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GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEIt’s so hard to believe we’re almost full swing into the Holiday season. It’s amazing how fast it comes every year! This week I’m very fortunate to be joining a fantastic group of blogging friends to bring you Styled + Set : A Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by the talented Lory of Designthusiasm. Everyday this week, a different group will be sharing their ideas for Thanksgiving entertaining, and we’ll be doing it again next month for Christmas. All of the links are shared at the bottom of my post, please visit the full lineup throughout the week so you can enjoy all of the fabulous inspiration. Our family gets the best of both worlds: we celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgiving, and there’s plenty of gathering, laughing and of course eating together with all sides of the family. Today’s gold and aqua Thanksgiving table is very different from the one I shared a couple of weeks ago for our northern celebration – a red, pink and coral table, infused with my favorite blue and white (below)  – you can find more of this unexpected tablescape here.thanksgiving-table-white-dishes-pink-flowers2Tablescaes are an artform for me. I love to find different ways to express my creativity and individuality and I love to encourage others to do the same. There’s nothing stopping you from looking around your home and bringing elements to the table that you wouldn’t normally think of. I shared a red, purple green and gold table here for my Fall home tour. One of my favorite tables ever, uses my go-to color palette of blue and gold – find it here. I also have a roundup post, which you can find here, with a year’s worth of tables as an inspiration post full of quick and easy table ideas. GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLENow let’s get back to today’s table! I wanted to create something a little more rustic, with the feeling of being outdoors, and a touch of glam for this tour. I started with eucalyptus – both real and faux – to anchor the table. Aqua tones marry together with the many gold elements and play off the blue undertones of the eucalyptus. The white details add some crispness and keep it all from feeling too heavy. I use gold and brass in many of my tablescapes, as well as throughout our home and it’s very common to see many of my items in rotation throughout my posts!GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEAs much as I love florals, I don’t always use them on my tables. I’ll often use a lantern or vase as a focal point and build from there. With the eucalyptus running through the center, I wanted to counter balance it with the lantern and large candleholders. I also love to use faux florals, which many people shy away from – there are so many fabulous varieties that you can find now, the possibilities are endless. You can see how I used them here, on my Spring table. GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEGlittery gold pumpkins provide reflection and light against the deep tones of the eucalyptus.
GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLETo ground everything, I loosely gathered a curtain panel (which has now found a new life as a tablecloth/runner!) and underneath that is a gold runner I made many years ago. The tone on tone pattern is a subtle feminine note and adds another layer to the table.
GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEMy mini white pumpkins have lasted all season long and I just love their versatility – I’ve used them all over the house this Fall.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEAren’t they so cute?!GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEMixing faux and real elements is fun and it allows you to try unexpected things on your table.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEThe gold chargers and desert plates add yet another layer, and their similar shape echoes the trellis print of the napkins, which tie both the aqua color and pattern of the plates together.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLE GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEHow elegant is the blue-green color paired with gold?
GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEScattered mercury glass votives and the glitter of the pumpkins helps brighten up the eucalyptus, which may otherwise look somewhat dark on this table.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEI love the mood it all brings to the space as well.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLE GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEI decided to bring in a pair of lamps from our master bedroom to add some ambiance.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLE GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLE GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLE GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEThe candles and lamplight creates the perfect warm glow for the gold pumpkins.GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEGOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLEWe have a very layered, eclectic dining room and I wanted to bring a feeling of warmth and coziness using various layers of lighting. And even though there are dominant colors and pattern in the space, I still wanted to bring a specific theme to the table. I love to experiment with different combinations to see how it will turn out. If there’s anywhere to try it, it’s on your table! Have fun creating and enjoy the process!GOLD AND AQUA THANKSGIVING TABLE



Thank you so much for stopping by, please make sure to visit everyone on the tour today as well! You can see yesterday’s lineup and come back later in the week to see the what’s coming – beautiful tables, recipes and tips for your entertaining this Thanksgiving.


Town and Country Living




Sand and Sisal


Zevy Joy


Life on Virginia Street


Design, Dining and Diapers



Monday’s posts:

Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour | Day 1

Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Kelley Nan | Bless’er House | Maison de Pax

Tuesday’s posts:


Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal
Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers

Wednesday’s posts:


Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design
Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home

Thursday’s posts:


Shabbyfufu | StoneGable | Savvy Southern Style
Maison Decor | On Sutton Place | The Enchanted Home

Friday’s Posts:


Sunny Side Up | Finding Home Farms | The Wood Grain Cottage
Setting for Four | Becky Cunningham

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  1. Tamara, everything is so lovely!! You’ve once again knocked it out of the park and completely inspired all of us with another of your beautiful tablescapes!! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!!! Xoxo

  2. Tamara, this is so beautiful! The soft shimmer of the curtain panel and the way you have it draped is just brilliant! I love all the brass & gold accents, as well. How lucky that you get to celebrate two Thanksgivings, as it’s my favorite holiday!! I’m also enjoying looking at your other tablescapes… :-)

  3. Everything looks gorgeous Tam! I love the warm glittery gold pumpkins with the cool eucalyptus and satin curtain panel/runner! So perfect!!!

