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On My Thanksgiving Table

Hello friends! Hope this season finds you well. Between the hustle and bustle of the holiday prep and lots of exciting projects to juggle here at Segreto HQ, I got to feeling nostalgic. Since John and I got married we have been hosting Thanksgiving in our home, and gathering with our (growing) family is something I look forward to each year. Looking back, my theme seems to always be centered around the pumpkin!

A Theme of Gratitude

Like many families, who have special dishware that they bring out each season for the holidays, we have these cute pumpkin tureens. I love serving a seasonal menu like butternut squash or split pea soup just when the weather is getting a bit cooler. When I bought these Martha Stewart ones I looked high and low for just the right look with many brands available, now the best place to look is eBay. These are some I found here, here, and here. When did I become so vintage?!

This year’s color story is all about classic warmth with a touch of rustic details. I paired them with subtle harvest-themed tableware and woven chargers and completed the setup with orange fringed napkins. If you look closely, you’ll notice the napkin rings say “blessed” and “thankful,” isn’t that what this season is all about?

I first set the table in our formal dining room using this linen table skirt I previously used on a daily.

You might remember it! Here is a picture of my dining space over 20 years ago!

I set the table using cobalt water glassed in the dining room, but as our guest list grew, we moved to the breakfast room where the table expands. And of course, you can’t forget the florals — here I added a wreath in soft rose, yellows, blues, and ivory tones around my pumpkin bowl centerpiece.

Moving everything over, I used the table as the ground and changed the glasses to mine from Vietri for a more elegant look. Last year I used the soup tureen to house the florals. This year with more of a Fall toned theme, I surrounded the tureen with silk florals and berries. This did allow me to set my Thanksgiving table way in advance! Now the only thing left is the delicious meal that will be shared by our loved ones.

I spy something blue…do you notice the plaster-looking baby pumpkins? More details coming on those, keep reading!

A Romantic Mid-Century Look

Another look and another year…using my mother’s mid-century frosted glassware that she gifted to me set the table’s color tones. If you’re interested in Dorothy Thorp's mid-century glassware, eBay is a great source for vintage pieces.

I mixed it with placemats and paper soft napkins from Vietri. They have the look and feel of linen and are perfect to dress up the Thanksgiving table but are made from paper — amazing!

Don't Forget the Greenery

Greenery is a great way to add visual interest and break up a monochrome palette — real or faux!

Lots of candles at varying heights also help set a cozy mood. Who doesn’t love a good candlelit supper?

Segreto Chalks are Here!

You know I always have a craft planned. This year at our family Halloween dinner, we experimented with Segreto’s new chalk paints to create pumpkin art for our Thanksgiving tables! Katy, my son Matthew’s gal had so much fun testing out the new shades on these sweet little pumpkins. The latest in our product lineup, Segreto Chalks are available in our 135 signature colors that create our signature plaster look at home. I love using them to elevate DIY projects and furniture pieces. If you try them, be sure to share them with the hashtag #shareyoursegreto on Instagram!

Kirby also tried her hand at a more moody Thanksgiving tablescape, using her chalk-painted pumpkins we all did together. I love the soft blue and amber tones she pulled in and how the whole spread looks on her SegretoStone table!

It reminds me of this table setting by Casa de Perrin, such a great and unexpected combination!

Keeping within a unified color but adding variety through various shades keeps the table simple and elegant. This is a great shot of how Segreto Chalks gives a plaster feel to the plastic pumpkins and leaves, It's hard to see the detail but she also painted her brown bamboo folding chairs in Segreto Chalks as well.

The cool blues complement the silver tableware, and warmth is brought in with amber touches. The striped linen napkins I bought for her from Bodrum Linens also add a casual yet elevated feel. Big tip, sign up for Bodrum’s emails, they have a sample sale twice a year and things are pennies on the dollar. They go fast though, this year all were sold out in less than 24 hours!!

I adore how Kirby used some wooden close pin push pins to attach a chalk-painted leaf to her pumpkin as a place card holder! I’m so grateful for your loyal support all these years and love sharing the journey with you. I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter, and gratitude. Lastly, keep an eye out on our Holiday Look Book hitting your inbox next week! Lots of love!


This article was written by Leslie Sinclair from Segreto Finishes.

Meet The Author

Leslie left her corporate job in 1995 to start Segreto Finishes, naming the company after her husband’s family. Segreto, which means secret in Italian, rolls up all of Leslie’s passions — architecture, interior design, art, people, and business– into her idea of the perfect job.

Leslie’s talent for color, bringing innovative products to the marketplace, hiring and training quality staff, and working with people on their individual needs, built Segreto’s reputation.

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