The holidays bring together family and friends — typical around a food-filled table — to partake in thanks and celebration. ‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. But first, we need to set the table. In need of a dose of inspiration? We set out to style an artful tablescape fitting for Thanksgiving lunch, holiday dinner or a casual get together with friends, and we are thrilled to share it with you today.
A table setting is a work of art so get creative — and have fun!
Pull inspiration from all directions while setting your holiday table!
When setting your own table, try these three tips:
1. Move away from the traditional by pairing navy linens — instead of the classic holiday colors — with your formal dinnerware.
We have all seen, set and dined at a traditional holiday table. With a cornucopia, turkey napkin rings and a fall color palette, Thanksgiving table settings all follow a similar recipe. For Christmas, the greens are paired with the reds, the holly berries are scattered across the table and the silver is set. This year, embrace the move away from the traditional. Do so by pairing navy linens with formal dinnerware. Not only does this pairing stifle the scream of CHRISTMAS, it allows you to transition from fall to Thanksgiving through the holidays and beyond.
Weave your traditional and elegant wares with modern and casual pieces for an updated look. Instead of the traditional orange, red or green napkin, opt for navy. Against the rich colors of the plates, table and floral arrangements, the color is simply perfect.
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When making a move away from the traditional, forgo classic accoutrements like pine cones and garland in favor of floral works of art.
2. The table should reflect what you love. Mixing and matching is an art you too can master.
Chances are, you have a curated collection of dishware. And chances are, you don’t have a full soup-to-nuts set. This year take advantage of all you have acquired by mixing and matching your wooden serving platters with your china, pewter salad plates and green glasses — and do so without fear! Choose the pieces you love and make those the stars. A table is a reflection of you, after all.
A woven placemat, gray charger, traditional plates, wooden serving pieces and pewter accents come together for a cohesive look on this table. The combination of textures, colors and patterns offer a personalized display of our favorite pieces.
The passing of anything (such as food or, in this case, a pewter bowl of silverware) enhances the communal feel of mealtime.
When mixing and matching your pieces, focus on balance and composition. Don’t be afraid to layer textures and heights.
3. Seasonal foliage will elevate any tabletop and make for the perfect focal point.
The first rule of setting a table is to do so in a way that inspires conversation — not in a way that limits it. It’s the holidays, meaning you want to swap stories with your cousins, catch up with your uncle and pass the gravy to your grandma. You can only accomplish these things if you can see over the centerpiece. Make seasonal foliage the pièce-de-résistance of your table, just make sure it doesn’t act as a divider.
Additionally, use food as adornments to bring color to the table. Pomegranates, olives, apples and nuts offer a autumnal palette that complements the colors of the seasonal foliage and brings a touch of life to the table.
Brush up on your knowledge of botanicals before the big day. Use the centerpiece as a conversation starter when folks turn to politics or an argument about who makes the better side dishes.
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Edible delights offer more than something to snack on. They bring color and life to the table in an unassuming way.
An artful arrangement of produce, cheese and breads is just as important as anything else. You don’t have to be a fromage expert, simply use a discerning eye.
Establish a color palette with your centerpiece, and allow all other items to complement it.
We couldn’t resist the vibrancy of these fresh olives and the pop of color they bring to the table.
Shop the table setting.
Find pricing and brand information on the individual pieces used to set the table in the captions below each photo.
Tortoiseshell flatware (Vietri tortoiseshell flatware with shiny cuff, similar to pictured model, $90 for a 5-piece setting, at Bromberg’s) | Woven round placemat, $34, at Bromberg’s | Wooden chargers, ranging from $19 to $58, depending on size and model, at Bromberg’s | Juliska Forest Walk dinner plates, $49 each at Bromberg’s
Bronze deer napkin ring (Juliska feather napkin ring for a similar woodsy look, $34 each, at Bromberg’s) | No Fuss navy napkin (Bodrum linens in assorted colors, $17 each, at Bromberg’s)
Juliska pewter salt and pepper shakers, $58 at Bromberg’s | Juliska pewter octagonal bowl, $58 for small and $78 for large at Bromberg’s | Juliska pewter salad plates, $38 each at Bromberg’s | Juliska pewter ramekins, $15 each at Bromberg’s (Additional pewter serving pieces in varying brands can be found at Gus Mayer and Wrapsody.)
Peterman’s serving boards and slabs, ranging from $45 to $560, depending on size and model at Bromberg’s
“Evergreen” place cards, $6 for a set of 12 cards at Hester & Cook
Happy holidays from our StyleBlueprint family to yours! And thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for today’s beautiful photos.
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