Tips for the Prettiest Thanksgiving Tablescape
November 16, 2015
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For this year's Thanksgiving inspiration, we were influenced by the colors of Fall and a rich, layered tablescape. Starting with our garland DIY and layering in seasonal fruit, gobs of candlelight, ribbon and hints of gold, this gorgeous spread was born. The finishing touch? Personal pies for a look that is cozy, elegant and so ready for a yummy feast. Have a look at the full breakdown captured by Ruth Eileen Photography right here in the VAULT.

Bring out the rich hues for holidays

Let’s face it, faded dying leaves can make for a rather dull palette. Stick with deep jewel tones for a warmer, more celebratory feeling. We based this palette around Abby’s mustard yellow chairs. Our inspiration? This bouquet.

Create a modern cornucopia

The holidays are the perfect time to mix fruit with your flowers (or in our case, a garland)- the key is to keep it unstructured. Small bowls in various sizes filled with fruit or nuts do double duty as appetizers and decor. Or you can go even simpler, like we did this year, and spread your fruit loosely along the table give an air of abundance.

Create a focal point on the table with your centerpiece

Since we decided to use a low garland, we added some height back in by raising candles up on clear stands.

Gild the lily

Okay, you don’t have to go nuts with it, but a bit of gold in the flatware, edging on the plates, or rimmed glassware pulls everything together with a little extra sparkle.

Double up on napkins

If there was ever a meal where two napkins were needed, Thanksgiving is it! It’s a nice way to create a cozy, layered look while mixing colors or patterns.

Gussy it Up with Ribbon

The simple addition of a bit of ribbon at each placesetting makes the table feel extra special without hurting your wallet.

Add a bit of drama with dark glassware

It’s unexpected yet elegant, and draws the eye upwards. Another great spot for bold color? Pillar and taper candles.

Go formal without going crazy

You’re aiming to create warm, beautiful environment for your dinner that makes everyone feel welcome. Feel free to pull out the fancy china, but pair it with a rustic homemade mini pie at each placesetting to balance the formal and informal.
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Table Sources: Taper Candle Holders: Crate & Barrel | Pillar Candle Holders: Crate & Barrel | Merlot Napkins: Crate & Barrel | Gold Check Napkins: Crate & Barrel | Dinnerware: Crate & Barrel | Flatware: West Elm | Glassware: Anthropologie | Mini Pie Dishes: Crate & Barrel | Garland Greens: FiftyFlowers | Ribbon: Michael’s