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Thanksgiving Table with Balsam Hill & a giveaway

Happy November 1st!


It is hard to believe that we are just a few short weeks away from Thanksgiving-
Friends and family and eating way too much mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
And that diet that will start the day after
the leftovers are enjoyed.
;)



And while I am already decking the halls for Christmas
(I may have put 4 trees up yesterday... )
I am also getting ready for Thanksgiving and all the fun that brings
and today
I am joining several friends and my Balsam Hill family
in sharing a simple elegant Thanksgiving table setting
as part of their 

One that is full of the colors of autumn and the simple charms of the season
and that is so easy to recreate.


Thanksgiving was always my grandmothers holiday.
She hosted it every year and spent weeks planning and shopping and baking
to get ready for everyone.
And I can remember that car ride over the river and through the woods
and the delicious smell that filled her house as we walked in.

She always had those paper turkeys as the centerpiece 
and I was fascinated by them layers and layers of honeycomb paper that fanned out.
And much the same when decorating a table for Thanksgiving here- 
it starts with the centerpiece and the ambiance.


For this outdoor table, I kept the centerpiece simple but full of autumn charm.


It is simply an autumn garland from Balsam Hill laid right down the center of the table.
This is the Autumn Medley garland- which is full of warm autumn colors



pumpkins and blooms

and a whole lot of charm.


It creates a welcoming centerpiece all on it's own-


but with a few candles tucked into it
it is perfect for adding that ambiance to your table.


These are LED candles that flicker just like real ones- 
but without any of the fire danger and worry.


They are varying heights so I simply tucked these right into the foliage
all the way down the table for a little 'mood lighting'.


On the plates- gold compotes with tiny white pumpkins - and napkins tied with jute and a fresh magnolia leaf place holder completes the look.


Simple & sweet.

You can shop the candles and garland here:




For more table setting ideas for autumn- 
click on over to 




And tomorrow- you won't want to miss
and 
Friday



And something fun for you- I am giving away one of these gorgeous autumn garlands
to help get your table ready for Thanksgiving.
Simply leave me a comment on this post for a chance to win! 
( And I know some of you have told me that you are not able to leave comments- you can email me your note as well- courtney@frenchcountrycottage.net )



Happy November 1st everyone



Disclosure- 
I work with Balsam Hill but all opinions are my own.


71 comments

  1. I really enjoy garlands that are already put together like this. Love them for my mantel and entry tables too. I think I'll be hopping on over to Balsam Hill from your site here. Would you tell me where you're gold glass ware came from? I have a french china set with gold rims and this glassware would compliment it perfectly. Thanks and have a great day:)

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  2. Such beautiful photos! I always love the colors and ambience on your blog posts... lovely! Garlands are such an easy way to give the table a festive feel. I would love to win! Thanks for all your time and sharing with us!

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  3. Courtney, your table is beautiful. I have a pair of those flawless candles and I do like to use them on my tall candlesticks that go up quite high so I don’t have to worry about my cat jumping and knocking a real flame down.

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  4. So beautiful Courtney...I have a similar garland from the fine folks of Balsam Hill and it is truly beautiful...your table is beautiful as ever and of course the setting is flawless!

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  5. Your tables are always beautiful Courtney and now I am in the holiday mood! I would love a chance to win a garland to try to make my own beautiful table. :) Thanks!

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  6. Great garland! Such an easy way to make a centerpiece! Looks great.

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  7. Love Balsam Hill products, all are so well made and beautiful. Great job on the table - the flickering candles are the perfect amount of light!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Karen

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  8. Looks beautiful. You have great taste and everything you put together looks amazing!

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    1. My dream is to own anything balsam fir. The craftsmanship is perfect.

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    2. My dream is to own anything balsam fir. Beautiful pieces

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    3. My dream is to own anything balsam fir. The craftsmanship is perfect.

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  10. This is my first Thanksgiving in our new house and I'm getting excited about hosting it. I love the lights and garland. Thanks for the ideas!

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  11. Courtney, I'm also into the French Country style and enjoy your daily blog post. Every picture you post takes my breath away! I also love Balsam Hill! I'm the proud owner of one of their Christmas trees. It is the most beautiful tree I've ever owned! I would love to win the beautiful garland for use on my dining table. It never crossed my mind to use a garland in the center of the dining table. Thanks for the great idea. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win such a lovely garland.

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    1. Sorry! Just realized there's no way to contact me. Anonymous was the only selection I could use for my message. (shirlawson07@yahoo.com)

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  12. The garland is beautiful - love the colors. Your table setting is gorgeous as usual. The outdoor setting is perfect!

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  13. Wow! What an enchanting evening and look..love it.
    We entertain in the garden all year..fun and casual..
    Thanks
    Vickie

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  14. Love Thanksgiving and I love this Autumn Medley garland from Balsam Hill! Thanks for Sharing!

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  15. Love it!
    Way beyond my decorating capabilities!

    Simone

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  16. As always, you inspire me! Thank you! Kate Wood katewood2001@hotmail.com
    (seriously, anonymous is the only way that i could post this! lol.

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  17. It's such a perfect color! Not too orangs, not too brown, just right!

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  18. Such a beautiful table scape! I love every detail. So exited for this beautiful month! starla.bates@yahoo. com

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  19. This is absolutely to DIE FOR! You are so talented! You're decorating style is so dreamy, so romantic, I love everything!!! Oh and these photos? GIRL! Your photography skills are straight goals!!! Your family is so so blessed to spend thanksgiving meals here! THE MEMORIES I'm sure they have!

