Well, the holidays approacheth, and with them come the opportunity for some fun and frenzied decorating. For me, the Thanksgiving table is a chance to atone for the last nine months of dining in front of the TV; after all, who wants to eat turkey and gravy from a take-out container? And correct me if I'm wrong, but glimmering silverware and fancy centerpieces make stuffing taste even better!
Love, love, love the color palette here. Shades of dusky salmon and antique gold feel polished, romantic, and warm. You certainly don't have to limit this look only to Thanksgiving--frankly it would be gorgeous any day of the year!
An unexpected combination of lavender and grey gets its inspiration from a basket of cabbage roses and soft, silky foliage. The result is a splendid contrast between the sophisticated hues and the wild textures of the floral arrangement. Plus don't you like how they've not used a tablecloth? Why would you when you have a rustic table this gorgeous?!
No flowers, no expensive tableware, just autumn simplicity at its best. Choosing a monochromatic scheme like this makes setting the table a no-brainer, and you don't have to stick with white--midnight blue, charcoal grey, or mocha brown would look wonderful too. Plus the internet is rife with amazingly inexpensive pillar candles, making this a great budget friendly option.
A charming and homey alternative to a more formal setting. This one would be terrific for kids to help with--on Wednesday night while you're prepping the pie fillings ('cause we're all that organized, right?!) assign the little ones the task of making these leaf printed linens. You can keep them out of your hair and have a new family heirloom!
Definitely an example of go big or go home! Believe it or not, you can find tons of silver pieces like this at thrift shops. They don't have to match, but they do have to shine, shine, shine! So head to Goodwill with a forgiving eye, stock up on other peoples' old silver serving dishes, then return home to polish your little heart out. Spectacular!
I'll be ordering my organic turkey soon--so what about the organic sensibility of this stunning arrangement? Wrap a collection of tall bottles in string or brown twine to give them a unified look, then fill them with ferns and dried branches. Twig place cards finish off a look that will have your dinner guests declaring you the next Martha!
I've saved my favorite for last! Stylish shades of black, white and brown come together in a Thanksgiving table that's for the birds---in a good way! Requirements: a quick trip to the craft store for some feathers, a few tiny white gourds, and a faux bois log vase that's sure to see plenty of use even after the holidays. I think we have a winner!
Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. Martha Stewart Living 4. Maura McEvoy 7. Real Simple 8. Domino, November 2009