“Gratitute unlocks the fullness of life.” Melody Beattie
Thanksgiving tables are fun to set with all the rich colors of fall and the theme of abundance. Every year my tables vary with how many people I am hosting. In this post, I’ll share several ideas for setting your holiday table.
This year I’ve played around with white and gold as a color theme, simply elegant. Off-white woven placemats were set on a bare table with an off-white and gold runner, repurposed from Christmas. A beautiful pashmina scarf or a length of fabric you love can stand in as a runner. I came up with 2 variations of this basic table setting. In both, I tied a gold organza ribbon around off-white napkins embroidered with gold Fleur-de-Lys. The Fleur-de-Lys are a nod to my family’s French ancestry. I added a gold leaf ornaments with a tiny gold acorn on each. The ornaments can be given to the guests as a favor. A gold charger was layered with a white dinner plate and topped with a glass amber salad plate. Amber glassware adds another layer of gold.
In the second version, the plates are left bare.
One of the things I am most grateful for in my life is my garden club and the creative friends I have made in this group. Every year we get together to create a fresh Thanksgiving floral centerpiece. One of our members, the talented designer Mari Dolby, certified in flower arranging from the venerable Longwood Gardens, led us in a class to create a magnificent arrangement just in time for the busy entertaining season. I learned so much: from how to dangle apples from a floral arrangement( easy trick!) to wiring feathers for interest(why not!) and incorporating vine balls for organic texture. It was an inspiring class. The principles of flower arranging shared in the slide show below are useful for any seasonal centerpiece and I hope will help you in your future flower arranging.
The completed arrangement
With the leftover scraps and some foraged seed heads, this sweet little arrangement was made in a Dollar Store votive “vase” for the powder room.