Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Making of a Thanksgiving Tablescape

This past weekend I co-hosted a Thanksgiving dinner with my friend Nathalie before the week of official holiday festivities kicks off. Like a lot of big cities, DC can be very transient. The city tends to empty out as everyone goes back to their respective corners of the country for the holiday. But in the tradition of breaking bread with those who are important to you, we started our turkey feasting early this year. And you know what that means...tablescaping time.

Here's a real time account of the making of our Thanksgiving tablescape. Those who call stacks of paper plates adequate for holidays will laugh at our level of detail. Those who don't...with laugh and how true this actual is. It stared with our inspiration photo, from the ever fabulous Eddie Ross.

N to A via email:

What if we did something with nuts, cranberries and gourds/small pumpkins for Thanksgiving? I'm envisioning it going down the center of the tables with short candles/voties along a runner on the white table and tablecloths on the extra tables. I can pick up a bag of cranberries at the store and we could mix those in with nuts in the candle holders. The cranberries alone would fit nicely in your glass voties around a candle. This will be my Saturday project...

A to N via email:

I like this!

I like the idea of small dishes going down the center of the table filled with a mixture of all these things. Especially the cranberries since they'll pick up on the red flowers in the dishes.

What about buying little mini pumpkins and spraying them a metallic color like gold or copper to give the table some shine. Too much work?

One more idea. What about taking the big footed vase and putting it right in the center of the table with something tall in it for a dramatic effect when people walk in. Then we can move it over to one of the side tables when we sit down so it's not in the way and we would still have the smaller ones. What could we put in it?: Big flowers, feathers, straw???

N to A via email:

We definitely have enough dishes to fill with nuts, berries and pumpkins! I really like the idea of something metallic or sparkly. Perhaps I can recruit others for a craft project on Saturday.

I also like the idea of that large vase, but I'm not sure where we could put it during dinner ? Not sure what flowers are at the grocery store this week. I saw sunflowers recently and have been wanting to do an arrangement with them in fall colors. Does the market run in the fall? They usually have beautiful flowers. Do we have feathers? I'm not sure about straw, but maybe I can find some natural looking things to add in with flowers.

And in the end, we came out with this:


  1. Looks lovely. I like the continuity of the centerpieces between the two tables. I also love the mix and match chairs, makes everything more casual and homey. Very nice!

  2. This is really nice. I also liked reading the exchanges. :) Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. So pretty! I hope the meal was just as fabulous...