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A FRESH & APPROACHABLE THANKSGIVING TABLE SETTING

This post is sponsored by Serena & Lily, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays simply because it brings together family and food, and that is one of my favorite combinations. I’ve always been the self-appointed table setter, and while I love a traditional Thanksgiving table setting with place cards and lush flower arrangements, sometimes it’s nice to pull things back with a more approachable style that welcomes everyone to the table. Maybe you’re hosting for the first time or celebrating Friendsgiving, but whatever the occasion a simple, neutral approach goes a long way. I infused this tablescape with Serena & Lily‘s fresh take on casual dining and I love how it includes lots of natural textures and warm colors that invite you to sit down and stay for a while.

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

The rattan placemats bring a lot of visual interest to the table and help give each setting a nice weight. I stacked simple white dinner plates and cream salad plates on top, and added a clementine atop each napkin to tie in the flowers at the center of the table. The cheery yellow napkins bring a pop of seasonal color to the table and add a golden glow to the color palette.

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

A charcuterie board might not be the traditional Thanksgiving feast, but it could serve as a hearty first course or an entrée for a casual Friendsgiving feast where everyone can contribute to the board by bringing their favorite cured meat or cheese. By adding bowls of nuts and olives, sprigs of rosemary, and small flower arrangements, the board feels full and loaded with color. I laid it all out on this pretty serving board with a white base and stripes of natural wood.

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

I anchored the table with two capiz shell hurricanes, which provide a pretty place for pillar candles to light up the table in a warm glow once the sun goes down.

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

On our buffet, I used the elegant Beaufort raffia tray to anchor the piece and corral a larger flower arrangement (better here than blocking views between guests at the table), and a salad bowl with a white marble and wood serving set.

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

A fresh and approachable Thanksgiving table with Serena & Lily rattan placemats and decor by Kevin Francis O'Gara #thanksgiving #tablesetting #tablescape #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor #serenaandlily

Don’t be afraid to switch up your traditions this year with an inviting charcuterie board or a relaxed tablescape table with lots of natural colors. Head to Serena & Lily to check out the rest of their dining collection!

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