Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner, Two Ways

With all the stress that ensues when taking on the task of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, sometimes the last thing we remember to do is create a beautiful setting for the big day.  I created a couple of design boards that will hopefully give you a little inspiration for putting together a Thanksgiving table that your guests will remember for years to come. 

The first look I created has a rustic and organic feel while still staying very clean and sophisticated.  The idea here is to bring the outdoors in with nature inspired elements and a neutral color palette of browns, whites and creams. 

Dress your table with potted herb plants in galvanized metal buckets.  Use burlap and linen fabrics and light colored and rustic woods like mango and birch to help accessorize your look.  Dress the turkey on a simple white platter with figs, grapes and herbs for a beautiful presentation. 

rustic thanksgiving table inspiration

Sources: 1. Enchanted Forest Platter via Not on the High Street / 2. Lettered Wine Carafe via Terrain / 3. Petrified Wood Trays via Jayson Home / 4. Mophead Hydrangea via Terrain / 5. Burlap Vases via Jayson Home / 6. Napoli Napkin via Jayson Home / 7. Thrown Stoneware Tray via Terrain / 8. Damascus Handblown Tumblers via Toast / 9. Terrain Dinnerware via Cb2 / 10. Mandara Pine Bowl via Jayson Home / 11. Rosemary Tree via Terrain / 12. English Beeswax Candles via Toast 

The second look I created is a modern take on tradition using a simple color palette of black, white, and gold.  Black and white may seem like an unusual choice for Thanksgiving but using gold accents helps to tie in the colors of the season and the combination makes for a sophisticated look with a modern flair.  The idea here is understated elegance.  Fill the table with mercury glass gold votives to set a mood.  For a simple centerpiece, spray paint small pumpkins with enamel white paint or lacquer for a modern, high gloss look. 

modern thanksgiving table inspiration

Sources: 1. Set of Two Brass Birds via Sanford & Daughters / 2. Edge Wine Glass via Crate and Barrel / 3. Organic Rimmed Dinnerware via West Elm / 4. Black Place Cards via Artzy Fartzy Invites / 5. Large Gold Paper Bowl via Gretel / 6. Gold Mercury Glass via Cultural Intrigue / 7. Marble Salt and Pepper Cellars via Jayson Home / 8. Acorn Table Napkins via One Sydney Road / 9. Wishbone Platter via West Elm / 10. Soapstone Wine Cellar via Terrain / 11. Linea Ice Oro Five Piece Place Setting via Gretel

I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration for making your holiday table stand out.  The idea is to keep things simple and sophisticated and to have a little fun!  Add your own special touches and the day is sure to be both beautiful and memorable!

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