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  20. Courtney, you table is just beautiful!! The centerpiece is wonderful and I love how you’ve created a soft and gentle look even with rich fall colors. Lovely!

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  21. Such an amazing job with this centerpiece. You bring everything together beautifully

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  22. Gorgeous!! I usually host Christmas, so I have that decor down. This year I'll be hosting Thanksgiving as well and I'm in need of a centerpiece. I love this look! The garland is stunning and I love it with the candles!

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  23. Balsam Hill is offering the most amazing decorating goods this year, every season I'm so impressed with them. This Thanksgiving / fall garland looks beautiful, really full. Thank you so much for this opportunity

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  24. Love how realistic the garland is. So pretty with the candles at different heights.

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  25. I love your garland would love to win one!

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  26. Beautiful table as always, love your photography and can't wait for your book to be published! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  27. Autumn or fall is my favorite season, and these are just so lovely! I have been following you on Instagram for some time now and I'm so glad to see your beautiful blog!

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  28. The table reminds me of my Dad...He lived for the Holidays...He would overdecorate and then stand in the middle of the room and his eyes would twinkle...and I knew I was looking at a poor boy from Liverpool...He cooked all the food and did the decor...It was a magical time for us kids...He has passed on now and he is making Christmas magical for the angels...Love you Daddy...Nikkidarling528@AOL.com...I would love the garland, if you would so chose.

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  29. Everything is so beautiful. I would love to win. Thank you.

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  30. I love the lushness of the garland and warmth of the candles. Plus your glassware is stunningly beautiful, too. What a romantic table, Courtney!

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  31. I'm intrigued with those taper candles..what a great idea!!I also had to use anonymous... thegreatmomof8@gmail.com

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  32. What a lovely and inviting table! Autumn is my favorite time of the year and what a wonderful way to celebrate all the lovely fall colors and the bounty of the harvest than at Thanksgiving with family and friends.
    rcd1414@gmail.com

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  33. What a lovely and inviting table! Autumn is my favorite time of the year and what a wonderful way to celebrate all the lovely fall colors and the bounty of the harvest than at Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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  34. Beautiful garland. I have to put two tables end to end so a garland like this would look really good. Dnisson@verizon.net

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  35. So beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  36. I love Balsam Hills garland you displayed. I have a similar farm table that it would look lovely on. I also like the trio of pillar candles. Your blogs are such a treat and I look forward to them.

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  37. Everything is so classy and gorgeous <3
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  38. That table setting is so beautiful! I would love the win that lovely garland. Thank you for the chance.

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  39. Courtney, once again...another beautiful table setting. The Balsam Hill garland is just beautitful.

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  40. Another gorgeous table setting! You have that "Midas touch" when it comes to decorating.

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  41. Courtney, your table setting is so beautiful and elegant! The garland in so colorful and the perfect centerpiece! I loved the pillar candles so much I just purchased 2 sets for my antique wall sconces! My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving as it is all about Family, Food and setting a gorgeous table. thank your for your inspiration.

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    1. btw, my name is Vilma and my email is: nutmegtwo@yahoo.com

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  42. Your site is divine!😍

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  43. The Balsam Hill garland is perfect for fall decorating! It's colorful and would be a great decor piece for a mantel, hung over a doorway or used like you have displayed on a table.

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  44. Love the idea of using a garland for a centerpiece! And enjoying Thanksgiving dinner under the stars. Your pictures are magical. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

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  45. So beautiful, Courtney! Always love your candlelight and your soft muted colors. Love the garland! Making my own this year adding some beautiful deco mesh!

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  46. Such a gorgeous garland! I could definitely put this to use. Beautiful tablescape.

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  47. Everything pictured is so lovely. I've ordered from Balsam Hill a couple of times - great products.

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  48. Your table is beautiful... You can never have too many candles! Thanks for the ideas and for the chance to win that gorgeous garland.

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  49. What a beautiful table!

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  50. The table is beautiful! Love everything about it especially the garland!!

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  51. Many thanks for such magical autumnal inspiration, It's my favourite season, Autumn always reminds me how beautiful it can be to let things go. Happiness and hygge to you and your family x

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  52. Courtney you certainly are talented! Between the beautiful table arrangement and the skilled photograpy is seems your could start a new career with either. I love the gorgeous garland. It's so realistic and the candles are so pretty nestled in it. I love the pretty shades of color in it and even the Chinese Lanterns are so realistic. Now I'm wanting to have an evening meal outdoors. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  53. Such a beautiful table, love the garland!!!

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  54. What a charming Thanksgiving garland!
    It gives me inspiration for decorating my family’s 2017 dinner table!��

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  55. What a charming Thanksgiving garland - it gives me inspiration for decorating my family 2017 dinner table!

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  56. such a pretty table setting. we always keep things pretty casual for thanksgiving but this could helo spruce things up a bit, thanks so much♥

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  57. I love every single item from Balsam Hill!

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  58. Everything looks gorgeous, you should be proud. I love the garland.

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  59. I need to do a better job of decorating in my house. I would love a garland!

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  60. I made my first purchase from Balsam Hill last year right after Christmas and I’m SOOO PSYCHED to decorate this year I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas I’m obsessed with Christmas ..after obsessing over Balsam Hill for about a year I finally was able to afford making a nice purchase..I’m hoping to be able to add a little bit from Balsam Hill every year but it’s a little hard right now ..this would be amazing to win... thanks for the chance!! BEAUTIFUL decorations!!! Nicky232807@gmail.com

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  61. Your post is amazing and very inspiring! The photos are very lovely and capture the essence of the holidays :)

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  62. Oh my goodness, I love how stunning your table is but so simple to put together!

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