At this point, you probably know what you’re going to cook for Thanksgiving, but don’t forget — you take your first taste with your eyes! What will your guests see when they step up to the table? Here are some tabletop decorating ideas to make your Turkey Day more festive: one a casual setting, the other a more dressed up affair.
What could be simpler than an ivy theme? (Keeping a sharp focus on planning helps you make decisions faster.) It’s always fun to poke around in my china closet for special occasion dinnerware, and once my eyes alighted on this fanciful set of plates with their rim of ivy leaves, I was on point!
The deep shiny green is a great neutral that goes with everything, and staying with one detail brings a simple elegance to this setting. Even using an ivy leaf from my garden (inscribed with a water-based pen) for a place card and setting it atop a small handcrafted-by-me stand of twigs and raffia proves that nothing is too mundane to be considered for sprucing up the table.
Scattering more ivy leaves across the tablecloth gives the setting a last minute “devil may care” note that keeps the casual theme authentic.
This is the time of year when I gravitate to warm colors and textures, whether it’s in my wardrobe or table linens. I’m happiest whenever I find anything non-traditonal to place on the table, such as an antique woven wool textile rather than a cotton tablecloth. And I particularly cherish the way my mother’s antique English plates play off the Persian motif in the textile, the gold service plates kicking up the special note another notch.
For a table setting that provides so many details upon which to fix your gaze – monogram-etched crystal heirloom goblets, William Yeoward embellished champagne flutes, gold striped water glasses, generously-sized hand-initialed damask napkins, gold engraved place cards – consider keeping the centerpiece understated and un-fussed over. My first choice for many years has always been large, green cabbages with their generous outer leaves still in place.
Here, they’ve been paired with reddish-hued succulents straight from my garden, a first for this combination. In the center, I mounted a cabbage on a round, gilded stand to give it a “sense of occasion.”
Taking “Thanksgiving dressing” literally, I brought my favorite fall jacket to the party – a soft, double-faced wool in a yummy shade of rusty orange. To give it a little kick, and keep with the seasonal theme, I embellished the collar with feathers. If it’s good enough for a turkey…
Practical note from me to you.
As you’re planning for Thanksgiving and looking through your drawers and cabinets for table setting items; re-checking menus and recipes and considering what needs washing, ironing or polishing…give some thought to Christmas plans. No point in going through everything again a month later; pull it out now, or jot down notes to cut your work in half for the next event. Always be thinking ahead!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!