Thanksgiving by Candlelight

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I enjoy creating tablescapes — especially for the holidays.  

I have to confess that I haven’t gone the simple route every Thanksgiving, but with each passing year, simplicity seems to be my mantra — go simple or go home!

This year, my “Thanksgiving by Candlelight” table reflects my desire for keeping things easy, yet pleasing to the eye.  And, of course, it’s in keeping with my casually elegant style. 


I just love the warm and cozy glow of candles burning in the center of the table as dinner time arrives and the sun sinks deeper under the horizon.


Normally, I love the layer plates upon plates, but this time I kept the layering to a minimum, using only a beaded gold charger and my beloved Spode Delamere dinner plates.  

I topped it off with a small picture frame used as a place card for each seat and called it done.


I love this idea because you can also give the frame as a little gift to your guests as they leave!  How fun is that?!

Although this table is simple, it subtly marries texture and color and gives a feeling of the fall harvest and the warmth of the season.



I always, always try to incorporate candles in to my tables, but have never photographed them lit before.  

I guess I was afraid the warm glow wouldn’t come through.  But today’s rainy weather provided the perfect opportunity to show you what my table actually looks like when I’m ready for my guests to arrive and dinner is about to be served.


There’s something about candle light that makes you want to linger at the table for conversation and camaraderie, doesn’t it?


You might notice that I didn’t place any napkins at this table.  That’s because this year — in keeping with my simpicity mantra — I’m using paper napkins.  And, no, I haven’t even bought them yet.  When I do, I will place them under the picture frames, or maybe just keep them in the kitchen in the buffet line.  


Today’s Thanksgiving table is part of the monthly tablescape series, “It’s All Set.”

I hope you’ll visit the links below to see more beautiful ideas from my friends!





Lilacs & Longhorns



Adding Warmth to a Thanksgiving Table with Burnished Copper |

The Enchanted Home




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12 Responses to Thanksgiving by Candlelight

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  2. Janet says:

    Love the brown transferware Julie…so rich looking!

  3. Summer says:

    So beautiful ♥

  4. Truly a beautiful, festive, and romantic by candlelight tablescape! Love the mini frames…I do love using them too as a parting gift for my guests…double duty!


  6. Ginger says:

    Julie, you changed my life last year with your tablescape. I immediately purchased the same perfect IKEA white plates and found the Spode at replacements. I LOVE the versatility of the IKEA with it’s simple scalloped Country French design and use as the base for other pieces as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  7. Your table looks positively gorgeous!! I love every detail!

  8. pauline says:

    It looks so beautiful. A lovely atmosphere has been created there.

  9. Julie, lovely table! I actually just got those Spode plates in the salad size, but the dinner size is so pretty here I may add them to my collection. Love the goblets and the beautiful candlesticks, as well!!

  10. Cindy says:

    Love your table. I have Spade on my Christmas list, fingers crossed.


  11. Simple but elegant! Love the warm tones and especially the candlelight. The wheat clusters make wonderful centerpieces.

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