Elegant rustic French country table setting ideas to inspire you for your Thanksgiving dinner, and the concept is switchable for any occasion! Come join me and several friends, in the Styled + Set Fall Entertaining Tour, hosted by the talented Lory of Designthusisam. You are guaranteed to find inspiration today and the tour is a week long event!
This is my impromptu table setting and although my style may look expensive I assure you that it’s budget friendly. If you’re coming over from my good friend Ann’s blog over at On Sutton Place, she shares loads of budget friendly ideas as well. My own style is decidedly leaning over to the French countryside of design, with a rustic touch alongside some elegance in the dining room. So let me break down what I did and hopefully that will get you thinking about your fall entertaining and bring it up a couple of notches.
Elegant Rustic French Country Table Setting Ideas
It started with the beautiful velvet pumpkins on my sideboard in shades of blue, grey and taupe. I’ve been incorporating more grey into our home and toning down the white.
The very first thing that I did was to grab my garden clippers and head outside. It was time to trim the silver buttonwood hedges out in front of our home. They make for a beautiful table garland with the velvety leaves, similar to lambs ear. Velvet pumpkins, velvety leaves…and free for the clipping. I also clipped some heather that has smaller leaves that are a soft sage green. If you have access to a variety of clippings, look for textures that are softly muted for a French rustic theme.
Since the clippings were free I overloaded them on the table to drape down on the two ends. Real or faux, I love the look and you’ll often see this in weddings. My vintage crock has more of the same for that elegant rustic french country look.
On either side of the buffet that was a thrift store makeover (see that post HERE) I placed a small table. These really come in handy for Thanksgiving or parties for extra plates and barware! For this tablescape rehearsal dinner they have the free garden clippings and fill in negative space in the room nicely without overwhelming.
Gold is my choice of metallic accent and by carrying this through the room softly it creates movement and shine. Recently I decided to touch up some of the faded gilding on the light fixtures in the dining room with THIS PRODUCT. I used the European Gold…no surprise there;-) To me…gold and blue and just perfect together.
Champagne pumpkins with real stems have had my heart for several years now and are placed throughout the garland along with votives. *HINT* If you are using votive candleholders in a tablescape, use tealights instead of the larger votive candles for safety. They should last you all through the evening of your dinner party with no worries!
Vintage gold flatware surrounds the triple layers of plates. I set out one large white charger first, then two layers of smaller plates that will be removed with with different courses. Gilded wine glasses and blue ACRYLIC stems, just in case we take the party outdoors later on. Do you see the flow of color and texture in this setting? Back away when you think you are finished setting your table and look at it like a painting. Does anything need to be moved or perhaps removed?
A mix of vintage French, linen and lace, new, old, metallics, velvet and FREE FOLIAGE from the garden makes it all come together.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments and be sure to head over to my talented friend Courtney of French Country Cottage who is next in today’s line up!