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Coastal Thanksgiving Table

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We’ve had an early taste of late autumn… or dare I say winter this past week. Temps in the 30’s! It’s ok to wear fleece with flip-flops, right?  Coastal Virginia doesn’t usually even get cool until Thanksgiving! Cold temps or not, I’m excited to share with you my Coastal Thanksgiving Table!


The 1st Thanksgiving in 1621 at Plymouth, MA was a Coastal Thanksgiving… did you know that?

The 1st Thanksgiving menu consisted of 5 deer given to the Pilgrims as a gift from the Native Americans, local veggies like onions, beans, cabbage, beans, lettuce, corn porridge and seafood like lobsters, clams, oysters, scallops and muscles which were plentiful along the shoreline.

This year I’ve given my Thanksgiving table a coastal nod and incorporated watery blue candles and plates and added a few starfish, clam and scallop shells to my White Pumpkin Centerpiece which I shared earlier this fall.

Coastal Thanksgiving - Tablescape

Small baby boo white pumpkins with name tags tied with green raffia make pretty little place cards. A small starfish is hot glued to each tag also.

Pumpkin Placecard - Coastal Thanksgiving

These place cards are extra special though. On the reverse side of each name tag I have written a little message expressing why I am so thankful for that person. In past years I’ve made Thanksgiving Thankful Favor Boxes filled with treats and a special written blessing for each person. It is a simple gesture to share a bit of love, thankfulness and encouragement with your loved ones, friends, and guests.

White Pumpkin Placecard

We truly have so much to be thankful for don’t we? We live in such a blessed nation and I know that I personally have a tendency to take it for granted. I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, the materialism, the holiday decorating and shopping, and the whirlwind of daily schedules and responsibilities. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to put it all aside, do a personal inventory of our hearts and priorities, and thank God for all that we have and refocus our mindset going forth into the Christmas season.

A Coastal Thanksgiving

This Coastal Thanksgiving Table’s soft and serene color scheme of greens, creams, browns and blues is certainly non-traditional but is a collective gathering of all natural elements. The table runner is made of burlap and raffia. The white pumpkins are from a local farm. The dried green and blue hydrangeas came straight from the garden, the birch bark and acorns are from the trees out front and the seashells were collected this summer at the beach. I did purchase the beautiful silver antler candelabras from TJMaxx/Homegoods. I’m sure they’ll come in handy for Christmas decorating too!

Coastal Thanksgiving Tablescape

Coastal Thanksgiving Table

I think this is my favorite Thanksgiving tablescape ever! I hope you love it as much as I do!

From my family to yours, may you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving season!

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