Setting the Table for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the one holiday where a majority of Americans prepare and eat the very same meal on the very same day. Sure, there are endless variations on the stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and sides, but 88% of us will have a turkey, a pumpkin pie, and other traditional foods.

To add to that “sameness,” the media tends to use images of Thanksgiving tables dressed with plates, glassware, and napkins in orange, brown, and other harvest colors. You can almost smell the pumpkin spice latte candle burning in the center, surrounded by faux autumn leaves. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. This brand of décor is appealing, comfortable, and seasonal.

But from a styling point of view, there are so many other options to consider—ones that reflect your personality and design vibe, and a willingness to mix tradition with some bolder choices. Here, we use our blue and white vintage plates with a very proud (and very alive!) turkey in the center. But we add the surprise of pale pink goblets, because there isn’t a rulebook that banishes pastels from a Thanksgiving table.

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If your style is more clean and modern, you might like the retro look of vintage stoneware, retro wine goblets, wood-handled flatware, and a few wooden accent pieces. The great thing about this design is that you can shop your local thrift store for great bargains on these 1970’s pieces and use them throughout the year. And because we’re a boutique rental company, we can’t resist mentioning that renting from collections like ours can be an easy and affordable way to try new styles for your holiday, without having to own, clean, or store all the “stuff!”

Finally, we wanted to showcase a favorite style of ours—mixing formal place settings with an unexpected rustic element. We started with elegant vintage china, silver flatware, and fancy gold-rimmed glassware. To take the predictable style to another level, we placed a porcelain bird on a rusty old food scale and draped it with a metallic gold garland. The result is unexpected and (in our opinion!) quite beautiful.

This year, don’t be shy about setting your table. If you have tableware, linens, or personal objects that are sentimental, quirky, and brimming with your unique personality, bring them to the table for everyone to see!

Want to customize your Thanksgiving table this year? Contact us today or select from our collection to complete your unique holiday tabletop design.

Museum of Mystery Open House

Museum of Mystery Fall Open House

Last week, Plank & Pearl had the honor of hosting a group of Denver wedding and event planners for an Open House to celebrate the end of a busy Colorado wedding season. We wanted to treat these hardworking professionals to an evening of appetizers, drinks, some mingling, and the opportunity to see our newest vintage rental collections.


We held the event in our intimate main-floor venue, which we rent for showers, cocktail parties, seated dinners, and celebrations of all kinds. The space is decorated and furnished completely from our vintage collections, and guests often remark that exploring our venue like visiting a museum.

Speaking of museums, the theme of our party was “Museum of Mystery,” or what is often called a “Cabinet of Curiosity.” What the heck is that you may wonder? Well, before there were any Museums of Natural History full of animal bones, taxidermy, insects, fossils, gems, botanical specimens, weird medical implements and scientific oddities, people who were interested in these things would curate their own collections and display them in special rooms called “cabinets. Historians date the concept all the way back to the 1500’s, and millions of people today take huge pride in showing off their treasured collections from the natural world. It was (and is) a way to try to understand the vast mysteries of the world around us.


Since owner Coleen Hubbard has an ongoing passion for collecting these kinds of objects, the theme was a chance to display many of her favorite finds. (You can see more of her collection in this Cabinet of Curiosities shoot.) It also ties in well with Halloween, which is always a time to celebrate mysteries of all kinds. Throughout the venue, we styled our vignettes with antique photos, vintage books, bones, rocks, apothecary bottles with dried foliage, and a tray of old dental and medical implements. Coleen loves theme parties because they provide endless ways to meld decor, food, and drink into a cohesive experience for guests. When you include the theme in an invitation, it creates a sense of anticipation for guests and gives them an idea of what to wear for the occasion.

Sometimes a bit of “creepy,” especially near Halloween, is just “what the doctor ordered!”


The “Museum” is closed until next year, but we think you’ll like our vintage Christmas style coming soon.

If you missed the party, we invite you to schedule a time to visit us and see what our venue and rental collections have to offer.

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Summer Harvest Wedding Inspiration Featured on Ruffled

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Maybe it’s because I’m a 30-year vegetarian, but I jumped in quickly when Meagan Broadway (stationary designer) and Kimblerly Mitiaska (photographer) asked me to join their creative team for a styled wedding shoot with a summer harvest theme. I had yet to take part in a shoot in which fresh farm veggies took a starring role, second only to the bride and groom!

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Every single thing about this gorgeous shoot has a luscious, ripe, seasonal sheen that makes you want to kick your shoes off, grab a cold drink from the bar, and maybe pluck an artichoke right from the table display. We were more than happy to lend our simple, geometric ironware plates, copper vessels, vintage glassware, a vintage bar cart, wicker baskets, wooden salad bowls, and bucket wicker chairs to help evoke the rich, saturated, gorgeous look of this very special styled shoot. See the entire fabulous shoot on the Ruffled wedding blog!

