I would like to introduce you to Lauren Palmer. She graciously agreed to blog as my guest and give us some fabulous ideas for a gorgeous Thanksgiving table. Relish in the beautiful photos and for a real treat, check out her site The Art of Living Beautifully! Enjoy!
The Thanksgiving Table. Quite possibly one of the most important tables we create because this is the one holiday all year that revolves around a meal. The tablescape is the celebration. I typically incorporate lovely elements of Fall such as colorful leaves or pumpkins, but the question of how to make it little less expected pops up each Fall as I begin to envision the table where my friends and family will gather and give thanks.
Like all the tables I set throughout the year, I began with a source of inspiration to set the tone. This year inspiration struck as I turned to page number sixty two in the November issue of Southern Living Magazine, the step-by-step tutorial on how to create a centerpiece using a shallow wooden bowl seemed simple. And gorgeous. And so it began.
Deer antlers, real and fake fruit, sticks, preserved flowers and a large cornucopia filled a long wooden tray to make a colorful centerpiece that was low enough for guests to easily see over. The preserved flowers were really the key in making this centerpiece simple as I didn’t have to worry about florists foam or keeping the flowers alive.
My dining table is made of teak and has natural-shaped edges which makes the use of a tablecloth difficult. If you face the same challenge at your home, try cutting a piece of burlap to cover only the top of the table. It will protect the table and soften the effect amongst so many hard surfaces such as dishes and flatware, plus burlap comes in a large variety of colors…some even have metallic thread woven within!
Leaf placemats sat beneath my white china and Queen’s Quintessential Game bowls. The pheasant is such an appropriate bird for the season without screaming “turkey theme!” all over the table.
My favorite element of this table was the use of copper accents. Copper flatware, napkin rings and even copper mugs (we’re drinking Moscow Mules, aren’t you??) brought a rustic elegance to the table with its rich color and home-y feel. Of course wine with your meal is always enjoyable…but so is a refreshing cocktail in a fancy mug!
In lieu of a desert fork or spoon, at the top of each place setting I positioned a mini cornucopia to hold a place card and lovely pumpkin truffle. I know various cakes and pies are always a large part of Thanksgiving meals across the country, but if you are looking to scale back your meal just a tad, why not offer a small bite of something sweet for guests to enjoy after the meal. Save the pie and coffee for later in the evening.
Regardless of how many you are entertaining or how glamorous you believe your meal will be, providing a beautiful table makes every occasion all the more memorable. Don’t you feel blessed when the table where you are dining matches the delicious food that has been prepared for you?
May your November be full of grace, may your table be elegant and may your meal be perfectly seasoned. May you find yourself on Thanksgiving Day sitting with those you love most happy, healthy and Around the Table…because it is there where we find purpose, faith and beauty, and I’m not only describing the food set before us.
-ciao for now-
Leaf Placemats and Copper Napkin Rings: Pier 1
Pumpkin Truffles: Goodies Texas
Preserved Flowers: Patina Green