7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas

While the rich, earthy colors of autumn are what I have grown accustomed to every fall for Thanksgiving (if not, sleet and snow!), this year I’m in the summer-like Southwest in flipflops for the holiday, where hot pink bougainvillea just outside my bedroom window has me feeling tropical!  A warm 86 degree breeze feels pretty dang schweeet to this fairy. Here’s the thing. Sun or snow, it’s the softer, quieter autumn lovely which appeals to my senses and feels most like home to my soul.

My timeless and tranquil neutral kitchen with window seat...Hello Lovely Studio

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Last year, I embraced the palette I love and let my Thanksgiving and Christmas tablescapes whisper in white, green, and pale pink.

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Inspiring romantic and Scandinavian tablescape with lush roses on white farm table by Hello Lovely
7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas

1. Quiet Tablescapes glow: candlelight and humble ingredients converge upon a hushed farm table.

Last year, our Thanksgiving table was hushed, serene, whisper-y light and inspired by Scandinavian restraint. It’s not as if we walk around our house tip toeing, we’re actually a lively bunch with big personalities, but when you want to encourage peaceful loving exchanges, one way to nurture the mood is with soft decor elements.

Quiet white, green, and gold on a Thanksgiving farm table
7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas
Fall leaves with hand lettered names for place cards on Hello Lovely
7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas

2. Simple place cards bring smiles: a paint pen + fallen leaves = Hello, Lovely!

Are you expecting a crowd this Thanksgiving? Lucky you! I love this sweet and simple place card idea for adding a natural touch to the dining table. If your handwriting skills are lacking, do delegate!

Red haired child with baby boo pumpkin by Hello Lovely Studio
7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas

3. Gratitude and Wonder Are Always Available.

This sweet girl swathed in tulle I photographed is at an age when pilgrims landing at Plymouth, petite pumpkins, and pretty leaves dancing in the air is still magical…such childhood wonder can always be awakened in your heart and mine.

Here is a prayer I wrote last November, and it remains on my heart.

White Shaker style kitchen with apron front farm sink by Hello Lovely Studio
7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas

4. Simple warm white blooms are timeless and seasonless: a pumpkin as a vase is even better!

Today at the grocery store, I visited with a florist creating gorgeous centerpieces for a customer’s Thanksgiving table, using pumpkins for the vases. Blush or warm white roses are hardly evocative of fall harvests and bountiful displays of colorful vegetation, yet they work to elevate the mood and elegance factor when the autumn light is dappled and soft.

Belgian linen chairs and window seat in calm white kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our timeless, tranquil kitchen – Hello Lovely Studio

5. Branches live large inside.

They impart a gorgeous, natural silhouette, and since moving to a property with an abundance of mature trees, I have grown even more fond of bringing branches inside. They look beautiful for an extended period of time and always look at home no matter where I place them.

Paris in fall with Notre Dame and golden branch by Hello Lovely Studio

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio

7 Quiet and Lovely Thanksgiving Ideas

6. Cozy Texture Invites Us to Slow Down. Even though I stay relatively minimal in my decor throughout the seasons, it always feels natural to layer on a bit of cozy when the temperatures cool. Two decor items signaling the changing season at our house?

White farm table with neutral tablescape by Hello Lovely Studio

7. Thanks and Giving. I’m so thankful for another year of connecting with all of you via Hello Lovely. It’s such a pleasure sharing decor inspiration, interior design projects, and personal reflections here with friends who favor the timeless and tranquil side of living beautifully at home.

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Claire
    November 23, 2017 / 4:50 am

    Beautiful, calming post. Lovely pictures. This year I am especially thankful for the privilege of living in our country. Although we are far from perfect, we are so blessed. I just wish more of us realized that. Have a beautiful, restful, blessed day and as we say here in the South, “Gobble till you wobble!”

    • michele
      November 23, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks for adding to the beauty, Claire. Indeed I gobbled and wobbled! Must exercise like a freak in December! 🙂

  2. Rhonda
    November 23, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours, Michelle. So grateful for all the beauty and inspiration you share with your words and images!

    • michele
      November 23, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving, Rhonda. I’m grateful you’re a part of this lovely tribe. xox

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