It is almost time for Thanksgiving, and while my favorite part of this holiday is gathering together with my loved ones and sharing our gratitude (and pumpkin pie of course!), I also enjoy designing the table that serves as a backdrop to the memories that will be created.
I know it can be bit overwhelming to do, so, today, I wanted to share some of my tips for curating a beautiful holiday table-scape that elevates the joy that the presence of our loved ones brings.
START WITH A BLANK CANVAS
The foundation of your Thanksgiving table design begins with the table itself. Clear everything off of your table and see what you’re working with! You can either keep it bare, or dress it with a tablecloth or runner.
I decided to adorn my tabletop with an antique tapestry fragment. The muted autumnal tones and nature-inspired scene serve as wonderful inspiration for the rest of my choices.
PICK YOUR PLATES & LAYER WITH LINEN
Drawing off the colors in the tapestry, I decided to use my Cecile Preziosa plates in Meadow, which if you have following my blog for any length of time, is probably not surprising to you!
I love using linen as the main material on my table. It adds a rustic touch and is easily washable, which is perfect for this sometimes messy holiday! To add dimension to my setting, I am layering two of my favorite linen napkins and securing them together with brass napkin rings.
I love how the shiny brass juxtaposes the roughness of the napkins.
As always, I am looking to nature is one of my biggest inspirations. This year, I’ve chosen dried marigolds from the Bloomerie (which are available in our shop if you live nearby!) and foraged acorns to add autumnal color and interest to the center of the table.
I arranged the long flowers in groups of three bud vases between seats as to not obscure conversation flowing across the table. I love how they add dimension without feeling too imposing. You could achieve a similar goal with short branches with fall foliage, or tall grasses.
I’ve also added some lower tea light candles to add a subtle and cozy illumination to the table. I placed them in shiny votive glasses to add a magical shimmer as well!
To me, designing is all about creating spaces, or in this case a table, that will compliment the experiences that will happens in and around them. Don't feel the need to go overboard to create a grand statement if you don't want to. Keeping it simple with my favorite napkins & placemats, florals & foliage, and candles, allows me more time to enjoy what really matters on this holiday: my family and friends.
If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them in the comments. If you would like to add any of my favorite items to your holiday table, you can shop most of them here at Patina Home & Garden! And, for a limited time, get 10% off placemats & napkins, candles, and napkin rings with the code "GIVETHANKS"!