually plays well with harvest colors.
And using blue lets you stay true to your style if that’s what you decorate with.
That’s exactly what I came up against after decorating my living room with blue and white for fall. But I found a lovely way to incorporate blue for Thanksgiving.
I was inspired by the moody, sophisticated color combination of deep, rich navy and soft rust that is so “haute” for weddings right now.
And it only took a few simple things to build blue into this elegant Thanksgiving tablescape!
But that’s not all I want to share with you. I have a little gratitude gift for your table, so make sure to scroll all the way through the post.🎁
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An elegant Thanksgiving table with blue.
I put together most of this table decor in September to coordinate with my blue and white fall living room. You can also see the steps to layer together this blue and white fall table in detail here.
But by switching up the place settings and with the addition of a few turkeys, it will last all the way through the Thanksgiving holiday.
A Thanksgiving centerpiece with blue and white.
A centerpiece doesn’t have to be confined to a vase. I have a long rectangular dining table with a lot of blank real estate in the middle so it’s easier for me to fill it up by spreading elements out on the table itself. So my Thanksgiving centerpiece could be considered more of a “deconstructed cornucopia”.
It was easy to incorporate blue and rust in the center of the table with my DIY chinoiserie pumpkins, white mini pumpkins, and rust roses.
I layered these in with a faux eucalyptus garland, pheasant feathers, and my Target gold candlesticks down the length of the table on top of this extra-long Pottery Barn table runner (it has such great neutral texture).
I really upped the fullness by tucking in brown magnolia leaves throughout. I’ve always used green magnolia but these brown leaves just seemed to fit the pheasant feathers and eucalyptus – what do you think?
Then to make the tablescape say “Thanksgiving“, I simply nestled silver turkeys into the existing fall centerpiece!
These turkeys would have never matched in their original state – you can see their elegant aged metal makeover here.
Thanksgiving place settings with blue.
The table settings are the easiest place to add color because you can find napkins in pretty much any shade you desire.
For these Thanksgiving place settings, rich dark blue velvet napkins, heirloom silver, and Fostoria crystal bring the elegance, and rattan chargers and rust linen napkins keep it cozy.
Fall leaf napkin fold.
I kept it even more casual and light with this fun napkin fold in the shape of an autumn leaf:
It’s super simple:
- Fold the napkin in half into a triangle.
- Fold in half again to make another triangle.
- Start pleating from one side, holding it all together with your fingers. When you’ve pleated across the whole bottom, tie it together with ribbon or twine.
Thanksgiving menu cards and place cards.
The final finishing touch for my thanksgiving celebration was to add a few custom touches.
On any good Pinterest wedding place setting, you’ll find either a menu card and/or a personalized place card. And since my fall colors are inspired by fall weddings, why shouldn’t a table for Thanksgiving get the same VIP treatment?
But since blue isn’t a go-to color for fall, I just wasn’t finding any fall place card printables to match my navy and rust Thanksgiving tablescape.
So I made my own. Plus some.
And homemade Thanksgiving place cards and menu cards are the perfect way to bring in more of this color combo that matches my dining table.
Menu cards to build guests’ anticipation for the mouthwatering southern thanksgiving food (hope they wear their stretchy pants).
Printable place cards not only say their name, but also “this meal is special and so are you.”
And I’m so very thankful to have you as a friend to my blog, that I want to share all of my free printable Thanksgiving cards with you!
They’re surrounded by a pretty, simple leaf pattern in blue, rust, burgundy, and plum and will suit any style table from traditional to contemporary.
Download your free Thanksgiving printables.
If you’d like the free Thanksgiving printable place cards, menus, and napkin rings, they’re available for you in the subscriber only library in the footer menu. You’ll find the password at the bottom of every email you get from me.
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Once you’re in the library, open the PDF file and print each on white cardstock.
The menu cards and place cards have a blank area for you to fill in your own text so that you can customize them. Write your menu and guests’ names with ink in a coordinating color.
Or you can even print your custom information on a piece of transparent vellum and lay it over the printed cardstock – use a hole punch and small piece of ribbon to attach.
In addition to the menu cards and place cards, I’ve also included napkin rings:
Cut them out and hole punch each side, run a piece of ribbon or twine through, and tie it around the back of the napkin.
You can use also use these as small decorative signs around the buffet table with a place card stand. They’re already printed with different designs of turkey day sentiments.
(Remember these homemade Thanksgiving place cards, menus, and napkin rings are for your personal use only.)
This elegant table with the extra special personal touch makes it look like setting a beautiful table while cooking a four course turkey meal is a breeze. Your family members will think you’re a regular Martha Stewart since you’ve been busy cooking for hours and you’ve still managed to personalize each place setting.
The trick to playing it cool is to set your table and make your printables at least a week ahead of time.
The menu cards are a great way to get your guests excited about the tantalizing turkey meal coming their way. While appreciating the table you’ve made special for them before the feasting. And the turkey nap.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your special people,
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