A few weeks before any gathering or event the excitement starts to kick in as the ideas start flowing, with all the ways to make it special. Let simple things inspire you like, fall foliage, your favorite cashmere sweater, that new pair of boots…remembering your first Thanksgiving, and making new memories while reflecting on your old ones. Whatever ignites your passion to create an atmosphere that is warm and festive make it unique and share your gifts with everyone you love!
As a child I remember us all gathering around the kitchen butcher block while the turkey was being carved, my mother feeding us from whatever plate was in her reach. Whether the plate made it to our hands or to the table my mothers setting was always on go.
An eclectic table is a chic table, and the Holiday Season is the perfect time make use of those family heirlooms. Polish up your grandmother’s silver, break out the crystal and china…mix these vintage pieces in with your more contemporary dishes, or summer yard-sale finds. Who cares if all the glasses, plates, and silverware don’t match…that’s the best part.
Setting your table is like creating a piece of art, so I start mine a few days in advance…let’s keep it real…I can’t resist starting 10 days out,. I like to allow time to step back from it and evaluate…is anything missing…do I need more of this or less of that. Unlike the design shows on TV, we don’t have a crew of assistants who can run out and grab that extra bunch of flowers, or candles, last minutes. Allowing yourself a few extra days to pick up anything else you might need, is always your best bet.
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Let your chandelier do double duty as the centerpiece for the table by incorporating it into your floral design. Your guests will not be expecting the flowers to be hanging from above them, and since table space is at a premium this will help to alleviate that problem. There are many places where you can find hanging tea light holders, or mini hanging vases. Save-On-Crafts which is online only and Jamali Floral & Gardens (which also has a storefront on 28th street in the flower district), are 2 of my favorite places to go for everything from moss to vases depending on the design.
Dried flowers are great for this time of the year, and you can get more for your money since they will last way past your holiday gatherings. Think of in season spices and vegetables as an option for décor as well. Kale, peppers, thyme, rosemary and sage in addition to flowers, will not only make your table look lush, but smell amazing…and the bonus is you can put them into a soup later.