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Modern Thanksgiving: Festive Florals & Colorful Details

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It feels like most of the Thanksgiving-related entertaining and decorating ideas/articles I come across are very “country harvest” oriented and all start to look the same, but there are definitely some more modern, outside-the-box ideas to be found within seasonal “Real Wedding” galleries… thank goodness!

I’ve bookmarked a few cool ones to share with you over the next couple weeks, starting with this first shot of inspiration from a gorgeous autumn wedding featured on…

fall wedding and party inspiration

Style Steal Tips for Home Celebrations:

  • Paper lanterns in various shades of orange like mango & peach create a festive feel on a small budget!
  • Decorate the table with a variety of colorful orange, yellow, and green florals like calla lilies, tulips, freesia, hydrangea and dahlias. Mix them with autumn leaves & foliage for a season-specific look.
  • Instead of a “singular centerpiece”, create a beautiful multiple-arrangement table display. Set out one or more tall arrangements displayed in large trumpet vases, accented by several smaller arrangements  displayed in everyday glass stemware or inexpensive bud vases. (More images of this design are pictured below.)
  • Add a splash of bright yellow to place setting menus and other food/drink/decorative display signs.
  • Use small green apples (real or faux) as “place cards” for your table settings. Write each guest’s name on a paper leaf.
  • Rent (or purchase) harvest-orange table linens for a big punch of color.  Fold napkins “pocket style” and insert a menu card and/or decorative leaf into the fold.


Here’s a wider-angle shot of the entire table design, and a close up the smaller arrangements:

fall wedding and party inspiration


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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

11 responses to “Modern Thanksgiving: Festive Florals & Colorful Details”

  1. Joanna says:

    Ooh, beautiful… November 2010 is when we are getting married (yet to decide on an exact date!) and your post is definitely sparking lots of ideas!

  2. Love the color palette here! It’s still traditional but very fresh and modern. Beautiful!

  3. Love.

    And it’s not just because of the lanterns. Seriously.

  4. Hillary says:

    The table is beautiful!!!!!!!

  5. Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors says:

    Wow! Those many, many people who have told me orange is a BAD wedding color need to take a look at this. Really nice decor.

  6. I adore those centerpieces! Wow! The colors are fantastic and so chic! Wonderful Post!

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