Thanksgiving for me has always been a favorite holiday as it mostly takes place around a table filled with family and friends, sharing stories and while making more great memories! While the food is always special, and bit more decedent (more butter!) on the day, one of my favorite parts is setting a festive table.
A great Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to be as complicated to create as the Thanksgiving meal itself, or take as much time. A beautiful table is the perfect complement to a hearty and flavorful meal, creating a warm and inviting environment. I love mixing textures, patterns, and autumnal colors to help bring together a rustic and elegant tablescape.
A layered table filled with different textures instantly creates a visually interesting and cultivated table—and truth be told is even better when everything isn’t so “matchy-matchy”. I love mixing different metals like copper mirror-finish stemless glasses (for water), hammered gold flatware, pressed glass amber chargers and salad plates, casual stoneware dinner plates, and a rustic low centerpiece of dried twigs (from the grocery store!), pinecones, and fresh orange tulips (in floral water tubes)! All of these elements add interest and complexity and help create a table filled with textures that work together—even though they are all different.
I love using traditional damask tablecloths as a backdrop to most of my tablescapes. This sets the backdrop elegantly, setting the stage for even the most modern table. Mixing in damask napkins in complimentary tones keeps everything fresh and new (again, not so matchy-matchy, but complimentary). Patterns are also found in the design of the plates, silverware, and even the ridges in the goblets. All of which provide visual diversity.
Classic autumnal colors like orange, wheat, amber, and other warm tones are all brought together with the help and balance of a neutral dove grey, copper, and bright green (from the tulips). I love using bold tones against neutral tones—it warms the neutral colors and helps the bold colors really pop!
While this is a quick course in creating a fabulous Thanksgiving table, these are not “rules” so much as guidelines that apply also to everyday living and holiday entertaining. If you are feeling curious, here is a link to all things Thanksgiving!
From my table to yours, happy Thanksgiving!