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An Elegant Organic Thanksgiving Gathering





Hi, I’m Julie Blanner, the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving. As a seasoned event planner I enjoy keeping the holidays beautiful and simple, integrating old and new. I’m excited to share a glimpse of my Thanksgiving preparations with you today!





Thanksgiving table setting

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to add a little unexpected color and detail to the table, while keeping with some tradition. While aiming for beautiful decor, my main goal is to make guests feel at ease. That’s why I included washed linens – napkins guests can use without fear. They also eliminate the need to iron! I added a sprig of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance for those who are no longer with us.

For the past 8 years, we have been using Thankful For cards. I always look forward to taking a moment to truly be grateful and hearing what others are grateful for. It’s also fun looking back through previous years. This year, I am also including a word search to keep guests occupied so if I’m running a little behind, I won’t feel so rushed.

Wood chargers fill the head of the table with added warmth and color. I am also using rented vintage china. It is not only inexpensive, but also makes clean up a breeze {just rinse and they’ll pick up!} This breaks up the monotony of using my standard set.

Decor elements include found antlers, a wispy floral arrangement {designed by friend and florist Erin Volante, and a last minute gathering of favorite quotes and photographs.

To keep the table cozy, I also add my favorite throw and pillows. I always set up a bar so that guests can serve themselves. A pitcher of water, wine and a signature apple cider cocktail which can be spiked with vodka, keeps guests refreshed while the turkey is being carved. A few snips of a tree branch add beautiful Fall color.

I tend to use timeless and versatile pieces that transition from the dining room to kitchen or family room. You can find my favorite things here!

glassware | wood chargers | throw | linen napkinslinen cocktail napkins | tableclothpitcher | bottle stopper | pillows

Photo credit: Wheat Photo

20 Responses to “ An Elegant Organic Thanksgiving Gathering ”

  1. Love the word search!

  2. Do you have a way to send your word search card to me? GREAT IDEA!

  3. I also love the word search idea. Would also like it sent to me.

  4. can you e mail me the word search I love some of your ideas!! thanks

  5. I would love it if you could send me the template for the word search game. Spending my 1st Thanksgiving in 15 years with my brother & his family in Connecticut.
    Thank you so much & Happy Holidays.

  6. I love your table setting and would love it if you could send me the word search game too! Sweet blessings!

  7. I, too, would love the word search template! Love your ideas!

  8. Would love the word search as well.

  9. I, too, would like the word search and the place cards. Beautiful table. Thanks.

  10. I would love to receive the word search template. Love your site!

  11. Would love the word search

  12. Could you please send me the word search, thanks : )

  13. Please send the wordsearch. Great idea!

  14. Can you please share your Thanksgiving Word Search?
    Thank you!

  15. Can you post the wordsearch?

  16. Of course! You can find my Thanksgiving word search here, along with other great ideas for effortless entertaining.
    Thank you for all the kind words!

  17. I just shared the Grateful For Cards as a printable as well. Enjoy!

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