When you think of Thanksgiving, what immediately comes to mind? Is it turkey or pumpkin pie…maybe Granny’s homemade cranberry sauce? I know in our house the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a huge hit. All of these traditions bring back such fond memories of Thanksgivings gone by, but one thing remains unmentioned; the tablescape.
For centuries, the Thanksgiving tablescape has been the focal point of the holiday meal. Yes, the golden brown turkey is wonderful, but it’s nothing unless it’s surrounded by fine china, silver, and stemware. Sandra Dee popularized tablescapes in her Foodnetwork show “Semi-Homemade”. Every episode she would not only show viewers how to create a lovely meal that was semi-homemade, she would also give tips on how to create a beautiful tablescape to match. Today, we’re going share some of our favorite tablescape ideas that you can use for your Thanksgiving beach getaway.
Say It With Shells
Nothing says “beachy Thanksgiving” more than a centerpiece that contains shells like this gorgeous one from Artsy Chicks Rule. Simply fill your favorite crockery bowl with shells and top it with painted mini pumpkins and gourds. Add a few candles for the perfect ambiance. The mix of light blues and bronze in this tablescape brings color to your table but is in keeping with our beach house theme. We love how each guest gets their own painted gourd to take home as a souvenir to remind them of them wonderful memories made.
A Pop of Color
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is filled with shades of bright oranges and yellows but on the beach, we do things a little differently. These gorgeous dishes from Cottage and Bungalow are a perfect representation of beach living at its best. Sporting a gorgeous blue crab these dishes will be the talk of your holiday dinner party. We suggest using white linens for your table to really make the blue crab stand out. The sand and surf may be outdoors, but you can bring a little of the ocean to your tablescape with these lovely table settings.
This is a cute little idea from Coastal Shore Creations that will be inexpensive to create and a huge hit with your guests. Pull out your favorite basket and line it with your choice of Fall fabrics. Next, purchase some small gourds from your local grocery store and paint them shades of light blue, white, and orange. Put the painted gourds in the basket and use dried starfish or shells as accents. Finally, add a candle of your choice and you’ve got an impressive centerpiece for your beach-themed Thanksgiving dinner.
Candle and Color Extravaganza
The last idea we wanted to share with you is from Everything Coastal. It caught our eye because of the perfect balance of traditional Fall colors with those of the beach. This tablescape begins with a simple white linen tablecloth. Add a brightly colored table runner down the middle to draw your guest’s eyes to the center of the table. Here, place candles of all sizes; we love how the taller candles in this picture are placed in vases with just a bit of sand in the bottom and a starfish for added detail. Once you’ve placed your china, silver, and stemware at each place setting you have the complete package for a beach Thanksgiving your guests won’t soon forget.
Don’t ever be apprehensive about switching traditions up a bit in order to suit your beach house theme. Feel free to break out and create new traditions. There are a thousand and one unique ways to decorate and design your way through the holidays without having to sacrifice being in the place you love; your beach house.
How do you bring the beach to your holiday table?