Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, we inevitably look to set a show-stopping tablescape worthy of all those delicious recipes you’ll be cooking. While this holiday season may be a little different, we’re all for making the day feel as special as possible whether you’re celebrating the occasion alone or with family and friends. Read on to see how we set one table two ways to give you all the inspiration you’ll need for an unforgettable scene. Scroll on for all our tips and tricks to style your best table yet!
Start by adding texture to your table. Rather than a flat table runner, we used a traditional tablecloth and gathered it in the center of the table for some movement and flow. With a textural base, we added a few springs of Japanese maple leaves for a bit of greenery and used the same leaves as an ornamental garnish to the place settings. Remember, it’s the little details that make all the difference!
For this tablescape, we chose to use one larger floral arrangement at the center of the table using rich hues of bronze amaranth and deep blush tones paired with simple greenery. We then pulled colors from the florals to add accents to the table with a bowl of persimmons, copper grinders, and olive napkins. The overall color scheme is an important consideration that will ultimately make your table look cohesive and inviting.
For a bit more of a formal table, we first layered olive napkins and then built the place setting with a dinner plate, salad plate, and soup bowl. Footed glassware adds an edge of sophistication and pairs well with minimal water glasses in a contrasting color. A spring of greenery on the plates finishes the look and adds a subtle detail that your guests will admire.
Drawing inspiration from nature, we added greenery and texture to the length of the table with a garland of fresh eucalyptus leaves. This grounding layer of eucalyptus not only looks beautiful but smells heavenly too! You can achieve this look with other greenery as well; try olive branches or even fresh herbs like rosemary arranged down the center of the table for a similar effect.
For a moodier tablescape, we paired two single-varietal arrangements in vintage vessels. By arranging them in a grouping of two with vases in a similar finish, the seemingly disparate florals are brought together with a contrasting look. Pro tip: when using vintage or antique vessels that may not be fully waterproof, use a smaller glass vase inside of them so your florals stay fresh.
On this table we brought in woven texture using placemats rather than a runner or tablecloth. For a slightly less formal look, we created a simple stack with dinner and salad plates and kept silverware to a minimum. Using white leather cord, we tied the napkins with a knot to complete the place setting. Candles set the mood while a bowl of squash adds a bit of organic color to the entire scene.