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Vendors:

Photography: KMitiska Photography
Event Design and Planning: Root + Gather Events
Floral Design: Fawns Leap
Venue: Lone Hawk Farms
Bridal Boutique: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio
Hair: Kim J Beauty
Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop
Catering: Butcher & the Blonde
Wedding Cake: Sam Keith Cakes
Bartending: Garnish Bartending
Rentals: Plank & Pearl
Tables: Harvest Table Company
Chairs: All Events
Paper Goods: Whimsy Design Studio

Colorful Eclectic Wedding Shoot at Blanc Denver

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At Plank & Pearl we love a good design challenge, so when the opportunity arose to join an exceptionally creative team for an eclectic styled shoot at Blanc (Denver), we jumped in feet first. Our building blocks were a rustic plank table, the gorgeous exposed brick walls of our industrial venue, and a stunning, real-life couple whose inner and outer beauty is powerfully magnetic. Continue reading Colorful Eclectic Wedding Shoot at Blanc Denver

Autumn: The Sensual Season

IMG_4514For me, autumn is the most sensual season of all: the smell of woodsmoke and cinnamon, the feel of bumpy, strange-shaped gourds, the sound of feet crunching fallen leaves, the taste of harvest fruits and vegetables from the fall garden. Inspired by those sense memories, we created our own tribute to the season using a variety of our richly colored vintage pieces.

I have always been drawn to carved wooden fruit and vegetables, and have amassed a decent collection over time—as well as grape clusters in glass, acrylic, and marble from the 1960’s and 70’s. They work particularly well on an autumn table, mixed with real produce and gem-colored goblets.

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The vintage carafe with the oversized round cork was a great thrift-store find. The rounded, mid-century design highlights the other round shapes in our vignette, such as the plates, grapes, and goblets. Even the lowly onion becomes a star, showing off the deep burgundy color of its skin.

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If you’re like me and you’ve grown tired of the usual “pumpkin and pilgrim” Thanksgiving and harvest décor, this vignette may inspire you to go in a different direction as you think about the fall holidays. So grab a sweater, brew some coffee, and enjoy the distinct pleasures of the season.
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Create A Boho Lounge on a Bootstrap Budget

Okay, so you haven’t traveled the world yet, gathering unique treasures from off-the-grid markets to bring home to your perfectly curated home. Or you decided it was probably a good idea to keep paying off your student loan rather than handing over your credit card for a vintage kilim rug. Well, don’t despair—because everything you need to create a fabulous backyard boho lounge is available (and affordable) at your local thrift store, estate sale, or vintage market.
In fact, everything pictured in our boho lounge was sourced from such places—and I mean everything: the rugs, furniture, pillows, vases, macramé wall hangings, and accessories.
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Inspiration for a Whimsical Mountain Wedding

“You’ll love this bride,” Sarah (the wedding planner) told me. “She’s so fun to work with and she’s fallen in love with your retro gold typewriter!” I was immediately excited to meet Evie, who is planning an autumn wedding in the Colorado mountains, complete with gondola rides to the top of the peak where the ceremony will take place. When I asked Sarah about the theme she told me to visualize a whimsical mountain affair with white and touches of gold. She also mentioned that Evie had been drawn to my collection of brass candlesticks in various sizes and shapes.

Because I work from home as I explore future space possibilities, meeting clients means I set up inspiration vignettes on my long dining room table, the coffee table in the family room, the kitchen counter, and just about anywhere else that can accommodate my vintage inventory.
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Peach Season in Colorado

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If you’re not from Colorado but you’ve followed the media frenzy on our legal marijuana market, you might guess that our favorite local crop is pot. For many, this is absolutely true—and it’s the reason Denver can’t throw apartments up fast enough to house the constant influx of new residents to our formerly quiet city.

But for many of us, the incredibly delicious Palisade peaches grown on the Western Slope are the hands-down favorite! We have to wait until late July for the overflowing crates to show up in grocery stores and farmers markets—but by then we’re ready to grab them up and head home to make pies and jam. Or simply eat them fresh with the sweet juice running down our necks. So here are a few photos inspired by Palisade peaches. And now I have to go bake a pie for my husband.

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Summer Bridal Shower: A Retro Backyard Celebration for Amy

IMG_2706 Vintage gold flatware, Corelle plates, and assorted amber goblets.

When Sarah met with Plank & Pearl to talk about the wedding shower she would be co-hosting for her sister, Amy, she gave three words to describe what she had in mind: retro, summer, and yellow. The party would be held outdoors in the expansive backyard of her aunt’s home on the last Friday evening of June, attended by members of their large and close-knit family. As Sarah chose milk glass vases, amber goblets, and a yellow typewriter she radiated absolute excitement about using vintage tableware and décor for the event. “It’s so Amy!” she explained. “And wait until you see my Aunt Clare’s backyard.”

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A Very Vintage 4th

Here are some photos from our Fourth of July styled shoot! We gave ourselves a challenge: to create a patriotic vintage vignette using select items from our inventory enhanced by household objects easily found in the average garage, attic, or basement. No plastic windsocks or tempting merchandise from the Target dollar bins! You’ll see in the photos that we started with a rusty red wagon from the garage as our focal point, added some blue-covered history books from our shelf, a stray brass eagle bookend, some blue-and-white plates, white goblets, and a red cake stand from the pantry and (last but not least) our adorable mutt Otis! Taking a shortcut, we picked up some festive desserts, but otherwise spent nothing on this easy-to-recreate backyard celebration.

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