The Thanksgiving Table is by far the most important table we set all year because it is the only holiday that is quite literally celebrated around a meal. This Tablescape is the party.
From year to year I’m always in search of a way to make this table relevant but not repetitive, Fall-ish without seeming thematic and stunning but approachable.
I believe I reached my goal.
My source of inspiration this year began on page sixty two of the November issue of Southern Living Magazine. I found a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a centerpiece using a shallow wooden bowl. Fruit, veggies, fresh flowers and sprigs of greenery are all used to create a colorful and fresh arrangement. Gorgeous! Plus, it is low enough for guests to be able to see eachother over the table.
My version used both real and fake fruit, but used preserved flowers from Patina Green instead of live ones. This was really key for me because I didn’t have to worry about keeping the flowers alive with florists foam. I also incorporated deer antlers as well as my cornucopia in the wooden tray which is always such a reminder of how blessed we are.
My dining table is made of teak and has natural-shaped edges. This makes using a table cloth difficult because it never lays correctly. I rectified this situation by purchasing a couple of yards of chocolate colored burlap. The fabric covers only the top and will protect my table as well as soften the aesthetic amongst so many hard surfaces like china and crystal.
My favorite part of this table is the copper accents. Copper flatware, napkin rings and mugs add brightness.
I had a difficult time deciding what pattern dishes I would use for the place settings…so I photographed two versions: one using my china, Padova by Waterford; and a more casual option: Blue Willow by Johnson Brothers. Which version do you prefer?
Bowls in the Queen’s Quintessential Game pattern topped each plate. I love incorporating pheasants into Thanksgiving because they aren’t as thematic as a turkey but are still relevant to the season. The golds, greens and chocolate colors pick up the beautiful colors of the centerpiece and works well with both the china and pottery dinner plates.
Lets discuss dessert. I know and absolutely love that cakes and pies are such a huge part of the Thanksgiving meal…but if you are wishing to scale back your meal a bit, why not leave a sweet bite at each place for guests to enjoy post turkey. These tiny cornucopias are the perfect desert plate/place card holder. Save pie and coffee for later in the evening and enjoy a delicious pumpkin truffle or piece of maple pecan fudge from Goodies Texas. A decadent little bite is all we really need following a meal.
I set up the buffet to act as the Bar and Bites Stand. Festivities such as Thanksgiving definitely call for a specialty drink—and you guessed it, this year I’m focusing on Moscow Mules. Traditionally Mules are served in copper mugs making them especially fun to drink. Hello fancy pants! The recipe is simple and the finished product is fizzy, refreshing and delicious! Everything needed to make a Moscow Mule (including the recipe written on a scrap of paper!) sat near beautiful tree-trunk chargers that held various types of Fall-Flavored Fudge. I love that guests can help themselves to something sweet prior to the meal. Everyone loves dessert…especially when they can sneak a bite before the turkey! Gorgeous antique German wine bottles with dried flowers–of course from Patina Green–created a soft, whimsical setting for a place that was sure to receive a lot of attention. They provided a lovely backdrop, but didn’t steal from the two stars of the buffet.
Friends, my hope for this post is that it will inspire to set your table with care this Thanksgiving. No china? Crystal? No copper mugs? No worries. Use what you have and welcome guests to your table with love. That is truly the only thing that matters when entertaining, especially during a holiday where the purpose is to give thanks. We all have struggles, and we all have so much for which to be grateful. This Thanksgiving Day, lets focus on all we have and forget about everything else.
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mini cornucopias–sold out! sooo sorry!