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Simple Gold Tablescape for Holiday Dining

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I’m showing you how to set a very simple gold-themed tablescape for your next holiday or dinner party!

Every November my step-mom and I throw a Friendsgiving dinner to celebrate and spend time with some of the important women in our lives.

This year’s tablescape was super simple, and yet still very stylish and cozy.

I thought it would be fun to give you a tour since it’s very much a style you could put together for your Thanksgiving (or even Christmas) table!

I hope this inspires you to take the time to set a fancy table for your next dinner party. ๐Ÿ™‚

Natural Gold Tablescape Tour

Welcome to our table!

I didn’t really do much inspiration search this year – just went with what my heart had been craving – warm, rich tones and simplicity.

Rather than the traditional runner down the long length of the table, we opted for shorter burlap runners between place settings along the short length of the table. This replaced the need for placemats and helped the centerpiece become a focal point.

For the centerpiece, we used gold and oil rubbed bronze candlestick holders, real white pumpkins (although you could use artificial like these too), artificial hydrangeas and a large wooden bead garland with this fun heart on it.

I had initially planned to use the pumpkins on each place setting, but preferred them in with the flowers and garland after we got those pieces assembled.

I also loved the way the wooden heart took center stage – especially since this was a dinner for friends!

The place settings ended up with a layer, casual vibe. The layering of the burlap, hyacinth and gold chargers and casually folded napkin was perfect for the feel I was going for.

To assemble I simply tied the flatware together with a piece of twine and stamped a single large letter stamp on some cream cardstock for the first letter in each guest’s name!

Once again we used my amber wine glasses – I found these at Goodwill last year but you can get similar ones here. We decided to serve water in these and then the champagne in stemless flutes.

Not sure why, but I’m kind of obsessed with stemless glassware lately!

Like I said, the decor on this table was pretty simplistic. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last few years it’s that simplicity is underrated and SO important in life!

This table definitely incorporates a lot of my table-setting staples: hyacinth chargers, gold chargers, linen napkins, and gold flatware.

If you’re looking to invest in an item that you’ll end up using all the time, I’d encourage you to buy one of these items first.

I love creating a tablescape that makes people feel special and want to linger for long conversations.

I’ve found that adding name tags or place markers is one of the easiest ways to make your guests feel special.

It also lets you dictate where people sit so there isn’t a scramble to figure out where everyone sits when you go to eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We lit the candles just as everyone arrived and they burned for over 4 hours while we ate, drank and encouraged each other. It was such a wonderful night!

Thanks for taking a tour of our Friendsgiving table!

If you’re interested in learning more about how to set a holiday table, I’d encourage you to check out my table-setting training video. It’s an hour of step-by-step instruction and will have you setting the table with ease. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Simple Gold Tablescape Sources

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So what do you think of this one?

Make you want to decorate your table for Thanksgiving, Christmas or another fun dinner party?

As always, let me know if you have any questions!



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