A cornucopia is a colorful symbol of Thanksgiving — the basket tipped on its side, overflowing with the bounty of the season — but chances are the first color you think of in that basket isn’t purple! Unless your particular climate is full of vineyards, you might not even think purple belongs in Thanksgiving décor, but take a look at these images of great tables and centerpieces and you might change your mind. Purple tablecloths, from lavender to a deep wine shade, are sophisticated any time of year; pair them with a line of tiny silvered pumpkins, bronzed deep umber leaves, or gray or blue napkins or china and you’ll have a show-stopper. Purple cloth napkins play off plain white plates in classic style, and the violet colors of hydrangea or mums are naturals for an elegant table.
Love the golds of autumn? Both gold and orange harmonize with purple, being complements on the “color wheel” — and this almost regal combination shows up in contrasting plates or even stripes on a tablecloth. Purple candles and place cards give lace a lovely sepia tone; a purple runner, edged by purple glassware, lights up an ordinary place setting. Use purple with other complementary shades: a blue tablecloth and jade- to olive-green tapers, paired with squat rutabaga-shaded candles and deep purple flowers, is stunning. A plaid place card or mat that blends corals, pale purples, and deeper hues looks splendid on a white plate and mauve tablecloth…and that’s just for starters. So don’t be shy: try a bit of purple this Thanksgiving and discover a fresh new color for the season!