Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. Along with the delicious smells and joyful sounds of family and friends gathering, are the sights that represent this special fall holiday. Orange and red leaves, cornucopias, gourds and turkeys – and of course, wall-to-wall football coverage.
For any hostess, however, setting a decorative table that has style and cleverly incorporates a Thanksgiving theme can be challenging.
Susan Allan and Judy Williams from Best Table In The House constructed this warm and welcoming Thanksgiving Tablescape using a variety of objects, colors and textures for what Allan describes as an “elegant, casual look.”
The table, set in the kitchen area, maintains a refined feeling, while not being too formal. Allan says she and Williams used pewter for the chargers, soup bowls and mugs because pewter is more casual. “It’s softer than gold and it blends well with the fall theme,” she explains.
In shades of gold, copper and brown, the jacquard tablecloth is in keeping with the holiday. “I like using the turkey accent plates because you can mix them with your everyday dishes,” notes Allan of the tableware. Underneath the accent plates are pretty neutral china dinner plates.
Allan advises using neutral colors for your napkins, and monogramming them, which allows you to use them for various occasions. “Every woman should have monogrammed linens to personalize the table.”
In the center of the table is the table’s focal point, a beautiful seasonal arrangement of fresh flowers sitting inside a rich brown basket shaped like a turkey, courtesy of Freeman’s Flowers & Gifts in Franklin.
Allan and Williams, who use layering techniques to give added interest to the table, layered the neutral monogrammed napkin on top of a brown napkin, which made it standout against the tablecloth. The sprig of rosemary that’s tucked in the napkin provides more than just a pop of color. “The sprig leaves essential oils on your fingertips that smells like Thanksgiving,” explains Allan.
“The candlesticks are distressed silver and they add height for your lighting, which is nice to do,” she says. Shiny orange pumpkins of varying sizes and simple pewter votives are interspersed on the table to add color and texture. Allan stresses the importance of mixing textures on your table so that all of the objects aren’t shiny.
The stemware is pretty brown seeded glass with clear stems. Handmade, each one is unique and in keeping with the overall theme.
Allan, who prefers buffet-style serving, says keeping table space in mind is important. “You have to strike a balance between too much and too little on the table. You want your guests to have enough room.”
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