If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you know the work involved even when guests bring dishes that complement the entree.

Besides having a clean house, shopping for and preparing the food, your tabletop begs to be addressed as well.

A beautiful looking table tells your guests, without saying a word, how important their presence is to you. You’ve made a special effort to greet them and share your bounty on this special day.

I swear, too, that food just simply tastes better when the table is thoughtfully dressed.

But sometimes we can run out of ideas. Time and energy run low and we’re tempted to just pick up a centerpiece at the grocery store and call it good.

You care to much to do this yet what to do?

Here are 10 ideas from HOUSE BEAUTIFUL that can spark your creativity and allow your Thanksgiving table to sparkle as beautifully and mindfully as you and the rest of your home do.

Try a Tureen

A feast for the eyes, “an individual tureen makes a dish look like it was made just for you,” says designer Charlotte Moss. Faux-bois flatware, William Yeoward Flavia wineglass, Baccarat vintage pitcher, APT small soup tureen, and presentation plate, through Charlotte Moss.

Mix Styles

An inviting table needs a few surprises. “For more personality, combine all your candlesticks – wood, crystal, and porcelain,” says Robert Rufino, formerly of Tiffany & Co. Hampton flatware, Cirque Chinois dinnerware, Elsa Peretti Thumbprint salt & pepper shakers and water cup, all Tiffany & Co.

Write Place Cards

“Always write your own place cards, even if your hand-writing is quirky. It makes the setting more personal,” says designer Thomas O’Brien. Marielle dinnerware, Marielle Indigo round bowl, Tiago slate blue urn vase, Tiago candlesticks, all by Thomas O’Brien for Reed & Barton.

Try Untraditional Colors

The classic color combo of blue and white adds a fresh feel for fall. “Autumnal colors just pop against a blue and white tablecloth. For the flowers, I took the oranges, yellows, and reds of the fruit for inspiration,” says Carolyne Roehm. Tableware from Carolyne’s personal collection.

Highlight a Unique Centerpiece

Centerpieces don’t have to be a floral arrangement. “I select artifacts my children or I have collected. These pieces have a richness of spirit, a softness of age, and a story,” says home furnishings designer Jan Barboglio. Dinner plates from Pottery Barn.

Use Bud Vases

Break up a large bouquet and place each flower stem in a separate vase. “I do lots of single-bud bouquets, placed so you see the person sitting opposite you – so important,” says Janice Feldman, the founder of Janus et Cie. Sambonet flatware. Henry Dean tumblers. Venetian glassware is Feldman’s own.

Layer Textiles

For an elegant holiday look, try layering. “Use a tablecloth and a placemat — or two — and a beautiful charger. The more the merrier,” says Amen Wardy, one of Aspen’s legendary retailers. Place mat and napkin by Kim Seybert. Silver vases, salt and pepper shakers, and napkin ring by Amen Wardy.

Avoid Tall Centerpieces

“Keep your centerpieces low so your guests can talk to each other without needing a chiropractor afterward,” says Tatiana Sorokko, whose husband owns San Francisco’s Serge Sorokko gallery. Vladimir Collection porcelain, Bulgari flatware, Baccarat stemware, Buccellati placecard holders. Flowers by Hunt Littlefield, San Francisco.

Add Candle Lamps

For a romantic fall table, “candle lamps are a joy. The height of the flame stays constant, and you can change the color of the shade to change the atmosphere,” says William Yeoward. Chargers from Vietri, leaf-shaped sugar bowl from the New York Botanical Garden Shop, and wine decanter by William Yeoward.

Enjoy Yourself

Remember to relax and have a good time. “Plan everything, do everything, then let it go,” says fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Flatware, glasses, plates, place mats, napkin rings, votives, vases, even the corkscrew, Diane von Furstenberg Home.
If you need some help decorating your holiday table, please email me at me@nancymeadowsdesigns.com. I’d love to help.

Blessings,

Nancy

Dedicated to helping you live your room—not the other way around

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Enjoy Yourself

Remember to relax and have a good time. “Plan everything, do everything, then let it go,” says fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Flatware, glasses, plates, place mats, napkin rings, votives, vases, even the corkscrew, Diane von Furstenberg Home.

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