How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

A big hearty welcome to you if you’re just popping over from DesignPost Interiors! And if you’re a regular reader, let me catch you up to speed. I’m thrilled to be taking part in the annual tradition of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, as started by Lindsay Jackman, of The White Buffalo Styling Co. This week all 32 of us are divulging the secrets behind our Thanksgiving tablescapes, and each tour will come packed with DIY projects and easy styling ideas that you can steal for your own holiday tabletop this season. Read and scroll on for a handful of my standby styling tricks for crafting a modern Thanksgiving tablescape.

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

Add In A Cool Tone Or Two

Since I’m not usually one for warm, earthy tones in our home décor, I tend to struggle a little bit around Thanksgiving. But I love, love, love fall, so I’ve had to find a happy medium so that I can make the traditional decorations and palette work for my modern tendencies. My go-to trick? Add in a cool-toned foundation. Although much of my DIY Thanksgiving tabletop is filled with orange and evergreen, I laid a bright heather gray placemat at each place setting so that the whole tabletop got a hearty dose of contemporary color. By the way, are you not obsessed with our new-to-us mid-century dining table? We snagged it from Galaxie Modern right before we moved, and we couldn’t be more in love.

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

Edit, Edit, Edit

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a bit of an accessories hoarder (if you’re new to the blog, just check out our previous home’s photo tour to see what I mean). I love filling surfaces with bold conversation pieces and color, but the overall effect of that type of styling leans a bit towards the maximalist and bohemian side of things. While I love the boho aesthetic, I’m growing more and more fond of minimalist style and think it tends to read a little more modern overall. So this year, I did my best to edit my tablescape back, keeping it as basic as possible. A few candlesticks, simple white plates, solid colored linens, and a few natural details were all we really needed.

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

Flash A Hint Of Tradition

Although I’m crushing hard on minimalist design right now, I do feel like it has the tendency to feel cold. So, to combat the starkness, I threw in a few pieces that are utterly traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving. Mini pumpkins and gourds in a crisp white, yellow, and blue palette feel updated but still speak to the standby mascots of this holiday.

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

Pull Double Duty With Guest Favors

My favorite parts in this year’s holiday set up are the DIY floral favors. Instead of going with a traditional single centerpiece of flowers, I created miniature boxes of flowers to be set at each place setting. This way, the table feels full of color since the vessels of flowers are scattered all across the table, plus guests get to take the flowers home as a little gift along with their doggie bags of Thanksgiving leftovers.

How To Style A Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape | Dream Green DIYpinthis

Now that I’ve done this preemptive set up of everything for our modern Thanksgiving holiday, I’m more excited than ever to celebrate our new home with friends and family later this month. Do you have any styling tricks of your own for throwing together a mod Thanksgiving tabletop? I’m all ears. And in the meantime, I invite you to hop on over to Chic Little House where you’ll see how Katrina put together another gorgeous Thanksgiving tabletop spread.

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  • November 3, 2015 - 7:25 am

    Julia@Cuckoo4Design - Such a great idea to have the gorgeous single little arrangements for everyone. The colors are beautiful. Your chairs make me envious too because I haven’t gotten mine upholstered yet and it’s driving me insane. Those are my favorite candle sticks too and I used them as well for my setting.ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 9:23 am

      Carrie - Thank you so much, Julia! I’m thrilled that you like how it turned out!!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2015 - 7:26 am

    cassie @ primitive & proper - love it! i love the golds and mustards!ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 9:23 am

      Carrie - Thanks, Cassie!!! xoReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2015 - 9:48 am

    Megan - Love it! What a good idea. Did I miss where you said where the candle sticks were from? I have been trying to find some just like that!ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 11:29 am

      Carrie - Thank you! I’m so glad that you love it!! The candlesticks were actually purchased from Colonial Williamsburg, but these are very similar. Mine are 6 inches high and 3/4 inch thick in case you want to do more Googling!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2015 - 10:24 am

