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.

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

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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