The holidays bring together family and friends — typically 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, a 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!
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.
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.
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 an autumnal palette that complements the colors of the seasonal foliage and brings a touch of life to the table.
Shop the table setting.
In the below images, you’ll find the brand names for the pieces we selected for our table. Most of the brands used in our table setting can be found locally, but if you can’t find these exact items and brands, you’ll find beautiful alternatives in Louisville’s fantastic stores. Here are some of our favorite places to source table setting and home decor items for creating the perfect holiday tablescape:
- Digs Home and Garden
- Carriage House Interiors & Home Furnishings
- eyedia- Design It Again
- Hallmark USA Gardiner Lane
- Hallmark USA Oxmoor
- Merridian Home Furnishings
- Stoneware & Co.
- The Lee W. Robinson Co.
Happy holidays from our StyleBlueprint family to yours! And thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for today’s beautiful photos.