Its time to set the table, stuff that turkey and whip up some cranberry sauce… it’s Thanksgiving week!
You know what that means… glorious, gorgeous tablescapes!
I don’t know about you, but I get all weak in the knees when I see a beautifully dressed table.
It sets the mood, makes the food taste even better and it just begs for #Instafood photos!
Your tablescape doesn’t have to involve gazillion dollar crystal or ginormous bouquets, it should suit your own style and vibe. If that vibe IS Tiffany crystal and fine china then hey go for it, but my personal style sets more of a whimsical and cozy mood.
Whether rustic and re-purposed or fancy and elegant it’s all about being creative.
If the idea of being creative with a tablescape scares the stuffing out of you don’t worry, I partnered with the decorating experts at West Elm in Downtown Summerlin to bring you FOUR easy tips for Dressing your Thanksgiving Table.
Get ready to Give thanks in style:
ONE: Step Up to the Plate
Even the simplest dishes are impressive when served on beautiful plates. For a simple yet elegant setting, incorporate gilded piece like gold chargers, metallic flatware, and gold rimmed glasses. These pieces add a layer of festiveness to your everyday dinnerware and set the tone for a celebratory dinner.
TWO: Dress Your Table
Centerpieces are the statement pieces of your holiday table and an easy way to infuse nature and personality to any occasion. Be mindful in your décor and avoid large arrangements that can block conversation. Add dimension to the table by adding tiers with votives, vases and pillar candles alongside seasonal branches or small gourds. Un-scented candles and LED lights are a special touch that cast a warm glow over the evening’s conversations without competing with the aromas of your food.
THREE: Mix it Up
Table runners placemats or napkins come in a variety of textiles, fabrications, and styles to add texture and warmth to any table. Rethink how you use a traditional table runner by having it run the width of the table versus the length of the table. It adds a new layer of visual interest to a tablescape. Placemats and chargers give you the opportunity to introduce new colors and patterns for a layered table setting that reflects your personal style.
FOUR: Prepare in Advance
Get your table done early to avoid the last minute rush before your guests arrive. Consider preparing a batch cocktails or punch in advance and having it setup at your entry way so your guests can help themselves while you put the finishing touches on your meal. One of my favorite bloggers, The Artful Desperado, just created an incredible recipe for Black Tea and Burnt Honey Old Fashioned for West Elm’s blog, Front + Main that would be the perfect start to a Thanksgiving celebration.
Tablescape Instagram Photo Tip: Turn off the automatic flash on your smartphone and use natural light whenever possible. The flash on your phone produces a harsh light that’s rarely flattering. Frame your photos from a bird’s eye view—taking photos from straight overhead creates a dramatic, compelling image. You can use a white napkin as a reflector to bounce light and fill in any dark areas. You can also use a white napkin to filter and soften direct sunlight that’s too harsh.
Something to be Thankful for….I am partnering with West Elm in Downtown Summerlin for a Thanksgiving Giveaway!
One lucky winner will recieve a set of Four Gorgeous Dapper Animal Plates (above) by designer Rachel Kozlowski and this deliciously Bourbon scented candle in a stunning reusable gilded apple container.
It’s all happening on my INSTAGRAM Monday November 21 and Tuesday November 22.
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Leave a comment on the contest image telling me “What you are Thankful for”.
Contest ends at Midnight November 22, 2016. Winner will be announced via direct message on Instagram.
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I’ve always dreamed of having a long dining table decorated festive like this. Hey, maybe I’ll win and I can start with these pieces 🙂
LOVE the table settings, LOVE West Elm love it all, so woodsy – goes so well with my name.
I’m SOO in the Holiday spirit now !! YAY SHOPPING.
Love the gold accents on the plates!