While we’re always ready for any excuse to prepare a fantastic feast, Thanksgiving occupies a special place in our hearts as it combines both elements of food AND decor. Aside from the all-important turkey recipe , the Thanksgiving table deserves equal attention from all ye merrymakers. Here are some easy, foolproof ways to lay a thanksgiving table. Whether you’re a last-minute warrior, or an effusive planner, make gathering around the Thanksgiving table a warm and tender-hearted affair.
Play the sophisticated host with a Thanksgiving table flecked with subtle hints of gold. You can never go wrong with the classic pairing of white, black and gold. Instead of your usual china, go for gold-rimmed plates and goblets for extra oomph. Top it all off with a gold and glittering centerpiece. Gold-dipped or spray painted pumpkins, pears and pinecones flanked by taper candles make for an arresting spread. A liberal dose of gold not only adds warmth and personality, but will certainly up the ante no matter what.
Dark and moody
Fancy something a little more theatrical? A dark and moody tablescape might sound counter-intuitive but believe us, once candles are added to the equation, the result will be nothing but resplendent. Shoot straight for a jewel toned palette and sumptuous textures to achieve a mysterious yet vivid tone. Velvet tablecloths, metallic accents and dark florals add depth and dimension whilst candlelight serves to emphasise the tactile quality of the accessories. Homemade candelabras fashioned from glass bottles and candlesticks keep the feelings of warmth circulating round the dinner table.
Farm to table
Enliven your Thanksgiving table with a cocktail of autumnal produce. Squash, pears, apples, gourds and pumpkins make terrific centrepieces that look good enough to eat. There’s nothing like a cornucopia of fresh produce to recreate Fall’s panache. Spread them artfully across the length of the table or display them with your prized serveware. Hollow out pumpkins and artichokes to make vases and votive holders or plop them in between wreaths. Use pears and apples as place card holders or mix clusters of fall berries into your floral arrangements. Too easy right?
An earthy, rustic table setting pays homage to the humble roots of this classic all-American holiday. Keep the décor pared back and simple, with unfussy embellishments such as sprigs of rosemary or pinecones to add some visual interest. An unvarnished wooden table satisfies the texture requisite. Trail a linen or burlap runner across the length of the table or use placemats in natural cotton or linen. Pheasant feathers are an elegant touch, and their rich, earthy colour deeply complement the undone vibe of your shabby chic set-up.