One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me has always been helping my mother decorate the table. Over the years, I have taken countless trips to my local wholesale warehouse to pick out festive votives, candles, ribbons, and yes even silk leaves and plastic fruit. I know most designers can’t fathom using faux ANYTHING on a table, but for someone who is on a budget and doesn’t have time (or $$$) to shop for bundles of fresh flowers and other natural elements, it does the trick. One caveat I must include is that I do always try to mix in at least a few real arrangements or pieces to make sure it doesn’t look like it came straight out of a box in the attic.
Usually, I spend Thanksgiving at a family member’s house, but due to work obligations this year, I will be hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Although my family will be coming down to help with the food, the last minute decorating is up to me. With a little over a week to go, I promised myself I will not panic. I do however, need to start brainstorming. Here are few inspiring pictures I found to help get things started…
Martha Stewart featured this table in a Halloween Centerpiece article, but I think the white pumpkins and candles would make for a beautifully simple Thanksgiving table as well.
This table was featured last year in an issue of Lonny Mag. The table was designed by the fabulous Eddie Ross. I absolutely adore how he incorporated shades of blue in the table linens, glassware and plates.
Another Eddie Ross creation, this centerpiece is a great solution for small tables or buffets. This would be an easy last minute DIY project using a hurricane candleholder, dried ears of corn, and some jute twine.
I love the tall branches of autumn leaves in this image from Better Homes and Gardens. The branches give height to the table decor and provides an authentic color palette to draw from.
I am not normally a fan of carnations but they look super cute bunched in these mini pumpkins. Another perk of using carnations is that they are very affordable. Image from Mini Manor.
I certainly don’t have enough space in my yard to set up an elegant outdoor Thanksgiving dinner, but this was just too beautiful not to include. Image from County Home.