November 9, 2020

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simplified

Entertaining is a way I express love for family and friends. If I’m inviting you into my home and preparing a beautiful meal, I want you to feel welcome, loved, and taking extra care to set the tone with a styled table is a big part of that.

Over the weekend, I taught a class at the Salt Lake Pinner’s Conference on tablescapes and show the attendees it’s not as complicated as you might think to pull together a beautiful table. I’m giving you a Thanksgiving Tablescape Simplified today, and also sharing some of my go-to tricks. I’m breaking some rules and showing you some of one of our yet-to-be-revealed client homes, #projectwesternroots, which we used as an opportunity to demonstrate a beautifully set table.

Tip 1: If possible, select natural styling elements

No matter the season or the occasion, I always look to what styling options I can choose that are from nature: fresh flowers, greenery, stems, and in this case pumpkins and fall foliage foraged fresh from our client’s backyard. Don’t be afraid to grab some clippers and give your trees a little trim. I’ve even pulled over on the side of the road to clip wildflowers (totally worth the whizzing of cars going by!). At a minimum, I like to add in at least two elements that are fresh with faux foliage

We used the beautiful leaves tied with rough twine for the cloth napkins, laid on the tabletop, and mixed in pastel pumpkins.

Tip 2: Invest in a few serving items that translate from season to season

Versatile gold flatware (mine’s on sale!), neutral dishes, brass candlesticks, linen napkins: these are all standard pieces I keep in my arsenal of entertaining go-tos.

Additionally, I love these inexpensive white floor length tablecloths (I’ve got six) and chair covers that dress up any folding table or chair and carry over to any occasion.

Tip 3: Look at it from above

I like each of my guests to have an “experience” at my table. I like to look at things from all angles, but specifically from above. Pull up a chair, climb on, and look at it from a higher angle. A bird’s eye view always gives you new perspective.

Tip 4: Don’t forget the food setup!

I like to carry the pretty over to where I serve the food. I don’t love food piled on the table and instead typically opt for a bar or island nearby with a beautiful spread, with styling.

Stagg Design Shop has the most beautiful serving pieces right now! Here are a few of my favorites: Marble Pinch Pots | Prairie Stoneware Pitcher | Stoneware Snack Bowls | Striped Marble Cutting Board | Charcuterie Wood Board (below) | Acacia Wood Cheese Utensils (below)| Blythe Tea Towels (below) | Gold Cake Server | Gold Whisk

And we have a big sale happening: 20% off your entire order when you purchase any art piece.

If you need ideas for more holiday tablescapes, click through the rest of our archives. We have a ton of ideas for Christmas and Thanksgiving!

As we head into a different type of holiday season, I think it’s even more important than ever to celebrate the season of giving with my family and make it all that much more special.

Wishing you cheer!

xx, Jen

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