Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}

DIY Gold Thanksgiving Tablescape
Gold Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Happy Monday, my friends! On Saturday I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends and today I’m sharing all the party details, from table decor to our main course.

Fall Thanksgiving TablescapeI recently had the opportunity to try the new Land O’ Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter kits and I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends to test them out. We made an easy skillet lasagna recipe adapted from the Land O’ Lakes website.

I never pass up an opportunity to create a tablescape, this small gathering was no exception. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to create gold Thanksgiving inspired table settings and decor. My favorite were these DIY napkin rings made with Christmas floral picks. Wait a minute..I’m sharing a Thanksgiving idea before Halloween using Christmas decor? You bet I am! Even though the floral picks were part of the Christmas decor I couldn’t help think they’d work beautifully in a Fall tablescape.

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin RingsMy idea of the perfect Fall table was to fill it with metallic gold pumpkins and accents. I used a fake 50 cent pumpkin I thrifted and spray painted it with gold spray paint. I then took two small (real) pumpkins and painted those as well. I love how simple they are but make a big impact on the burlap table runner. I also used gold votive holders, gold glittered pinecones, and a gold Christmas garland as a filler.

DIY Metallic Gold Pumpkin This was my first time using Land O Lakes seasoned butters and they were perfect for our dinner party. I created a skillet lasagna with the Italian Herb butter, found at Walmart. Cooking with them was simple, I melted the butter then sauteed my meat into it. The butters give the meat flavor with out having to add a long list of seasonings. We also tried the lemon pepper butter with chicken and shrimp, it’s definitely a new favorite around here!


Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}


  1. 2 1/2 cups bowtie pasta
  2. 2 Land O Lakes Italian Herb Saute Express Squares.
  3. 1 lb lean ground beef
  4. 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  5. 1 tsp chopped basil
  6. 1 carrot, chopped or peeled into strips.
  7. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  8. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  9. Pinch of salt and pepper.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside.
  2. Melt Saute Express butter in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brown ground beef in skillet (do not drain).
  3. Add diced tomatoes (not drained) spinach, basil, carrot, salt and pepper into skillet. Cook 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta; stir until well mixed.
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue cooking without stirring for 2-3 minutes.

Skillet LasagnaI was impressed with how easy the butters are to cook with. The only changes I might make next time to the recipe is to add more cheese on top, maybe another can of diced tomatoes and reserve a portion of the dish for the kids without the basil. They did however like the spinach and the carrots mixed in. I might even add zucchini in there next time as well. Overall the butter added a nice flavor and made dinner so much easier.

So here’s a little blogger insight’s pretty difficult to keep a straight face trying to photograph your friends eating. They’re used to me documenting everything but we might have had way more outtakes then decent pictures to share. They kept laughing which then made me laugh and the camera shake. It’s always a great time having them over!

Dinner PartyFor more recipe ideas using Land O Lakes saute express starters visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanksgiving Gold Table Settings

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  1. Susan P says

    Thanks for the great ideas. We’re doing a Gold and Burgundy Victorian Christmas party, and you’ve got me thinking!

  2. says

    Just saw this and had to tell you how gorgeous this table is! I can’t wait to try the Land O Lakes products…everything they seem to make is wonderful!


  3. Courtney Wager says

    I LOVE the tablescape! Question on the sliced “stump” under the pumpkin. Was this something that you purchased or used from old wood? I love it!

  4. Margo says

    I’m always trying to find the perfect gold spray paint. Please tell me which brand and the color name of the paint you used on your pumpkins. Thanks and Have a Blessed Day.

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