Set The Table, Please!

A Traditional Home Table

A Traditional Table

Now that we have the side dishes covered, let’s talk about the table.  When it came to celebrating Thanksgiving in Europe, our mother always set a fairly traditional one and we could always count on a beautiful centerpiece of flowers, fruits, berries and nuts to take center stage.

A Fruitful Table

A Fruitful Table

Now that we have our own tables to think about, we like to think we can create something different – perhaps a bit more rustic or unexpected, like this amazing creation of pumpkins, gourds and winter kale (last year we put mum blossoms on toothpicks and stuck them on a stalk of Brussels sprouts – not quite as pretty!)

A Fall Garden Table

A Fall Garden Table

Why not step out of the autumnal realm altogether and set a colorful table with exotic orchids?  We’d give away the fresh ones as party favors since our black thumbs wouldn’t keep them alive through the holidays.

The Exotic Table

The Exotic Table

We love this tablescape from House of Brinson, urban chic at its best, and the terrariums are a great, organic touch.

The Urban Table

The Urban Table

And while many in warmer climes can celebrate the holiday outdoors, we would need heaters to pull that off!  But we could pretend with this pretty garden bouquet and natural touches.

The Outdoors Table

The Outdoors Table

But no matter what you put on the table next week, it’s the people around it that makes this holiday so special!  Don’t you agree?

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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  • Reply quintessence November 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I err on the side of tradition at the holidays but love bringing in interesting accoutrements and pops of color. Happy weekend!

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann November 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I couldn’t agree more! This is the first Thanksgiving that I won’t be celebrating at my family home. While I will miss my mother’s pumpkin pie and simple centerpiece of fall flowers in a crystal vase, the important thing is that we can still be together for the holiday, even if things will look and taste a lot different this year.

    I love these gorgeous centerpieces – the pumpkins and kale are clever and beautiful. Happy weekend, ladies! XO

  • Reply Leslie November 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Yes! It’s all of those around us that is most important:) Beautiful tables! I like all the natural elements .. the feather is a nice touch. My husband doesn’t like a lot on the table (he says it gets in the way) so I am forever trying to walk the line on that. 😉 Simple, traditional, and a little rustic is perfect. Have a nice weekend! xxL

  • Reply The enchanted home November 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Completely agree it really is about who is sitting at the table not what’s on it though good food is always a nice perk!! Stay warm!

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