How to Style and Throw a Lush Outdoor Thanksgiving
November 20, 2015
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Even if the weather is far too crisp for a gorgeous outdoor spread like this one from Lexi of Glitter, Inc.Brandi Leigh the details of this Friendsgiving shindig are perfect for snagging. Things like little bundles of cinnamon sticks and herbs placed at each setting, jars of pecan pie and lush greens dotting the tablescape from Serendipity Designs . It's moments like this that completely make this table. So whether you're party is strictly indoors or you get to partake in Thanksgiving al fresco, pull all the inspiration you need right here in the VAULT.
This year will be my first Thanksgiving holiday spent without family (my husband is a resident and he couldn't take the holiday off to travel home). Luckily, we're spending the holiday at our new home in North Carolina with our closest friends who are driving up, so I knew I wanted to create something special and memorable. 
Growing up, my mom always put together these incredible Thanksgiving dinners - an abundance of great food, the prettiest decorations, a time to share what we’re thankful for, plus midnight turkey sandwiches and holiday movies late into the night - and I want to do the same in our new home with friends, new and old.
To get the look for our outdoor Thanksgiving, we decorated the table (after dragging our dining room table and chairs outside, because the weather has been just too perfect) with all of these gorgeous vines, leaves, and florals, a few plain white taper candles, white dishes and napkins, gold flatware, and clear glasses found at HomeGoods. Simple, rustic, and warm.
For the florals, we were trying to keep a low profile in terms of height. A great Thanksgiving is shared with loved ones, and you want to be able to see everyone over the flowers and table displays.
Alana of Serendipity Designs used the perfect mix of lush greens: seeded eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, white ranunculus, green broom corn, fresh rosemary, and a few garden-grown and seasonal gardenias and camellia blooms.
She explains: "To create a lush and natural table display simply trim the longer ends of the eucalyptus and ruscus and place two branches in opposite directions in the middle of the table. Continue to fill in with branches and sprigs down the length of the table, on both sides. Tuck in a few wispy sprigs near the ends and pop in a few short pieces of broomcorn for a little texture.
A little rosemary is added for a touch of vibrant green. Pick a few fluffy ranunculus blooms, fragrant gardenias and bold camilla blooms to tuck in sporadically for a pop of white. A few white pillar candles are tucked for a touch of candlelight."
I also snagged a few vines and sprigs of rosemary and using some natural string and cinnamon sticks, I created these little bundles at each person's table setting. They smelled divine and will actually dry and preserve beautifully; i.e., the perfect little keepsake for your guests.
Paired with the laser-cut wood menus, the table settings looked truly special, without too much effort. Let's face it: Thanksgiving should be about relaxing, friends, family, and fun, not stressing over every little detail.
When it comes to Thanksgiving food, I love the classics: turkey, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, candied yams, brussel sprouts, yeast rolls, and of course, pie. Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll!
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Vendor Credits
Wood Laser-Engraved Menus, Wood Pie Toppers, and Place Cards
Catharine Perry
DIY Pecan Pie Shooters
Glitter, Inc.
Thankful Sign and Prints
Lindsay Letters
White Dishes
West Elm
Gold Flatware
West Elm