Tommy Tran, our stylish Director of Visual Merchandising, is a big Thanksgiving fan. (His favorite food on the plate: the turkey!) In the video below, he’ll walk you through three completely distinct ways to style the Thanksgiving table.
More of a written words person than a visual type? We get it. Below, we break down Tommy’s most accessible tips, so you can get to shopping, planning and updating your to-do list!
Everyone has a white dinner plate at home, says Tommy, so put yours to beautiful use. He loves how a white plate can help the traditional Turkey Day foods—red cranberries! green Brussels sprouts!—pop. He layers his white plate with a glazed dish from our Cypress collection, saying “the reactive glaze reflects the beautiful tonalities of white.” Don’t be afraid to mix up your warm and cool whites, he says, for an “intentional, creamy, dreamy look.” Also don’t be afraid to punctuate this ivory setting “with a little bit of character,” like a white pumpkin scuptural plate and a pumpkin napkin ring. Add a little sprig of dried wheat to the napkin ring, if you like. Classic; casual; gorgeous.
Tommy’s a big fan of our Plymouth Dinnerware Collection. All the iconic plates and bowls are designed in-house, with artists hand-illustrating and painting the original designs. Be sure to “ground your metals and make sure they all match,” says Tommy. He has a charger, napkin ring, taper holders and flatware all in the nickel family. Watch as he replaces the white dinner plate centering the look with a knockout plaid plate. And you don’t always need a napkin ring, he reminds us; you can easily layer a folded one underneath a plate. (The graphic touch is so lovely.) Prints like these can be a great way to change up a traditional look.
More of a MOMA shopper than a Norman Rockwell fan? Perhaps you’ve already been daydreaming about your super-modern, black Thanksgiving setting. Tommy shows us how to integrate organic feathers with a grounding hard wooden charger. He swaps in a pretty bee-studded plate from the Honeycomb Collection, which has an eye-catching illustrated border. On top of that goes a glazed black Cypress salad plate, which looks chic, hip, and modern. Tuck in a black linen napkin and a black napkin ring, and you may as well be at a fancy new restaurant.
Too dark for you? No problem. “Don’t feel locked in to an all-black place setting,” advises Tommy. “It’s really easy to update with accessories.” He swaps out black flatware for gold, echoing the gold touches from the dinner plate, and switches out onyx flatware for golden. “It warms up entire place setting,” he says, “and you can take it through to [a golden] napkin ring.” Best of all? “It’s like jewelry for the table!” We love it.
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