Holiday Tablescapes

Holiday Tablescapes

If you’re hosting this Thanksgiving holiday it’s the perfect time to let your creative juices flow.  My favorite part of being the hostess is creating the tablescape and all the little details that make it special.

We spend so much time and energy choosing a beautiful dining table, from rustic or exotic woods, to marble, or polished concrete, it seems a shame to cover it up with a traditional table cloth when entertaining for the holidays.  I personally have a rustic farm table that I love to beat up since it only looks better with age.  Below are 4 table settings for your upcoming holiday that allow the beauty of the table to shine through, while still evoking a glamorous, whimsical,  rustic or modern vibe.

Vintage Glam:

An in expensive way to add glamour to the table is by ordering a few yards of a fabulous wall covering (like this one shown from Arte) and making your own place mats.  What’s great about this is you can cut them to any size or shape you like and match them to your existing plates.  They can certainly be re-used or not to worry if they get dirty either since they can easily be replaced.  I mixed and matched these plates by Fishes Eddy for West Elm to create a glamorous vintage vibe.  The rich color of the napkins from Pottery Barn help to bring in autumnal color without your traditional orange, and the vintage glassware from Junk adds a sense of sophistication to the table as well. Hand stamped place cards create more of a traditional vibe, yet the gold modern napkin rings and silverware from West Elm help to keep the entire setting looking fresh and modern.



I totally fell in love with this Chelsea Dinnerware  plates by Goop for CB2.  They have such a traditional  chinoiserie feel but the lightness of the pattern feels updated and fresh.  The placemats from Homegoods are an open weave raffia which nods to a bird’s nest, but the grey tone keeps them from being to kitschey.  Lavender water glasses and grey smoked wine glasses (also from CB2) help to the look elevated and festive.  Adding  a gnarly root from the farmers market as a centerpiece gives another a nod to the bird feeling, and a juxtaposition to the glamour of the plates and glasses.


Country chic is always in style and these plates from Arhaus are my favorites.  The grey tone with contrasting beading hits all the right notes and pair perfectly with these place mats from Homegoods.  They add a nice pop of color to contrast the table while picking up the beading of the plates.  Shibori style napkins help to enhance the hand produced crafted feeling, as well as and copper hammered cutlery both from Pottery Barn.  Cabbages and heather lend that” from the farm” feeling to the table, while hand stamped place cards add an extra special personal touch.


When Ron and I got married 15 years ago instead of registering for china I chose really pretty simple plates from Crate & Barrel and all these years later I still love them.  White and soft blue never go out of style and for this setting a modern digitally printed tone on tone fabric from Opuzen is perfect.  The clean lines of the Kate Spade Crystal Wine glasses and simple champagne flutes from Crate & Barrel work well with the tonal feel of the place setting, while the metal charges from West Elm and napkins folded with a pocket so the silverware sits inside keeps everything fun and modern.

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