    Kimberly Duran - Despite the fact that I’m a certified maximalist, I absolutely adore this! It’s so simple and pretty and the individual arrangements really bring so much to the scheme. Really beautiful job! xxxReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 11:22 am

      Carrie - Oh, thank you so much, Kimberly!! That means so much coming from you!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2015 - 11:27 am

    Oscar - Love this so much. A fun and stylish take on Thanksgiving decor.ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 11:30 am

      Carrie - Thank you!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2015 - 11:29 am

    Katrina - I’m in love with everything for the pretty lines of your dining room table, everything you selected for your table. I love that every person has their own mini box of flowers & it doubles as guest favor….genius! Totally filing that idea away for future dinner parties! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 11:30 am

      Carrie - Thank you, Katrina!! You just made my day!! XO!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2015 - 2:59 pm

    Stephanie @ Casa Watkins - So cute and pretty! I love the fun element with the little pilgrims but the rest looks chic and sophisticated. Loving the personal flower pieces for each table setting.ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2015 - 3:16 pm

      Carrie - Yay! So happy to hear that you love it, Stephanie!!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2015 - 9:08 pm

    Beth of designPOST interiors - How precious are your little flower boxes?! I love your simple yet layered table. And we clearly had the same color palette in mind this year!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2015 - 4:30 pm

      Carrie - Awwww, thanks, Beth!! I know, right!? Great minds think alike 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home - Really beautiful, Carrie. I LOVE the idea of the little flower arrangements as both decoration and guest favors. And those brass candlesticks are just gorgeous – I have been keeping an eye out for some. There is nothing more graceful than a collection of taper candles on a dining table!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2015 - 4:30 pm

      Carrie - Thank you, Jennifer!! I’m thrilled that you love it! I agree about the taper candles 🙂 The perfect classic detail!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2015 - 11:39 am

    Corinne - I love your modern take on this! As a fellow accessory hoarder, I love that you incorporated things you already had. All of those things come in handy, huh? At least tha’s what I tell my hubs!

    I have a few of those candlesticks, but you have me wanting to add to my collection!

    It looks great!


    • November 5, 2015 - 4:28 pm

      Carrie - Thanks, Corinne!! I’m so glad you like it, and to hear that you’re a fellow hoarder, haha!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2015 - 11:45 am

    Jenn @ My Fabuless Life - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of this!! And I am so obsessed with the little flower favor boxes!!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2015 - 2:26 pm

      Carrie - Thank you, Jenn!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2015 - 8:55 am

    Amber - Oh my word! I am obsessed with those little boxes of flowers! This looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • November 9, 2015 - 1:32 pm

      Carrie - Thanks a bunch, Amber!!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2015 - 2:48 pm

    Laura Ingalls Gunn - Darling! Love it all but specifically the wee pilgrim crackers. I’ve read through the post twice and could not spot the mention. DIY or purchase?ReplyCancel

    • November 9, 2015 - 1:32 pm

      Carrie - Oh, thank you!! They actually came from HomeGoods!ReplyCancel

  • November 9, 2015 - 10:55 pm

    Amanda Katherine - I love how you mixed your modern style with traditional fall colors! I also lean towards cooler colors in my home. I’ve learned to add in warmer pieces like wicker and wood to avoid feeling too cold, especially as the temps drop. The mini plant baskets are adorable!! Great job, Carrie!


    • November 10, 2015 - 4:11 pm

      Carrie - I love that idea—to add in wicker and wood textures! Thanks for the comment, Amanda 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    Glenda - I love the simplicity of this! I also love that everyone gets their own flowers…yay.


    • November 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! So glad you like it, Glenda!!ReplyCancel

  • November 19, 2015 - 10:13 pm

    Anita Diaz - Oh my, this is just gorgeous!! I love everything — the tablescape, chairs, the creamy/white carpet — seriously, and the retro/modern mix with warm and cool is so refreshing. I had those brass candlesticks…and gave them away:-) So pretty and unique!!ReplyCancel

    • November 20, 2015 - 7:13 am

      Carrie - Thanks, Anita!! I’m thrilled that you like how it turned out 🙂ReplyCancel

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