Modern Traditional Thanksgiving Setting

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One of the first major cooking and hostessing challenges I ever took on was hosting and preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my large family about 8 years ago. My Mom was so nervous about me taking on the whole meal, she prepped about 8 different appetizers just in case if I screwed things up.  I didn’t screw up – quite the contrary – it was the best meal I had ever prepared! Since then, my family (close and extended) expect my delish turkey dinner.

Like years past, Alan and I are hosting dinner at our new home as a newly married couple! Since we’ve spent the last few months on project wedding, I decided to decorate for fall and prepared a simple, modern yet traditional Thanksgiving and fall table setting.

I pulled together pumpkins, gourds, and  squash from Halloween and Trader Joes, plus added in some succulents from our back yard.

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Since we’re having a lot of guests for dinner, I’m sticking to our white dinnerware (which is durable and we have a set of 16 for all of the guests). I bought this metallic weave napkin set and Alan picked out this flatware set.

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Since I plan everything through for any party about 10 times, I tried a few setting options and decided upon this look.  Alan loves a modern aesthetic as do I, but we wanted a traditional element – enter pumpkins!

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Although we’re still finalizing details in our home (the perks of buying a fixer-upper!), here’s a peek at our dining room that is coming together slowly.

I hope I’ve inspired you to take on Thanksgiving and fall decor and get in the holiday spirit a bit early.

  Table Top:

Crate & Barrel Aspen Dinnerware

Crate & Barrel Tour Water Glass and Red Wine Glass

Target Metallic Napkin

WestElm Gold Flatware


Vintage Chairs

West Elm Parker Dining Table

Target Beverage Tub

Vintage Credenza/Buffet

Vintage Barcart



  1. November 12, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    this is the greatest cape! gorgeous color 🙂

  2. Florence Gharibian
    November 19, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    The pumpkins are always so nice. I love the way you’ve used milder, softer colors.

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