Three Ways to Style Your Thanksgiving Table

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Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the Thanksgiving table in favor of what type of turkey you’re buying or what the mashed potato recipe will be. But don’t. After all, it’s the one time of year where it’s completely acceptable to go all out with tablescapes and elaborate place settings. First, you’ll have to figure what style you’re going for. Need some inspiration? Look no further: Here are three festive styles that capture the essence of Thanksgiving’s bounty (hover over each image to shop what’s pictured).


Celebrate the day with a table that gives a nod to Thanksgiving’s past. Make the center of each setting Plymouth Oak dinnerware, which is adorned with the icon of Thanksgiving, the heritage turkey. The high-fired porcelain collection also boasts a border of oak leaves and acorns for added autumnal flourish. Pair those plates with Hampstead flatware, a century-old pattern that’s been crafted by Wallace Silversmiths in stainless steel. Cirque wine glasses add a vintage-inspired optic effect. Add height to the table with silver plated candlesticks and tapered candles in burnt orange, forest green, or mahogany hues. Then, tie all those fall colors together with a harvest-themed jacquard table runner.  


For an effect that’s the complete opposite, go the modern route with pared-down dinnerware and bistro tableware that’s minimal and timeless. Pair those plates with basic forks, spoons and knives. Although it’s versatile dinnerware that works for any time of year, it’s easy to dress each setting up for Thanksgiving with various types of pomaceous fruit (keep the branches still attached for extra effect), gourds, flowers and jars of condiments and preserves, either artisanally made or from your own larder.


If you’re serving a vegetable-driven Thanksgiving dinner and want the focus to be less on the bird and more on the produce, consider a seasonable table setting. Start with Botanical Pumpkin Dinnerware, which is inspired by archival botanical prints and features heirloom pumpkins still on the vine. Add in a hand-hammered bronze charger for textural contrast, or a copper charger for hints of warmth, luster and shine. (If you really feel like going all out, complement the rest of the table with hammered, copper-plated Anatolia flatware. For the centerpiece of the table, turn to outdoor elements like pine cones, branches, twigs, and leaves in every shade of the autumn color spectrum.

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