Article Written By: Raya Rockwood
The table you set for Thanksgiving is one of the most important of the year. You can go all out or choose a few thoughtful details — either way, an intentional design shows appreciation for your family and friends and sparks a sense of gratitude among those who dine with you.
So, where do you begin, especially if you’re used to a more casual table? We reached out to North Texas design and event professionals for aesthetic inspiration, and they delivered autumnal charm in spades. From classic fall colors and cozy textiles to surprising pastels, these are some of our favorite tablescapes for the holiday. And as a bonus, our experts shared their top hosting tips. Cheers!
Dramatic Details by Sarabeth & Co.
While oranges, reds, rusts and coppers (all beloved hues of the season) are in attendance on this table designed by Sarabeth & Co. event planning, so are some surprising shades: beguiling emerald green on the velvet chairs and bright lime from the plated pears. Sarabeth Quattlebaum, co-owner of Sarabeth & Co., says the inspiration began with the Charles Sadek Exotic Bird plate at Posh Couture Rentals, and they worked together to design around it, pulling out its colors with the chairs, vintage green glassware and large crowning centerpiece full of verdant leaves and orange and red blooms by Branching Out Events.
“We wanted to embrace traditional fall colors but allow a fun, pop element,” says Rachel Burrow, director of weddings at Sarabeth & Co. At the same time, the ornate gold flatware, satin napkins and layered plates in multiple trims give the look a sense of drama.
Holiday hosting tip: Go ahead, get creative.
“There are specific places to curate creativity: place cards, napkin rings, menus and surprise items hidden in the centerpieces,” Quattlebaum says. “Try a soup course served in a pumpkin, a place card tucked into a pinecone or written with a gold-felt tip pen on a magnolia leaf. Menus handwritten with a question for each guest to share during the dinner. [Try] cinnamon, cardamom and star anise, along with fall fruits, alongside a beautiful centerpiece. Wild, dried corn on the cob is also beautiful and something you can store and use year after year.”
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