  4. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much Jen! That means a lot to me :) I can’t wait to see yours! xoxo

  5. tamaraanka says:

    Lory, thank you so much! I’m thrilled that you like it! I’m so happy to be a part of this tour, thank you so much for having me! Can’t wait for the next one!

  6. tamaraanka says:

    Bree, thank you so much, you’re always so good to me! I can’t wait to see what surprise you have in store for us! Happy Thanksgiving to you! xo

  7. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much Kim! Wishing the same to you!

  8. tamaraanka says:

    Jennifer thank you so much, I’m so happy you like it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Tamara I love your style so much! That blue/green is stunning with the golden accents. What a beautiful place to enjoy dinner with loved ones!

  10. Oh this is just stunning! You did such a fabulous job. I love how you rolled the runner to create a dimensional centerpiece. What a great idea. Oh and I’m totally crushing on that chandelier!

  11. The eucalyptus is so lovely, Tamara! What a perfect way to bring in that rustic element so elegantly with pumpkins and candles, i love it! And the curtain panel? Brilliant! You inspire me! ???

  12. tamaraanka says:

    You inspire ME, Summer! Thank you so much for your kind words! It mean so much! I’m thrilled that you like it and I always love hearing from you! xox

  13. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you Taryn!! Normally using a runner this way is not my thing, but I figured since I was going more rustic it would be ok! I’m happy you agree :) And this light is new and I LOVE it! Thanks for your kinds words! xo

  14. tamaraanka says:

    Annie you are so sweet and always so good to me! It’s a small but intimate space but we love it! Thanks for stopping in! xox

  15. Like I always say Tam, EXQUISITE!! I especially love the simple eucalyptus branch under the plates.

  16. Tam, wow! It is so regal and gorgeous! That eucalyptus next to the gold is absolutely stunning. Bravo, my talented friend. Spectacular.

  17. Hi Tam, I love that eucalyptus touch! and all that gold! simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing xox izab

  18. The eucalyptus tucked under the plates..beautiful touch!

  19. Love the gold and aqua tablescape. Very elegant! I I also love that you used a drapery as a table runner. Genius! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Your table and dining room look so amazing Tam! You have such a gift for mixing pattern! I wish I could see it in person! xo

  21. I knew that you would create something elegant and classy….and you did. Gorgeous Tamara! xo

  22. What an elegant and gorgeous table! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,

    ciao ciao!

  23. tamaraanka says:

    Shauna you are so kind my friend! I’m thrilled you like it! Thanks for stopping in! xoxo

  24. tamaraanka says:

    Kel thank you so much! That means the world to me! Love you! xo

  25. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much Isabel!! Love that you love it and your support always means so much to me! xoxo

  26. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you Mysha! I’m so happy you like it my friend, thank you for popping in! xoxo

  27. tamaraanka says:

    Karen, thank you for stopping by and for such a lovely compliment! I’m thrilled you like it!

  28. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you Randi, I would love to have you at my table anytime, my friend!! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  29. tamaraanka says:

    Janet you are always so kind, thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so happy you like it! xo

  30. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you, Fabiana! I’m thrilled to have you here and that you like it! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! xo

  31. Hi Tamara
    I came across your blog from pinterest and I’m over the pond in the UK. My husband and I are buying our first property soon and I have to say that the way u keep your home echos exactly the way I was brought up (changing little pieces with every season) but without the beautiful table settings!

    I plan to host many a dinner party and have done for a few christmases at my in laws’ place where we’ve been living since we git married.

    My question is, how do you actually serve food with such a busy table? My mother always made the food the centrepieces of the table ( so it was very boring ) and everybody plates their own food…maybe it’s a cultural thing? I’m Indian and I remember gathering and my grandmother’s house every weekend but the kids always ate last….

    Anywho, I was thinking of bringing the dishes out on a trolley so the beautiful table doesn’t get disturbed. Could u share some tips? Thank you so much…your blog really is wonderful… I’ve been staying up for hours every night reading so many of your posts! I’m obsessed!


  32. tamaraanka says:

    Hi Gurpreet! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback and fantastic question! Welcome to CitrineLiving! There are many times when all I use is a single centerpiece in order to have a table full of dishes where everyone can help themselves. That being said, I have a small dining room and table, and when we’re a smaller group, I usually plate the food in the kitchen and bring it over to the dinging room. Sometimes I also set up buffet-style on our kitchen island and everyone can help themselves as they wish. I hope that helps!! Congratulations on buying your first home! How exciting for you! Thank you again for stopping by, I always love to hear from my readers! xo

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