A Rustic Brown Color Palette for Thanksgiving
Fall is full of vibrant colors like orange, yellow, and red; although I find myself gravitating towards the simplicity of brown. From a light linen shade to the darkest chocolate brown, this neutral color palette is anything but boring for a Thanksgiving table scape. When layered with natural varying textures and crisp white, browns can look extremely elegant with that rustic vintage feel we all seem to aspire to lately. I love brown Thanksgiving decor in the form of nature-inspired elements like decorative bundles of wheat (pictured below). You can use these wheat bundles to flank your Thanksgiving centerpiece or buffet, or you can decorate with one bundle on and end table or entryway table by clustering it with candles or a few pumpkins.
Burlap is another beautiful brown element I love to decorate with for the holidays. Pre-made autumn decor or table linens in burlap add an easy rustic touch for Thanksgiving. However, I love to craft with wide burlap ribbon, available at most craft stores during fall and winter. You can use it to make your own burlap table runner or placemats. What I really love about using burlap for holiday decor is that it doesn't have to look perfect. For someone with zero sewing skills, I love any kind of fabric that looks just as great with a raw edge. If you plan to use white dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner, I suggest layering them on top of burlap placemats (pictured below). It's such a beautiful combination. If you serve your dinner family-style on a buffet or side board, layer a burlap table runner over a white table cloth. For a more elegant and formal look, layer burlap with white lace. If you get a long 12" roll for making your own runner, you can make additional decor for fall entertaining, like burlap-wrapped vase or candles. Simply cut the burlap to size and wrap it around old coffee tins or glass jars and tie it on with twine or brown ribbon. You can also create a burlap banner with the word "Thankful" or "Grateful" painted on. Here is a great tutorial for a DIY burlap Thanksgiving banner.
Pine cones, leaves, acorns, and twigs are all natural elements that add to a neutral brown color palette. Best of all, they're free if they're common in your area. Here are some incredibly easy ways to incorporate them into your Thanksgiving dinner or fall-themed event.
- Use a pine cone as a place card holder. No crafting is required. The place cards will easily fit into the natural grooves of the pine cones.
- Create a fall-themed votive by placing a leaf on the outside of a candle holder and tie it on with twine or raffia.
- Use acorns to fill the inside of a flower vase or large candle hurricane.
- Fill a decorative bowl with pine cones and leaves for an instant centerpiece.
- Use a long wooden box or rectangular platter to display a row of pumpkins for your centerpiece. Fill in the gaps with leaves, pine cones, and / or acorns.
- Use branches from your yard to create a Thanksgiving tree in your entryway or on a table in a common area. Leave a stack of empty paper tags near the tree and encourage guests to write down something they're thankful for and hang it on the tree.
Shop the featured items from top layout (left to right): Autumn home decor "Thankful" decorative pillow // Thanksgiving Burlap banner // Rose plant with burlap-wrapped vase // Spode microwave safe Woodland Turkey Dinner Plate // Williams Sonoma Thanksgiving tablecloth //
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