This gold Thanksgiving table has quite the story behind it!

 

Gold Thanksgiving Table

 

Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas:

 

A Golden Thanksgiving table Story

 

I have been wanting to do a Thanksgiving table with pampas grass for a few years now. There’s something about the golden feather-like stalks that I just love! I decided this year was it. I had a vision in my head and I was ready to execute it.

 

Golden Thanksgiving Tablescape

 

My friend found some pampas grass that grew wild near her and brought me 2 armfuls of it. We created this gorgeous centerpiece in a rectangular box. The perfect centerpiece and right in line with my vision.

I put out my favorite Thanksgiving turkey plates and used my mom’s vintage glasses. I wanted the overall look to be elevated neutral. A golden Thanksgiving table that would really wow your guests!

 

Gold Thanksgiving Place Setting

Spicy Pear Punch
click the pic for the recipe for this Thanksgiving Punch

 

To add to the golden glow, I knew I needed candles. This part made me nervous. See, the pampas grass is extremely dry and I knew it had to be flammable. But, I set to lighting a few tea lights and taking my pictures.

 

Golden Thanksgiving Table with Pampas Grass

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

 

About 20 or shots into my session, I was standing on the table trying to get an overhead shot of the golden Thanksgiving table. I moved the centerpiece closer to the plate in order to get the grass hanging over the plate.

 

A Golden Thanksgiving Table up in flames

 

Neutral Thanksgiving Table Idea

Thanksgiving Place Card Printable
Click here to get these free printable Thanksgiving Place Cards.

 

All at once, the centerpiece caught on fire! I freaked out, started swatting it with my hands and arms, desperately trying to get the flames out! And it seemed that once I got one piece out, another caught on fire due to my blowing and fanning the flames with my hands.

At one point, I thought to myself, “Ok, you need to go get the fire extinguisher!”. But it was in the garage and I was afraid to leave the scene of the crime. My 6 year old daughter was standing in the doorway watching me with horror on her face. She thought the house was definitely going to burn down!

 

Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas

 

After what seemed like ages, I finally got the fire out. I stood there on the chair that I was atop of in shock. My centerpiece and gold Thanksgiving table that I had envisioned in my head for months had literally gone up in flames! The table was covered in ash and soot. My hands were black and I had burned off some of the ends of my hair in the process!

 

Never Give Up!

 

thanksgiving table in flames

 

I took the burned up centerpiece into the backyard and said to myself, “Ok, time to clean up and start all over again”. I had a 45 minute window of beautiful afternoon light in which to take pictures. So, I cleaned off all the plates, napkins, chair covers and vacuumed the entire area and set it all up again.

You see, I am not a quitter. I don’t let things easily discourage me. And I used it as an example to my daughter. I told her, we don’t quit when things get in our way. We adapt and move forward! I had a second arrangement that I had made for my bar cart and used that as the centerpiece instead.

 

Thanksgiving Table with pampas grass

Mason Jar Pies
Click here for the recipe for my Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

 

Later, while editing my photos, I was fortunate enough to have captured most of the pictures  of this gold Thanksgiving table before the fire. While I didn’t get every picture I may have wanted, I am happy with how it turned out. And I so thankful that our house is still standing, relatively unharmed from this mishap.

I hope you get some inspiration from this post, but if you do recreate this, please use flameless candles!

 

 

Neutral and Gold Thanksgiving Table

 

Thanksgiving Inspiration

 

Now be sure to visit all my friends that are joining me this month in sharing their Thanksgiving decorating ideas!

Happy Happy Nester | Creating an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Table

Modern Glam | Golden Thanksgiving Table with Foraged Centerpiece

2 Ladies & A Chair | Creating A Simple Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Life Is Better At Home | Elegant Thanksgiving Table Using Mixed Metals

Meme Hill Studio | How-to set a Unique Festive Farmhouse Inspired Thanksgiving Day Table

Styled With Lace |A Welcoming Fall Foyer for Thanksgiving

Finding Lovely | A Thankful Thanksgiving with Boat Placecards

The Posh Home | Thanksgiving Decorating

Love Your Abode | How to Decorate for Thanksgiving Using Free Botanical Printables

Summer Adams | Elegant Thanksgiving Table in White and Gold

 


xo, Ashley

11 Comments on A Golden Thanksgiving Table with Foraged Centerpiece

  1. Ellen from Ask Away Blog
    November 7, 2018 at 5:17 am (3 months ago)

    I never ever ever would have thought those chairs would look good with that table but OMG!

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  2. ashley allen
    November 7, 2018 at 9:51 am (3 months ago)

    Its absolutely gorgeous ASHLEY AND i AM SO HAPPY YOU SHARED THIS MISHAP WITH US! aLTHOUGH THERE IS NOT MUCH FUNNY ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT COULD HAVE ENDED VERY BADLY i COULDN’T HELP BUT CHUCKLE ENVISIONING THIS HAPPENING TO ME 🙂 gLAD EVERYTHING ENDED UP WORKING OUT AND YOU WERE ABLE TO PICK UP THE PIECES AND MOVE ON BEAUTIFULLY.

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  3. Jackie
    November 7, 2018 at 11:45 am (3 months ago)

    Oh sweet Ashley! This is such a beautiful table. I can imagine that was SO scary. I’m glad you are ok and thankful you don’t quit because the outcome is the most lovely table.

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  4. Joan
    November 8, 2018 at 10:10 am (3 months ago)

    oh my goodness! ashley I’m so happy you weren’t hurt and your home is undamaged. what a scary experience. the photos are gorgeous and your table is so beautiful!!!

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  5. Janine
    November 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm (2 months ago)

    Ashely,
    You will never forget this table decor! It is gorgeous and I’m happy you and your home are ok! Thanks for the reminder that we need to be careful with our candles!

    Reply
  6. Bethany
    November 21, 2018 at 6:02 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh my goodness Ashley!!! What a crazy chain of events. So glad you are okay, it’s a gorgeous table!

    Reply

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