A Simple Autumn Tablescape

As I write this we are four days away from Thanksgiving. I still can’t believe it.

We’re not planning anything large with tons of visiting family this year and to be honest… I’m a bit relieved.

It’s been a super busy year (hasn’t it been for everyone?) and it will be really nice to just allow this Thanksgiving to ring in and out quietly and without fanfare for a change.

Simplicity is the spirit of this post which features a simple Autumn tablescape.

I’m also sharing a few of the things I’m most Thankful for this year.

table setting accents

You could call this a lazy man’s tablescape because it took me all of about 10 minutes to pull it together.

Like I said, I’m taking it easy this year.

And if you’re in the same mood, just grab what you have on hand and layer it.

copper tumblers

Anyone else out there in love with copper?

One day, I’m going to treat myself to one of those stunning copper pot collections that are all over magazines (and Instagram) lately.

You can use copper anytime but it really coordinates with the colors in this simple Autumn tablescape with so much orange, reds browns and wood.

plates and copper cups

Our jellied cranberry sauce is going to look great with this color scheme.

If you’re a canned cranberry sauce kind of person, do you serve it in the jellied roll as-is from the can… or do you dice it up.

It’s an age old question and quite possibly the source of  occasional Thanksgiving debate.

I grew up seeing it served as a jellied roll and watching family members slice their servings.

Nowadays, I always chop up my cranberry sauce and spoon the servings.

Of course, you can’t go wrong either way.

napkin embellishments

Napkin decor has never been more simple than when you tie a strand of jute around the linen instead of using a traditional ring.

Snip a few colorful pieces from your floral display and slide them down behind the jute.

This is not only simple but it also ties in perfectly with the flower centerpiece too.

Nothing complicated this year for sure.

floral arrangement

I’m throwing in these two pictures so you can get a closer look at the difference between having a floral centerpiece on the table and presenting it in an elevated fashion.

I used a favorite cake stand to lift the florals so they towered over the table setting.

Of course, this copper stand gives me another chance to add that element to the tablescape.

thankful table

Since this is a pre-Thanksgiving post, I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t share what I’m thankful for this year.

The list of things is far too long to include here so, I’ll share the first few things that came to mind.

  1. I’m thankful for the good health, happiness and love of my family.
  2. I’m thankful that I can count my twin sister and my mom as two of my best friends.
  3. I’m thankful we’re finally done with the college application process for my daughter. Now we wait.

floral accents

I’m also very thankful to you… my readers, who continue to support and encourage my creative efforts.

It’s a gift that you keep on giving and not just during the holiday season. I truly appreciate that.

I’m thrilled to know that so many of you enjoy my projects, recipes and photography and that you’re inspired by many of the things I share.

What I do around here all year makes me happy and I’m glad to know it makes you happy too.

And for that and more… I’m very thankful.

simple tablescape

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

 The floral arrangement was gifted to me with no obligation or agreement that I use it in any way, if at all. My use of it in this post was entirely voluntary and I’m glad I did, because I love the vibrant colors.


  • Pinky

    I need to get some photography lessons from you! The photos are just gorgeous, not to mention the flower arrangement! It makes me swoon! Love, love the copper accents!!!!

  • [email protected] Designs

    I don’t know if the photography or the tablescape is the star … I say both! Gorgeous table filled with beauty and the photography is beyond amazing!

  • Deborah

    I always love all your beautiful pictures!

    I adore all the copper, too. If I could, I would add several pieces to my kitchen.

    Love your idea for napkins and beautiful table.

    My Grandma had a recipe for cranberry salad and Thanksgiving is not the same to me without it!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Deborah,
      Happy holidays to you too!
      Cranberry salad? Now, that sounds intriguing.
      I’d love to hear more about that (smile).

  • Kirsten J

    Lisa! Thus is just gorgeous as usual. Wish I was hosting Thanksgiving. I’ve not visited in a long time (yep, super busy year….errrr….or more) I’m just soaking it all in. Thanks once again for your creative inspiration 🙂
    I was wondering if you’ve been doing any quilting just lately? Your cotton candy quilt (and the cute story) has my wheels spinning. I’m wanting to lock myself in my sewing room and whip up a Christmas quilt….

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      You’re so sweet, Kirsten.
      I appreciate that and I’m happy to know you’re inspired when you pop by for a visit.
      Since you asked, I have so many “unfinished” quilts. I should try to get them finished in the new year.
      Don’t forget the “Log Cabin” quilt pattern is among the easiest and the fastest to complete if you find a little time to work on one.

  • Kjersti Eriksen

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Norway. Or anything similar. But when I see your table setting, I want to so bad! We have beautiful autumns and love to gather around dinner tables with lots of candles (it’s really dark in Norway in November), so I could still make a table like this. Snow has come now, and so has Christmas preparations, so I might just change the copper items with gold ones, and there is my Christmas table. Love it – just love it! Very happy when I found you blog, and love all the pictures. Grateful thanks from Northern Europe 🙂

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Kjersti.
      You’ll love the copper because it makes everything so much warmer.
      Enjoy your holiday preparations.
      So wonderful for you to drop by from Northern Europe.

  • Elaine Tutman

    I am looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with the Oglesby Family, I have an easy sweet potato pie to contribute to your dinner using the produce from this year’s garden. We have much to be thankful for. Love, Nana Banana

  • Jeanne

    Your table is lovely, Lisa. For the blogging world, of which I am new…I am thankful that I found you and your blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Jeanne, I appreciate your sweet support and I’m so glad we’ve connected in blog-land.
      Sending good wishes your way for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday too.

  • Jenna

    Stunning! One of the prettiest fall tables I’ve seen, the tulips are breathtaking!

  • Jennifer @ celebrating everyday life

    Oh Lisa, this is so, so beautiful!!! Your photos are stunning and the styling is too!! Thank you for sharing such beauty. I am thankful for YOU and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!! 💖💖

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Jennifer.
      That means a lot to me, especially since you’re one of my favorite lifestyle photographers/stylists.
      Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
      I know your daughter must be getting pretty excited about Christmas too.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Gorgeous!! I love the look of copper — here I’ve had it for years and haven’t used it. Well, that is changing. It gives such a warm look. And your elevated centerpiece is beautiful. We do have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we? I’ll include having blogger friends like you 🙂 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Marisa, you’re so sweet. I’m so glad we’ve become blogging buddies and I truly appreciate your friendship.
      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
      I suspect you’ll be cooking up a storm… and taking lots of pictures of your efforts too-lol.

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