I must confess, I don't plan ahead too much for my holiday tablescapes. I usually have a hazy idea of what I'll do cooking along in my head a few days ahead of time. But that's it for any advance planning. I may use something that I've recently picked up when out and about shopping as a starting point, such as the faux-wood turkey featured in this post, and then after that, I improvise and grab whatever is on hand.
Tablescapes where rougher, more earthy elements are juxtaposed with elegant silverware, pretty plates, fine heirlooms, and collectibles are interesting and visually exciting, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take this approach to setting your table. After all, this holiday is all about celebrating and giving thanks for nature's bounty. You can, with a quick trip outside (and/or to your grocery store's produce section) along with a shopping tour of your own house, quickly throw together a table that is rustic and elegant and highly personalized.
Here is how I pulled it all together for Thanksgiving last year......
The elegant touches....
While I don't exactly pull out Emily Post and slavishly follow the rules for setting out just so the flatware, water glasses, wine glasses, napkins and so on... I still follow the general table setting rules of thumb for place settings; i.e. knife and spoon to the right of the dinner plate (knife tip turned outward), forks to the left, drinking glass and wine glass at top right, salad plate either at top left or sitting on the dinner plate....But after the basic set up, it's anything goes, since we are entertaining family and friends, not the Queen of England.
I started with my pretty brown transferware dinner and bread/salad/dessert (I don't know which they are) plates...
...as well as some other brown transferware serving pieces I've picked up over the years. I just love this little gravy boat with it's matching dish (see below). For more on collecting brown transferware, click here.
Using some clip-art napkin rings I made a few years ago, I showcased rolled up napkins in the center of each place setting. Easy-peasy; no fancy, complicated napkin-folding trickery here.
Adding the matching silver flatware from the set my mom gave us for our wedding gift gave the table a more formal feeling and announces that this is a special occasion (not that using mis-matched silverware is bad, not at all-- click here for more on the joys of using multiple patterns).
And that's about as 'elegant' and formal as we get in my house...
I shopped the produce section of our local grocery store for some wonderful miniature pears, crab apples, chestnuts... and added some acorns and pretty leaves that I've collected over the years (click here for more on how I pulled all this together).
Mr. Faux-Wood Turkey with his sturdy, textured finish is perfect in the starring role of my center piece and he plays very nicely with the wooden candle holders and wood and wire pedestal piece.
Woven grass chargers made a wonderful, rustic stage that pairs nicely with my transferware plates and silverware.
A twiggy wreath, with sparkly berries and bright-eyed little birdies, hangs from the chandelier overhead and added a woodland touch to our celebration.
Can't get more rustic than a pig on the dining table...
As I do with every holiday table, I stand back and admire my handiwork (and get some photos) before the mass destruction begins (i.e. family and friends [and dogs] crowding 'round the table and gobbling down way too much food).
How do you go about creating your Thanksgiving table?
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Linking to the following this week....
Roses of Inspiration Linkup at The Enchanting Rose
Bouquet of Talent at Life on Lakeshore Drive