Saturday, October 17, 2020

Thanksgiving Tablescape for a Small Gathering

 Last weekend, we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada.  Although this special holiday looked different this year because of recommendations by our provincial health officer to keep our guest list small, I still wanted to set a pretty table and mark the occasion in style.

I realize we are all going through trying times right now, but there is always something to be thankful for.  

Whether it is for a small gathering or even just for yourself, bringing out your special dishes and creating a festive atmosphere is a terrific way to express your thankfulness and appreciation for all you have been blessed with. 

I was pleased that I manged to accomplish that by using only items I had on hand and not buying anything new.

Inspiration for my tablescape began with these leaf bowls that I've had for many years but are still a favourite of mine.

Under the leaf bowls, I alternated the colours of the dinner and salad plates and placed them on a gold charger.

A little pumpkin was placed inside the leaf bowl as an extra embellishment to each place setting.

I made pumpkin placecards using Clipart on my computer and printed my guests' names on each one.  These were placed next to a little bundle of wheat tied with curling ribbon.

I used my gold flatware for this special occasion...

...and I brought out my acrylic knife rests to make it look even fancier!

An amber coloured wine glass and a clear water glass served as the stemware.

Layering is everything when setting a table for a special occasion!  A gold tablecloth was topped with two beige runners crossing the table.  Orange placemats were placed under the runners.

 A dark orange cloth napkin was tucked between the plate layers.

The centerpiece was created by placing faux foliage with  pumpkins and gourds in a long basket tray in the middle of the table.

A ceramic pumpkin and gourd took centerstage when placed on a riser, covered by a cloth napkin, in the center of the long basket tray.

 Various other faux floral picks, pumpkins and bundles of wheat were tucked in here and there.   Battery operated twinkle lights were woven throughout.

Orange coloured pillar candles on brass holders were also given the twinkle light treatment with the battery packs hidden in the foliage.

Here's a full view of the tablescape.

The ambiance created by the candles and twinkle lights made our thanksgiving meal so cozy.

We started with pumpkin soup and homemade buns which my mom so graciously provided.  Both were super delish!

I served the Thanksgiving feast buffet style on our kitchen island with everyone helping themselves.

Pumpkin pie and Chocolate Dream Dessert were served on my leaf shaped plates.

It was a lovely time of thanksgiving and even though it was just Mr Delight and I with my parents, the occasion was celebrated to its fullest!

Did you or are you planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with a small gathering this year? So often we expend our greatest efforts when it is for a large crowd but why not do it for yourself or just a couple others?

This is the perfect opportunity to set that festive table for a cherished few, make all the traditional foods you love and above all, give thanks!

Thank you for visiting!  I'm very thankful for all of you who continue to stop by and check out my blog!


  1. Lovely! It will be a smaller gathering than in past years, but I'm definitely going all out anyways!

  2. Just delightful as always. I love all the beautiful colors and the harmony of it all. I did a tablescape too but not nearly as beautiful as yours but it was fine as it was only for two people. I live with chronic pain so I do what I can and I don<t have family here. I love reading your posts and I appreciate the explanation and close-ups of the details. Thank you for sharing some beauty during this difficult time. It is so appreciated. I would love to see some of your recipe even though I know your blog isn't about sharing recipes.


  3. Your place settings and table look beautiful! And you're so right...there's always something to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing! I'm visiting today from the You're the Star link up. Have a great week Lori!

  4. Lori, your Thanksgiving tablescape is just beautiful. And you are so right about having things to be thankful for - we all have if we count them. These days just being alive is enough. Praying for the world to heal soon.

    Thank you for the inspiration to go ahead and fuss a tablescape - not sure I was even going to this year. I think I may.

  5. Very Pretty. I love your leaf bowls and your flatware that you used.

  6. A lovely table, and a lovely reminder that giving thanks can be done on any scale. Take care

  7. I'm so glad you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, Lori. Your tablescape is gorgeous. I love your gold flatware, and all the beautiful china. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!

  8. I love this, Lori. There will be just four members of my immediate family gathered for Thanksgiving this year. You've inspired me to make the meal special!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  9. This tablescape is absolutely gorgeous. I just love the colours and the simplicity, yet it looks beautiful! Stopping in today from Thursday Favorite Things.


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