Thanksgiving Ideas & Decor
November 20, 2013
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I literally start thinking about it in August... the turkey and stuffing, the mashed potatoes and perfect gravy. But mostly I love it because for our family, it's a day where the world stands still. While football plays in the backround, a fire keeps us all happy and we drink and laugh and cook and eat until we couldn't bear a single minute more. And this year, we wanted to celebrate just that. The simplicity of this beautiful, craveable holiday.
THE SPACE: When it comes to Thanksgiving, we wanted to design a table that felt like home. A really special, really pretty version of home. Our dinner was hosted at the house of one of my best friends, Jennie, who graciously let us gussy up her table and fill her kitchen with yumminess. The best part about Jennie's home is that her dining space is filled to the brim with bright white and taking center stage is a GORGEOUS rustic chic farm table with modern white chairs. Totally SMP style.
THE COLOR: While we'll always love the rich, pretty tones of the Fall, we wanted to try something a bit different this year. We were inspired by soft, blushy pinks paired with darker, moodier plums. And of course, there was our signature gold touch here and there. We also wanted our colors to have texture. To really feel warm and inviting. While we stuck with our layered pink palette, we tried to bring in a ton of different textures - in throw blankets, in metal candelabras, in linen napkins and gold dusted table runners - to bring depth and dimension to the table.
THE FLOWERS: If ever there was a time to enlist the help of a professional florist, Thanksgiving would be it. A single, show-stopping centerpiece can take a fairly simple table from pretty to absolutely gorgeous in no time flat. Erin & Rose at Foret Floral and Event Design out of Somerville, MA took our pink & plum inspiration and ran circles around our original ideas. The result was a centerpiece so lovely we could hardly believe it. Filled with branches and berries, along with "I can't believe you found those" peonies and ranunculas, roses, kumquats and so many pretties, this was bar none my favorite floral accessory to date. And the best part? Erin constructed a full video DIY for you guys so if splurging on a florist is out of the question, you'll see exactly how Erin built ours from beginning to end. Coming up tomorrow.
THE FOOD: This year we were all about two things. Celebrating the classics. And all out ease. Because A. it's been a busy year and we didn't want to be slaves to the kitchen. We actually wanted to kick back and enjoy ourselves. And B. We were craving the simplicity of a traditional Thanksgiving with all of the classic recipes that we grew up with. We constructed a basic menu - Turkey, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and Mashed Potatoes - that was 85% made the night before and that were all 100% fool proof, slam dunk kind of recipes. We'll be getting into all of that goodness as the next two days unfold!
For presentation, we wanted to split up the frenzy to fill your plates. So we placed our turkey, gravy and a single side dish on a buffet behind the table. The rest of the side dishes were kept at the table for passing. We carved the turkey tableside, then brought it over to our buffet for serving. Our guests were invited to either start at the table with the sides or begin at the buffet. We wanted the buffet to feel special so we swapped out a few paintings that were hung on the wall with a simple gold mirror, a DIY Gratitude print and 2 towering Fall inspired florals. The result was lovely and blended seamlessly into our tablscape.
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THE DESIGN: The goal of our table was to create a look that you really could achieve at home. That pairing the items you already have with a few key purchases, you could design a table that was approachable in style and in function.

We used basic whites as our base. All white serving dishes - from gravy bowls to dinnerware - set the foundation for our table. And actually, we took stock and every single one of us girls had a full set of white dinnerware and serveware so we're thinking most of you do as well!

Next up came the splurges. Our gold candelabras definitely stole the show. They were tall and airy and absolutely gorgeous. They single handedly made our table feel special and far different than your average family dinner. From there, we layered on a gold accented table runner, blush pink napkins, blush tinted wine glasses (though classic would have looked equally as lovely) and a DIY gold wishbone placecard holder. We actually already had gold flatware - as we consider it such a fun splurge - so we finished off our table with a little splash of fabulous.


Photography: White Loft Studio |  Flowers: Foret Bespoke Floral & Event Design | Dinner Plates: Crate & Barrel |  Salad Plates: Crate & Barrel | Bread Plates: Crate & Barrel | Napkins (we dyed ours): Crate & Barrel | Flatware: West Elm | Servingware: West Elm | Wine glasses: Crate & Barrel | Champagne glasses: Crate & Barrel | Candlestick holders: Crate & Barrel | Salt bowls: Crate & Barrel | Salt spoons: West Elm | Table runner: West Elm | Plum Throw Blanket: West Elm | Gold Throw Blanket: West Elm | Gold Dot Pillow: Anthropologie | Gold Fleck Pillow: West Elm